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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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
... Quinn Fabray
... Kurt Hummel
... Terri Schuester
... Sue Sylvester
... Emma Pillsbury
... Artie Abrams
... Rachel Berry
... Finn Hudson
... Will Schuester
... Mercedes Jones
... Noah 'Puck' Puckerman
... Tina Cohen-Chang
... Sandy Ryerson
... Ken Tanaka
... Principal Figgins
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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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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

Sandy Ryerson says he got medical marijuana to treat his nervous breakdown. Ohio does not have medical marijuana yet. Michigan does, but bringing it across state lines would be a felony. See more »

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Will Schuester: I'd like to take over Glee Club.
Principal Figgins: You want to captain the Titanic, too?
Will Schuester: I think I can make it great again. There is no joy in these kids. They feel invisible. That's why every one of them has a MySpace page.
Principal Figgins: Sixty bucks a month. That's what I need to keep this program up.
Will Schuester: A-a-and you... you expect me to pay it?
Principal Figgins: I'm certainly not going to pay for it. We're not talking about Cheerios here, Will. They were on Fox Sports Net last year. When Glee Club starts bringing that kind of prestige to the ...
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Featured in Glee: Goodbye (2012) See more »

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Moonlight Sonata
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Written by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performed by The Swingle Singers
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Above average network TV
19 May 2009 | by 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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