From Italy, a New TV Series Inspired by Glee: Alex & Co.
Boys in Search of Fame
Glee was a popular TV series featuring a group of students, all having one thing in common: they are bullied by other schoolmates and they all have a strong interest in music. These boys join the school's "Glee club" and, with the help of Will Schuester (a teacher), they work hard until they realize their dreams and they become famous.
Glee's plot is not something of completely new: if we generally talk about school students having musical interests and who are going to achieve success, we come to a lot of other TV series and movies (for example, Fame). Among movies, High School Musical trilogy is surely one of the best known talking about students engaged in music.
These types of movies and TV series are generally produced in USA. However a new similar sitcom has been made one year ago in Italy, and it is going to be gradually appreciated even outside this country: Alex & Co.
Like Glee, but from Italy
Alex & Co. shares many aspects with Glee, even if it is completely made in Italy. This TV series is distributed by Disney Channel and features Alex, a boy who starts high school along with his childhood friends, Nicole and Christian. There he will start to know Sam (a nerdy and shy boy) and Emma (a popular girl).
A part Sam, which is nearly similar to Glee's Artie, the other guys are hardly comparable to other TV series' protagonists. For example, typical Glee's stereotypes, like girls obsessed with fame (Rachel Berry) or effeminate gays (Kurt Hummel), cannot be found in Alex & Co. Instead, you can find similarities between Sue Sylvester and the school headmaster featured in the Italian TV series. Also bullies are not something new.
Like Glee's protagonists, who founded the New Directions, the Alex & Co's characters are engaged in the Sound Aloud. However, while the Glee Club is legally accepted at school (even if strongly penalized), the Sound Aloud band is unauthorized, and there is no auditorium in the school available for the kids. So the Italian guys sing in the school's basement, putting themselves at risk of being caught by the school headmaster. This is because, while in Glee's college artistic activities are penalized, in the Italian one they are completely forbidden. This results in a bigger challenge for Alex & Co's characters, who will be helped by a teacher, just like the Glee's protagonists.
Have you ever heard about Alex & Co?
Not Only Music
Alex & Co is not all about music: like Glee and other TV series for teens, it also features love stories between guys and girls, and also some typical school situations and problems. Like said before, also bullies are constantly present in the TV series: the "Dave Karofsky" of Alex & Co is called Tom, and he will often cause problems to Alex and his friends.
I watch this TV series (here in Italy it is becoming popular, while outside Italy it started to be exported in some other European countries) and I find it very beautiful: if you love watching Glee and other similar TV series and movies, you will also like Alex & Co and, in general, all shows featuring talented boys who are going to realize their dreams. However this is still a very recent TV series: only two seasons have been realized. Now a third one is going to be released, but we can say Alex & Co. is just at its beginning. We will see Alex & Co's new episodes when they will be released, and what will the guys have to face in order to realize their dreams.
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