Glee: Season 2 (2010 - 2011)


Season 2

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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: 252

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Air date: Sep 21, 2010

Season 2 begins with budget cuts looming and the glee kids reeling from their loss at Regionals. There are newcomers, including Sunshine Corazon (Charice) and Sam (Chord Overstreet), but Rachel and Finn don't see eye to eye on them. And there's a new football coach, Shannon Beiste (Dot Marie Jones), who threatens both Mr. Schu and Sue. Songs include "Empire State of Mind" (New Directions); "Billionaire" (Sam); "Listen" (Sunshine); "Telephone" (Sunshine, Rachel); "What I Did for Love" (Rachel).

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Air date: Sep 28, 2010

Will doesn't want the kids to do a Britney Spears routine. He's also a bit jealous of Emma's new dentist boyfriend (John Stamos). Spears appears as herself.

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Air date: Oct 5, 2010

Finn has an existential crisis when he sees the face of Jesus in a grilled-cheese sandwich, or thinks he does. Meanwhile, the glee kids engage in a theological discussion after rallying around Kurt when he faces a crisis of his own.

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Air date: Oct 12, 2010

Rachel and Finn decide to throw a duet competition to give Sam (Chord Overstreet) a better chance to win. Meanwhile, a Mike-Tina-Artie love triangle develops.

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Air date: Oct 26, 2010

The glee kids perform their version of "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" (despite Sue's scheming) after Will learns that Emma's a big fan of the 1975 cult-classic movie. "Horror Show"-movie alums Barry Bostwick and Meat Loaf are in the guest cast.

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Air date: Nov 9, 2010

Finn and Sam find an unconventional way to control their urges. But Coach Beiste gets wind of it and isn't happy. Meanwhile, Kurt, who's sick of being bullied, visits a private school to "spy" on its glee club and finds an entirely different atmosphere. He also meets Blaine Anderson (Darren Criss), who sings Katy Perry's "Teenage Dream" with the Warblers. Other music includes Bob Marley's "One Love" (Puck and Artie), and Rolling Stones-Bon Jovi and Supremes-En Vogue mash-ups (New Directions).

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Air date: Nov 16, 2010

A substitute teacher (Gwyneth Paltrow) fills in for the ailing Mr. Schuester and wins over the glee kids. Meanwhile, Sue fills in for Principal Figgins and flexes her muscles.

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Air date: Nov 23, 2010

Sue's "Nazi-hunting" mother, Doris (Carol Burnett), visits. Meanwhile, Kurt makes a big decision, and Rachel and Finn take a big step. Music includes "Ohio," from "Wonderful Town" (Sue and Doris); "Sway" (Will); and Bruno Mars' "Marry You " and "Just the Way You Are" (New Directions).

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Air date: Nov 30, 2010

Will lays out a new direction for New Directions as Sectionals approach, and not all the kids are happy about it. Teen romances (Finn-Rachel, Artie-Brittany) also begin to fray, but Emma and Carl grow closer. And Kurt struggles to fit in as a Warbler.

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Air date: Dec 7, 2010

Finn tries to bring holiday cheer to McKinley High, and Artie discovers that Brittany still believes in Santa. Meanwhile, the teachers pick their Secret Santas and one particularly manipulative McKinley staffer rigs the gift-giving.

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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.

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…
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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…
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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…

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…

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…

While Gleeis clearly no longer one of the best comedies on television, it still provides a totally unique experience of great musical numbers and pretty funny scenes, despite its complete inability to be aware of its many slowly declining qualities.

Feb 27, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Although the show has just started up again after its midseason break, it seems like the drama is already kicking into high gear.

Feb 27, 2019 | Rating: 7.4/10 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Glee: Season 2

  • Aug 05, 2020
    I found this season very good, but not perfect yet.
  • Jun 26, 2020
    Drama drama Drama its fab and the songs are great
  • May 14, 2020
    The series lost a little bit of its spark but the introduction to new characters that will go on for the whole series is the thing that makes it worth watching.
  • Feb 26, 2020
    I consider this season as the filler season, where all the characters that weren't quite explored in the past season actually have a lot of screen time, it almost feel like they just made this season without overthinking it, it has a lot of dumb episodes, and it looses the magic of the first season, don't know how I feel about it, it's fun, but not great
  • Nov 27, 2019
    The second season only strengthens this amazing show as the cast is fleshed out even more, the lives more awkwardly entwined and the musical performances are ramped up. One of Glee's best seasons.
  • Nov 16, 2019
    I liked this season, just as much as the first! I think Blaine is a nice addition to the cast.
  • Jul 02, 2018
    I liked it a lot, once again the series proves that it's great.
  • 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.

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