Glee: Season 3 (2011 - 2012)



Critic Consensus: Impending graduation and a race to the top provides this season some emotional power and stakes, but Glee will strain many viewers' credulity with a flurry of melodramatic developments that feel more cynically calculated than organic to characters who feel increasingly more like soundboards than people.


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Air date: Sep 20, 2011
Air date: Sep 27, 2011
Air date: Oct 4, 2011
Air date: Nov 1, 2011
Air date: Nov 8, 2011
Air date: Nov 15, 2011
Air date: Nov 29, 2011
Air date: Dec 6, 2011
Air date: Dec 13, 2011
Air date: Jan 17, 2012
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Series 3 of the musical comedy-drama sees Sue Sylvester (Jane Lynch) running for Congress and Blaine (Darren Criss) transferring to McKinley High. Meanwhile, several original glee club members prepare for graduation, including Rachel (Lea Michele), Finn (Cory Monteith), Kurt (Chris Colfer), Mike (Harry Shum), Quinn (Dianna Agron), Mercedes (Amber Riley), Santana (Naya Rivera) and Puck (Mark Salling). Special themed episodes include "Saturday Night Glee-ver" (a tribute to the 1977 film "Saturday Night Fever") and "Dance With Somebody," which was written to honor Whitney Houston after her death. Contestants from the reality series "The Glee Project" appear in recurring roles as additional glee-club students, including Samuel Larsen as Joe Hart, Damian McGinty as Rory Flanagan, Alex Newell as Wade "Unique" Adams and Lindsay Pearce as Harmony. Standout guest spots include Whoopi Goldberg, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Ricky Martin, Gloria Estefan and Lindsay Lohan.


Matthew Morrison
as Will Schuester
Matthew J. Morrison
as Will Schuester
Jayma Mays
as Emma Pillsbury
Amber Riley
as Mercedes
Jane Lynch
as Sue Sylvester
Naya Rivera
as Santana Lopez
Harry Shum Jr.
as Mike Chang
Darren Criss
as Blaine Anderson
Damian McGinty
as Rory Flanagan
Vanessa Lengies
as Sugar Motta
Iqbal Theba
as Principal Figgins
Dot-Marie Jones
as Shannon Beiste
Lauren Potter
as Becky Johnson
Mike O'Malley
as Burt Hummel
Idina Menzel
as Shelby Corcoran
NeNe Leakes
as Coach Roz Washington
Grant Gustin
as Sebastian
Josh Sussman
as Jacob Ben Israel
Jeff Goldblum
as Hiram Berry
Ashley Fink
as Lauren Zizes
Keong Sim
as Mike Chang Sr.
Jessalyn Gilsig
as Terri Schuester
Romy Rosemont
as Carole Hudson-Hummel
Don Most
as Rusty Pillsbury
Valerie Mahaffey
as Rose Pillsbury
Eric Bruskotter
as Cooter Mankins
Ricky Martin
as David Martinez
Jonathan Groff
as Jesse St. James
Matt Bomer
as Cooper Anderson
John Schneider
as Dwight Evans
Whoopi Goldberg
as Carmen Tibideaux
Bill A. Jones
as Rod Remington
Max Adler
as Dave Karofsky
Earlene Davis
as Andrea Carmichael
Tamlyn Tomita
as Julia Chang
Thomas Calabro
as Mr. Puckerman
Jan Hoag
as Roberta, the Cashier
Mary Gillis
as Mrs. Hagberg
Rock Anthony
as Rick the Stick
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Critic Reviews for Glee Season 3

All Critics (19) | Top Critics (12)

Seemingly out of ideas, this was the season that started adding cast members from The Glee Project, had Rachel and Finn get engaged for some insane reason, and kept transferring people between high-school choir groups like they were on NBA teams.

Feb 28, 2019 | Full Review…
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Over two and a half seasons, however, Glee has evolved into a series that takes itself very seriously, in which every scene has a moral and every moral applies to Teens of Today.

Feb 28, 2019 | Full Review…

Repeatedly threatened to be astonishing and sometimes delivered, only to settle for cheerfully incoherent inanity at least 80 percent of the time.

Feb 28, 2019 | Full Review…

What truly killed Glee for me was its stubborn refusal to act upon its promise. Instead of delivering a diabolical subversion of the high-school genre, it became a showcase for a bunch of famous young performers who sort of play misfits on TV.

Feb 28, 2019 | Full Review…

When it stops working so damn hard to be edgy, inventive, or iTunes-driven, it frequently succeeds in being the show it thinks it actually is.

Feb 27, 2019 | Full Review…

Unfortunately, these new cast members aren't nearly as interesting as the original crew, and several of them are winners of "The Glee Project." That means they can sing, but their on-screen charisma, personality and acting ability isn't quite there.

Feb 27, 2019 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

Glee feels like it just grew up a little bit. I can't lie. I might've teared up...

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

The third and current season has somehow managed to become a cross between a soap opera and an after-school special. The teenage melodrama was exhausting enough to live through, let alone watch.

Feb 28, 2019 | Full Review…

Their tear-shedding made us a little teary as well... The "Glee" stars were clearly going through their own stages of grief right before our eyes.

Feb 28, 2019 | Full Review…

This is the kind of moment when Glee excels -- when it can bring this level of thoughtful, nuanced, socially responsible conversation into bajillions of American homes.

Feb 27, 2019 | Full Review…

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