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Singing, dancing, a positive message about celebrating our differences. Of all the primetime shows about teens, Glee seems like one you could take home to Mom. But parents of younger fans -- tweens who've also been the target demo for High School Musical and Hannah Montana -- are noticing that the Fox hit gets pretty racy. With the new Lady Gaga episode, should parents be monitoring the show, as it gets even edgier?
From the very first episode, Glee has walked a fine line between teen drama and adult comedy. Most of the sexual jokes are subtle -- like the Glee Club's name, New Directions (try saying it three times fast) or cheerleading coach Sue Sylvester's veiled references to her raunchy past. But the show's writers definitely like to push the envelope -- there was a running gag earlier in season 1 about football player Finn's premature ejaculation, and the recent Madonna episode contained a "Like a Virgin" fantasy montage with three couples (two in high school) getting it on. Then there's that plot about the head cheerleader (and chastity club president) getting pregnant. Unlike the previous generation's teen shows -- remember how big a deal it was when Brenda and Dylan did it on prom night? -- Glee isn't coy about the fact that some of its teen characters are sexually active.