on 24 February 2010
This could be classed as the Glee of the 80's. Season one is a lot better than this season, as there seems to be more great songs and more to prove with the first outing. Season two takes the characters onward on their journeys with songs and dance routines thrown in for good measure. If you liked season one, or watched it when it was originally on TV then this is great as a trip down memory lane. It's fun to see the talented actors, dancers and singers that are sadly not so often seen on TV today.
on 23 April 2010
i am a young fame fan and at only 14, don't remember it first on tv but love it and have been waiting for series two for a long time! i think the series are better than the original film (but I haven't even bothered watching the new one) however this one isn't quite as good as the first - well worth it though! ... where's the six star?
on 6 February 2010
If you know Fame as the original movie and the spin off first season tv series, you know what to expect from this 2nd series. The tribulations of a class at Julliard school of the Arts in NY where teenagers are finding any excuse to put their problems into music, dance and other performing arts, sometimes to the dispair of their teachers in English or maths but always supporting their efforts to become artists and do what they can do best.
The songs and dances are good (and spawned even stage performances), the stories sort-of believable but in support of the song and dance. The school as rag-tag as any school, the kids quite believable kids with ambitions and temperaments of any teenager, the teachers as underrated and underpaid as any true teacher, but with ambition to let their pupils star and excel.
I loved it when I saw it in my twenties - I still like it in my fifties. God, did those years fly by. And are the teenage problems still the same? Does anything ever really change in life or is it just the packaging?
Fame - one of the better musical tv series of the 80s. A shame the actor playing the character Leroy, one of the star black dancers, died under miserable circumstances some years ago.
Was it really about twenty five years ago? The series holds up well - a talented cast, awesome energy, important things to say. Admittedly it lacks the raw grittiness of the film that inspired it, but the essential message comes over clearly enough. No short cuts to fame. New York's School of Arts throughout stresses the need for hard work and complete dedication.
22 episodes. Topics include a racist ballet mistress, a blind supply teacher determined to cope, the threat posed by a new computer, chilling discovery of a note suggesting a student is suicidal. Movingly there is a tribute to a much loved colleague, his character written out when the actor died.
All is not gloom. Far from it! Fun abounds - some of it agreeably provided by dithery old secretary Mrs. Berg and by ungainly Dwight with his sousaphone.
A standout is the fantasy based on "The Wizard of Oz" - ideal season finale if ever there was. But, in fact, it appears earlier. This pinpoints a weakness: overall there is no firm sense of direction, not enough evidence of characters and situations developing. Proof? Most of the episodes could be shuffled and shown in a completely different order. Would it make any difference? This surely indicates a series marking time, rather than moving on.
Other weaknesses? Those infuriating pre-opening credits spoilers for a start. And why does the school only seem to have about five teachers? (Other adults could easily have been shown collecting papers from their pigeon holes in the office, instantly everything that tad bit more realistic.) A major disappointment concerns the one bonus ("Fame: Then and Now"). Be advised this is NOT the entertaining cast reunion once shown on television, but a brief plug for the new "Fame" film.
Such reservations aside, the series truly delights. Older viewers will find all as enjoyable as remembered, younger ones may be in for a surprise - their eyes widening at the sinewy dance routines of Miss Grant, Leroy and crew, whilst they themselves grow greatly to like Bruno and his mates.
on 11 July 2012
For those of a certain age such as myself Kids from Fame was the mid week highlight on BBC1 . The second series was probably the high point of the shows run over seven seasons, with great songs, decent storylines and all the original favourites such as Leroy, Danny, Bruno and Doris on-board. Re-live past memories to the full with this brilliant series and hopefully share it with those too young to remember how great TV in the early 80s was