Glee: Season 1, Episode 1

Pilot (19 May 2009)

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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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The scene where Rachel reprimands Finn for deciding to quit Glee because his friends tease him originally ended with her slapping him. In her audition, Lea Michele reached across the table without any hesitation and slapped one of the casting directors, who was reading Finn for her. When the other casting directors erupted with laughter, Michele sternly told them "This isn't comedy - that was my sad face! Now, I'm going to do it again and you're all going to cry." See more »

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When we hear the narration by Rachel in the beginning of the episode, she states that she tries to post on MySpace everyday to keep her talent alive and growing. However, when the Cheerios are watching Rachel's cover of "On My Own", in the box that says "Similar Videos", it states that there are no other videos from Rachel. See more »

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Will Schuester: I had to make a deal with Figgins so he wouldn't kill Glee Club.
Terri Schuester: But Will, I'm on my feet four hours a day, three times a week here. Now I have to go home and cook dinner for myself?
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Above average network TV
19 May 2009 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

I don't usually comment on individual episodes, but since Fox put this one out there so early, and the rest of the season won't even start until fall, it deserves its own comment.

I think the first episode, forming the glee club, was great! Some things seemed to happen a bit quickly, and that would be my only complaint. I was really expecting some waste-of-time watered-down dreck, but I was pleasantly surprised to watch this smart, tight episode.

I found the humour in the show to be just my kind, with several laugh-out-loud moments. I also liked that the show didn't just focus on the kids, and made the teachers an equal part of it. And lastly, I enjoyed the music numbers. I don't think I can sit through another Law & Order ("doink doink") show without ripping my hair out. But Glee is just the ticket for the times we're in.

I don't recall my high school having anything resembling a glee club (or a competitive cheerleading squad, for that matter). But I hope today's kids get the chance.


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