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This popular musical comedy series captures the angst and wonder of the high school years by following the personal lives and musical ambitions of a group of high school misfits. At McKinley High, the kids on the lowest rung of the social ladder are the members of the New Directions glee club. Then, idealistic Will Schuester (Matthew Morrrison), who has been teaching Spanish, decides he wants to lead the singing group back to the level of its glory days, when he was one of the stars of the club as a student.

Schuester's enthusiasm brings together a motley crew of loners and oddballs. Aspiring diva Rachel Berry (Lea Michele) has a beautiful voice and grating personality. Kurt Hummel (Chris Colfer) gets bullied for his effeminate manner. Artie Abrams (Kevin McHale) is in a wheelchair. Schuester also manages to trick football players Finn Hudson (Cory Monteith) and Puck Puckerman (Mark Salling) to join the club.

The school's famous cheerleading coach, Sue Sylvester (Jane Lynch), wants the entire glee club dissolved so that her nationally ranked cheerleading squad can maintain center stage in the school's focus and budget. She sends her top Cheerios cheerleaders to join the glee club and undermine it from within. Head cheerleader Quinn Fabray (Dianna Agron), who is also Finn's girlfriend, and her loyal followers Santana (Naya Rivera) and Britney (Heather Morris) join Schuester's singers.

Each episode follows the ensemble through the laughs and horror of high school, from mean girls, prejudice, first love and popularity with an inventive use of songs, both contemporary hits and classic standards. Since the story involves a group of kids working on songs, the musical numbers fit seamlessly into the storylines. As the series progresses, the characters reveal the complicated struggles beyond the high school hierarchy. Schuester's wife fakes a pregnancy to try to hold together a faltering marriage. Quinn is trying to hide a pregnancy, and Finn is not the father. Kurt tries to hide being gay by dating Mercedes (Amber Riley). Rachel and Finn develop a mutual attraction, but Quinn makes sure he remains hers. Schuester finds himself drawn to the school's student counselor, Emma Pillsbury (Jayma Mays), who struggles to hide her attraction to him.

The series quickly drew a loyal audience for its novel approach to presenting the high school years. Glee has won four Golden Globe awards, including Best Series in 2010 and 2011, as well as numerous other awards for excellence. Along with an impressive array of musical styles and inventive choreography, the characters also deal with complicated issues that many teenagers face today: unwanted pregnancy, missing parent, sexuality and social bullying. At the same time, comic moments balance the darker problems. The cast includes several Broadway stage veterans, with impressive singing talent, which led to the show's soundtrack becoming best-sellers. The series also inspired a live concert series, 3-D movie experience and a spin-off reality program, The Glee Project, where contestants vied for a multi-episode role on the actual show.

True to its let's put on a show spirit, the series maintains a high quality of writing, imagination and gutsy singing performances. The show has attracted movie stars, hit singers and famous performers to be part of the series. Guest stars have included Neil Patrick Harris, Gwyneth Paltrow, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kate Hudson. Visiting musicians to the series include Britney Spears, Eve, Olivia Newton-John and Ricky Martin. Broadway stars Idina Menzel, Jonathn Groff, and Kristin Chenoweth have also had recurring roles. Glee has also run episodes dedicated to the music of a single artist, such as Britney Spears, Madonna or Michael Jackson, or a tribute to a notable musical like Grease or The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

As the New Directions Glee Club brings together a group of misfits and helps them discover their individuality and star quality, the show has evolved to show some of the characters graduating high school, and bringing in new students into the club and fresh faces and dilemmas to McKinley High.

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Thursday 9:00 PM et/pt on FOX
5 Seasons, 108 Episodes - Returning Series
Comedy, Music
8.1/10
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Glee Full Episode Guide

  • In the fifth season finale, Rachel encounters a famous television writer. Meanwhile, Sam and Mercedes struggle with commitment as their careers take off, and Blaine performs with June Dolloway at NYADA.

  • Rachel hires Santana to help her fix her reputation by making a charity for rescue animals.

  • Rachel auditions for a TV pilot and could risk losing her leading role in "Funny Girl."

  • It's Rachel's Broadway debut in "Funny Girl," and she is surrounded by her loved ones in her career defining moment.

Glee News

New 'Glee' Photo Features 'Unholy Trinity' in an Unlikely Outfit

What's going on with this photo of Quinn, Santana and Brittany?

'Glee' Season 6 Sneak Peek: Brittany's Back, Other Cast Members Set to Return

Guess who's coming back for the final season of "Glee"...

Lea Michele Joins 'Sons of Anarchy' for Guest Role
Surprise! 'Glee' Star Naya Rivera Marries Some Dude She Basically Just Met

Time waits for no man...and neither does Naya Rivera. The "Glee" star reportedly got married this past weekend in a surprise ceremony in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. What's that? You didn't know that Rivera was dating someone? Yeah, neither did we. The groom is actor Ryan Dorsey, whom Rivera started dating roughly two months ago. Not only is the wedding a surprise; according to sources close to Rivera, she didn't even tell many of her friends that she and Dorsey were dating before tying the knot.

