Glee: Season 2 (2010 - 2011)


Season 2

Critics Consensus

Glee loses some of its spark in this reprise, but the series still delights with its frothy musical numbers and sensitive engagement with pressing social issues.



Critic Ratings: 29


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User Ratings: 209

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Air date: Sep 21, 2010
Air date: Sep 28, 2010
Air date: Oct 5, 2010
Air date: Oct 12, 2010
Air date: Oct 26, 2010
Air date: Nov 9, 2010
Air date: Nov 16, 2010
Air date: Nov 23, 2010
Air date: Nov 30, 2010
Air date: Dec 7, 2010
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The second season of the musical comedy-drama about the socially outcast members of a high-school glee club opens with the students moving on after their loss at Regionals. An uneasy alliance forms between Will Schuester (Matthew Morrison) and Sue Sylvester (Jane Lynch) when school budget cuts threaten the existence of both the glee club and the cheerleading squad, while Rachel (Lea Michele) and Finn (Cory Monteith) try to bump up the club's numbers with some new recruits. Meanwhile, Kurt (Chris Colfer) begins embracing his sexual identity when he meets Blaine Anderson (Darren Criss), a member of rival a capella group the Warblers. Standout themed episodes include "Britney/Brittany" (an episode featuring music by Britney Spears), "The Rocky Horror Glee Show" and "A Very Glee Christmas." New cast members include Chord Overstreet as new glee-club member Sam Evans and Dot-Marie Jones as football coach Shannon Beiste. Memorable guest stars this season include John Stamos, Gwyneth Paltrow, Carol Burnett and Justin Bieber.


Matthew Morrison
as Will Schuester
Matthew J. Morrison
as Will Schuester
Jayma Mays
as Emma Pillsbury
Amber Riley
as Mercedes
Jessalyn Gilsig
as Terri Schuester
Jane Lynch
as Sue Sylvester
Naya Rivera
as Santana Lopez
Mike O'Malley
as Burt Hummel
Harry Shum Jr.
as Mike Chang
Iqbal Theba
as Principal Figgins
Dot-Marie Jones
as Shannon Beiste
Max Adler
as Karofsky
Ashley Fink
as Lauren Zizes
Lauren Potter
as Becky Johnson
Josh Sussman
as Jacob Ben Israel
John Stamos
as Dr. Carl Howell
Bill A. Jones
as Rod Remington
Charice Pempengco
as Sunshine Corazon
Jonathan Groff
as Jesse St. James
Gwyneth Paltrow
as Holly Holliday
Earlene Davis
as Andrew Carmichael
Romy Rosemont
as Carole Hudson
Cheyenne Jackson
as Dustin Goolsby
Barry Bostwick
as Tim Stanwick
Charlotte Ross
as Mrs. Fabray
Michael Hyatt
as Joan Martin
Kathy Griffin
as Tammy Jean Albertson
Meat Loaf
as Barry Jeffries
Kristin Chenoweth
as April Rhodes
Carol Burnett
as Doris Sylvester
Stephen Tobolowsky
as Sandy Ryerson
Josh Brodis
as Student
Kari Coleman
as Donna Jackson
Chris Delfosse
as Tattoo Artist
Tonya Kay
as Cheerios Dancer
Dean Geyer
as Brody Weston
Alex Newell
as Wade "Unique" Adams
Laura Dreyfuss
as Madison McCarthy
Billy Lewis Jr.
as Mason McCarthy
Noah Guthrie
as Roderick
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Critic Reviews for Glee Season 2

All Critics (29) | Top Critics (14)

The significant problems that made themselves aware in Glee's first season really flourished in the second. Inconsistencies in character, ill-advised theme episodes, a Super Bowl episode that was shockingly forgettable.

Feb 28, 2019 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Glee has been undeniably frustrating in season two, but whether it's Mercedes torching an Otis Redding song or Blaine and Kurt's adorable romance, there was still ample reason to tune in and enjoy.

