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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.

Fox
6 Seasons, 121 Episodes - Canceled/Ended
May 19, 2009
Comedy, Music
6.7/10
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Glee Full Episode Guide

  • In the series finale, the glee club says farewell.

  • In the series finale, the glee club says farewell.

  • New Directions and the Warblers compete and Rachel is faced with a difficult decision.

  • After Dalton Academy burns to the ground, the Warblers are forced to team up with New Directions.

  • New Directions gets a request to perform at a bar mitzvah for a spoiled tween. Meanwhile, Spencer pushes Roderick to lose weight.

  • The club is busy planning, planning, planning. Meanwhile, Sue inspires everyone to follow their hearts.

  • Will tries to teach Vocal Adrenaline about tolerance.

  • Brittany and Santana must make a bold move while Mercedes tries to persuade Rachel to follow her dreams.

  • Kitty helps Rachel on her quest to win the invitational and Sam recruits football player Spencer to join the glee club.

  • Co-directors Rachel and Kurt immerse themselves in rebuilding the glee club, while Becky introduces her new boyfriend to Sue.

  • Rachel returns home to figure out what her future holds. Upon her discovery that Sue has banished the arts at McKinley, Rachel becomes determined to reinstate the Glee Club.

  • In the sixth and final season premiere of the series, Rachel returns home to figure out what her future holds. Upon her discovery that Sue has banished the arts at McKinley, Rachel becomes determined to reinstate the Glee Club.

  • 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.

  • Artie has a positive STD test and is forced to reveal the truth to his partners. Meanwhile, Kurt and Blaine struggle when Blaine puts on weight.

  • Rachel focuses on her role in "Funny Girl." Meanwhile, Kurt is assaulted because of his sexual preference.

  • The former glee club members adapt to their new lives in the Big Apple. Blaine and Sam become roommates with Kurt, while Artie experiences difficulties navigating the mean streets of Manhattan. Also, Rachel grows more comfortable being a Broadway star, and Mercedes moves to New York to focus on her album.

  • April and Holly plot to save the glee club. Meanwhile, Rachel and Santana try to reconcile in the aftermath of their blowout fight.

  • Past and present members of New Directions unite to reinvent some of their favorite performances. But instead of saying goodbye to glee club, they celebrate what the club has meant to them.

  • The members of New Directions head to Los Angeles to compete in Nationals. Finn's parents accompany them in tribute to their son.

  • As graduation approaches, Tina, Blaine and Sam assemble to plan a senior "lock-in" at school, hoping to enjoy their last chance at hanging out together. But things take an unexpected direction when Becky joins in on the fun. Meanwhile, in New York, Elliot is caught between Rachel and Santana's feud.

  • Rachel becomes upset when she discovers that Santana's new acting gig is a little too close for comfort. Artie and Tina battle it out to become class valedictorian.

  • Sue Sylvester introduces this unaired "Christmas Special" from last season as the members of the club audition for roles in McKinley's living Nativity Scene. Meanwhile in New York, Rachel, Kurt and Santana become Santa's helpers at the mall.

  • Blaine claims to have the ultimate plan to win Nationals, but is upset by the glee club's criticism when he is accused of being too controlling. Over in New York, Kurt also runs in to control issues with his band.

  • The glee club honor the Piano Man: Billy Joel. With graduation just around the corner, the seniors plan their life after high school.

  • The glee club is educated about twerking. Meanwhile, Marley finds out about Jake and Bree, and Rachel tries to convince Kurt they both should get inked.

  • The glee clubbers must determine if they're more like "Katy" or "Gaga." Meanwhile, Kurt holds auditions for his new band.

  • The New Directions family honor the life of Finn Hudson.

  • Beatlemania continues. Meanwhile, a nomination for Tina for Prom Queen takes an unexpected turn.

  • In the fifth season premiere, the club honors the Beatles. Meanwhile, Rachel's life in New York takes an unexpected direction.

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