Lea Michele Tweets Tribute One Year After Cory Monteith's Death: 'We Hold You In Our Hearts'

Today was a bittersweet day for the "Glee" family. One year ago, on July 13, 2013, "Glee" star Cory Monteith died of a drug overdose in Vancouver. The tragedy sent shockwaves through the entire entertainment industry, as well as through the community of "Glee" fans. Today, Lea Michele and other members of the "Glee" family paid tribute to the loss of Monteith.

Tragedy Strikes Another 'Glee' Cast Member; Boyfriend Found Dead in Philadelphia Hotel

Another young "Glee" cast member has lost a boyfriend. Tragedy struck actress Becca Tobin as her boyfriend, nightclub owner Matt Bendik, was found dead Thursday afternoon in a hotel in Philadelphia. Bendik, 35, was reportedly on a business trip to Philly. Few details have been released about Bendik's death, but there are no mentions of alcohol, drugs or weapons having been found in Bendik's room when police arrived.

Naya Rivera Reduced to Recurring on 'Glee' But Not Quite Fired

Hope you guys weren't big Santana fans, because you're going to see a lot less of her on "Glee" next season. Naya Rivera has been demoted from a series regular to recurring for the musical comedy's sixth and final season, set to start this fall on Fox. That means that Rivera will return to the show in some capacity, but will not be in every episode, or likely even close to every episode.

Here's What Naya Rivera Looked Like Before 'Glee' (And Plastic Surgery, Probably)

Some people never let fame change them. And then there's Naya Rivera. A pre-fame photo of the "Glee" actress has appeared online, and the difference between the old Naya and the new Naya is almost shocking. Of course, much of the change can be attributed to having money to spend on make-up, hair and the personal stylists to use them with, but other differences can't.

Does Anyone Out There Watch 'Glee' Anymore?

How the mighty have fallen. "Glee" was once one of the most popular shows on television, if not the undisputed TV prom queen. The show's stars were everywhere, you would hear "Glee" covers of songs on the radio just as often as the original songs themselves, and it seemed that everyone talked about this week's episode the next day. But a chart from Vulture reveals the shows with the biggest drop in ratings this year as compared to the 2012-2013 season, and "Glee" has the second-biggest drop on the list.

Lea Michele Has a New Boyfriend Who May Have Been a Gigolo

Does Lea Michele have a new man? Signs point to yes! The "Glee" star has been spotted out and about with Matthew Paetz, an actor/model who is appearing in Michele's new music video for her single, "On My Way." The two met on set and, according to sources, have been dating. That's pretty cool to hear. Oh, but then there's this report from TMZ, which is claiming that Paetz used to work as a male escort for the escort service Cowboys4Angels.

Lea Michele Totally Dated 'Glee' Co-Star Matthew Morrison

On "Glee," it seems as though every character has hooked up with every other character at some point in the rotating lazy susan of relationship pairings. But can the same be said for the actors? In her book Brunette Ambition, Lea Michele admits that she and Matthew Morrison dated once. Yes, that's right: Rachel Berry and Will Schuester totally dated. "When we shot the pilot, I met Cory Monteith, Kevin McHale, Amber Riley, and Chris Colfer for the first time," Michele said.

'Glee' Won't Return with Final Season Until 2015

The fall FOX schedule is out, and one show is conspicuously missing: "Glee." The musical/comedy/drama/constant PSA is returning for a sixth and final season, and until today fans assumed that they would be able to see the beginning of the end of "Glee" in Fall 2014. However, with the release of the network's schedule today, it turns out that "Glee" fans will have to wait until 2015 before they see any more.

'Glee' Shocker: Naya Rivera Rumored to Be Fired Over Lea Michele Feud

You know what's awkward? When there's more interesting drama behind the scenes of your show than on screen. NY Daily News is reporting that Naya Rivera, who plays Santana on Fox's hit musical teen comedy drama amalgam "Glee," has been fired. While the rumor has yet to be confirmed (Rivera's reps were contacted about the matter but have not yet responded), the word is that it was Rivera's ongoing feud with Michele that led to Rivera getting sacked.

Did Big Sean Cheat on Naya Rivera with 'Glee' Co-Star Lea Michele?

Chances are, when you heard about "Glee" star Naya Rivera breaking up with fiancé Big Sean, you weren't all that surprised. But this...this is intriguing. Blind Gossip posted a particularly juicy bit of celebrity rumor today about an unnamed ex-couple that is pretty obviously Big Sean and Naya Rivera. Here's their story: "It is hurtful when your fiancé cheats on you.

Lea Michele Opens up to Teen Vogue About the Death of Cory Monteith

After losing her boyfriend last summer, Michele has found the strength to stay busy. With the release of her debut album approaching, Michele opens up to friend Jonathan Gross about how her "insane love" of Monteith keeps her going.

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