Tuesday, November 16, 2010

TBS new series Glory Daze is about a group of freshman students who decide to pledge a fraternity in the mid-80s.  The series centers on Joel (Kelly Blatz), a sweet geek who's not quite sure about pledging, Eli (Matt Bush), a sex obsessed virgin, Jason, a prudish young republican who plans to pledge the "preppy" fraternity, and Brian, a star baseball player whose being force to play by his dad.

The first episode, which features cameos by Brad Garrett and Cherie Oteri, introduces us to the boys and the various fraternities on campus.  Quickly it becomes apparent which fraternity the boys are going to pledge, the party house, Omega Sigma.  (To be honest the entire show reminds me a bit of ABC Family's Greek, but set in the 1980s, but that's not necessarily a bad thing as I love Greek.)

The first episode nicely sets up the series with the boys being introduced to a great cast of characters from the various fraternities and faculty.  Possibly the best part of the series thus far is the excellent Tim Meadows as Professor Haines, a recently divorced man who makes fun of his students, and might be a bit of a conspiracy nut.  In fact, Meadows steals every scene he's in.

The first episode, a bit like this review, is kind of all over the place, but does show some promise.  Hopefully as the series progresses it will find the right blend of comedy and drama and become the series it has the potential to be.


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