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Glee: Season 1 (2009-2010)




Critic Consensus: Entertaining, snarky, and full of heart, Glee is an addictive, toe-tapping musical dramedy that hits all the right notes.


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A musical comedy-drama about the social outcasts who make up the glee club at McKinley High School in Lima, Ohio. In the first series, Spanish teacher Will Schuester (Matthew Morrison) starts the club and protects it from the malevolent schemes of diabolical cheerleading coach Sue Sylvester (Jane Lynch), all the while dealing with a troubled marriage and a mutual attraction to McKinley's quirky guidance counselor (Jayma Mays). The club's original core members are made up of pop-superstar wannabe Rachel Berry (Lea Michele), football quarterback Finn Hudson (Cory Monteith), and singers Mercedes Jones (Amber Riley), Kurt Hummel (Chris Colfer), Tina Cohen-Chang (Jenna Ushkowitz) and Artie Abrams (Kevin McHale). Football player Puck (Mark Salling) and cheerleader Quinn Fabray (Dianna Agron)—who spends much of the season dealing with a pregnancy—also join the club. The ragtag bunch of misfits rally to compete at a local Sectionals contest before facing off against even tougher competition at Regionals. The season's big guest stars include Neil Patrick Harris, Josh Groban and Olivia Newton-John, while Broadway favorites Kristin Chenoweth, Idina Menzel and Jonathan Groff play recurring characters.


Matthew J. Morrison
as Will Schuester
Matthew Morrison
as Will Schuester
Jayma Mays
as Emma Pillsbury
Amber Riley
as Mercedes
Jessalyn Gilsig
as Terri Schuester
Jane Lynch
as Sue Sylvester
as Grace Hitchens
Iqbal Theba
as Principal Figgins
Naya Rivera
as Santana Lopez
Gregg Henry
as Quinn's Dad
Josh Groban
as Himself
Dijon Talton
as Matt Rutherford
Harry Shum Jr.
as Mike Chang
Josh Sussman
as Jacob Ben Israel
Charlotte Ross
as Quinn's Mom
Jonathan Groff
as Jesse St. James
Stephen Tobolowsky
as Sandy Ryerson
Idina Menzel
as Shelby Corcoran
Bill A. Jones
as Rob Remington
Earlene Davis
as Andre Carmichael
as Grace Hitchens
Kristin Chenoweth
as April Rhodes
Ken Choi
as Doctor
Molly Shannon
as Brenda Castle
Josh Groban
as Himself
Charlotte Ross
as Judy Fabray, Quinn's Mom
Max Adler
as Dave Karofsky
Gregg Henry
as Quinn's Dad, Russell Fabray
Victor Garber
as Will's Father
Sarah Drew
as Suzy Pepper
Kent Avenido
as Howard Bamboo
Darren Criss
as Blaine Anderson
Amy Hill
as Dr. Chin
Anna Camp
as Candace Dykstra
Telisha Shaw
as Arcadia
Chuck Spitler
as Randy Cusperberg
J.R. Nutt
as Edgar Newdle
Bill A. James
as Rod Remington
Dean Geyer
as Brody Weston
Alex Newell
as Wade "Unique" Adams
Patricia Forte
as Donna Landries
Mary Jo Catlett
as Mrs. Carlisle
Jeff Lewis
as Manager
Laura Dreyfuss
as Madison McCarthy
Billy Lewis Jr.
as Mason McCarthy
Ashley Fink
as Lauren Zizes
Noah Guthrie
as Roderick
Aidan Friedman
as Giardi Triplet
Gina Hecht
as Puck's Mom
Rizwan Manji
as Dr.Gidwani
Ben Friedman
as Giardi Triplet
Ethan Friedman
as Giardi Triplet
Thomasina Gross
as Perfect Engleberger
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Critic Reviews for Glee: Season 1

All Critics (26) | Top Critics (15)

They're flashy and can be briefly shocking or funny or even moving, but the more they go over-the-top, the less impact they have for me.

May 19, 2009 | Full Review…

At its best, Glee is not just entertaining but elating, dramatizing Breakfast Club-quality teen angst with the aid of tight production numbers covering new and classic popular songs.

May 19, 2009 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Cynical, sweet and inestimably funny, Glee is by far the best show of the fall TV season.

May 19, 2009 | Full Review…

"Glee" could have a hard time sustaining what it has set up. But the opening number gives us a rousing good show.

May 19, 2009 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

I like "Glee." It's a great cast.

May 19, 2009 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
Top Critic

Occasionally, it sings a new song on the television stage. The rest of the time it busies itself humming the same old sorry tune.

October 9, 2018 | Full Review…

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