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Glee
Glee title card.svg
Genre Musical
Comedy-drama
Romantic comedy
Teen drama
Created by
Starring
Ending theme "Time for Some Girl Talk"
Composer(s) James S. Levine
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 6
No. of episodes 121 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
Producer(s)
Cinematography
Camera setup Single camera
Running time 40–48 minutes
56 minutes (Episode 2.18)
Production company(s)
Distributor 20th Television
Release
Original network Fox
Picture format 720p (16:9 HDTV)
Audio format Dolby Surround
Dolby Digital 5.1[1]
Original release May 19, 2009 (2009-05-19) – March 20, 2015 (2015-03-20)
Chronology
Related shows The Glee Project
External links
Official Website

Glee is an American musical comedy-drama television series that aired on the Fox network in the United States from May 19, 2009, to March 20, 2015. It focuses on the fictitious William McKinley High School glee club, New Directions, which competes on the show choir competition circuit while its disparate members deal with social issues, especially regarding sexuality and race, relationships, and learning to become an effective team. The initial twelve-member cast included club director and Spanish teacher Will Schuester (Matthew Morrison), cheerleading coach Sue Sylvester (Jane Lynch), guidance counselor Emma Pillsbury (Jayma Mays), Will's wife Terri (Jessalyn Gilsig), and eight club members played by Dianna Agron, Chris Colfer, Kevin McHale, Lea Michele, Cory Monteith, Amber Riley, Mark Salling, and Jenna Ushkowitz. In subsequent seasons, the main cast has expanded to fourteen and fifteen members.

The series was created by Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, and Ian Brennan, the latter of whom first conceived of Glee as a film. The three wrote all of the show's episodes for the first two seasons, and Murphy and Falchuk initially served as the show's main directors. The pilot episode was broadcast on May 19, 2009, and the first season aired from September 9, 2009, to June 8, 2010. Subsequent seasons aired in September through May. The sixth and final season aired from January to March 2015.[2] Glee features on-screen performance-based musical numbers that were selected by Murphy, who aimed to maintain a balance between show tunes and chart hits, and produced by Adam Anders and Peer Åström. Songs covered in the show were released through the iTunes Store during the week of broadcast, and a series of Glee albums have been released by Columbia Records. The music of Glee has been a commercial success, with over thirty-six million digital single sales and eleven million album sales worldwide through October 2011. The series' merchandise also includes DVD and Blu-ray releases, an iPad application, and karaoke games for the Wii. There were live concert tours by the show's cast after the first and second seasons completed shooting; a concert film based on the 2011 tour, Glee: The 3D Concert Movie, was produced by Murphy and Fox and directed by Kevin Tancharoen.

During its first season, Glee received generally favorable reviews from critics, with Metacritic's weighted average of 77 out of 100 based on eighteen critical reviews. The season was nominated for nineteen Emmy Awards, four Golden Globe Awards, six Satellite Awards and fifty-seven other awards, with wins including the 2010 Golden Globe Award for Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy, and Emmy awards for Jane Lynch, guest-star Neil Patrick Harris and Murphy's direction of the pilot episode. In 2011, the show once again won the Golden Globe for Best Television Series, and Jane Lynch and Chris Colfer won Golden Globes for Best Supporting Actress and Best Supporting Actor respectively, and Gwyneth Paltrow won the Emmy for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series. The show was also chosen by Fox to fill the coveted time slot that followed the network's coverage of Super Bowl XLV in 2011.

On October 17, 2013, in the wake of the death of Cory Monteith three months prior, and one week after his tribute episode "The Quarterback" aired, Murphy announced that the sixth season would be the final one of the series.[3] After 121 episodes and over 728 music performances, Glee came to an end on March 20, 2015.[4]

Plot[edit]

The series focuses on a high school show choir, also known as a glee club, in the fictional William McKinley High School in Lima, Ohio.[5] Will Schuester (Matthew Morrison) takes over the glee club after the former teacher Sandy Ryerson (Stephen Tobolowsky) is fired for inappropriate contact with a male student. With a rag-tag group of misfit teenagers, Will attempts to restore the glee club to its former glory while tending to his developing feelings for his co-worker Emma (Jayma Mays), as well as defending the glee club's existence from the conniving cheerleading coach Sue Sylvester (Jane Lynch). A major focus of the series is the students in the glee club: their relationships as couples, their love of singing and desire for popularity coming into conflict due to their membership in the low-status club, and the many vicissitudes of life in high school and as a teenager.

Season 1 features the fictional high school show choir New Directions competing for the first time on the show choir circuit, winning at the Sectionals competition (episode 13) but losing at Regionals (season finale/episode 22), while its members and faculty deal with sex, relationships, homosexuality, teenage pregnancy, disabilities, acceptance and other social issues. The central characters are glee club director Will Schuester (Matthew Morrison), cheerleading coach Sue Sylvester (Jane Lynch), Will's wife Terri (Jessalyn Gilsig), guidance counselor Emma Pillsbury (Jayma Mays), and glee club members Rachel (Lea Michele), Finn (Cory Monteith), Artie (Kevin McHale), Kurt (Chris Colfer), Mercedes (Amber Riley), Tina (Jenna Ushkowitz), Puck (Mark Salling), and Quinn (Dianna Agron).

Season 2 follows the club through wins at the Sectionals (episode 9) and Regionals (episode 16) competitions before losing at the Nationals competition in New York City (season finale/episode 22), while its members and faculty deal with sex, relationships, religion, homophobia, bullying, rumors, teenage drinking, death and other social issues. The season's stories revolve around the same Glee club members as first season, with Santana Lopez (Naya Rivera) and Brittany Pierce (Heather Morris) added to the main cast, along with Kurt's father Burt (Mike O'Malley).

Season 3 follows the club through wins at Sectionals (episode 8) and Regionals competitions (episode 14), before they win the Nationals competition (episode 21) in Chicago. The characters deal with gender identity, adoption, domestic abuse, teenage suicide, bullying, disabilities, texting while driving, college and other social issues. Glee club members added to the main cast were Mike Chang (Harry Shum Jr.) and transfer student Blaine Anderson (Darren Criss), while Jessalyn Gilsig as Terri Schuester was written out of the series and Mike O'Malley as Burt returned to recurring status. The McKinley High class of 2012 graduates at the end of the season.

Season 4 continues in Lima with a new generation of students but also follows some of the McKinley graduates from the third season, notably to the fictional New York Academy of the Dramatic Arts (NYADA) in New York City. The season follows the club through a loss at the Sectionals competition (episode 9) and subsequent reinstatement when the winning Dalton Academy Warblers were found to have used banned substances (human growth hormone) (episode 12) before winning at the Regionals competition (episode 22), which meant they would be attending their third consecutive National show choir competition. In the meantime, Rachel Berry and Kurt Hummel navigate NYADA and their lives as aspiring performers, plus their relationships with Finn and Blaine. Issues during the season include sex, bulimia, gender identity, child molestation, dyslexia, school violence, and pregnancy scares. Former main cast members Emma Pillsbury (Jayma Mays) and Quinn Fabray (Dianna Agron) were credited as guest stars, while previously recurring glee club member Sam Evans (Chord Overstreet) was promoted to the main cast.

Season 5, unlike previous seasons, continues the school year begun in the previous season. The season shows the reigning champion glee club finishing second at Nationals competition (episode 11) before the club is permanently disbanded by Sue Sylvester, now school principal, for budgetary reasons (episode 12), leaving the focus on graduation. The show then jumps several months forward in time and deals entirely with the alumni's lives in New York City for the remainder of the season, including Rachel's successful Broadway debut. Throughout this season, the club and its alumni deal with relationships; death and mourning; body image, gay bashing, intimacy, and other social issues. Several main cast members dropped to recurring guest stars as of this season: Amber Riley as Mercedes, Mark Salling as Puck, Harry Shum Jr. as Mike and Heather Morris as Brittany. New main cast members included glee club members introduced in the fourth season: Melissa Benoist as Marley Rose, Alex Newell as Unique Adams, Blake Jenner as Ryder Lynn, Jacob Artist as Jake Puckerman, and Becca Tobin as Kitty Wilde. Actor Cory Monteith died during summer before the fifth season was shot; his character, Finn Hudson, died in the season's third episode, The Quarterback.

Season 6 focuses on Rachel Berry, who returns to McKinley after her television pilot fails. She decides to reconstitute the glee club with all-new McKinley students and with Kurt's help. Will Schuester is now coaching rival club Vocal Adrenaline, while Blaine is coaching the Dalton Academy Warblers. All of the new main cast members from the fifth season have returned to guest star status in this final season when they appear; Amber Riley as Mercedes rejoins the main cast, and Dot-Marie Jones as Coach Beiste joins the main cast for the first time. The cast members deal with gay marriage, gender identity, transitioning and other social issues. The newly reconstituted club wins the Nationals competition, Sue is fired as principal and Will is hired to be the principal of a McKinley High repurposed as a magnet arts school, with Sam as the new director of New Directions. The finale jumps five years into the future: Rachel has married Jesse St. James (Jonathan Groff), wins a Tony Award, and is a surrogate mother for Kurt and Blaine (who are themselves Broadway stars). Artie has directed Tina in a film, Mercedes is a highly successful recording artist, and Sue has just been re-elected Vice President of the United States. The McKinley auditorium is renamed for Finn.

Episodes[edit]

Main article: List of Glee episodes
Glee title screen.

Glee is an American musical comedy-drama television series that aired on Fox. It was created by Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, and Ian Brennan. The pilot episode of the show was broadcast on May 19, 2009,[6] and the rest of the season began on September 9, 2009.[7] Fox initially ordered thirteen episodes of Glee, picking the show up for a full season on September 21, 2009,[8] ordering nine more episodes.[9] The remainder of the first season aired for nine consecutive weeks starting on April 13, 2010 and ending on June 8, 2010, when the season finale was broadcast.[10] The series completed its sixth and final season on March 20, 2015.[11]

The series focuses on a high school show choir, also known as a glee club, in the fictional William McKinley High School in Lima, Ohio.[12] Will Schuester (Matthew Morrison) takes over the glee club after the former teacher (Stephen Tobolowsky) is fired for inappropriate contact with a male student. With a rag-tag group of misfit teenagers, Will attempts to restore the glee club to its former glory while tending to his developing feelings for his co-worker Emma (Jayma Mays), as well as defending the glee club's existence from the conniving cheerleading coach Sue Sylvester (Jane Lynch). A major focus of the series is the students in the glee club: their relationships as couples, their love of singing and desire for popularity coming into conflict due to their membership in the low-status club, and the many vicissitudes of life in high school and as a teenager.

The series premiered on May 19, 2009 and ended on March 20, 2015. During the course of the series, 121 episodes of Glee aired over six seasons.[6][11]

Series overview[edit]

Season Episodes Originally aired Nielsen ratings
First aired Last aired Average total viewers
including DVR (millions)
Rank
1 22 May 19, 2009 (2009-05-19) June 8, 2010 (2010-06-08) 9.77 33[13]
2 22 September 21, 2010 (2010-09-21) May 24, 2011 (2011-05-24) 10.11 43[14]
3 22 September 20, 2011 (2011-09-20) May 22, 2012 (2012-05-22) 8.71 56[15]
4 22 September 13, 2012 (2012-09-13) May 9, 2013 (2013-05-09) 8.26 50[16]
5 20 September 26, 2013 (2013-09-26) May 13, 2014 (2014-05-13) 4.57 105[17]
6 13 January 9, 2015 (2015-01-09) March 20, 2015 (2015-03-20) 3.14 148[18]

Episodes[edit]

Season 1 (2009–10)[edit]

