You also need to find enjoyment in (or at least tolerance for) the drama-filled lives of high schoolers. According to my daughter, the show's trials and tributations are topically pretty realistic - a thought which should frighten a rational parent. To think my daughter finds ventriloquist dummies frightening but this show ... okay?
The show really does deserve applause for its approach to diversity. There's whites and blacks, hispanics, jews and gentiles, gays and straights, even a disabled kid in a featured role on a show about dancing and singing. Jocks, preppies (do they say that anymore?), cheerleaders, nerds, geeks, bullies, and all other groups are there, and there's reasonable dialog about all this. The differences are not ignored or resolved, but are simply present and (kind'a) real. Not bad for a show basically about kids doing pop music covers.
Oh yea, the tunes are pretty much fun, too.
After nine or ten inaugural episodes, the show has gone into hiatus for four months.