Haha, lots of hate in this thread. Sometimes Tropes Are Not Bad
and cliches are confused, I guess. Glee seems to be pretty polarizing. Brittany (the non-pregnant blonde cheerleader) is a stereotypical dumb blonde, but hey, she's hilarious.
I like that even when the characters don't have Day in the Limelight
episodes, they still get tiny bits of development here and there. I'll use Brittany again. She is friends with Beck, who has Down's Syndrome. The other "popular" people like Quinn, Puck, and Santana look down on Becky, but Brittany buys her a cupcake and is genuinely nice to her, even if Puck implies she only does it for test answers. Er, I doubt Brittany is smart enough for a Mean Girls-esque plot like that.
Kurt is rather Camp Gay
at first... but the show embraces these tropes, runs with them, and occasionally turns them on their head or makes them cross the line twice in terms of sheer audacity and ridiculousness. Kurt is so gay that he can make an entire football team dance to Single Ladies on a football field in the middle of a game... which is pretty epic.
I think my problem with this show is that there's so many characters and they haven't had character development spread equally yet, but the show so far has been excellent and so I'll stick around and wait for Brittany, Santana, Matt, Mike, Tina, Artie, and other characters to get some chances to sing and dance and get their own solo numbers. Too bad Jesse St. James was added to the glee club... we probably won't have to wait long for him to get some solos and honestly I'd rather hear from characters who were in the club before him.
And I have another problem... there's this weird simultaneous nakama and mutual annoyance between the glee club members. During the songs and in certain intimate scenes between characters (Mercedes and Puck, Quinn and Rachel, etc.) they seem really close, but once they get together as a group, you can see obvious dissent.