Kate and I watch Glee every week, and this week there was a big revelation about one of the characters, Sam: his dad lost his job, they were kicked out of their house, and his whole family was living in a motel room.
I thought this was an interesting and good plot development. Glee sometimes comes across as a public service announcement set to music. There's always discussion of social and cultural problems, particularly as they relate to youth. They've covered lots with homosexuality, bullying, different disabilities, teen sex, teen pregnancy, religion, single-parenthood, obesity, etc. I know saying "public service announcement set to music" doesn't sound that great for those that haven't seen it, but it also has another important element: Jane Lynch!
Anyway, all those issues it talks about are important of course, but one thing it never touches on is unemployment, which is a social problem that has been front-and-center "in the real world" for the entire tenure of the show. I think it's great that they've brought that in. And like the homosexuality or the teen pregnancy, I think it's going to be an issue that will continue to receive coverage and commentary on the show through the character of Sam. That's a very good thing.
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