Main article: Glee (season 1)
No.
overall
No. in
season
Title Directed by Written by Original air date Prod.
code
U.S. viewers
(millions)
1 1 "Pilot" Ryan Murphy Ryan Murphy & Brad Falchuk & Ian Brennan May 19, 2009 (2009-05-19)[nb 1] 1ARC79 9.62[20]
Former glee club star Will Schuester takes over McKinley High School's glee club in the hopes of restoring it to its former glory. He is faced with the challenge of converting a group of misfits, including fame-hungry Rachel Berry, Mercedes Jones, Kurt Hummel, Tina Cohen-Chang, and Artie Abrams, into a team of singers. When Will discovers that football quarterback Finn Hudson has a secret talent for singing, he blackmails Finn into joining the club. His friendship with friend and colleague, Ken Tanaka, the football coach suffers when Ken discovers his crush and guidance counselor, Emma Pillsbury has a crush on Will. Meanwhile, Will's pregnant wife Terri pushes Will to find a higher paying job to support his family. Will considers quitting his job and commitment to the glee club, but overhears New Directions performing "Don't Stop Believin'" so well that he ends up returning after getting guidance from Emma, concluding that he could not bear to see them win Nationals without him.
2 2 "Showmance" Ryan Murphy Ryan Murphy & Brad Falchuk & Ian Brennan September 9, 2009 (2009-09-09) 1ARC01 7.50[21]
The glee club perform in front of the school for the first time in an attempt to recruit new members. Will takes a second job as a janitor and grows closer to Emma, the school guidance counselor, who determines not to become his rebound girl and instead accepts a date with football coach Ken Tanaka. Terri discovers she is having a hysterical pregnancy, but hides the truth from Will, telling him they are having a son. Cheerleaders Santana, Brittany, and Finn's girlfriend Quinn join New Directions, recruited by coach Sue Sylvester to help bring down the club. Rachel and Finn kiss while practicing singing, but Finn chooses to return to Quinn.
3 3 "Acafellas" John Scott Ryan Murphy September 16, 2009 (2009-09-16) 1ARC02 6.69[22]
Will forms an all-male a cappella group called the "Acafellas", neglecting the glee club in favor of dedicating his time to the new endeavor. After two of its members quit, glee club member Finn and his best friend Puck join. The group records an album and performs at the school PTA meeting in front of celebrity guest Josh Groban, but Will ultimately recommits to New Directions. In his absence, the club members struggle with choreography, and resist attempts at sabotage by members of the cheer squad. They briefly hire well-known choreographer Dakota Stanley, but fire him when he belittles their appearances and abilities. Mercedes harbors romantic feelings for Kurt, who comes out to her as gay.
4 4 "Preggers" Brad Falchuk Brad Falchuk September 23, 2009 (2009-09-23) 1ARC03 6.63[23]
Kurt joins the football team and admits his homosexuality to his father, Burt, who accepts him for who he is. Quinn discovers she is pregnant and tells Finn the baby is his, when in fact the father is his best friend, Puck. Finn asks Will to teach the football team to dance, hoping to improve their performance and thus his chance of receiving a football scholarship. Puck, Mike Chang, and Matt Rutherford all join the glee club after the football team's win dancing to "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)". This makes them a group of twelve and eligible to compete, but Sue and former glee club director Sandy Ryerson team up in an effort to bring the club down, luring away a disillusioned Rachel, who quits when Will awards a solo she wanted to Tina.
5 5 "The Rhodes Not Taken" John Scott Ian Brennan September 30, 2009 (2009-09-30) 1ARC04 7.40[24]
Will, trying to find a twelfth member in the wake of Rachel's defection to the school musical, recruits former glee club star April Rhodes. Finn flirts with Rachel continuously in an attempt to convince her to return, hoping that having her in the club will increase his chances of gaining a music scholarship. While Finn takes Rachel bowling, they kiss briefly after Rachel bowls a strike. Although Rachel is angry when she discovers that Quinn is pregnant, she ultimately rejoins the club. Will confesses to once having had a crush on April, and encourages her to sober up and pursue her dreams of performing on Broadway. The glee club performs at Invitationals, launching themselves onto the show choir competition circuit.
6 6 "Vitamin D" Elodie Keene Ryan Murphy October 7, 2009 (2009-10-07) 1ARC05 7.28[25]
Believing the glee club members are becoming complacent ahead of Sectionals, Will pits the girls against the boys for a mash-up competition. Terri takes a job as the school nurse to stop Will becoming closer to Emma. With encouragement from Terri, Ken proposes to Emma, who reluctantly accepts. Terri gives the glee club pseudoephedrine tablets, enhancing their mash-up performances. Rachel and Finn feel guilty and confess, resulting in the competition being nullified, Terri being fired, and Sue being appointed co-director of the glee club. Quinn agrees to let Terri secretly adopt her baby, enabling her to continue faking her pregnancy.
7 7 "Throwdown" Ryan Murphy Brad Falchuk October 14, 2009 (2009-10-14) 1ARC06 7.65[26]
Will and Sue clash over the running of the glee club. Sue tries to tear the club apart by turning the students against each other, suggesting that Will has been neglecting the needs of the minority students. When school reporter Jacob Ben Israel learns that Quinn is pregnant, Rachel attempts to keep him from breaking the news to the rest of the school, but Sue forces him to run the story. The glee club members stage a walkout over Will and Sue's incessant arguing, and rally to support Quinn when the rest of the school learns of her pregnancy. Sue steps down as co-director, and Terri blackmails her obstetrician into faking a sonogram, deceiving Will into believing she is still pregnant.
8 8 "Mash-Up" Elodie Keene Ian Brennan October 21, 2009 (2009-10-21) 1ARC07 7.15[27]
Will attempts to create a mash-up wedding song for Emma and Ken. Ken becomes increasingly jealous of Emma's feelings for Will and tries to force the football-playing New Directions members to quit the glee club, but ultimately relents. Finn and Quinn find that they are no longer considered popular by the rest of the student body. Rachel and Puck date briefly, but break up as they have feelings for Finn and Quinn respectively. Sue has a brief romance with local news anchor Rod Remington and temporarily makes amends with Will, until she discovers that Rod is cheating on her.
9 9 "Wheels" Paris Barclay Ryan Murphy November 11, 2009 (2009-11-11) 1ARC08 7.53[28]
The glee club holds a bake sale to raise money for a wheelchair-accessible bus, so that paraplegic club member Artie can travel with them to Sectionals. Quinn struggles with the medical expenses incurred by her pregnancy, and Puck offers to support her. Sue accepts a student with Down syndrome onto the cheerleading squad and pays the school to build new wheelchair ramps, leading Will to question her motives. It transpires that Sue has an older sister who also has Down syndrome. Kurt and Rachel compete for a solo performance, but Kurt sabotages his own performance when his father receives harassing phone calls about his sexuality. Artie and Tina go on a date and share a kiss, but Artie feels betrayed when Tina admits she has been faking her own disability, a speech impediment, since sixth grade.
10 10 "Ballad" Brad Falchuk Brad Falchuk November 18, 2009 (2009-11-18) 1ARC09 7.36[29]
The glee club members are split into pairs to sing ballads to one another. Rachel is paired with Will and develops a crush on him. Will struggles to let Rachel down gently, recalling that the last student he turned down almost died after eating the world's hottest pepper in her grief. Finn and Quinn's parents learn that Quinn is pregnant, and she moves in with Finn and his mother when her own parents throw her out. Puck reveals to Mercedes that he is the father of Quinn's baby.
11 11 "Hairography" Bill D'Elia Ian Brennan November 25, 2009 (2009-11-25) 1ARC10 8.17[30]
New Directions meets their Sectionals competition – Jane Addams Girls Choir for girls recently released from juvenile detention, and the Haverbrook Deaf Choir. Sue gives the New Directions' set list for Sectionals to the competing clubs in order to damage the glee club's chance of progressing to Regionals. Quinn reconsiders having her baby adopted, giving Puck a chance to prove that he would be a good father. They successfully baby-sit for Terri's triplet nephews together, but Quinn later learns that Puck spent the evening sexting Santana, and recommits to the idea of adoption. Kurt gives Rachel a bad makeover, trying to sabotage her attempts at attracting Finn.
12 12 "Mattress" Elodie Keene Ryan Murphy December 2, 2009 (2009-12-02) 1ARC11 8.15[31]
When the glee club is left out of the school yearbook, Rachel has the club members cast in a local mattress commercial in an attempt to raise their social status. The team is paid in mattresses, revoking its amateur status and rendering it ineligible to compete at Sectionals. Will discovers that Terri has been lying to him about being pregnant and walks out on her. He spends a night at the school using one of the mattresses, and thus steps down as club director so that the team is eligible to compete, but remains undecided over whether to end his marriage. Emma and Ken schedule their wedding for the same day as Sectionals.
13 13 "Sectionals" Brad Falchuk Brad Falchuk December 9, 2009 (2009-12-09) 1ARC12 8.13[32]
Rachel learns that Puck is the father of Quinn's baby and tells Finn, who briefly quits the glee club. Emma postpones her wedding to accompany New Directions to Sectionals. The team discovers that its rivals are performing songs from its setlist, and aided by Finn's return, puts new routines together at the last moment. They win by unanimous decision and advance on to Regionals. Sue vows revenge when she is suspended by Principal Figgins over her attempts to sabotage the club. Ken breaks up with Emma over her feelings for Will, who leaves Terri and shares a kiss with Emma.
14 14 "Hell-O" Brad Falchuk Ian Brennan April 13, 2010 (2010-04-13) 1ARC13 13.66[33]
Blackmailing Figgins, Sue returns following her suspension, and enlists Santana and Brittany to seduce Finn and destroy his new relationship with Rachel. Rachel catches the eye of Jesse St. James, the lead singer of New Directions' rival, Vocal Adrenaline. Will and Emma attempt to begin dating, but Emma's mysophobic behavior leads Will to make out with Vocal Adrenaline's coach, Shelby Corcoran. Rachel and Finn have a rocky start to their relationship at the same time that Will and Emma try to find a way to be together.
15 15 "The Power of Madonna" Ryan Murphy Ryan Murphy April 20, 2010 (2010-04-20) 1ARC14 12.98[34]
Inspired by the Cheerios and Sue paying homage to Madonna, Will looks to the musical icon to nip the boys' recent misogynistic behavior in the bud. Emma, Rachel, and Finn weigh the pros and cons of losing their virginity. Jesse transfers to McKinley High and joins New Directions, despite the protest of Finn and others. In an attempt to get more opportunities to shine, Kurt and Mercedes join the Cheerios, and also help Sue produce a music video for "Vogue" as a school project that also helps Sue become more comfortable with herself after Will teases her about her hair.
16 16 "Home" Paris Barclay Brad Falchuk April 27, 2010 (2010-04-27) 1ARC15 12.18[35]
Kurt fixes up his father on a date with Finn's mother, Carole, in hopes of having a regular family and of getting closer to Finn. His plan backfires when his father bonds with Finn over sports, leaving Kurt feeling excluded. Will rents out April Rhodes's roller rink for New Directions as a temporary practice space. Will helps April sort out her life once more, culminating in April becoming a millionaire and buying the school auditorium for the glee club. Mercedes deals with weight issues after Sue tells her to lose ten pounds for an upcoming Cheerios interview, but learns to feel comfortable with who she is.
17 17 "Bad Reputation" Elodie Keene Ian Brennan May 4, 2010 (2010-05-04) 1ARC16 11.62[36]
When the "Glist" – a salacious list about the sexual exploits of the glee club members – circulates the halls of McKinley High, Will begins an investigation. He discovers Quinn to be the culprit, motivated by her distress at her loss of social status as a result of her pregnancy, but does not turn her in to Principal Figgins. Kurt, Mercedes, Artie, Tina and Brittany misbehave in an attempt to gain bad reputations, but their plans repeatedly backfire on them. Sue is mortified when a video of her rendition of Olivia Newton-John's classic "Physical" is unearthed, but ends up being contacted by Newton-John herself to produce a new version.
18 18 "Laryngitis" Alfonso Gomez-Rejon Ryan Murphy May 11, 2010 (2010-05-11) 1ARC17 11.57[37]
Rachel panics when a sore throat affects her singing. Finn helps her to get perspective on her condition by introducing her to his friend Sean, who was paralyzed from the upper chest down during a football game. Jealous of the time his father is spending with Finn, Kurt tries to emulate his masculine persona, and begins dating Brittany. His father reassures Kurt that he loves him for who he is. Puck dates Mercedes in a strategic move to elevate his social status, but ends up testing Mercedes' emotions in the process, causing her to break up with him and resign from the cheer squad.
19 19 "Dream On" Joss Whedon Brad Falchuk May 18, 2010 (2010-05-18) 1ARC18 11.47[38]
Will's high school nemesis, Bryan Ryan, causes trouble for the glee club, announcing his intent to cut them from the district budget. He and Will compete for a role in a local production of Les Misérables, and when Will is awarded the lead role, he gives it to Bryan to save the club. Vocal Adrenaline coach Shelby, first seen in "Hell-O", is revealed to be Rachel's biological mother. Tina gives Artie false hope that he may one day walk again, temporarily straining their relationship. With guidance from Emma, Artie begins to accept his physical condition.
20 20 "Theatricality" Ryan Murphy Ryan Murphy May 25, 2010 (2010-05-25) 1ARC20 11.37[39]
The glee club pays tribute to Lady Gaga, donning some of her famous outfits. Will teaches the club about theatricality to help Tina through an identity crisis. Rachel finally meets her mother by accident during a sneak-in on a Vocal Adrenaline practice session, but neither feel an immediate mother–daughter bond. Kurt's father, Burt, invites Finn and his mother to move in, but Finn is reluctant to share a room with Kurt. He uses a homophobic slur against Kurt during an emotional outburst, and is told to move out by Burt, but later comes to Kurt's defense when he is attacked by school bullies.
21 21 "Funk" Elodie Keene Ian Brennan June 1, 2010 (2010-06-01) 1ARC19 9.02[40]
Will seeks revenge against Sue when she plans to install a cheerleading trophy cabinet in the choir room. He asks her out on a date then stands her up, leaving Sue depressed and bedridden. With encouragement from a regretful Will, she leads the cheer squad to win at Nationals, and has their trophy placed in the choir room. Mercedes asks Quinn to move in with her family. The glee club learns that Jesse has defected to Vocal Adrenaline, forcing Rachel to deal with her emotions as she discovers that Jesse was using her to bring the club down.
22 22 "Journey to Regionals" Brad Falchuk Brad Falchuk June 8, 2010 (2010-06-08) 1ARC21 11.07[41]
New Directions competes against Vocal Adrenaline and Aural Intensity, seen here for the first time, at Regionals, in front of celebrity judges Olivia Newton-John, Josh Groban, Sue, and Rod Remington. Vocal Adrenaline wins and New Directions comes last, despite unexpected support from Sue, who is able to identify with the club's underdog status after being derided by the other judges. She convinces Principal Figgins to grant the club a reprieve, and not disband them for another year. Will and Finn profess their love for Emma and Rachel respectively. Quinn goes into labor and gives birth to a baby girl who is adopted by Shelby, and named Beth at Puck's request. Quinn later questions Puck if he ever loved her and replies that he did, and does now even more.

Season 2 (2010–11)[edit]

Main article: Glee (season 2)

The Sue Sylvester Shuffle (episode 11), broadcast immediately after Super Bowl XLV on February 6, 2011, was watched by 26.8 million viewers in the U.S., as the highest-rated scripted TV broadcast in 3 years.[42]

