Glee (2009–2015)
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Pilot 

High school teacher Will Schuester tries to reinvent McKinley High School's Glee Club.

Director:

Ryan Murphy

Writers:

Ryan Murphy (created by), Brad Falchuk (created by) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Dianna Agron ... Quinn Fabray
Chris Colfer ... Kurt Hummel
Jessalyn Gilsig ... Terri Schuester
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
Stephen Tobolowsky ... Sandy Ryerson
Patrick Gallagher ... Ken Tanaka
Iqbal Theba ... Principal Figgins
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Storyline

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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Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Music | Musical

Certificate:

TV-14 | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 May 2009 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Kurt sings the song "Cellophane" from Chicago. Chris Colfer sang the same song for his audition for the show. See more »

Goofs

When other students sign their names to the Glee Club sign-up sheet, we see Artie's name has been written as "Arty". See more »

Quotes

Finn Hudson: Look, I owe you guys an apology. I never should have quit. I don't want to be the guy that just drives around throwing eggs at people!
Rachel Berry: That was you?
Kurt Hummel: You and your friends threw pee balloons at me.
Finn Hudson: I know.
Kurt Hummel: You nailed all my lawn furniture to my roof.
Finn Hudson: I wasn't actually there for that, but I'm really sorry.
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Connections

Referenced in Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: Episode #8.95 (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

Leaving on a Jet Plane
(uncredited)
Written by John Denver
Performed by Matthew Morrison
(director's cut only)
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A worthy effort to give "New Directions" to High School depiction (21st century)
20 May 2009 | by teejayniles2345See all my reviews

This is a cleverly written and well-cast show that seems to exist in a kind of "private school"/money-is-no-object kind of universe. The High Schoolers and the Faculty / Administration live in Midwestern USA but have a kind of search for meaning that takes a long, long time to realize. The high school seems to be underpopulated with hall monitors and deans/assistant principals who will enforce rules and nab the offenders who are hazing other students mercilessly. The pilot gave a kind of funny behind-the-scenes look into how teachers in the late 2000s remain under-paid and co-opted as far as how they do work to make the teens people who are seeking to succeed in "the real world". I really enjoyed the off-beat choices as far as the Glee Club / Swing Choir rock and R/B covered music. Kudos to writers and director!


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