If you tuned into the premiere of NBC’s “Rise” on Tuesday and kept wondering when Lea Michele was going to burst through the door belting out a Broadway hit, you weren’t the only one. Oh yeah, a good chunk of Twitter thought the new series is pretty much “Glee.” And that’s not necessarily a compliment.
Jason Katims’ new high school drama — starring Josh Radnor, Damon J. Gillespie and Auli’i Cravalho — was being compared to Fox’s beloved series about a crew of teens who have nothing in common but their love of song, before it even aired. And now that it actually has, well, fans of the Ryan Murphy show (which aired from 2009-2015) are singing different tunes in their reviews.
“Soooo…the pilot of #Rise is basically the same as the pilot of #Glee? ‘Let’s coerce the QB into being our lead singer by threatening his grades.’ But where are the slushies?” one viewer tweeted, pointing out the opening story lines are, well, very similar.
Others wanted to focus on their differences, like the quality of the cinematography. “#Rise is Glee with a really gritty Instagram filter,” one tweeted.
And of course, with Radnor playing the drama teacher, there was even a “How I Met Your Mother” joke — which still somehow managed to mention “Glee” too: “‘Kids, did I ever tell you about the time I was a glee club teacher in Lima, Ohio?’ Oh, wait. Is this not How I Met Your Glee Club? Is that not Will Mosby? Where is Jane Lynch? #Rise”
See some of the fan comparisons below.
Glee was self-aware and quirky, which made the clichéd storylines fun, so far #rise is attempting a grittiness that isn’t translating to anything compelling
— Danielle (@sReadByDanielle) March 14, 2018
#Rise is Glee with a really gritty Instagram filter.
— Yolanda (@Yolandas_Issues) March 14, 2018
Ok so #Rise is 100% Glee so far. No difference. At all. Football storyline? EXACTLY the same as Finn. Does this mean I’m not loving it? No.
— Kristen Cloyd (@kristenj_cloyd) March 14, 2018
— Helen Peil (@reenie922) March 14, 2018
I honestly was so excited to watch @NBCRise but now I see it's nothing more than a carbon copy of Glee. Literally almost shot by shot the same show. The pilots are identical. This show had such potential and lacks any originality. #Rise
— Ry Megara (@RyanMegara) March 14, 2018
“Kids, did I ever tell you about the time I was a glee club teacher in Lima, Ohio?”
Oh, wait. Is this not How I Met Your Glee Club? Is that not Will Mosby? Where is Jane Lynch? #Rise
— Jennifer (@Jen_naaay) March 14, 2018
— Nicole Fulmino (@nikkimino) March 14, 2018
…. sooo… #Rise is basically Glee….. so far… lol ? Mr. Shu 2.0 trying to bring the "classics" to the theater department… but I'm guessing the band of misfits will audition and magic will happen and they will all grow together … right? Ya… thats Glee. ????????
— Brittney Schaadt (@BrittneySchaadt) March 14, 2018
So far, #Rise is exactly the pilot of Glee, but shot like FNL. So, exactly what I expected.
— Britny Eubank (@britnygottalent) March 14, 2018
— Nicole (@PolarizeIt) March 14, 2018