Updated: 9:00 p.m. PDT
NEW YORK — The “Glee” series finale delivered glorious news that William McKinley High School is being turned into an arts school and that Will Schuester, who started its glee club way back in 2009, will become its principal.
Oh, and that wondrous show choir, New Directions, won the national championship.
But “Glee” always had the underlying message: With a song in your heart, dreams do come true.
Another dream fulfilled: Mercedes (Amber Riley) told the gang she’ll be the opening act on Beyonce’s upcoming world tour.
Cue the songs: “Teach Your Children” … “Someday We’ll Be Together” … “The Winner Takes It All” … “Daydream Believer.”
That’s how it went – happily ever after – as the Fox song-and-dance show concluded its six-season run Friday night.
Oh, sure, there were some unexpected nightmares, too. Looking ahead five years, faculty mean girl Sue Sylvester was seen winning a second term as vice president of the United States (in the Jeb Bush administration). She announced to Geraldo Rivera that she planned to seek the presidency in 2024.
Article continues belowOn a brighter note, five years from now Rachel will be a surrogate mom for gay couple Kurt and Blaine. She’ll also be a Tony winner: “Being a part of something special does not make you special,” she said on accepting her award. “Something is special because you are a part of it.”
The show finished with a rousing rendition of “I Lived.”
“Glee” leaves behind a remarkable legacy.
First of all, it dared to try something that had seldom if ever succeeded in television history, blending episodic narrative with musical production numbers. It set those performances in the context of New Directions at fictitious McKinley High, a setting replete with stories about growing up, self-acceptance, perseverance and dreams.