In this week's episode of FOX's Glee, "Prom Queen," the kids go to prom! But they don't just attend the dance, they are asked to provide the musical entertainment. An old foe returns to stir things up. Three members of the New Directions continue to battle it out for Prom Queen. Several students question whether they can finally come out about their sexuality. Others consider that the anti-homosexual attitude may be disappearing. At the dance, drama, fights, spiked punch, a dental interrogation, and some musical numbers make it a memorable evening.
A big question since the series started is, what grade are these kids in? Considering social standing and attitude, it is unrealistic to believe they are all freshman (or even sophomores), though that would give the student stars four years before they need to be rotated out of the show. Finn (Cory Monteith), for instance, is already in a leadership position on the football team in the pilot, not something an underclassman would have achieved. But none of the characters were seniors, either, as every member of the New Directions, save a transfer, returned in season two.
In "Prom Queen," it appears that all of the main characters are juniors. It's a "junior prom," which I guess is a thing at their fictional high school, and all are planning to attend even before they are asked to perform. So we're expected to believe that every single student that was already in Glee Club when the series started, and every single student they've recruited since then, are all in the class of 2012? Even for television, it's stretching reality, and doesn't make sense, for the story, or the show.
Putting all of the main characters in the same grade is dumb. While naming them all juniors in season two allows the entire original cast to stick together for a third season, something they are probably eager to do considering their great success, for Glee to be a long running series, they need to rotate some of them in and out, rather than graduating them all at once. Now season four is set for a completely new cast. Instead, they should quickly announce that Artie (Kevin McHale), Tina (Jenna Ushkowitz), Mike Chang (Harry Shrum Jr.), or other more supporting players are seniors, and graduate them this year. Chang could even return next year as the hired choreographer. But it would open the door for fresh blood.
Even the fresh blood that has been added for season two, namely Sam (Chord Overstreet), Lauren (Ashley Fink), and Blaine (Darren Criss) seem to be juniors, too. Why? Blaine needs to be older because of his mentor relationship with Kurt (Chris Colfer). But Sam and Lauren could easily have been introduced as freshman this season, thus guaranteeing Glee some wonderful characters for years to come. If two to four characters are rotated in and out every year, the show could continue indefinitely.