Feb 27, 2019 | Full Review…

It has become a powerful, promotional machine, long on hype and short on the human feeling - the glee - that once made it so addictive.

Sep 21, 2010 | Full Review…

When Sunshine covers Beyonce's "Listen" from "Dreamgirls," you instantly realize what made "Glee" so magical in the first place.

Sep 21, 2010 | Rating: B | Full Review…
Top Critic

On the positive side, it's all done with standard "Glee" fun, the tongue never far from the cheek, and it's punctuated with upbeat musical numbers.

Sep 21, 2010 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Glee is a still a cute show, but even in its early second season, the storytelling through song has been lost, and the tunes have become nothing more than an excuse to sell iTunes downloads.

Feb 27, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Has less catty drama, more hilarity (Heather Morris' flaky cheerleader Brittany has become one of my favorite parts of the entire series) and (no pun intended) new directions for all of our characters.

Feb 27, 2019 | Full Review…

The show hinges on Jane Lynch as Sue Sylvester. Sue might be one of the funniest characters on TV right now

Feb 27, 2019 | Full Review…

A wonderful, tacky slice of camp Americana at its best - yes there may be some more complex subject matter now, but the experience is always crowned with a big, glamorous musical number...

Feb 27, 2019 | Full Review…

There's barely room for the buoyancy that infused Glee last season... As long as pain doesn't eclipse the show's charm, viewers will still have something to sing about as the season unfolds.

Feb 27, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Glee: Season 2

  • Aug 16, 2016
    No show is perfect, so I really shouldn't rate this 5 stars, but OMG KLAINE I CAN'T EVEN!!!! Sorry, I get a bit fangirly about these things... :P XD
  • Oct 02, 2015
    Not as good as it predecessor, but still with charming performances by its talented cast that make that this series had a rewarding end not only for the spectator but also to the team behind the backstage.
  • Mar 16, 2015
    Not quite as strong as season 1 but still amazing. There is something about this show that appeals to me. I think maybe it is the sort of outcasts uniting that i have a soft spot for. Though it does get a bit preachy and the drama might get over the top, the music is so good and the story so relatable that i feel like this is a show made for people like me, theatre geeks and losers trying to fit in.
  • Feb 20, 2015
    'Glee' season 2 keeps up with the great laughs and talented acting and singing cast.
  • Jan 01, 2015
    not as great as season 1, but still holds together quite well! worth a watch! great songs,
  • Jul 28, 2014
    Not as good as it predecessor, but still with charming performances by its talented cast that make that this series had a rewarding end not only for the spectator but also to the team behind the backstage.
  • Jun 18, 2014
    This is the best season of Glee. The characters are lovable, the wit is infectious, the cinematography is gorgeous, and the show has a bright, bubbly charm that makes it a guilty pleasure, if nothing else.
  • Feb 12, 2014
    If the first season of glee was good, then season 2 would be decent. This season plays up the drama to the point that the comedy becomes a subtext. And no, this isn't particularly good drama. Season 2 mainly focuses of the relationship between Finn and Rachel and the gay-bullying of Kurt. The former is absolutely the worst because neither character is particularly likable. Finn can come across as a "nice guy," which I mean acts nice to be manipulative, which makes him unsympathetic, even though the show wishes you would like him. He is the main character, after all. Rachel is incredibly annoying and selfish, and I found myself wishing she'd get slusheed more often. Like Finn, the show really wishes you would like her. She is the other main character, after all. Kurt, while somewhat more tolerable than Finn and Rachel, milks sympathy from the audience for all it's worth. Yes, what happens to him is truly deplorable, but along with the Finn and Rachel episodes, there's little time leftover for more interesting characters, like Puck, to shine. Kurt also can be a complete jerk to his friends, but since he's the victim, he gets off with little more than the slap to the wrist. Truly an average season.
  • Jan 03, 2014
    Love this season. This show lacks nothing, it's flawless and I love it.

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