Glee (2009–2015)
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The Power of Madonna 

Concerned that the Glee Club girls are being bullied by the guys, Mr. Schuester challenges the kids to choose Madonna songs as their next assignment.


Ryan Murphy


Ryan Murphy (created by), Brad Falchuk (created by) | 2 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Dianna Agron ... Quinn Fabray
Chris Colfer ... Kurt Hummel
Jessalyn Gilsig ... Terri Schuester (credit only)
Jane Lynch ... Sue Sylvester
Jayma Mays ... Emma Pillsbury
Kevin McHale ... Artie Abrams
Lea Michele ... Rachel Berry
Cory Monteith ... Finn Hudson
Matthew Morrison ... Will Schuester
Amber Riley ... Mercedes Jones
Mark Salling ... Noah 'Puck' Puckerman
Jenna Ushkowitz ... Tina Cohen-Chang
Jonathan Groff ... Jesse St. James
Iqbal Theba ... Principal Figgins
Naya Rivera ... Santana Lopez


Mr. Schuester is concerned that the girls in the glee club are being disrespected and bullied by the guys. Looking to Madonna and her musical message of equality as inspiration, he challenges the entire team to choose Madonna songs as their next assignment in the hopes that the girls embrace her strength, independence and confidence and that the guys will see the error of their misogynistic ways. The glee club takes the assignment to heart as they perform some of Madonna's greatest hits, including "Express Yourself" and "Like A Prayer." Meanwhile, Kurt and Mercedes give Sue a vote of confidence with a makeover that is definitely in "Vogue." Written by FOX Publicity

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Comedy | Drama | Music | Musical


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Did You Know?


Madonna watched an advance copy of the episode before it aired, and then released a statement voicing her approval: "I thought the Madonna episode of Glee (2009) was brilliant on every level. The dialogue and the entire script was genius. I completely appreciated the layers of irony, especially when all those macho boys sang 'What It Feels Like For A Girl.' I also loved the fantastic performances of 'Vogue,' 'Express Yourself' and all the messages about the boys being respectful to girls. The entire cast was amazing. They're all so talented. I especially loved Sue Sylvester and Kurt Hummel's characters. Ryan Murphy did a great job bringing all these elements together. [Madonna's daughter] Lola loved the show too. I wish I went to a high school like that... if only." See more »


During the performance of "Express Yourself", a jacket at the end of the stage appears, disappears, and then reappears. See more »


Sue Sylvester: As Madonna once said, I'm tough, I'm ambitious and if that makes me a bitch, that's what I am. Pretty sure she stole that line from Sue Sylvester. No, really. I said it first.
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Borderline/Open Your Heart
Written by Reggie Lucas, Madonna, Gardner Cole, Peter Rafelson
Performed by Lea Michele and Cory Monteith
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One of the Best Glee Episodes Ever!
9 May 2010 | by Screen_QueenSee all my reviews

This episode was fantastic! All the Glee episodes are amazing, but this one was a standout. I loved how they took the best of Madonna and used it to incorporate the ideas of female empowerment, while still managing to put the signature Glee fun into it. Not only that, but they showed the guys seeing it from and accepting the girls' point of view too - the best of both worlds. It was one of the most fun 1 hour of television I have ever experienced. This episode's effect on audiences shows how Glee is a game-changer in the world of television. It is changing the way people view TV and deserves all the merit it gets. It's one of the best and most hard-working shows on TV, and this episode is proof of that.

This special episode is microcosmic of the show's values and for all that it stands for and presents. For Gleeks it is a must, and for everyone else still essential viewing!

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20 April 2010 (USA) See more »

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