No.
overall
No. in
season
Title Directed by Written by Original air date Prod.
code
U.S. viewers
(millions)
23 1 "Audition" Brad Falchuk Ian Brennan September 21, 2010 (2010-09-21) 2ARC01 12.45[43]
McKinley High’s glee club and cheerleading squad budgets are cut to allocate more money for the football program and its new football coach Shannon Beiste (Dot-Marie Jones), so directors Will Schuester and Sue Sylvester scheme to get their money restored. Finn and Rachel try to find new recruits for New Directions, but Rachel feels threatened by the talent of her recruit, Sunshine (guest star Charice), an exchange student from the Philippines. Quinn replaces Santana as head of the Cheerios, Finn is kicked off the football team, and Tina and Mike (Harry Shum, Jr.) begin dating.
24 2 "Britney/Brittany" Ryan Murphy Ryan Murphy September 28, 2010 (2010-09-28) 2ARC02 13.51[44]
New Directions wants to perform a Britney Spears number at the Homecoming Assembly, but Will is reluctant to let them be that edgy. Emma's new boyfriend Carl (John Stamos), a dentist, treats glee club members Brittany, Santana, Rachel and Artie, all of whom experience Britney Spears fantasies while under anesthesia. Artie joins the football team, and Finn is reinstated. Will ultimately okays a Spears number and takes a lead role in the hopes of impressing Emma, but the assembly performance ends in chaos.
25 3 "Grilled Cheesus" Alfonso Gomez-Rejon Brad Falchuk October 5, 2010 (2010-10-05) 2ARC03 11.20[45]
Upon seeing the face of Jesus in his grilled cheese sandwich, Finn has an existential crisis. Because of this, the members of the glee club discuss religion and its significance to them, but this is uncomfortable for Kurt, who is an atheist, and who is facing his own, more serious crisis when his father Burt has a heart attack and becomes comatose. Sue questions her own beliefs and talks to her sister Jean about God.
26 4 "Duets" Eric Stoltz Ian Brennan October 12, 2010 (2010-10-12) 2ARC04 11.36[46]
When Puck is sent to a juvenile detention center, New Directions welcomes Sam (Chord Overstreet) as a new member, and Will assigns a duet competition for the week. Kurt wants to partner with Sam because he suspects Sam might be gay, but Finn and Burt dissuade him, and Kurt sings alone. Finn and Rachel secretly throw the competition so that Sam will feel welcome; the victory dinner with Sam and his partner Quinn turns into a first date for the couple.
27 5 "The Rocky Horror Glee Show" Adam Shankman Story by: Ryan Murphy & Tim Wollaston
Teleplay by: Ryan Murphy
October 26, 2010 (2010-10-26) 2ARC05 11.76[47]
After Will learns of Emma's newfound love for The Rocky Horror Picture Show, he impulsively decides to have the glee club perform the stage version of the musical as a fundraiser in the hopes of winning her back from Carl, recruiting her to help him with the production. However, problem after problem, including Sue going undercover to expose the boundary-pushing production on her television news segment, prevent New Directions from performing it in front of an audience.
28 6 "Never Been Kissed" Bradley Buecker Brad Falchuk November 9, 2010 (2010-11-09) 2ARC06 10.99[48]
Will separates the group for another boys vs. girls mash-up competition. Kurt, who’s being harassed by Karofsky (Max Adler), spies for New Directions at Dalton Academy, where he meets Blaine (Darren Criss), lead singer of the rival Warblers. Blaine encourages Kurt to stand up for himself, and backs him in a confrontation with Karofsky. Coach Beiste discovers the boys use her as a turn-off method and submits her resignation, but Will convinces her to stay at McKinley. Puck returns and develops a friendship with Artie through his community service project; he helps Artie get a date with Brittany.
29 7 "The Substitute" Ryan Murphy Ian Brennan November 16, 2010 (2010-11-16) 2ARC07 11.70[49]
Will becomes ill, and is replaced by freewheeling substitute teacher Holly Holliday (Gwyneth Paltrow), who lets the glee club members choose which songs they get to perform. Sue takes over as principal when Figgins is also ill, and makes several changes including firing Will, though she is ultimately convinced to reinstate him. Kurt and Blaine become friends, and Mercedes organizes a protest against Sue.
30 8 "Furt" Carol Banker Ryan Murphy November 23, 2010 (2010-11-23) 2ARC08 10.41[50]
Sue's Nazi-hunting mother Doris Sylvester (Carol Burnett) pays her a visit due to Sue's upcoming wedding to herself, and Finn and Kurt face the marriage of their parents, Carole (Romy Rosemont) and Burt. The school board refuses to take a stand against Karofsky’s threats to Kurt, which leads to Kurt transferring from McKinley High to Dalton Academy, and Sue resigning as principal. Quinn accepts a promise ring from Sam.
31 9 "Special Education" Paris Barclay Brad Falchuk November 30, 2010 (2010-11-30) 2ARC09 11.68[51]
Taking Emma's advice, Will decides to feature some of the less-heralded members of New Directions in the Sectionals competition. With the glee club in disarray and new member Lauren Zizes (Ashley Fink) replacing Kurt, New Directions, the Warblers (augmented by new member Kurt), and the Hipsters face off at Sectionals: New Directions and the Warblers both advance to Regionals. Carl and Emma marry in Las Vegas; Rachel confesses to Finn that she made out with Puck to make him jealous after discovering that Finn had lied about having sex with Santana the previous spring.
32 10 "A Very Glee Christmas" Alfonso Gomez-Rejon Ian Brennan December 7, 2010 (2010-12-07) 2ARC10 11.07[52]
The faculty holds a Secret Santa gift exchange, but Sue tampers with it so she gets all the gifts. Artie finds out Brittany still believes in Santa Claus, and convinces the other glee club members not to disillusion her. When Brittany asks a mall Santa to make wheelchair-bound Artie able to walk again, Artie recruits Coach Beiste to play Santa in order to tell her it won't be possible after all. Kurt tells Will that he's fallen in love with Blaine. Finn breaks up with Rachel.
33 11 "The Sue Sylvester Shuffle" Brad Falchuk Ian Brennan February 6, 2011 (2011-02-06) 2ARC11 26.80[53]
McKinley High’s football championship game takes place, and a "Thriller" mash-up is performed during the halftime show. Will and Coach Beiste attempt to get the glee club and the football team to work together, and Sue does everything she can to make sure she clinches Nationals again while attempting to sabotage both the football team and the glee club, with disastrous results: McKinley wins the championship, and Sue loses three cheerleaders and Regionals.
34 12 "Silly Love Songs" Tate Donovan Ryan Murphy February 8, 2011 (2011-02-08) 2ARC12 11.58[54]
Will assigns the McKinley High glee club to perform love songs in honor of Valentine's Day. Finn sets up a kissing booth for the occasion, to raise money for the club and to kiss Quinn. Puck falls in love with Lauren, but his song to her backfires. Blaine and the Dalton Academy Warblers perform "When I Get You Alone" at a Gap clothing store, but all does not go as planned.
35 13 "Comeback" Bradley Buecker Ryan Murphy February 15, 2011 (2011-02-15) 2ARC13 10.53[55]
Rachel tries to get back into McKinley High's social swing with the help of Brittany, but her attempts backfire. Sam forms a Justin Bieber tribute band in the hopes of cementing his relationship with Quinn, but later finds out from Santana that Quinn cheated on him with Finn and breaks up with her; he starts dating Santana. Sue tries to sow dissent in New Directions from the inside, and after failing, she becomes coach of Aural Intensity, a glee club rival for Regionals.
36 14 "Blame It on the Alcohol" Eric Stoltz Ian Brennan February 22, 2011 (2011-02-22) 2ARC14 10.58[56]
Principal Figgins attempts to teach the student body about the danger of underage drinking. Rachel throws a party, and after heavy drinking starts, things really heat up with a game of spin the bottle. To Kurt's dismay, Blaine questions his sexuality. Will drunk-dials Emma, and is publicly shamed by Sue. New Directions performs at a school assembly on drinking, with disastrous results.
37 15 "Sexy" Ryan Murphy Brad Falchuk March 8, 2011 (2011-03-08) 2ARC15 11.92[57]
When substitute Holly Holliday fills in for the absent sex education teacher, she joins forces with Will to teach the kids of New Directions the facts of life. Santana and Brittany ask Holly's advice about their relationship. Emma heads up the Celibacy Club, and she and her husband Carl face some issues in their marriage with Holly's help, notably her continuing celibacy; when Emma confesses to still having feelings for Will, Carl moves out. Finn and Quinn get back together. A warning from Blaine prompts Burt to give Kurt "the talk" about sex.
38 16 "Original Song" Bradley Buecker Ryan Murphy March 15, 2011 (2011-03-15) 2ARC16 11.15[58]
When their planned anthem for the show choir Regionals competition is axed due to Sue's sabotage, New Directions writes and performs original songs to compete against the Dalton Academy Warblers and the Sue-coached Aural Intensity; Kathy Griffin and Loretta Devine guest star as judges Tammy Jean Albertson and Sister Mary Constance. Blaine falls in love with Kurt, and the two begin a relationship. New Directions wins the Regionals competition.
39 17 "A Night of Neglect" Carol Banker Ian Brennan April 19, 2011 (2011-04-19) 2ARC17 9.80[59]
The glee club performs songs from artists that they feel are neglected at a benefit in an attempt to raise money for Artie, Mike, Tina and Brittany's Academic Decathlon team. Sue makes a plan to sabotage the fundraiser; when Sunshine, who now sings for rival club Vocal Adrenaline, offers to perform for the benefit, her director, one of Sue's allies, pulls her from the show. Lauren convinces Mercedes to become a truly demanding diva to get what she wants.
40 18 "Born This Way" Alfonso Gomez-Rejon Brad Falchuk April 26, 2011 (2011-04-26) 2ARC18 8.62[60]
Santana blackmails Karofsky into starting an anti-bullying club in order to convince Kurt to return to McKinley High and New Directions; Kurt returns and the Warblers serenade him in farewell. Lauren runs against Quinn for prom queen and, with Puck's help, digs up some surprising information about her past. Most of the glee club tries to convince Rachel not to get a nose job after Finn breaks her nose while dancing.
41 19 "Rumours" Tim Hunter Ryan Murphy May 3, 2011 (2011-05-03) 2ARC19 8.85[61]
Sue revives The Muckraker, the school newspaper, and prints blind items about the kids in the glee club in order to sow discord among the members. Quinn gives Finn an ultimatum about their relationship and his friendship with Rachel. Brittany breaks up with Artie after he quizzes her about her relationship with Santana and calls her stupid for not seeing through Santana's machinations. Sam is forced to reveal that his family now lives in a single motel room after their house was foreclosed upon. April Rhodes (Kristin Chenoweth) returns to try to convince Will to perform on Broadway with her.
42 20 "Prom Queen" Eric Stoltz Ian Brennan May 10, 2011 (2011-05-10) 2ARC20 9.29[62]
As the race for prom queen heats up, Principal Figgins recruits New Directions to perform at the prom. Mercedes is distressed because she doesn't have a prom date, and Rachel arranges for Sam to take the two of them as a group. Jesse St. James (Jonathan Groff) returns to woo Rachel, which angers Finn. Kurt attempts to help Karofsky deal with his sexuality, and takes Blaine as his date to the prom. A surprising pair wins Prom King and Queen, with dramatic repercussions.
43 21 "Funeral" Bradley Buecker Ryan Murphy May 17, 2011 (2011-05-17) 2ARC21 8.97[63]
As New Directions gets closer to Nationals, Will brings in Jesse to give advice on how to win the championship; Rachel is the only one happy with his efforts. Sue sabotages the club's travel itinerary to New York, though Will's ex-wife Terri ultimately fixes the damage. When Sue's sister Jean dies and Sue is unable to cope, Finn and Kurt get the club to help them plan her funeral. Finn breaks up with Quinn due to his lingering feelings for Rachel.
44 22 "New York" Brad Falchuk Brad Falchuk May 24, 2011 (2011-05-24) 2ARC22 11.80[64]
New Directions heads to New York City for the National Show Choir Championship and faces Vocal Adrenaline once again, taking time to see landmarks while there. Will prepares to head to Broadway with April while hiding it from the kids. Finn is desperate to win Rachel back, and Kurt helps Rachel to make a decision about her future. The performance by New Directions includes an unplanned interlude, which imperils their chances of victory. Back in Ohio, Blaine and Kurt declare their love for each other.

Season 3 (2011–12)[edit]

Main article: Glee (season 3)
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45 1 "The Purple Piano Project" Eric Stoltz Brad Falchuk September 20, 2011 (2011-09-20) 3ARC01 9.21[65]
The glee club is down to ten members and needs to recruit, so director Will Schuester assigns them a project to get new singers. Cheerleading coach Sue Sylvester runs for congress on a platform of cutting the arts in schools, and directs new cheerleading co-captains Santana and Becky (Lauren Potter) to sabotage the pianos being used in the glee club project. Blaine transfers to McKinley High to be with Kurt and joins New Directions. Rachel and Kurt's post-graduate plans for New York suffer a setback.
46 2 "I Am Unicorn" Brad Falchuk Ryan Murphy September 27, 2011 (2011-09-27) 3ARC02 8.60[66]
Will sets up a boot camp for some of the members of the glee club to improve their dancing. Auditions begin for the school musical, West Side Story with Kurt and Blaine pitted against each other for the part of Tony. Kurt worries he's "too gay" to play any big roles on Broadway, but his father encourages him to be himself. Sue features Quinn in an anti-arts commercial for her congressional campaign. Shelby Corcoran (Idina Menzel) is hired to set up a rival glee club at McKinley High, and reaches out to her adopted daughter's birth parents Quinn and Puck. Kurt begins his campaign for senior class president.
47 3 "Asian F" Alfonso Gomez-Rejon Ian Brennan October 4, 2011 (2011-10-04) 3ARC03 8.42[67]
After Mike gets an "A−" on a chemistry test, his father wants him to drop glee club. He instead auditions for West Side Story. Mercedes also auditions, but refuses to share the role of Maria with Rachel when the two are to be double-cast; she also quits New Directions, and joins Shelby's rival glee club. Brittany's campaign for senior class president kicks into high gear, and Rachel becomes a third candidate, infuriating the other candidate, Kurt. Emma Pillsbury's parents visit, and cause a flare-up of her OCD. The musical's cast list is posted.
48 4 "Pot o' Gold" Adam Shankman Ali Adler November 1, 2011 (2011-11-01) 3ARC04 7.47[68]
Irish exchange student Rory Flanagan (Damian McGinty) arrives at McKinley High. He is living at Brittany's house, and she thinks he's a leprechaun. Mercedes starts recruiting for Shelby's new glee club, and succeeds in attracting Santana and Brittany, who are now officially dating. Sue gains a new competitor in her run for congress when Kurt's dad, Burt Hummel (Mike O'Malley), decides to run against her as a write-in candidate. Rory joins New Directions.
49 5 "The First Time" Bradley Buecker Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa November 8, 2011 (2011-11-08) 3ARC05 6.91[69]
The school musical West Side Story is rehearsed and then performed, with Artie as lead director. Mike argues with his father about wanting to be a professional dancer, and Coach Beiste (Dot-Marie Jones) gains an admirer in the form of football recruiter Cooter Menkins (Eric Bruskotter). Kurt and Blaine debate whether to have sex, as do Rachel and Finn, the latter of whom is worried about being recruited for college football. New Dalton Academy Warbler Sebastian Smythe (Grant Gustin) makes a play for Blaine, and invites him and Kurt to a gay bar, where Dave Karofsky (Max Adler) gives Kurt some advice.
50 6 "Mash Off" Eric Stoltz Michael Hitchcock November 15, 2011 (2011-11-15) 3ARC06 7.08[70]
Sue pursues a smear campaign against Burt in their congressional race. Glee club directors Will and Shelby encourage some friendly competition between their clubs, but Santana does not go along with the friendly part and hounds Finn, with disastrous results. Puck falls in love with Shelby, to her dismay. The candidates for senior class president debate, and Rachel withdraws from the race, throwing her support behind Kurt.
51 7 "I Kissed a Girl" Tate Donovan Matthew Hodgson November 29, 2011 (2011-11-29) 3ARC07 7.90[71]
The election for McKinley High Senior Class President is marred by ballot-box stuffing, and Brittany is declared the winner. Coach Beiste challenges Sue over Cooter, and Sue's own election day results in an embarrassing defeat to Burt. Life gets more complicated for Quinn and Puck, Santana comes out to her family and the school with the help of the New Directions and Trouble Tones, and a shocking event upsets New Directions' plans for the forthcoming show choir Sectionals competition.
52 8 "Hold On to Sixteen" Bradley Buecker Ross Maxwell December 6, 2011 (2011-12-06) 3ARC08 7.11[72]
Sam Evans (Chord Overstreet) returns to McKinley High and New Directions at Finn's urging just in time to compete in Sectionals—hosted by McKinley—against stiff competition, which includes McKinley's Troubletones and the Unitards, fronted by Harmony (Lindsay Pearce). Quinn makes a pivotal decision, and Sebastian plans a second try for Blaine. Finn admits he is jealous of Blaine and they reconcile. Tina helps Mike and his father come to an agreement about Mike's college plans.
53 9 "Extraordinary Merry Christmas" Matthew Morrison Marti Noxon December 13, 2011 (2011-12-13) 3ARC09 7.13[73]
New Directions celebrates the holidays, and the group is faced with a dilemma when they agree to perform at two different events that turn out to be scheduled at the exact same time. Rory suffers from homesickness, and bonds with Sam, who is also away from his family. Artie is set to direct a Christmas special for a local network and is inspired to do a tribute to Christmas specials of old.
54 10 "Yes/No" Eric Stoltz Brad Falchuk January 17, 2012 (2012-01-17) 3ARC10 7.50[74]
Will asks the glee club to help him propose to Emma in a very spectacular way, and he ultimately does. Sam joins McKinley's synchronized swim team, coached by Roz Washington (NeNe Leakes), desperate for a letterman jacket to impress Mercedes, who he wants to win back from Shane. Becky decides she wants Artie as her boyfriend and gets him to date her. Finn makes an announcement about his plans for life after high school and gets some devastating news, which draws him even closer to Rachel.
55 11 "Michael" Alfonso Gomez-Rejon Ryan Murphy January 31, 2012 (2012-01-31) 3ARC11 9.07[75]
Will announces a "Michael Week" after the former Troubletones reveal they are disappointed they didn't get to perform in the Jackson family medley at Sectionals. The rivalry between New Directions and the Dalton Academy Warblers deepens ahead of Regionals as both groups plan to perform Michael Jackson's music in competition. Quinn is the first senior to get news on her college plans, and Kurt and Rachel get news on their NYADA applications. Mercedes and Sam kiss, and Sebastian injures Blaine in an attempt to strike back at Kurt.
56 12 "The Spanish Teacher" Paris Barclay Ian Brennan February 7, 2012 (2012-02-07) 3ARC12 7.81[76]
Will and Sue are competing for a tenured position at McKinley High, but complaints are received about both of them as teachers. Will goes to night school for a refresher course in Spanish, but his teacher there, David Martinez (Ricky Martin), becomes a potential rival for his position at McKinley when Will assigns a Spanish-themed week to New Directions and invites David to perform. Rachel tells Kurt and Mercedes that Finn has proposed to her, and Mercedes has issues in her own love life. Sue announces that she wants to become a mother, and she needs a sperm donor.
57 13 "Heart" Brad Falchuk Ali Adler February 14, 2012 (2012-02-14) 3ARC13 6.99[77]
Love is in the air and Will has the members of New Directions perform the best love songs they can find on Glee's second Valentine's Day episode. Sugar (Vanessa Lengies) holds a Valentine's dance for McKinley students, which Santana and Brittany attend as a couple; Artie and Rory compete to become Sugar's date. Rachel's fathers, Hiram and Leroy Berry (Jeff Goldblum and Brian Stokes Mitchell), throw a dinner party in honor of Rachel and Finn's engagement in their debut appearance. Kurt starts receiving Valentine's gifts from a secret admirer. A new transfer student to McKinley named Joe Hart (Samuel Larsen) is introduced.
58 14 "On My Way" Bradley Buecker Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa February 21, 2012 (2012-02-21) 3ARC14 7.46[78]
Defending Regionals winners New Directions compete against the Dalton Academy Warblers, whom they defeated the previous year—the victors will attend the Nationals show choir competition. Dave Karofsky tries to commit suicide after his classmates find out he is gay and post hate threats on his social media accounts, so Kurt tries to give advice to help him. Rachel decides to move up her plans to marry Finn. Sue says she is pregnant. Quinn ends up in a car crash while sending a text to Rachel.
59 15 "Big Brother" Eric Stoltz Michael Hitchcock April 10, 2012 (2012-04-10) 3ARC15 6.76[79]
Blaine's older brother Cooper Anderson (Matt Bomer), a Hollywood commercials actor, comes to Lima for a visit, and while in town gives an acting masterclass to New Directions. Quinn returns to school in a wheelchair, but hopes to regain the use of her legs. When the members of the glee club do a "senior ditch day" at Six Flags, she and Artie go instead to a skate park for some wheelchair excitement. Quinn recruits Joe Hart to join New Directions.
60 16 "Saturday Night Glee-ver" Bradley Buecker Matthew Hodgson April 17, 2012 (2012-04-17) 3ARC16 6.23[80]
The glee club does disco in a tribute to Saturday Night Fever. In order to help Finn, Santana and Mercedes figure out what to do after they graduate, Will assigns them to perform songs from the movie that would show how they feel about their lives. Finn decides to become an actor. Santana wants to become famous, but reconsiders when Brittany uploads a sextape of the two of them on the web. After her performance, Mercedes says she wants to become a recording artist; Sam posts a videoclip of that performance, which gets excellent reviews. Wade Adams (Alex Newell), a member of rival glee club Vocal Adrenaline, asks Kurt and Mercedes for advice about whether to perform as his transgender alter ego "Unique".
61 17 "Dance with Somebody" Paris Barclay Ross Maxwell April 24, 2012 (2012-04-24) 3ARC17 6.90[81]
The glee club pays tribute to the late Whitney Houston. After realizing the kids are still feeling sorrow about her death, Will decides to feature Whitney's musical legacy in the club. Kurt meets a guy in a music store, and they start texting each other, but when Blaine discovers this he's deeply upset. After Rachel and Santana sing their first duet together, Rachel asks Santana to be her friend for their final high school days. Joe continues helping Quinn with her physical therapy, and they both wonder if they have feelings for each other. Anticipation for Will and Emma's wedding keeps building.
62 18 "Choke" Michael Uppendahl Marti Noxon May 1, 2012 (2012-05-01) 3ARC18 6.01[82]
Kurt and Rachel get ready for their audition for NYADA, and are thrown off-stride when they discover they will be performing for the school's dean, Carmen Tibideaux (Whoopi Goldberg). Puck's father (Thomas Calabro) shows up in Lima, which results in Puck making a decision about his future with the help of the New Directions Boys. Coach Beiste reveals a secret, and gets help from her fellow coaches Sue and Roz Washington (NeNe Leakes).
63 19 "Prom-asaurus" Eric Stoltz Ryan Murphy May 8, 2012 (2012-05-08) 3ARC19 6.67[83]
As class president, Brittany organizes the senior prom, and decides this year's theme will be dinosaurs. However, some people are reluctant to go. After the announcement of the prom king and queen finalist candidates, some of the misfits plan an anti-prom party. Ultimately, most everyone sees their own dream come true during the prom as Rachel and Finn are nominated Prom Queen and King.
64 20 "Props" Ian Brennan Ian Brennan May 15, 2012 (2012-05-15) 3ARC20 6.09[84]
Tina is upset that Rachel continues to get all the glee club solos, but after she hits her head falling into a fountain and hallucinates experiencing life as Rachel and the rest of the club with switched personas, she helps Rachel try for another NYADA audition. Rehearsals continue for the glee club's Nationals performance. Puck and Coach Beiste help each other through some tough times.
65 21 "Nationals" Eric Stoltz Ali Adler May 15, 2012 (2012-05-15) 3ARC21 6.03[84]
The New Directions compete for the 2012 Nationals championship in Chicago, Illinois, performing for celebrity judges Lindsay Lohan, Perez Hilton and local politician Martin Fong (Rex Lee), with Vocal Adrenaline their chief competition. The New Directions win Nationals and Principal Figgins asks them to perform in the school's Teacher of the Year ceremony.
66 22 "Goodbye" Brad Falchuk Brad Falchuk May 22, 2012 (2012-05-22) 3ARC22 7.46[85]
The McKinley High class of 2012 graduates. Members of the glee club get their last assignment: the underclassmen and the seniors will say each others' farewell through the music. It's time for the seniors to follow their own dreams. Finn breaks up with Rachel so she could follow her dreams. The New Directions says goodbye to Rachel as she heads to New York City to study in NYADA.

