Admit it, you're curious — will the sixth season of Glee figure out a way to overcome the past few seasons and wrap itself up into a neat conclusion? But the show airs on Friday nights. So I don't blame you if you'd rather watch Glee Season 6 online. And FOX is making it available in a few different formats, so you don't have to admit to your roommates that you still have a secret love for McKinley High's New Directions. Or a perverse need to watch everything that Ryan Murphy touches because it becomes campy, incoherent madness.
For those who love supporting companies' terrible streaming sites, FOX's website allows cable subscribers to stream the episodes the day after they air. Without this login information, the episodes will be "locked" for five days. But after that, they're free to everyone, so if you don't mind watching a week behind and avoiding spoilers, you can watch all the Glee you want.
The same thing is true on Hulu — an account that's connected to a participating cable company will be allowed to watch the episode the day after it airs, while a non-subscriber will have to wait a week. A Hulu Plus subscriber can also get access every episode right away, including the old episodes from other seasons, in case you need to refresh your memories of Lima, Ohio, after the few seasons took place in New York almost exclusively.
Upcoming episodes will also be available on Amazon, iTunes, and Google Play for purchase. They're all charging two to three dollars per episode, so pick whichever you prefer. Or choose all of them! Alternate, iTunes for Episode 3, then Google Play for Episode 5, and so on. You do you.
It's hard to have confidence that Murphy and Brad Falchuk will be able to stick the landing after watching how Glee has handled almost everything else over the course of its run. I mean, the last time we were all excited for how Glee would turn out was probably the first season. But surprisingly, there's already so much about this season that's reminiscent of Season 1.
We're Back at McKinley High School
After an entire season attempting to make the college lives of Rachel, Kurt, Santana, and Brittany work in New York, and then a few terrible ones trying to make a Hollywood satire, the show has returned to its roots — Lima, OH — for the final few episodes.
Those Cheerleading Uniforms
Seeing Santana and Brittany back in those pleated skirts was a reminder of how far those characters have come. From background window dressing, to cliche mean girls, to surprisingly funny cliche mean girls. Then, the show actually did something ballsy: it turned them into a surprisingly nuanced couple.
Rachel Berry, the Loser
Making Rachel's TV show an offscreen, unbelievable failure that humiliated her away from Los Angeles, New York, and pretty much any coastal state may have been an overly-easy way to get her back home, hat in hand, but her meteoric rise also felt overly easy. And that unearned success made her feel like a total brat. This is the place where Rachel's arc should be. She's still talented, she's still destined for Broadway, (if they cared that much about bad TV shows, NPH would have never hosted the Tonys. Or won a Tony.) but for right now she needs to learn the maturity she'll need to make that success stick. It might not be easy to follow her to that conclusion, but just like when she hit the final notes of "Don't Stop Believing," I'm willing to watch her figure it out.
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