Glee (2009–2015)
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High school teacher Will Schuester tries to reinvent McKinley High School's Glee Club.



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Optimistic high school teacher Will Schuester tries to refuel his own passion while reinventing McKinley High's Glee Club and challenging a group of outcasts to realize their star potential. Going up against McKinley's cruel high school caste system and facing harsh criticism from everyone around him, Will is determined to prove them all wrong. Written by Fox Publicity

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Comedy | Drama | Music | Musical


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19 May 2009 (USA)  »

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When Tina adds her name to the list for Glee Club, she writes with a stammer "T T T Tina" See more »


When writing her name on the sign up sheet for the glee club, Tina adds extra Ts at the beginning to mimic the stutter that she often speaks with. When Rachel comes to write her name underneath Tina's the extra Ts are gone and Tina is written properly. See more »


Sue Sylvester: I have a phoner in a couple of minutes; that's an interview on the telephone, with a major media outlet. I'll probably do it on my iPhone.
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Version of Glee: Director's Cut Pilot Episode (2009) See more »


A Fifth of Beethoven
Written by Walter Murphy
Performed by The Swingle Singers
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This pilot of "Glee" should be the start of a new entertaining series
23 June 2009 | by (Baton Rouge, La.) – See all my reviews

I finally watched the pilot episode of "Glee" after all these weeks and I must say, I can't wait for the rest of the season when new episodes come this fall! Michael Morrison arrives at the high school to replace Stephen Tobolowsky (who's the funniest player in this episode) as the new glee club teacher. Jessalyn Gilsig is his ambitious wife and Jayma Mays is a fellow faculty member who believes in Morrison's dream. Jane Lynch is the hard-as-nails (and pretty funny as well) cheerleading coach. And then there's the fine singing leads of Lea Michele as the snobbish-yet-appealing Rachel and Cory Monteith as the jock-who's-also-musically-inclined Finn. Great songs abound like "On My Own" from Les Miz, "You're the One That I Want" from Grease, and "Don't Stop Believin'" which Journey made popular. Sure the characters fit certain types but since this is a series pilot, there's always room for some possible future twist around the corner. And all of the characters, with the exception of the one played by Ms. Gilsig, are likable. So on that note, the "Glee" pilot automatically has made me a fan. Update-9/22/09: Just watched the extended director's cut which has an added complete number of an Amy Winehouse song from a potential rival choral group and a few added scenes like that of the high school coach harassing the Jayma Mays character. That's another character I don't like, even more than that wife I previously mentioned played by Ms. Gilsig. With the season already begun, I'm now gonna play catch up with this series...

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