Season 4 (2012–13)[edit]

Main article: Glee (season 4)
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67 1 "The New Rachel" Brad Falchuk Ryan Murphy September 13, 2012 (2012-09-13) 4ARC01 7.41[86]
Rachel begins school at NYADA, where she meets junior Brody Weston (Dean Geyer) and starts classes with a tough dance instructor, Cassandra July (Kate Hudson). At McKinley High, the rebuilding of New Directions begins and Wade "Unique" Adams (Alex Newell) transfers to join the group. Kurt aids director Will Schuester in finding potential recruits, who include Marley Rose (Melissa Benoist) and Puck's half brother Jake (Jacob Artist).
68 2 "Britney 2.0" Alfonso Gomez-Rejon Brad Falchuk September 20, 2012 (2012-09-20) 4ARC02 7.46[87]
Brittany is depressed, and turns to her namesake Britney Spears for inspiration, leading to the Glee Club and Sam to help her out. Rachel continues to struggle in adjusting to life at NYADA and in New York, as well as the constant tormenting of Cassandra, but gets help from new friend and classmate Brody. Puck returns when Will calls him and meets Jake for the first time as he gives him an attitude adjustment.
69 3 "Makeover" Eric Stoltz Ian Brennan September 27, 2012 (2012-09-27) 4ARC03 5.79[88]
At McKinley High, Blaine and Sam run against Brittany and Artie for the student council, and win. Kurt gets an internship in New York at Vogue.com, working for Isabelle Wright (Sarah Jessica Parker) and excels, while he is inadvertently pulling away from Blaine. Rachel starts to warm up to her new classmate Brody and invites him to her and Kurt's apartment just as her former fiancé Finn shows up there unexpectedly.
70 4 "The Break Up" Alfonso Gomez-Rejon Ryan Murphy October 4, 2012 (2012-10-04) 4ARC04 6.07[89]
The show's major couples face serious problems in their relationships: Finn, after being incommunicado for months, shows up in New York unexpectedly, and discovers he doesn't fit in with Rachel's life at NYADA. Blaine misses Kurt and feels left behind, and briefly cheats on Kurt before realizing his error. Santana and Brittany struggle because of the distance, and Santana decides to do the "mature thing" and have them set each other free. Marley tells Jake that she isn't keen on him spending time with Kitty (Becca Tobin), and Emma and Will have problems when Will is accepted into the Blue Ribbon Panel for the arts in Washington: he will be there for several months, and wants Emma to come with him, but she doesn't want to go.
71 5 "The Role You Were Born to Play" Brad Falchuk Michael Hitchcock November 8, 2012 (2012-11-08) 4ARC05 5.68[90]
The McKinley High production of Grease is being cast, and after Artie recruits Finn to help him direct, he calls in McKinley graduates Mercedes and Mike to help him and Finn with auditions for the musical. Competitors for the lead role of Danny include Jake and football player Ryder Lynn (Blake Jenner), while Marley and Kitty are rivals for Sandy, the female lead. Will also makes a big decision.
72 6 "Glease" Michael Uppendahl Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa November 15, 2012 (2012-11-15) 4ARC06 5.22[91]
The McKinley High production of Grease opens, and Santana returns to help out with it when Wade is pulled out. Rachel also has another run in with Cassandra, her dance instructor, and Kurt and Rachel visit Lima, resulting in Cassandra seducing Brody to spite Rachel. Kitty convinces Marley that she is genetically predisposed to be overweight and that she needs to induce vomit in order to maintain a healthy weight. Ryder finds Marley trying to vomit in the bathroom. He tells her that she looks good and that what she is doing is not healthy, and kisses her backstage as Jake looks on. At the choir room, New Directions celebrates the positive reviews of "Grease". Will says his goodbyes to the glee club before leaving, and Finn officially takes over.
73 7 "Dynamic Duets" Ian Brennan Ian Brennan November 22, 2012 (2012-11-22) 4ARC07 4.62[92]
Romantic tension builds between Marley and two of the glee club's males, Jake and Ryder. Kitty and Marley develop a 'friendship' as Marley continues to ail. Blaine checks in on Sebastian and the Warblers when the glee club gets its Nationals trophy stolen and is given a tempting offer—to rejoin the Warblers. Meanwhile, Ryder is tested to discover the reason why he is failing all his tests, only to find out he is dyslexic.
74 8 "Thanksgiving" Bradley Buecker Russel Friend & Garrett Lerner November 29, 2012 (2012-11-29) 4ARC08 5.39[93]
New Directions prepare for and perform at Sectionals with dramatic results. They are helped by some of the glee club's graduates, including Quinn and Santana, who are home for the Thanksgiving holiday, resulting in new friendships and the flaming of old rivalries. Rachel and Kurt celebrate Thanksgiving in New York and Kurt starts to mend his relationship with Blaine.
75 9 "Swan Song" Brad Falchuk Stacy Traub December 6, 2012 (2012-12-06) 4ARC09 5.43[94]
On the wake of Marley's blackout, the New Directions lose Sectionals and are disqualified from the competition. Finn starts to contemplate his future with the glee club upon their loss and subsequent disbanding. Back in New York, the tension between Rachel and Cassandra increases. And Rachel gets invited to perform for the Winter Showcase while Kurt gets a second chance to audition for NYADA.
76 10 "Glee, Actually" Adam Shankman Matthew Hodgson December 13, 2012 (2012-12-13) 4ARC10 5.26[95]
A tribute to the film Love, Actually with five different storylines all dealing with the holidays. Sam and Brittany live as if it's the end of the world as the Mayans know it. The Puckermans, including half-brothers Puck and Jake and their mothers, come together for Chanukah. Artie suffers a head injury in which he slips on ice and has an epiphany through a dream sequence in which he reflects what may have happened if he never was in a wheelchair and glee club never formed. In his black-and-white vision he sees Rory as his guardian angel, reminding him of who he was to the glee club. Kurt spends Christmas with Blaine and his father in New York, whilst discovering his father has prostate cancer. Sue struggles to get a Secret Santa present for Marley's mother, Millie, but has a change of heart after seeing Marley and Millie struggle.
77 11 "Sadie Hawkins" Bradley Buecker Ross Maxwell January 24, 2013 (2013-01-24) 4ARC11 6.79[96]
The girls of McKinley High finally have the power when Tina plans a Sadie Hawkins dance. Everyone's nervous as the girls of New Directions ask their desired guys. Secret crushes spread throughout the glee club. Sam and Blaine also investigate a possibility of The Warblers cheating at Sectionals. The tension between the love triangle of Kitty, Jake and Marley weakens when Kitty sets her eye on Puck. Meanwhile in New York, Rachel is preoccupied with Brody, so Kurt tries to find his niche in NYADA. He meets and forms a friendship with Adam, who is the leader of the glee club Adam's Apples.
78 12 "Naked" Ian Brennan Ryan Murphy January 31, 2013 (2013-01-31) 4ARC12 5.48[97]
The New Directions are reintegrated to the show choir competition. Quinn and Santana visit Rachel in New York to advise her not to shoot a nude scene for a student film project. The glee club puts together a sexy calendar to raise funds for the bus to Regionals, and Finn has a major confrontation with Sue. Meanwhile, Marley and Jake try to tell each other what they really feel.
79 13 "Diva" Paris Barclay Brad Falchuk February 7, 2013 (2013-02-07) 4ARC13 6.03[98]
Concerned New Directions doesn't have the killer instinct to win at Regionals, Finn assigns the club to let loose their inner divas. Tina's infatuation with Blaine reaches a tipping point and she comes to a realization. Santana’s return creates trouble for Sam and Brittany. Santana also tries to decide what to do with her future. Emma is in a time of chaos because of preparations for the upcoming wedding. With Will away, Finn and Emma help each other out. In New York, Kurt can not take Rachel's arrogant attitude, so he challenges her to a sing-off for bragging rights at NYADA.
80 14 "I Do" Brad Falchuk Ian Brennan February 14, 2013 (2013-02-14) 4ARC14 5.13[99]
Past and present New Directions members attend Will and Emma's Valentine's Day wedding, where they are invited to be the singers. Emma does not join Will at the altar, and at the reception afterward, some past relationships are possibly rekindled, current ones progress, and new ones may be beginning. After her return to New York, Rachel gets what appears to be bad news.
81 15 "Girls (and Boys) On Film" Ian Brennan Michael Hitchcock March 7, 2013 (2013-03-07) 4ARC15 6.72[100]
Will states that movies and films are another way to calm people down from the day-to-day anxieties, in this case, himself being left at the altar by Emma in the last episode. He sets up a mash-up Boys Vs. Girls competition, based on songs from films. The Glee Club peps up for the competition as they perform their 500th musical performance on the show. As the Glee Club prepares for the competition, Finn assists Will in finding Emma successfully. Back in New York, Santana gets too comfortable in the Bushwick apartment for Kurt and Rachel's approval. When Adam, Kurt, Rachel and Santana are snowbound, Santana digs out the dirty secrets and is certain who Brody really is and also find's out Rachel's pregnancy test results.
82 16 "Feud" Bradley Buecker Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa March 14, 2013 (2013-03-14) 4ARC16 5.37[101]
New Directions members deal with their own conflicts by performing songs created by feuding artists. Santana starts to distrust Brody, as she thinks he is hiding something and after she confronts him at NYADA, she is asked by Rachel and Kurt to move out. Brody is later revealed to be a gigolo. Meanwhile, Ryder starts online chatting with a mysterious girl, with whom he expresses great interest. Finn confronts Brody because of Rachel.
83 17 "Guilty Pleasures" Eric Stoltz Russel Friend & Garrett Lerner March 21, 2013 (2013-03-21) 4ARC17 5.91[102]
The singers of New Directions are faced with having to perform their musical guilty pleasures: songs and performers that people might really like, but if so usually keep that fact secret. Sam and Blaine hand out assignments to the glee club members. Rachel finally finds out the truth about Brody's extra-curricular activities. And Blaine admits to Sam being in love with him.
84 18 "Shooting Star" Bradley Buecker Matthew Hodgson April 11, 2013 (2013-04-11) 4ARC18 6.67[103]
Brittany predicts that a meteor will strike Lima. For their weekly assignment, Will gives the kids the theme "Last Chance" in the hopes their fear of the impending disaster will inspire them to live each day as if it could be their last. While Will’s lesson plan has the residual effect of prompting a heartfelt and unexpected confession from Coach Beiste, its premise suddenly takes on new meaning when the school is immersed in a terrifyingly real event. Meanwhile, when Ryder discovers, much to his delight, that Katie – the girl he’s been communicating with strictly via text message – is a student at McKinley, he decides to initiate the next step in their relationship.
85 19 "Sweet Dreams" Elodie Keene Ross Maxwell April 18, 2013 (2013-04-18) 4ARC19 6.14[104]
Rachel psyches herself up for what she believes will be the most important audition of her life: a chance to play "Fanny Brice" in an all-new Broadway production of Funny Girl. She gets a surprise visit from her mother, Shelby, who offers some very valuable advice. Finn begins to settle into his new life as a college student at The University of Lima. While he takes to the school’s party atmosphere with ease with new roommate Puck, it takes heartfelt conversations from friends to put his priorities back in order. Meanwhile, Marley, tries to work up the confidence to suggest that Mr. Schue look at her original music as an alternative for Regionals.
86 20 "Lights Out" Paris Barclay Ryan Murphy April 25, 2013 (2013-04-25) 4ARC20 5.24[105]
McKinley High loses power, and New Directions performs acoustically while electricity is unavailable. Ryder shares a secret from his past—he was sexually abused when he was a child. Meanwhile, Vogue.com boss Isabelle Wright recruits her former intern Kurt Hummel to help out at a company-sponsored event to raise money for charity, with Rachel and Santana along for good measure.
87 21 "Wonder-ful" Wendey Stanzler Brad Falchuk May 2, 2013 (2013-05-02) 4ARC21 5.19[106]
Kurt returns to Ohio for Burt's appointment and stops by McKinley to help the New Directions prepare for Regionals, along with Mike and Mercedes. Artie is keeping a secret from his mom (special guest star Katey Sagal), but Kitty steps in to help Artie come clean. Rachel worries when Cassandra finds out about her Funny Girl audition, but is surprised when Cassandra changes her attitude towards her.
88 22 "All or Nothing" Bradley Buecker Ian Brennan May 9, 2013 (2013-05-09) 4ARC22 5.92[107]
Rachel has her Funny Girl callback whilst the New Directions take on the Hoosierdaddies with lead singer Frida Romero (Jessica Sanchez) and the Waffletoots (Yale Whiffenpoofs, with lead singer Brandon Levin) at Regionals. Brittany returns from MIT to McKinley with a new attitude. Ryder finally discovers who Katie is. Will and Emma decide to marry in surprise in the show choir room while Blaine plans on proposing to Kurt.

