Watched this the other night based on all the hype and generally good reviews. Very disappointed. It seems formalistic and trite, with the marvelous Jane Lynch providing the only comic moments. But she can't carry the show on her own. When a teacher - the one we're supposed to admire and pull for no less - plants drug evidence and blackmails a student to join his glee club, it started careening off the rails for me and never recovered. Why not make the football player just a guy who also loves music and wants to sing? Too unbelievable? Okay, let's go with the blackmail plotline. And let's have the pretty, unpopular (those two rarely go together) girl keep getting drinks thrown in her face. This is high school? Ugh.
The characters' motivations, including the football player and afore-mentioned "hero", change 180 degrees and back for no discernible reason. It wasn't funny, it wasn't charming, it's all been done better before, and I won't be watching. Now, that said, I expect it to be a ratings smash and a huge success for FOX. Whatever. They gave us another season of 'Dollhouse' and if a show like this can provide some financial fodder to help carry a show like that, then I'm fine with it.