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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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 band Kings of Leon was approached by Ryan Murphy about the use of some of their songs for Glee due to their uplifting message, but the band immediately told Murphy no and then insulted him and Glee online, leading to a lengthy public fight between the two parties where Ryan Murphy accused the band of homophobia and the band responded that they weren't and simply hated the show and would not be involved with it. 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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Emma Pillsbury: Do you know who that is? That's you, Will. That's you happier than I've ever seen you.
Will Schuester: That was the greatest moment of my life.
Emma Pillsbury: Why?
Will Schuester: Because I loved what I was doing. I knew before we were half-way through with it, I remember that we were gonna win. And being a part of that, in that moment, I knew who I was in the world. And the only time I felt that way since then was when Terrie told me I was gonna be a father.
Will Schuester: No, no. I need to provide for my family.
Emma Pillsbury: But provide what exactly? The ...
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Looking Back
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Written and Performed by Kerry Muzzey
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This pilot of "Glee" should be the start of a new entertaining series
23 June 2009 | by See all my reviews

I finally watched the pilot episode of "Glee" after all these weeks and I must say, I can't wait for the rest of the season when new episodes come this fall! Michael Morrison arrives at the high school to replace Stephen Tobolowsky (who's the funniest player in this episode) as the new glee club teacher. Jessalyn Gilsig is his ambitious wife and Jayma Mays is a fellow faculty member who believes in Morrison's dream. Jane Lynch is the hard-as-nails (and pretty funny as well) cheerleading coach. And then there's the fine singing leads of Lea Michele as the snobbish-yet-appealing Rachel and Cory Monteith as the jock-who's-also-musically-inclined Finn. Great songs abound like "On My Own" from Les Miz, "You're the One That I Want" from Grease, and "Don't Stop Believin'" which Journey made popular. Sure the characters fit certain types but since this is a series pilot, there's always room for some possible future twist around the corner. And all of the characters, with the exception of the one played by Ms. Gilsig, are likable. So on that note, the "Glee" pilot automatically has made me a fan. Update-9/22/09: Just watched the extended director's cut which has an added complete number of an Amy Winehouse song from a potential rival choral group and a few added scenes like that of the high school coach harassing the Jayma Mays character. That's another character I don't like, even more than that wife I previously mentioned played by Ms. Gilsig. With the season already begun, I'm now gonna play catch up with this series...


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