Season 5 (2013–14)[edit]

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89 1 "Love, Love, Love" Bradley Buecker Brad Falchuk September 26, 2013 (2013-09-26) 5ARC01 5.06[108]
The first of two tribute episodes to the Beatles, with New Directions performing the Fab Four's musical catalogue at director Will Schuester's behest. Kurt and Blaine agree to become boyfriends once again, and Blaine is emboldened to ask Kurt to marry him. Rachel's dreams of Broadway seem to be in jeopardy when a "chemistry" audition ends abruptly; Santana gets her a job at the Broadway diner where she works. Artie and Kitty begin dating. Sue Sylvester is made interim principal of McKinley High after she frames Figgins (Iqbal Theba).
90 2 "Tina in the Sky with Diamonds" Ian Brennan Ian Brennan October 3, 2013 (2013-10-03) 5ARC02 4.42[109]
The second of two tribute episodes to the Beatles features the McKinley prom: when Tina is named one of the nominees for prom queen, she campaigns in a way that jeopardizes her relationship with her friends in glee club. Though she wins, Tina's triumph is sabotaged by Bree (Erinn Westbrook), a "mean girl" cheerleader. Rachel and Santana make a new friend at the diner where they work: a struggling artist named Dani (Demi Lovato), who is attracted to Santana and vice versa. Kurt gets a job at the diner. Sam is attracted to the new school nurse, a college sophomore named Penny Owen (Phoebe Strole). Rachel is cast in Funny Girl.
91 3 "The Quarterback" Brad Falchuk Ryan Murphy & Brad Falchuk & Ian Brennan October 10, 2013 (2013-10-10) 5ARC03 7.39[110]
Finn Hudson's death leaves a massive hole in everyone's lives and each individual grieves in a different way.
92 4 "A Katy or a Gaga" Ian Brennan Russel Friend & Garrett Lerner November 7, 2013 (2013-11-07) 5ARC04 4.01[111]
New Directions in Lima and the characters in New York explore "who they are as artists", using the music of Katy Perry and Lady Gaga in the process.
93 5 "The End of Twerk" Wendey Stanzler Michael Hitchcock November 14, 2013 (2013-11-14) 5ARC05 4.22[112]
In New York, Rachel decides that both she and Kurt should be tattooed; Kurt gets a botched tattoo, and Rachel, who claims she decided not to, actually gets one saying "Finn". New Directions learns how to twerk. Jake's new closeness with Bree becomes known by his girlfriend Marley.
94 6 "Movin' Out" Brad Falchuk Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa November 21, 2013 (2013-11-21) 5ARC06 4.09[113]
A tribute to Billy Joel's music. The seniors in the glee club start looking ahead to graduation and their lives afterward.
95 7 "Puppet Master" Paul McCrane Matthew Hodgson November 28, 2013 (2013-11-28) 5ARC07 2.84[114]
The glee club reacts badly to Blaine's plans for them to win Nationals, and he is unhappy with their response. In New York, his fiancé Kurt has similar problems with his band when he books their first formal performance. McKinley principal Sue Sylvester finally reveals why she started wearing her trademark tracksuits.
96 8 "Previously Unaired Christmas" Wendey Stanzler Ross Maxwell December 5, 2013 (2013-12-05) 5ARC08 3.29[115]
In a Christmas special that was supposedly suppressed by the network in 2012—according to an episode-opening monologue by Jane Lynch—the New York cast work as holiday elves while the Lima glee club members vie to be in the living Nativity display at McKinley High.
97 9 "Frenemies" Bradley Buecker Ned Martel February 25, 2014 (2014-02-25) 5ARC09 2.99[116]
Friendships quickly dissolve in both Lima and New York, with some devastating repercussions. At McKinley, Artie and Tina are forced to square off against each other for the honor of being the valedictorian of the graduating class, while in New York, Santana successfully auditions for the role of Rachel's understudy in Funny Girl, and Rachel is incensed.
98 10 "Trio" Ian Brennan Rivka Sophia Rossi March 4, 2014 (2014-03-04) 5ARC10 2.68[117]
Elliott "Starchild" Gilbert (Adam Lambert) finds himself caught between feuding bandmates Santana and Rachel. Glee club members and good friends Tina, Sam and Blaine plan to spend some special time together before their impending graduation, but Becky (Lauren Potter) unexpectedly attaches herself to their group. Will and Emma (Jayma Mays) talk about having a child.
99 11 "City of Angels" Elodie Keene Jessica Meyer March 11, 2014 (2014-03-11) 5ARC11 2.30[118]
New Directions goes to Los Angeles to compete at Nationals, dedicating their performance to their late co-director Finn Hudson. They also take along his mother Carole Hudson-Hummel (Romy Rosemont) and stepfather Burt Hummel (Mike O'Malley) to see them compete. Former member Mercedes Jones (Amber Riley), who now lives in Los Angeles, also attends.
100 12 "100" Paris Barclay Ryan Murphy & Brad Falchuk & Ian Brennan March 18, 2014 (2014-03-18) 5ARC12 2.80[119]
McKinley principal Sue Sylvester finally succeeds in disbanding New Directions at the school, and former members and friends of the glee club return to bid it and director Will Schuester farewell. He gives them a final assignment: reinvent their favorite past performances to celebrate the club.
101 13 "New Directions" Brad Falchuk Brad Falchuk March 25, 2014 (2014-03-25) 5ARC13 2.68[120]
April Rhodes (Kristin Chenoweth) and Holly Holliday (Gwyneth Paltrow) scheme to resurrect the newly-disbanded glee club. With the help of Brittany (Heather Morris), Rachel and Santana make an effort at a rapprochement. The McKinley senior class graduates.
102 14 "New New York" Sanaa Hamri Ryan Murphy April 1, 2014 (2014-04-01) 5ARC14 2.59[121]
A few months after the end of New Directions, life in New York City poses challenges for the McKinley graduates, both newly transplanted and already established: Rachel is a leading lady on Broadway with all that entails, Kurt is now rooming with fiancé Blaine and must put up with couch-surfing Sam, and film school student Artie has trouble getting places in his wheelchair. Mercedes also comes to New York looking to record a new album.
103 15 "Bash" Bradley Buecker Ian Brennan April 8, 2014 (2014-04-08) 5ARC15 2.78[122]
Rachel tries to commit to her role as Fanny Brice, realizing that her NYADA obligations are holding her back. After attending a candlelight vigil for a close friend targeted by violence, Kurt is himself the victim of a homophobic attack. Sam attempts to rekindle his former relationship with Mercedes.
104 16 "Tested" Paul McCrane Russel Friend & Garrett Lerner April 15, 2014 (2014-04-15) 5ARC16 2.44[123]
Artie tests positive for an STD and is forced to tell all his sexual partners, as well as the girl he has a crush on. Blaine's personal insecurities lead to relationship problems between him and Kurt. When Mercedes reveals that she's still a virgin, Sam tries to prove that he's the perfect boyfriend in order to prepare her for her first time.
105 17 "Opening Night" Eric Stoltz Michael Hitchcock April 22, 2014 (2014-04-22) 5ARC17 2.45[124]
Rachel experiences a bout of self-doubt before the opening night of Funny Girl, but manages to pull off a successful show with the help of a pep talk from Santana. Will and Sue travel to New York to see Rachel's performance; while Will is called back to Lima to see the birth of his child, Sue stays behind and falls in love with a restaurateur named Mario (Chris Parnell).
106 18 "The Back-Up Plan" Ian Brennan Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa April 29, 2014 (2014-04-29) 5ARC18 2.41[125]
When a television executive (Jim Rash) invites Rachel to audition for a project in Los Angeles, Rachel jumps at the opportunity—at the expense of her commitment to Funny Girl. A wealthy socialite (Shirley MacLaine) takes Blaine under her wing and advises him to break off his engagement to Kurt. Mercedes fights to have Santana record a song for her new album.
107 19 "Old Dog, New Tricks" Bradley Buecker Chris Colfer May 6, 2014 (2014-05-06) 5ARC19 2.10[126]
Kurt befriends a retired Broadway performer (June Squibb) and steps in as a last-minute replacement for the lead role in her retirement home's production of Peter Pan. Rachel takes on Santana as her publicist, and together they start a dog rescue charity in order to salvage Rachel's reputation. Sam adopts a dog without consulting Mercedes.
108 20 "The Untitled Rachel Berry Project" Brad Falchuk Matthew Hodgson May 13, 2014 (2014-05-13) 5ARC20 1.87[127]
An eccentric TV writer (Kristen Schaal) shadows Rachel and company to develop a script for Rachel's new show, but the initial result does not turn out promisingly. Sam and Mercedes hit a crossroads in their relationship when they realize that their commitment to each other may be too much to handle in the midst of diverging career paths. Blaine performs with June at her showcase, then mends fences with Kurt by asking him to sing a duet as an encore.

Season 6 (2015)[edit]

