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Premiere preview:
May 19, 2009
September 9, 2009
Finale March 20, 2015
Creator Ryan Murphy
Brad Falchuk
Ian Brennan
Network FOX
Style 60-minute musical dramedy
Company Brad Falchuk Teley-Vision
(seasons 2–6)
Ryan Murphy Productions
20th Century Fox Television
Seasons 6
Episodes 121
Origin USA
Official Site FOX

Glee is a musical dramedy that aired on FOX. It follows high school teacher, Will Schuester, trying to reinvent the fictional William McKinley High School glee club, which competes on the show choir competition circuit while its disparate members deal with their relationships, sexuality, social issues, and learning how to become an effective. Alongside Schuester, the twelve-member cast includes cheerleading coach Sue Sylvester, guidance counselor Emma Pillsbury, Will's wife Terri Schuester, and the eight club members.

The series was created by Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, and Ian Brennan, who first conceived of the show as a film. The three men wrote every episode of the first two seasons, and Murphy and Falchuk initially served as the main directors. Glee features on-screen performance-based musical numbers that are selected by Murphy, who aims to maintain a balance between show tunes and chart hits, and are produced by Adam Anders and Peer Åström. Songs that were covered in the show are released through iTunes during the week of an episode's broadcast, and a series of albums have been released through Columbia Records. The music on the show became a commercial success, with over thirty-six million digital single sales and eleven million album sales worldwide through October of 2011. Merchandise for the show includes DVD and Blu-ray releases, an iPad app, and karaoke games for the Wii.

During season 1, Glee received generally favorable reviews from critics, with Metacritic's weighted average of 77 out of 100 based on the show's eighteen critical reviews. That season was nominated for 19 Emmy Awards, 4 Golden Globe Awards, 6 Satellite Awards, and 57 others, with wins including the 2010 Golden Globe for Best Television Series - Musical or Comedy, and Emmy awards for Jane Lynch, guest star Neil Patrick Harris, and Ryan Murphy's direction of the pilot episode.



Actor Character Duration
Main 1 2 3 4 5 6
Dianna Agron Quinn Fabray
Jacob Artist Jake Puckerman
Melissa Benoist Marley Rose
Chris Colfer Kurt Hummel
Darren Criss Blaine Anderson
Jessalyn Gilsig Terri Schuester
Blake Jenner Ryder Lynn
Jane Lynch Sue Sylvester
Jayma Mays Emma Pillsbury
Kevin McHale Artie Abrams
Lea Michele Rachel Berry
Cory Monteith Finn Hudson
Heather Morris Brittany Pierce
Matthew Morrison Will Schuester
Alex Newell Wade "Unique" Adams
Mike O'Malley Burt Hummel
Chord Overstreet Sam Evans
Amber Riley Mercedes Jones
Naya Rivera Santana Lopez
Mark Salling Noah "Puck" Puckerman
Harry Shum Jr. Mike Chang
Becca Tobin Kitty Wilde
Jenna Ushkowitz Tina Cohen-Chang
Orange indicates a recurring or guest role during that season.
Supporting/Recurring 1 2 3 4 5 6
Iqbal Theba Principal Figgins
Romy Rosemont Carole Hudson-Hummel
Lauren Potter Becky Jackson
Bill A. Jones Rod Remington
Josh Sussman Jacob Ben Israel
Ashley Fink Lauren Zizes
Max Adler Dave Karofsky
James Earl Azimio Adams
Jonathan Groff Jesse St. James
Idina Menzel Shelby Corcoran
Patrick Gallagher Ken Tanaka
Dijon Talton Matt Rutherford
Dot-Marie Jones Shannon Beiste
Ryan Heinke Brett
Curt Mega Nick
Titus Makin Jr. David
Eddy Martin Thad
Riker Lynch Jeff
NeNe Leakes Roz Washington
Samuel Larsen Joe Hart
Vanessa Lengies Sugar Motta
Damian McGinty Rory Flanagan
Dean Geyer Brody Weston
1 2 3 4 5 6


Season Premiere Finale #
Season One September 9, 2009 June 8, 2010 22
Season Two September 21, 2010 May 24, 2011 22
Season Three September 20, 2011 May 22, 2012 22
Season Four September 13, 2012 May 9, 2013 22
Season Five September 26, 2013 May 13, 2014 20
Season Six January 9, 2015 March 20, 2015 13


  • At a Glance: Additional information about the series
  • Characters: A listing of characters in the series
  • Music: A listing of music used in the series
  • Crew: A listing of the crew that works on the series

DVD and Blu-ray Releases


Title Release Discs
Season Sets  (Region 1)
The Complete First Season September 14, 2010 purchase 7
The Complete Second Season September 13, 2011 purchase 6
The Complete Third Season August 14, 2012 purchase 6
The Complete Fourth Season October 1, 2013 purchase 6
The Complete Fifth Season January 6, 2015 purchase 6
The Final Season May 19, 2015 purchase 4
Partial Season Sets  (Region 1)
Season 1, Volume 1: Road to Sectionals December 29, 2009 purchase 4
Season 1, Volume 2: Road to Regionals September 14, 2010 purchase 3


Title Release Discs
Season Sets  (Region A)
The Complete First Season September 14, 2010 purchase 4
The Complete Second Season September 13, 2011 purchase 4
The Complete Third Season August 14, 2012 purchase 4
The Complete Fourth Season October 1, 2013 purchase 4
The Final Season May 19, 2015 purchase

External Sites