16 “Groundbreaking” Series That Are Actually Problematic TV Shows

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Glee always did a decent job at talking about sensitive topics and being inclusive for the most part. But, that doesn’t mean there aren’t major issues in this so-called groundbreaking musical dramedy. While it presented the idea of the glee club as a place all could be included and accepted, the show often stereotyped everyone at McKinley High. The “mean girl” didn’t often have layers; the “gay guy” was notable only for his sexuality; Shannon Beiste’s (Dot Jones) treatment was a whole lot of BS; and the show frequently did things for the sake of “being shocking” instead of actually delving into the issues at hand. While the series did a lot of good for kids who related to it, it also hindered many by the way it pigeon-holed every character.

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