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109 1 "Loser Like Me" Bradley Buecker Ryan Murphy & Brad Falchuk & Ian Brennan January 9, 2015 (2015-01-09) 6ARC01 2.34[128]
Rachel's TV show is canceled after a single episode, so she returns to Lima only to find out that her fathers are getting a divorce. When she finds out that Sue has stripped McKinley of all arts, Rachel convinces the Lima Superintendent to reinstate the Glee Club, but he insists that she lead it. Blaine has also returned to Lima after Kurt severed their engagement and he flunked out of NYADA; he is coaching the Warblers, Will is now coaching rival Vocal Adrenaline, and Sam is the assistant coach for the McKinley football team. Kurt misses Blaine and decides to do his NYADA third-year project in Lima helping Rachel with New Directions, but discovers that Blaine has moved on and is dating Dave Karofsky (Max Adler).
110 2 "Homecoming" Bradley Buecker Ryan Murphy January 9, 2015 (2015-01-09) 6ARC02 2.34[128]
McKinley alums return for Homecoming, including Mercedes, Artie, Puck (Mark Salling), Quinn (Dianna Agron), Santana (Naya Rivera), Brittany (Heather Morris), Tina (Jenna Ushkowitz), and Becky (Lauren Potter). The former members of New Directions agree to help Rachel and Kurt recruit for the resurrected glee club, leading them to find talent from the likes of a soulful loner named Roderick (Noah Guthrie) and cheerleading twins Mason (Billy Lewis Jr.) and Madison McCarthy (Laura Dreyfuss). Blaine faces a problem when a girl named Jane Hayward (Samantha Marie Ware), newly admitted to Dalton Academy, wants to join the all-male Warblers. Despite a rousing audition, she is denied a spot in the choir, and as a consequence she transfers to McKinley and joins New Directions.
111 3 "Jagged Little Tapestry" Paul McCrane Brad Falchuk January 16, 2015 (2015-01-16) 6ARC03 1.98[129]
Rachel and Kurt introduce their first assignment for the newly-formed New Directions and the remaining alumni: to perform mash-ups of songs from Carole King's Tapestry and Alanis Morissette's Jagged Little Pill. Santana decides to propose to Brittany, which causes Kurt—still regretting his breakup with Blaine—to vocally object and raise Santana's ire. Kurt's bitterness also causes tension with Rachel, whose optimistic leadership is at odds with Kurt's realistic expectations for the new members. Meanwhile, Becky returns to McKinley and asks Quinn and Tina to help convince her new boyfriend Darrell that she was in glee club after trying to impress him with a number of lies. Coach Beiste has been diagnosed with gender dysphoria, and tells Sam and Principal Sue of Beiste's imminent transition and surgery.
112 4 "The Hurt Locker, Part One" Ian Brennan Ian Brennan January 23, 2015 (2015-01-23) 6ARC04 1.82[130]
Sue organizes an invitational for New Directions, Vocal Adrenaline and the Dalton Academy Warblers, despite the fact that Rachel and Kurt's group is still small and unprepared. Sue also works behind the scenes in order to take down Will for constantly annoying her, as well as to reunite Kurt and Blaine—a relationship that she has secretly been shipping. In order to accomplish her goals, she hypnotizes Sam and instructs him to make amorous advances toward Rachel as they take piano lessons from Blaine, have him forget, and then allow him to break her heart so that she becomes distracted from her duties as choir director. She also has a hypnotized Sam pit Will against Rachel by spreading lies about a fictional animosity that Rachel has toward him. Finally, she investigates the genealogies of Blaine and Karofsky and informs them that they're third cousins, while also having Blaine learn that Karofsky's previous boyfriends were all bears. Meanwhile, Kurt meets an online date named Walter (Harry Hamlin), only to learn that he is a man in his 50s who only recently came out. The episode ends with Vocal Adrenaline's invitational set.
113 5 "The Hurt Locker, Part Two" Barbara Brown Ian Brennan January 30, 2015 (2015-01-30) 6ARC05 1.85[131]
After Vocal Adrenaline perform, Sue announces that she is extending the invitational two more days in order to give New Directions more time to prepare. Desperate for more members, Rachel asks Kitty Wilde (Becca Tobin) to rejoin; while initially hesitant due to the heartbreak caused by the original group's disbanding, she agrees and helps Rachel create a new setlist using some of Sue's favorite songs. Sam also helps in the recruitment process by convincing Spencer Porter (Marshall Williams) to join. Meanwhile, Sue traps Blaine and Kurt in an ersatz elevator before the Warblers perform and, via a mechanized robot, tells them that they must passionately kiss if they want to leave—which they do, after spending over a day in confinement. They escape just as New Directions perform and after Rachel and Will make amends. Despite her attempts to sabotage their chances, Sue begrudgingly names the New Directions as winners of the invitational; Vocal Adrenaline are the runners-up, which angers Clint (Max George), the lead singer. Kurt and Blaine confront Sue over their captivity and tell her that the kiss has merely reaffirmed their decision to remain friends. She appears to concede; however, she later tells Becky that that was her plan all along, and that she has much more up her sleeve.
114 6 "What the World Needs Now" Barbara Brown Michael Hitchcock February 6, 2015 (2015-02-06) 6ARC06 1.58[132]
Rachel and Sam continue to be indecisive about their relationship as the glee club celebrates the music of Burt Bacharach and Mercedes is invited back to mentor them before Sectionals. Mercedes' first order of business, however, is to lure Rachel back to Broadway by scheduling her to audition for an original musical; Rachel, still nursing her wounds after abandoning Funny Girl for her failed TV show, does not feel confident that she is ready. With encouragement from her friends, however, she travels to New York and attends her audition. Mercedes also encourages Sam to pursue Rachel, which he does. Meanwhile, Santana and Brittany begin planning for their wedding day. Brittany tells her parents, Pierce and Whitney (Ken Jeong and Jennifer Coolidge), about her engagement (although not before being told that Stephen Hawking is her real father) and hires Artie as the wedding planner. She also gets in touch with Santana's estranged grandmother, Alma (Ivonne Coll), and tries to reconcile the two. Her plan fails when Alma cannot overcome her homophobic prejudices. Nevertheless, the pair are comforted by the support of their friends, who toast their love in song.
115 7 "Transitioning" Dante Di Loreto Matthew Hodgson February 13, 2015 (2015-02-13) 6ARC07 1.81[133]
Will is enjoying the material benefits of coaching Vocal Adrenaline, but cannot connect emotionally with the job because his students take the choir far too seriously. When Clint and the other members egg Rachel and Blaine, Will puts his foot down and invites choir alumna Wade "Unique" Adams (Alex Newell) to help him teach a lesson on tolerance—which ends up falling on deaf ears, as the students later vandalize newly-transgender Sheldon Beiste's car in the hopes of distracting New Directions so that they will have to spend time learning about tolerance instead of rehearsing for Sectionals. This demeaning act forces Will to kick out Clint (which proves a futile effort when the choir's financial backers get wind of it) and makes him reconsider his future at Carmel High. Meanwhile, Rachel's childhood home is finally sold, and to help ease her transition, Sam organizes a farewell party for the house in her basement. There, after singing a duet that Kurt surreptitiously prearranged, Blaine kisses his former fiancé, and the act leads to his breakup with Karofsky. However, when he is about to break the news to Kurt, he finds him, Walter, Rachel and Sam about to go out on a double date. Finally, after hearing helpful advice from his wife, Emma (Jayma Mays), Will tricks Vocal Adrenaline into thinking they will pull a prank on New Directions, when in reality he has them hear Unique and a transgender choir serenade Sheldon and make his transition into his new identity easier. He then decides to quit and, at the behest of Rachel and Kurt, becomes a consultant for New Directions.
116 8 "A Wedding" Bradley Buecker Ross Maxwell February 20, 2015 (2015-02-20) 6ARC08 1.86[134]
On Whitney Pierce's suggestion, Santana and Brittany decide to get married in the Indiana barn where Brittany was born. This also proves convenient as same sex marriage is legal in Indiana. Before the ceremony, Brittany agrees to have Burt Hummel (Mike O'Malley) officiate the ceremony, while Santana tells Sue that she is not invited. Also, while choosing wedding dresses, Santana goes against tradition and sees Brittany in her chosen dress, sending the latter into a superstitious tailspin. On the day of the ceremony, Sue arrives with Alma Lopez, who finally gives her blessing to the couple after realizing that regardless of her views on homosexuality her family is the most important thing in life; this act redeems Sue in Santana's eyes, and she is allowed to stay for the wedding. Sue and Brittany also convince Kurt and Blaine to get married that same day. After the couples tie the knot, Tina tries to propose to ex-boyfriend Mike Chang (Harry Shum, Jr.). Despite professing his love for her, he gently turns her down as he thinks she is just caught up in the two weddings that just happened, and wants what everyone else has. While lunching together back at McKinley, Tina and Artie make a pact and agree to marry each other if they are still single by 30. Finally, Sue gives the newlywed couples a parting gift, sending Kurt and Blaine on a weekend honeymoon trip to Provincetown, Massachusetts, and Santana and Brittany on a month-long getaway to the Bahamas.
117 9 "Child Star" Michael Hitchcock Ned Martel February 27, 2015 (2015-02-27) 6ARC10 1.69[135]
In the hope of securing the prestigious Principal of the Year Award, Sue asks Superintendent Bob Harris (Christopher Cousins) for a letter of recommendation. In exchange, Harris asks Sue to help his nephew, Myron Muskovitz (J.J. Totah), plan a lavish musical performance for his upcoming bar mitzvah party. When Sue defers to the New Directions, Myron asks them to perform there, as well. Mason, having developed feelings for Jane, is anxious to perform with her, but he is prevented from doing so by his controlling twin sister. When he asks Jane anyway and tells Madison that she is to sing with Roderick instead of him, Madison freaks out. However, after Mason performs a telling solo about independence at the party, Madison relents and allows her brother to further pursue Jane. Meanwhile, Spencer develops a crush on a student named Alistair (Finneas O'Connell), and decides to help Roderick—who is Alistair's friend—improve his fitness if he helps him strike up a friendship. Despite Spencer's abrasive personality, Roderick helps the two connect, resulting in Alistair being convinced to join New Directions. Myron also joins the glee club due to his uncle's influence, which infuriates Sue, as now she cannot destroy the club without invoking the ire of her superior. Nevertheless, she intends to do battle with the group anyway.
118 10 "The Rise and Fall of Sue Sylvester" Anthony Hemingway Jessica Meyer March 6, 2015 (2015-03-06) 6ARC11 1.81[136]
After Dalton Academy unexpectedly burns to the ground, the Warblers join New Directions to form one unified team. Sue tries to exert her authority and have the Warblers removed, which angers Becky Jackson so much that she decides to end her friendship with Sue and betray the secrets of her hurt locker to Superintendent Harris. Sue is fired as McKinley's principal as a result, and in the aftermath she consents to be interviewed by Geraldo Riviera for Fox News. In reality, Riviera is conducting an exposé on Sue, publicly revealing (among other things) that she is a compulsive liar, that Michael Bolton did not father her child, and that her parents lied about being Nazi hunters in order to avoid her because she was a problem child. Only two people interviewed by Riviera—Sheldon and Will—stand up for Sue in the end. Afterwards, Sue's mother Doris (Carol Burnett) visits her and, after apologizing to each other for their wrongdoings, they both reconcile with a duet. Battered but not beaten, Sue is then hired as Vocal Adrenaline's new coach. Meanwhile, Rachel returns to NYADA to beg the dean, Carmen Tibideaux, for a second chance; despite being thrown out, she remains hopeful that Tibideaux will have a change of heart. Upon her return to Lima, she receives word that she has been cast in the musical she auditioned for a few weeks before, and decides to leap at the opportunity. Sam expresses concern that she is making the wrong choice, but when Tibideaux calls Rachel to accept her back into NYADA, Rachel remains steadfast in her decision to pursue the musical.
119 11 "We Built This Glee Club" Joaquin Sedillo Aristotle Kousakis March 13, 2015 (2015-03-13) 6ARC12 2.02[137]
As the glee club readies itself for Sectionals, Rachel receives a surprise visit from Jesse St. James (Jonathan Groff), who reveals that he has been cast as the male lead opposite her in the new musical. Despite telling Sam that she's made up her mind, Rachel is still unsure as to whether she should go back to college. Meanwhile, Roderick and Spencer ask Kitty and Will to help them improve their dance moves, which results in Spencer spraining his ankle. Despite the injury being severe, Spencer opts for a cortisone injection so that he can still perform with his friends. Roderick, however, finds a better solution by incorporating Spencer into the Sectionals set in a unique way. Before the day of the competition, Sue glitter bombs the choir room, taints the McKinley water supply and sets fire to Will's car—all seemingly for revenge. Her coaching of Vocal Adrenaline also results in an overblown competition set, complete with human cannonballs. This ostentatiousness costs them the victory, with New Directions emerging as the winners. Afterwards, Sue tells Will that, because he stood up for her during Geraldo Riviera's exposé, she had sabotaged Vocal Adrenaline by deliberately alienating the judges, while also helping New Directions improve their physiologies with her earlier shenanigans, thereby ensuring their victory. After Sectionals ends, Rachel tells Jesse that she has decided to return to NYADA and turn down the musical. Though disappointed, he accepts her decision and offers her a place to stay in New York; the two then share a kiss before parting. As the glee club celebrates their victory and sends off a departing Rachel, they have the previous trophies put back on display with the latest one as Sue looks on with approval.
120 12 "2009" Paris Barclay Ryan Murphy & Brad Falchuk & Ian Brennan March 20, 2015 (2015-03-20) 6ARC09 2.69[138]
The episode is a flashback to the show's pilot episode, exploring how in 2009 the original members of New Directions—Rachel, Kurt, Mercedes, Artie and Tina—came to join the club. Kurt is friendless and depressed; believing him to be suicidal, guidance counselor Emma Pillsbury contacts Burt to warn him of his son's difficulties. As a result, Burt orders Kurt to join a school team for his own good. Hoping to please his father, Kurt befriends Rachel and Mercedes; the former suggests that he audition for Will Schuester's new glee club, while the latter helps him choose his audition song. After signing up herself, Mercedes is targeted by Rachel as a potential rival for the position of lead female vocalist, and the two immediately butt heads. After Will gives the first female solo to Rachel, Mercedes' confidence is shattered until she is given a pep talk by her church's choir director. Artie and Tina both audition because of a dare from Tina's Goth friends, and Sue and Will are on good terms with each other until he refuses to give up on the glee club in order to maintain their friendship. After Will's wife Terri (Jessalyn Gilsig) tells her husband that she is pregnant and convinces him to give up teaching and take up accounting, Rachel tries unsuccessfully to get Terri to change her mind. The five original members of the glee club are also at loggerheads over Finn Hudson's leadership, questioning his commitment after he quits and later rejoins. During a meeting between the five, Rachel and Artie convince the others to give Finn another chance, as they believe in his good qualities. The episode concludes with the pilot episode's now-iconic staging of "Don't Stop Believin'", which is what convinced Will to stay on as choir director.
121 13 "Dreams Come True" Bradley Buecker Ryan Murphy & Brad Falchuk & Ian Brennan March 20, 2015 (2015-03-20) 6ARC13 2.54[138]
After New Directions wins Nationals, Superintendent Harris has McKinley converted into a performing arts school and appoints Will to be its principal. This allows him to add more choirs in addition to New Directions, whose leadership he hands off to Sam. As the school begins its transition, the original New Directions alumni gather for a final time to say goodbye to both the school and to each other. Mercedes announces that she has been chosen as the opening act for Beyoncé's world tour, and tells her friends that she will not see them for a long time; nevertheless, through a final song she reassures them that they will be together again. Meanwhile, Kurt and Blaine thank Sue for her efforts to reunite them after their breakup, and Sue, in turn, mends fences with both Becky and Will. The episode then reveals the fates of the characters in 2020: Kurt and Blaine are theatre actors who also visit schools and spread messages of acceptance and equality; Sue has become Vice President of United States under Jeb Bush; Artie and Tina are together, with Tina having starred in a film Artie directed that is to premiere at the Slamdance Film Festival; and Rachel is a Tony Award-winning Broadway star, married to Jesse St. James, and also the surrogate mother of Kurt and Blaine's child. Sometime during that year, Vice President Sue invites Will, Emma, Sheldon, Burt, Carole (Romy Rosemont), Principal Figgins (Iqbal Theba) and Terri to a rededication of McKinley's auditorium in Finn Hudson's name, where she finally espouses the virtues of glee. After her speech, Will and nearly all of his former students from every season of the show come together in song for a final time.

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Notes[edit]

  1. ^ An extended director's cut of the pilot was broadcast on September 2, 2009 as a lead-in to the series premiere. On its broadcast, the extended episode attracted 4.2 million viewers.[19]

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Cast and characters[edit]

Main article: Characters of Glee

In casting Glee, Murphy sought out actors who could identify with the rush of starring in theatrical roles. Instead of using traditional network casting calls, he spent three months on Broadway, where he found Matthew Morrison, who had previously starred on stage in Hairspray and The Light in the Piazza; Lea Michele, who starred in Spring Awakening; and Jenna Ushkowitz, who had been in the Broadway revival of The King and I.[1]

Matthew Morrison was cast after Murphy spent three months observing actors on Broadway.

Actors lacking theatrical experience needed to demonstrate, during their auditions, that they could also sing and dance. Chris Colfer had no previous professional experience, but Murphy wrote in the character Kurt Hummel for him.[1] Jayma Mays auditioned with the song "Touch-a, Touch-a, Touch-a, Touch Me" from The Rocky Horror Show, while Cory Monteith initially submitted a tape of himself acting only, and was requested to submit a second, musical tape, in which he sang "a cheesy, '80s music-video-style version" of REO Speedwagon's "Can't Fight This Feeling".[1] Kevin McHale came from a boy-band background, having previously been part of the group Not Like Them. He explained that the diversity of the cast's backgrounds reflects the range of different musical styles within the show itself: "It's a mix of everything: classic rock, current stuff, R&B. Even the musical theatre stuff is switched up. You won't always recognize it."[1] Jane Lynch was originally supposed to have a recurring role,[2] but was made a series regular when a Damon Wayans pilot she was working on for ABC fell through.[3] The cast is contracted for a potential three Glee films,[4] with their contract stating that "[The actor] hereby grants Fox three exclusive, irrevocable options to engage [the actor] in up to, respectively, three feature-length motion pictures."[5] Murphy said in December 2010 that he wasn't interested in doing a Glee movie "as a story", and added, "I might do it as a live concert thing."[6] Glee: The 3D Concert Movie, filmed during the 2011 Glee Live! In Concert! tour, was released on August 12, 2011.[7]

The late Cory Monteith portrayed glee club member Finn Hudson.

Glee has featured as many as fifteen main roles with star billing, after starting with twelve. Morrison plays Will Schuester, McKinley High's Spanish teacher, who becomes glee-club director and hopes to restore it to its former glory.[8] Lynch plays Sue Sylvester, head coach of the "Cheerios" cheerleading squad, and the Glee Club's nemesis.[3] Mays appears as Emma Pillsbury, the school's mysophobic guidance counselor who has feelings for Will,[9] and Jessalyn Gilsig plays Terri Schuester, Will's wife whom he eventually divorces after five years of marriage and the discovery that she has faked being pregnant instead of revealing she had suffered a false pregnancy.[10] Michele plays Rachel Berry, talented star of the glee club who is often bullied by the Cheerios and football players, but grows closer to them as the show progresses. Rachel has an on-and-off relationship with Finn Hudson starting in season one; they become engaged in season three.[10] Monteith played Finn, star quarterback of the school's football team who risks alienation by his friends after joining the glee club.[10] Also in the club are Amber Riley as Mercedes Jones, a fashion-conscious diva who initially resents having to sing back-up; Colfer as Kurt Hummel, a fashionable gay male countertenor;[11] McHale as Artie Abrams, a guitar player and paraplegic; and Ushkowitz as Tina Cohen-Chang, an Asian American student with a fake speech impediment. Dianna Agron plays Quinn Fabray, Finn's cheerleader girlfriend, who later joins the glee club to keep an eye on him. Mark Salling plays Noah "Puck" Puckerman, a good friend of Finn's on the football team who at first disapproves of Finn joining the glee club, but later joins it himself. Naya Rivera and Heather Morris, who portray Cheerios and glee club vocalists Santana Lopez and Brittany Pierce respectively, were originally recurring actors, but were promoted to series regulars in the second season.[12] Mike O'Malley, who plays Kurt's father Burt Hummel, also became a series regular on season two.[13] Gilsig and O'Malley no longer appeared on the list of starring actors at the beginning of the third season, though O'Malley was a recurring guest star in at least six episodes during the season.[14] Two actors were promoted to series regulars as of the third season: Harry Shum Jr. as football player and glee club member Mike Chang and Darren Criss as former Dalton Academy Warbler and new club member Blaine Anderson, both of whom started as recurring actors, Shum in the first season and Criss in the second.[15] For the fourth season, Chord Overstreet, who started as a recurring actor in the second season, playing glee club member Sam Evans, was promoted to the main cast,[16] while Agron and Mays were credited as recurring guest stars.

Many of the original characters graduated from McKinley High at the end of the third season. Murphy said, "We didn't want to have a show where they were in high school for eight years. We really wanted to be true to that experience."[17] Adult characters played by Matthew Morrison and Jane Lynch would remain to provide continuity to the series,[18] though according to Falchuk, some students—Rachel, Finn and Kurt in particular—would likely remain on the show after they graduate.[19] In May 2012, Murphy said that just because a character on the show graduates high school does not mean that they are leaving, "A lot of people have been writing Dianna's off the show, Amber's off the show — they're not off the show. I think Amber was talking about that bittersweet feeling of, 'I'll never be in the choir room with that exact group of people.' At least that's what she told me ... When I read that [tweet,] I said, 'I think people will misconstrue that.' She's excited about where her character is going. They all are. I wanted to do the right thing by all of them." He then continued: "They're all coming back. Anyone who is a regular is coming back. Everyone said yes."[20]

On June 28, 2013, the media reported that Morris, Riley, Salling, and Shum would be changing from starring status to guest starring roles for the fifth season, and on the following day that Jacob Artist, Melissa Benoist, Blake Jenner, Alex Newell and Becca Tobin, who play Jake Puckerman, Marley Rose, Ryder Lynn, Wade "Unique" Adams and Kitty Wilde, respectively, were all being promoted to the show's main cast.[21]

On July 13, 2013, Monteith was found dead in his room at the Fairmont Pacific Rim hotel in Vancouver, British Columbia. An autopsy completed on July 15 indicated that he died of alcohol and heroin overdose.[22][23] On July 20, 2013, Ryan Murphy said in various media outlets that Cory would have a tribute in season five's third episode, which would deal with the death of Monteith's character, Finn.[24]

On July 30, 2013, Mays confirmed that she would depart the show after the fifth season to work on other projects, but stated that she would be open to returning as a guest star in the future.[25]

On July 7, 2014, it was confirmed that Rivera would be placed on a recurring status for the sixth and final season, by her request.[26] On August 28, a website revealed that Amber Riley would once again become a regular along with Dot-Marie Jones while Jayma Mays would be on a recurring status.[27]

Production[edit]

Conception[edit]

Ian Brennan conceived Glee based on his own experience as a member of the Prospect High School show choir in Mount Prospect, Illinois.[28] He initially envisioned Glee as a film, rather than a television series, and wrote the first draft in August 2005 with the aid of Screenwriting for Dummies.[28] He completed the script in 2005, but could not generate interest in the project for several years.[29] Mike Novick, a television producer and a friend of Brennan's from Los Angeles, was a member of the same gym as Ryan Murphy, and gave him a copy of Brennan's script.[30] Murphy had been in a show choir in college, and felt he could relate to the script. Murphy and his Nip/Tuck colleague Brad Falchuk suggested that Glee be produced as a television show. The script was entirely rewritten,[29] and was picked up by Fox within fifteen hours of being received. Murphy attributed that, in part, to the network's success with American Idol. "It made sense for the network with the biggest hit in TV, which is a musical, to do something in that vein", he said.[31] Murphy and Falchuk became the show's executive producers and showrunners, Brennan became a co-executive producer and Novick a producer.[31] Brennan, Falchuk and Murphy started by writing "all the episodes".[32]

Glee is set at the fictional William McKinley High School in Lima, Ohio.[33] Murphy chose a Midwest setting as he himself grew up in Indiana, and recalled childhood visits to Ohio to the Kings Island theme park.[34] Although set in Lima, the show is filmed at Paramount Studios and Helen Bernstein High School in Hollywood.[35]

Murphy has said that he has never seen a High School Musical film, to which Glee has been compared, and that his interest lay in creating a "postmodern musical", rather than "doing a show where people burst into song", drawing more heavily on the format of Chicago.[36] Murphy intended the show to be a form of escapism. "There's so much on the air right now about people with guns, or sci-fi, or lawyers running around. This is a different genre, there's nothing like it on the air at the networks and cable. Everything's so dark in the world right now, that's why Idol worked. It's pure escapism," he said.[31] Murphy intended to make a family show to appeal to adults as well as children, with adult characters starring equally alongside the teenage leads,[31] and as of October 2009 he had already mapped out plans for the series covering three years of broadcast.[37]

Writing[edit]

The three creators—Murphy, Falchuk, and Brennan—plan the stories together. For the first two seasons, they were the only writers, and after taking joint credit for the pilot episode and the episode that opened the fall 2009 season, they began rotating taking a single auctorial credit, based in large part on the person "who’s taken the lead in story breaking or who wrote a draft". Brennan noted that the writing process is "fast and loose, with the emphasis on fast", and quotes Murphy as having said, in terms of their roles in episode creation, "I'm sort of the brain. Brad's sort of the heart. Ian's sort of the funny bone", which Brennan says "is true in a lot of ways". Some of the characters are written more by one writer than by the others. Brennan writes most of Sue's material, and Falchuk frequently writes the scenes between Kurt and Burt Hummel, though Murphy contributes a great deal to Kurt.[38]

Starting with season three, a writing staff of six was hired: Ali Adler, Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, Marti Noxon, Michael Hitchcock, Matt Hodgson and Ross Maxwell.[39] The season's fourth episode, "Pot o' Gold", was written by Adler, the first not credited to the show's three creators.[40][41]

Adler and Noxon did not return for the show's fourth season and instead House writers Russel Friend and Garrett Lerner, and Stacy Traub were hired.

Music and choreography[edit]

The series features numerous song covers sung onscreen by the characters.[42] Ryan Murphy is responsible for selecting all of the songs used, and has said that he strives to maintain a balance between chart hits and show tunes: "I want there to be something for everybody in every episode. That's a tricky mix, but that's very important—the balancing of that."[30] According to Murphy, the song choices are integral to script development, "Each episode has a theme at its core. After I write the script, I will choose songs that help to move the story along."[43] In a 2010 interview with Allison Kugel, Chris Colfer noted that "there have been a couple of times when I have gone to Ryan Murphy (Glee creator) and told him a couple of things that have happened to me, and then he writes it into the show. Or he'll ask me what song I would want to sing, in this situation or in that situation. I don’t think any of us directly try to give input on the character or on the storyline, but they definitely steal things from us."[44] For the second season, a shift toward using more Top 40 songs was seen, in an effort to appeal more to the 18–49 demographic.[45]

Murphy was surprised at the ease with which use of songs was approved by the record labels approached, and explained: "I think the key to it is they loved the tone of it. They loved that this show was about optimism and young kids, for the most part, reinterpreting their classics for a new audience."[42] A minority of those approached refused to allow their music to be used, including Bryan Adams, Guns N' Roses and Coldplay; however, in June 2010, Coldplay reversed their decision, allowing Glee the rights to their catalog.[46] Adams posted on his Twitter account that the producers of Glee had never requested permission from him and urged them to "pick up the phone".[47] Composer and musician Billy Joel offered many of his songs for use on the show,[48] and other artists have offered use of their songs for free.[49] A series of Glee soundtrack albums have been released through Columbia Records. Songs featured on the show are available for digital download through iTunes up to two weeks before new episodes air, and through other digital outlets and mobile carriers a week later.[37] Glee music producers Adam Anders and Peer Astrom have begun to add original music to the show, including two original songs, "Loser Like Me" and "Get It Right", on the March 15, 2011 episode.[50]

Glee is choreographed by Zach Woodlee and features four to eight production numbers per episode.[8] Once Murphy selects a song, rights are cleared with its publishers by music supervisor P. J. Bloom, and music producers Adam Anders and Peer Astrom rearrange it for the Glee cast.[37] Numbers are pre-recorded by the cast, while Woodlee constructs the accompanying dance moves, which are then taught to the cast and filmed.[30] Studio recordings of tracks are then made. The process begins six to eight weeks before each episode is filmed, and can end as late as the day before filming begins.[37] Each episode costs at least $3 million to produce,[30] and can take up to ten days to film as a result of the elaborate choreography.[36] In late 2010, Bloom reported the process has been even shorter; "as quick as a few weeks".[45] For the second season, the creators were offered listens of upcoming songs in advance by publishers and record labels, with production occurring even before song rights are cleared.[45]

Promotion[edit]

Further information: Glee Live! In Concert!
A promotional balloon for Glee in New York City.

Prior to the second episode's premiere, Glee's cast went on tour at several Hot Topic stores across the nation.[51] The cast sang the U.S. national anthem at the third game of the 2009 World Series.[52] Macy's invited them to perform at the 2009 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, but host broadcaster NBC declined because Glee aired on a rival network.[53] Murphy commented on the cast's exclusion: "I completely understand NBC's position, and look forward to seeing a Jay Leno float."[54]

The show's success sent the cast on a concert tour, Glee Live! In Concert! after the first season's wrapup. They visited Phoenix, Chicago, Los Angeles, and New York.[55] The cast also recorded a cover of Wham!'s "Last Christmas", which was released as a single in late 2009 but didn't appear in the show until "A Very Glee Christmas" on December 10, 2010.[37] Morrison, Lynch, Michele, Monteith, and Colfer reprised their roles as Will, Sue, Rachel, Finn, and Kurt respectively for a cameo appearance in an episode of The Cleveland Show that aired January 16, 2011.[56] Michele, Monteith, and Riley appeared as campers in the twenty-second season premiere of The Simpsons.[57]

Lynch, Colfer, Monteith, and Riley appeared at the 2010 MTV VMAs on September 12, 2010.[58] When Agron, Michele, and Monteith posed for a set of risqué photos for the November 2010 edition of GQ magazine, Parents Television Council (PTC) criticized the show; PTC president Tim Winter commented that Glee has many young fans, and that "by authorizing this kind of near-pornographic display, the creators of the program have established their intentions on the show’s direction. And it isn't good for families."[59]

The promotional posters for the first season have the show's stars using their right hands to make an "L" to fill in the L of the word Glee. The second season's promotional posters have the stars throwing slushies at the camera in pairs. The third season's promotional posters have the stars getting dodgeballs thrown at them by Sue Sylvester. While the cast concert tour, Glee Live! In Concert!, began on May 15, 2010, and presented concerts in four cities in the US that month, the second edition, with an almost-entirely new set list, toured for four weeks in the US and Canada from May 21 through June 18, 2011, and followed with twelve days in England and Ireland, from June 22 through July 3, 2011.[60] The cast also performed on the seventh season of The X Factor on December 5, 2010.[61]

Broadcast[edit]

The first season of Glee consists of twenty-two episodes.[62] The pilot episode was originally broadcast on May 19, 2009.[63] The series returned on September 9, 2009,[64] airing an additional twelve episodes on Wednesdays in the 9:00 pm timeslot until December 9, 2009, for a total of thirteen episodes.[65] On September 21, 2009, nine more episodes were ordered for the first season by Fox,[66] and the first of these episodes was broadcast on April 13, 2010. These episodes aired on Tuesday evenings at 9:00 pm.[67] On January 11, 2010, it was announced that Fox had commissioned a second season of the show. The second season began production in June 2010.[68][69] Season two began on September 21, 2010,[70] airing in the 8:00 pm time slot on Tuesdays, and consists of twenty-two episodes.[71] The show was chosen by Fox to fill the coveted timeslot that followed the network's coverage of Super Bowl XLV in 2011,[72] and the network originally planned to move the show to the 9:00 pm time slot on Wednesdays following the post–Super Bowl broadcast.[73] However, Fox later revised its schedule,[74] leaving Glee on Tuesdays in order to concentrate on building up its weaker Wednesday and Thursday line-ups.[75][76] A third season was ordered by Fox on May 23, 2010, before the end of the first season. The early renewal of the show allowed the production team to cut costs and to plan ahead when writing scripts.[77] The third season broadcasts remained in the show's Tuesday 8:00 pm time slot,[78] and began airing on September 20, 2011.[79][80] The show's fourth season changed both date and time of broadcast: it moved to Thursdays in the 9:00 pm time slot, and aired after that evening's 8:00 pm music competition "results" shows—The X Factor in the fall and American Idol in midseason.[81] The show was renewed for both a fifth and sixth season at the same time, on April 19, 2013.[82] Reruns were also syndicated to local US stations from 2013 to 2015.[83]

Glee has been syndicated for broadcast in many countries worldwide, including Australia, where cast members visited to promote the show prior to its September 2009 debut on Network Ten.[84] Midway through season four, Glee was moved to Network Ten's digital channel Eleven due to poor ratings.[85] It also airs in Canada on City and, previously, Global,[86] New Zealand,[87] and Fiji.[88] It is broadcast in South Africa, where Fox beams the episodes directly to the M-Net broadcast center in Johannesburg rather than delivering the tapes.[89] Asian countries that broadcast Glee include Bangladesh,[90] the Philippines,[91] India,[90] Malaysia,[92] and Singapore.[93][94]

UK trademark dispute[edit]

In the United Kingdom,[95] E4 broadcast the first two seasons of Glee, showing episodes months after they were first aired in the US. Sky 1 broadcast the series starting with the third season, airing episodes two days after their US broadcast.[96] However, the show has come under a trademark dispute in the UK with The Glee Club, a small chain of independent live stand-up comedy and live music venues. In February 2014, an English High Court judge ruled that the show "diluted and tarnished" the reputation of the comedy club chain.[97] In a later ruling in July 2014, the High Court ordered Fox to use a different title for the show in the UK, saying there was a "likelihood of confusion" between the two brands. In February 2016, Fox lost an appeal against the decision.[98]

Merchandise[edit]

Main article: Glee merchandise

Three soundtrack albums were released to accompany Glee's first season: Glee: The Music, Volume 1, Glee: The Music, Volume 2 and Glee: The Music, Volume 3 Showstoppers.[99][100][101] Two extended plays (EP) accompanied the episodes "The Power of Madonna" and "Journey to Regionals": Glee: The Music, The Power of Madonna and Glee: The Music, Journey to Regionals respectively.[102][103] Glee: The Music, The Complete Season One, a compilation album featuring all 100 studio recordings from the first season, was released exclusively to the iTunes Store.[104] Five soundtrack albums were released to accompany Glee's second season: Glee: The Music, The Christmas Album, featuring Christmas-themed songs, and Glee: The Music, Volume 4, were both released in November 2010;[105][106][107] Glee: The Music, Volume 5,[108] Glee: The Music Presents the Warblers,[109] and Glee: The Music, Volume 6[110] were 2011 releases, in March, April, and May, respectively. An EP entitled Glee: The Music, The Rocky Horror Glee Show was released to accompany the Halloween episode, "The Rocky Horror Glee Show".[111] Two EPs were released exclusively at the Target discount chain: Glee: The Music, Love Songs in the last week of 2010, and Glee: The Music, Dance Party in early September 2011.[112][113]

Glee has been released on several DVD and Blu-ray box-sets. Glee – Pilot Episode: Director's Cut features the pilot episode and a preview of the second episode, "Showmance".[114] Glee – Volume 1: Road to Sectionals contains the first thirteen episodes of season one,[115] and Glee – Volume 2: Road to Regionals contains the final nine episodes of the first season.[116] Glee – The Complete First Season was released on September 13, 2010.[117] Three boxed sets were released for the second season: Glee Season 2: Volume 1 containing the first ten episodes on January 25, 2011,[118] and both Glee Season 2: Volume 2 with the final twelve episode and Glee: The Complete Second Season with all twenty-two on September 13, 2011.[119] All three were released on DVD; only the complete season is available on Blu-ray.

Little, Brown Books has published three Glee–related young adult novels, all of which were developed in collaboration with the show's producers and writers.[120] All three have been written by Sophia Lowell; the first, Glee: The Beginning, was released in August 2010 and serves as a prequel to the events of the television series.[121] Subsequent novels include Glee: Foreign Exchange, released in February 2011,[122] and Glee: Summer Break, released in July 2011.[123]

Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products have plans for a line of Glee–related merchandise including games, electrical products, greeting cards, apparel and stationery.[124] Macy's carry a line of Glee–related clothing, and Claire's stock accessories.[125]

Halfbrick Studios published a Glee content version of the mobile game Band Stars[126] by Six Foot Kid [127] in collaboration with Fox Digital Entertainment[128] on March 27, 2014, currently available on iOS platforms, but with plans to release to Android. The game is available for free download with some Glee content available immediately including Kurt Hummel and Will Schuester. 12 characters from the Glee TV show are available for purchase and download in two separate packs. Pack 1 contains: Rachel Berry, Mercedes Jones, Noah (Puck) Puckerman, Jake Puckerman and Quinn Fabray. Pack 2 contains: Artie Abrams, Tina Cohen-Chang, Blaine Anderson, Santana Lopez, Brittany Pierce and Unique Adams.

Reception[edit]

Season Nielsen ratings Critical response
Premiere total viewers
(in millions)
Finale total viewers
(in millions)
Season average total viewers,
inc. DVR (in millions)
Rank 18–49 rating/share (rank) Rotten Tomatoes Metacritic
1 9.62[129] 10.92[130] 9.77 33 4.3/11 (15)[131] 88% (16 reviews)[132] 78 (19 reviews)[133]
2 12.45[134] 11.80[135] 10.11 43 6.0 (43)[136] 86% (7 reviews)[137] 76 (11 reviews)[138]
3 9.21[139] 7.46[140] 8.71 56 3.6/10 (25)[141] 60% (5 reviews)[142] TBD
4 7.41[143] 5.92[144] 8.26 50 3.3 (25)[145] 69% (13 reviews)[146] 73 (6 reviews)[147]
5 5.06[148] 1.87[149] 4.57 105 2.2 (77)[150] 40% (5 reviews)[151] TBD
6 2.34[152] 2.54[153] 3.14 148 1.2 (120)[154] 67% (9 reviews)[155] TBD

Ratings[edit]

The pilot episode of Glee averaged 9.62 million viewers,[156] and the following eleven episodes attained between 6.10 and 7.65 million.[157][158] The mid-season finale was watched by 8.13 million viewers,[159] with the show returning in April 2010 to a season high of 13.66 million viewers.[160] The following six episodes attained between 11.49 and 12.98 million viewers,[161][162] falling to 8.99 million for the penultimate episode "Funk".[163] Viewing figures rose to 11.07 million viewers for the season finale,[164] giving Glee the highest finale rating for a new show in the 2009–10 television season.[165] Only the first twenty episodes of the first season were accounted for when calculating the season average due to the final two episodes airing outside the traditional sweeps period.[166] On February 6, 2011, after the Super Bowl, Glee received its highest ever ratings, with over 26.8 million tuning in to see the special episode, with a peak of 39.5 million.[167]

In 2011, Glee generated $2 million advertising revenue per half-hour.[168] In 2012, the show was the fourth-highest revenue earning show of the year, with US$2.83 million ad revenue per half-hour, behind Two and a Half Men, The X Factor and American Idol.[169]

Critical reception[edit]

Rotten Tomatoes ratings per season
Season 1 Season 2 Season 3 Season 4 Season 5 Season 6
Rating 88[132] 86[137] 60[142] 69[146] 40[151] 67[155]

Glee received a Metacritic score of 78 out of 100 in its first season, based on reviews by eighteen critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[170] It was praised by several critics in year-end "best of" reviews in 2009. James Poniewozik of Time ranked it the eighth best television show of the year, commenting: "when Glee works—which is often—it is transcendent, tear-jerking and thrilling like nothing else on TV."[171] Entertainment Weekly's Ken Tucker ranked it ninth, calling it "Hands down the year's most novel show [and] also its least likely success",[172] Lisa Respers France of CNN wrote that while ordinarily Glee's premise would have been "a recipe for disaster", the show has "such quirky charm and bravado that it is impossible not to get swept up".[173] Reviews for subsequent seasons on Metacritic, reflecting their initial episodes, were not quite as good—the second season's score was 76 out of 100 from eleven reviews,[174] and the fourth season received a score of 73 out of 100 from six reviews.[175] Even with these stellar reviews from a multitude of critics, Glee's later seasons lost millions of viewers.

Variety's Brian Lowry said that Jayma Mays as Emma offered "modest redemption" to an adult cast of "over-the-top buffoons".

Nancy Gibbs of Time magazine wrote that she had heard the series described as "anti-Christian" by a youth minister, and commented:

It is easy to see his point, if you look at the specifics. [...] The students lie, they cheat, they steal, they lust, they lace the bake-sale cupcakes with pot in order to give the student body a severe case of the munchies. Nearly all the Ten Commandments get violated at one point or another, while the audience is invited to laugh at people's pain and folly and humiliation. [...] It insults kids to suggest that simply watching Characters Behaving Badly onscreen means they'll take that as permission to do the same themselves. [...] And it's set in high school, meaning it's about a journey not just to college and career but to identity and conviction, the price of popularity, the compromises we must make between what we want and what we need.[176]

Variety's Brian Lowry was critical of the show's early episodes, highlighting acting and characterization issues and deeming the adult cast "over-the-top buffoons", with the exception of Mays' Emma, who he felt offered "modest redemption".[177] Though he praised Colfer and Michele's performances, Lowry wrote that the show's talent was squandered by its "jokey, cartoonish, wildly uneven tone", deeming the series a "one-hit wonder".[178] Following the show's mid-season finale, Lowry wrote that while Glee "remains a frustrating mess at times", its "vibrant musical numbers and talented cast have consistently kept it on [his] TiVo must list" conceding that "even with its flaws, TV would be poorer without Glee."[179]

As Glee's initial success pulled in a large audience, John Doyle of The Globe and Mail wrote that the early shows "felt fresh, mainly because the motley crew of kids had a kind of square naïveté." Doyle notes that the early success took Glee away from its original characters and plot, focusing more on celebrity guests. "The gaiety is gone from Glee. You should have set it in its prime, mere months ago".[180] Matthew Gilbert of Boston Globe similarly wrote that "It has become a powerful, promotional machine, long on hype and short on the human feeling--the glee--that once made it so addictive".[181]

Music[edit]

The show's musical performances have been a commercial success, with over thirty-six million copies of Glee cast single releases purchased digitally, and over eleven million albums purchased worldwide through October 2011.[182] In 2009, the Glee cast had twenty-five singles chart on the Billboard Hot 100, the most by any artist since The Beatles had thirty-one songs in the chart in 1964;[183] in 2010, it placed eighty singles on the Billboard Hot 100, far outstripping the previous record.[184] In February 2011, Glee surpassed Elvis Presley as the act with the most songs placed on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, though fewer than one-fourth of them have charted for more than one week.[185] The cast performance of "Don't Stop Believin'" was certified gold on October 13, 2009, achieving over 500,000 digital sales,[186] and on March 16, 2011, received platinum certification for having sales of over a million.[187] The series' cover version had a positive effect on sales of Rihanna's "Take a Bow", which increased by 189 percent after the song was covered in the Glee episode "Showmance".[186]

However, there has also been critical condemnation of the cast performances. Jon Dolan of Rolling Stone commented that Matthew Morrison "couldn't rap his way out of a 98° rehearsal", and Allmusic's Andrew Leahey wrote that Cory Monteith and Dianna Agron "can't sing nearly as well as their co-stars".[188] E! Online's Joal Ryan criticized the show for its "overproduced soundtrack" and complained that many songs rely too heavily on the pitch-correcting software Auto-Tune: "For every too-brief moment of Lea Michele sounding raw—and lovely—on a "What a Girl Wants", or Monteith singing a perfectly credible REO Speedwagon in the shower, there's Michele and Monteith sounding like 1990s-era Cher on "No Air", or Monteith sounding like the Monteith XRZ-200 on the out-of-the-shower version of "Can't Fight This Feeling".[189]

During the second season, Rob Sheffield for Rolling Stone noted the Britney Spears and Rocky Horror tribute episodes as examples when he lauded Glee and its choice of music. He praised Murphy for his selection and resurrection of "forgotten" pop songs and compared the show's uniqueness to "MTV in its prime" as the embodiment of popular culture.[190]

Some artists, including Slash, Kings of Leon and Foo Fighters, have declined to have their songs used on the show. Murphy has been publicly critical of these refusals, which has led to exchanges in the press between him and a number of artists.[191] A slated cover of Sir Mix-a-Lot's "Baby Got Back" in the season four episode "Sadie Hawkins" has been criticized for blatantly copying a rendition of the song by Jonathan Coulton without his permission, without giving creative credit.[192][193] Side-by-Side comparison shows the waveforms appear remarkably similar. Other artists have come forward with allegations of plagiarism in light of this development.[194] It was reported that musician Prince had not given permission for Glee to cover his hit "Kiss" before filming the performance of the cover.[195]

Fandom[edit]

Fans of Glee are commonly referred to as "gleeks",[196] a portmanteau of "glee" and "geek". Fox ran a "Biggest GLEEK" competition, measuring fans' Glee-related activity on social networking websites such as Facebook and MySpace, and found that the growth of the fanbase outpaced the network's science-fiction shows.[197] The cast's Hot Topic tour was titled "The Gleek Tour".[51] Glee is one of the most tweeted-about TV shows.[198] In 2011, it was the top trending US TV show.[199] On IMDb, Glee is the seventh highest ranking TV series of the period 2002–2012.[200] Fans have recreated many of its musical numbers in tribute to the show, sharing them on YouTube. Based on this trend, show producers included instrumental versions of some songs on the show's soundtracks.[198]

Similarly, Glee fans have created portmanteaus of character couples, such as "Finchel" for Finn and Rachel, "Klaine" for Kurt and Blaine, and "Brittana" for Brittany and Santana. This fact has been referenced in various second-season episodes, notably "Furt", which is itself a coinage for the new stepbrothers Finn and Kurt, and "Rumours".[201][202]

Awards and accolades[edit]

Jane Lynch, Ian Brennan and Jessalyn Gilsig at the 69th Annual Peabody Awards for Glee

Glee has received a number of awards and nominations. In 2009, the series won five Satellite Awards: "Best Musical or Comedy TV Series", "Best Actor" and "Actress in a Musical or Comedy TV Series" for Morrison and Michele, "Best Supporting Actress" for Lynch and "Special Achievement for Outstanding Guest Star" for Kristin Chenoweth.[203] In 2010, the show won a Golden Globe Award for "Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy". Morrison, Michele and Lynch also received acting nominations.[204] The series was nominated for two Writers Guild of America Awards, with screenplays nominated in the "Comedy Series" and "New Series" categories.[205] It also won a Peabody Award in 2009.[206][207] The Glee cast won the "Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series" award at the 16th Screen Actors Guild Awards.[208] Paris Barclay and Ryan Murphy both received nominations for "Outstanding Directing – Comedy Series" at the Directors Guild of America Awards for their work on Glee.[209] In July 2010, Glee received nineteen Emmy Award nominations, including "Outstanding Comedy Series", "Outstanding Lead Actor – Comedy Series" for Morrison and "Outstanding Lead Actress – Comedy Series" for Michele; it won four of these, including "Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series" for Lynch and "Outstanding Guest Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series" for Neil Patrick Harris.[210] Paris Barclay was also nominated for a Primetime Emmy for Best Directing in a Comedy Series in 2010 for his episode "Wheels".[211]

On January 16, 2011 the show won a Golden Globe for "Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy" and both Lynch and Colfer won Golden Globes for Best Supporting Actress and Best Supporting Actor in a Television Series, Miniseries, or TV Film.[212] In July 2011, Glee received twelve Emmy nominations and won two: Gwyneth Paltrow was named Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series for her portrayal of Holly Holliday, and the show won the Outstanding Casting for a Comedy Series category.[210] It received three Emmy nominations in July 2012, and four in July 2013.[210]

The cast was invited to sing at the White House by Michelle Obama in April 2010 for the annual Easter Egg Roll.[213]

Film[edit]

Glee: The Concert Movie, a concert film based on the four-week North American segment of the 2011 Glee Live! In Concert! tour and featuring the cast of the series in performance and backstage, was released in the United States and the United Kingdom on August 12, 2011, for a two-week limited engagement. The film is directed by Kevin Tancharoen.[7]

Related media[edit]

In January 2010, it was announced that open auditions would be held for three new roles to be introduced in Glee's second season. They were open to amateurs and professionals aged sixteen to twenty-six, and were intended to be the subject of a multi-part television special, set to air in the lead-in to the second-season premiere in fall 2010, with the new cast members revealed in the first episode.[68] Murphy commented: "Anybody and everybody now has a chance to be on a show about talented underdogs. We want to be the first interactive musical comedy on television."[214] On June 22, 2010, Josef Adalian of New York magazine revealed that the reality show would not go ahead, due to Murphy's desire to concentrate on the main series, and fear that the distraction of the reality show may damage Glee. Adalian reported that the production team would still choose several winners from the entrants and invite them to appear on Glee for at least one episode.[215] In June 2010, it was announced that Oxygen would host a reality series set to air in June 2011, featuring performers competing for a spot on Glee.[216][217] The Glee Project started airing on June 12, 2011, and the final episode was broadcast on August 21, 2011.[218] The winning prize was a seven-episode guest-starring role in Glee's third season, which was awarded to two contestants, with a two-episode role given to two other finalists.[219]

On June 7, 2010, UK broadcaster Channel 4 aired Gleeful: The Real Show Choirs of America on its E4 station. The documentary explored the American show choir phenomenon which inspired Glee.[220] Narrated by Nick Grimshaw,[221] it went behind the scenes with real-life glee clubs and detailed celebrity show choir alumni including Lance Bass, Ashton Kutcher, Blake Lively and Anne Hathaway.[222] It was selected as recommended viewing by The Guardian, with the comment: "it's a fascinating look at the real-life New Directions, and it's equally as crackers as its TV champion."[223] The newspaper's Lucy Mangan reviewed the documentary positively, writing: "It will, one way or another, fill your heart to bursting", and commenting that: "Glee, it turns out, is not a gloriously ridiculous, highly polished piece of escapism. It is cinéma vérité."[224] It was watched by 411,000 viewers, a 2.3% audience share.[225]

In summer 2010, Channel 5 in the United Kingdom aired Don't Stop Believing, a reality talent show inspired by Glee's success. The series featured live shows in which established and new musical performance groups competed against each other, performing well-known songs in new arrangements, with viewers voting on the winner.[226] Solo singers were also sought to join a group to represent the United Kingdom on the American glee club circuit.[227][228] Five's controller Richard Woolfe stated: "There's an explosion in musical performance groups and Don't Stop Believing will tap into that exciting groundswell."[229] The show was hosted by Emma Bunton,[230] who told The Belfast Telegraph that she is a "huge fan" of Glee.[231] The show's judges were former EastEnders actress Tamsin Outhwaite, Blue member Duncan James, singer Anastacia and High School Musical choreographer Charles "Chucky" Klapow.[232]

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Undercover Boss
2010
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Glee
2011
Succeeded by
The Voice
2012