Glee: Season 4 (2012 - 2013)

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Season 4
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Glee may have lost a few of its major characters, but several strong storylines help to compensate, and the songs are as strong as ever.

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Critic Ratings: 23

53%

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User Ratings: 217

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Air date: Sep 13, 2012

Season 4 begins with Rachel moving to New York City to attend NYADA, where she meets an attractive older student. Back at McKinley, the glee club seeks new recruits (including Puck's half brother) at auditions.

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Air date: Sep 20, 2012

Brittany falls into a rut and turns to Britney Spears' music for help breaking out of it; Brody helps Rachel adjust to life in New York.

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Air date: Sep 27, 2012

Brittany and Blaine face off in a battle for student-council president; Kurt lands an exciting internship with a new mentor.

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Air date: Oct 4, 2012

Rachel and Kurt get surprise visitors in New York City. Elsewhere, Santana and Brittany adjust to their long-distance relationship; and Will and Emma consider the implications of a new job offer.

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Air date: Nov 8, 2012

Auditions for the school production of "Grease" begin with Marley, Jake, Kitty and football player Ryder competing for the lead roles. Meanwhile, New Directions alumni Mercedes and Mike return to help cast the show; and Will faces a tough decision.

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Air date: Nov 15, 2012

Rachel, Kurt, Santana and Cassandra July return as the glee club kicks off its production of "Grease."

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Air date: Nov 22, 2012

Marley, Jake and Ryder find themselves entangled in a love triangle; Blaine runs into members of the Warblers.

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Air date: Nov 29, 2012

The glee-club members get advice about Sectionals from alumni. Elsewhere, Rachel and Kurt enjoy a nontraditional Thanksgiving meal in New York.

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Air date: Dec 6, 2012

Finn thinks about his future with the glee club after Sectionals are over. Elsewhere, Rachel gets ready for NYADA's winter showcase; and Kurt gets a second chance at an audition.

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Air date: Dec 13, 2012

Sam and Brittany try to live their lives to the fullest before the Mayan apocalypse; Jake and Puck spend Hanukkah together; Artie has a life-changing dream; and Kurt has a special Christmas. The episode is a tribute to the 2003 film "Love Actually."

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Series 4 of the high-school musical dramedy begins with several New Directions alumni pursuing higher education and other adventures. After being accepted into the New York Academy of Dramatic Art, Rachel (Lea Michele) moves to the Big Apple, where she gets an apartment with Kurt (Chris Colfer) and begins to explore a new relationship with a fellow student. Meanwhile, Finn (Cory Monteith) takes over leadership of the glee club after Will (Matthew Morrison) leaves temporarily to pursue an opportunity in Washington, D.C. Several new characters join the core group of students at McKinley High, including Jake Puckerman (Jacob Artist), Marley Rose (Melissa Benoist), Kitty Wilde (Becca Tobin) and Ryder Lynn (Blake Jenner). Kate Hudson has a recurring role as Rachel's dance teacher; and Sarah Jessica Parker appears as a mentor for Kurt. Jane Lynch, Amber Riley, Kevin McHale, Jenna Ushkowitz, Darren Criss, Dean Geyer and Chord Overstreet also star.

Cast

Matthew Morrison
as Will Schuester
Amber Riley
as Mercedes
Jayma Mays
as Emma Pillsbury
Lea Michele
as Rachel
Naya Rivera
as Santana Lopez
Jane Lynch
as Sue Sylvester
Darren Criss
as Blaine Anderson
Melissa Benoist
as Marley Rose
Jacob Artist
as Jake Puckerman
Dean Geyer
as Brody Weston
Alex Newell
as Wade Adams
Alex
as Wade Adams
Vanessa Lengies
as Sugar Motta
Blake Jenner
as Ryder Lynn
Dot-Marie Jones
as Coach Beiste
Iqbal Theba
as Principal Figgins
Lauren Potter
as Becky Jackson
Harry Shum Jr.
as Mike Chang
Kate Hudson
as Cassandra July
Mike O'Malley
as Burt Hummel
Sarah Jessica Parker
as Isabelle Klempt
NeNe Leakes
as Coach Roz Washington
Damian McGinty
as Rory Flanagan
Whoopi Goldberg
as Carmen Tibideaux
Grant Gustin
as Sebastian Smythe
Ashley Fink
as Lauren Zizes
Katey Sagal
as Nancy Abrams
Jessica Sanchez
as Frida Romero
Valerie Mahaffey
as Rose Pillsbury
Don Most
as Rusty Pillsbury
Idina Menzel
as Shelby Corcoran
Romy Rosemont
as Carole Hudson-Hummel
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Critic Reviews for Glee Season 4

All Critics (23) | Top Critics (12)

[The premiere] is Glee at its best... There are lots of new characters to introduce, but each comes with a narrative hook that provides a bit of emotional texture.

Feb 28, 2019 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Reassures us the show will have no trouble finding quirky new characters to fill any void caused by half its cast graduating... What's not clear is whether it has found new story lines to replace the ones that wrapped up or drove off into the distance.

Feb 28, 2019 | Full Review…

It was never really going to work when the main Glee characters left high school and the show split up into this multiple-personality creature... Some things worked really great! And some things (almost all the new kids) were incredibly boring.

Feb 28, 2019 | Full Review…
Top Critic

I hate to jump the good ship lollipop, but I've officially dropped you from my DVR's series list, Glee. You wouldn't want me to mercy record you, would you?

Sep 13, 2012 | Full Review…

The pacing is brisk, and both the smiles and tears arrive on cue.

Sep 13, 2012 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Hudson plays an already-senior hoofer, far removed from her days as an ingenue. She's a blast as the oldster on the dance floor.

Sep 13, 2012 | Full Review…

It's nice that Glee are continuing to push boundaries even four seasons in by introducing people that aren't often represented on TV, especially not on a show so squarely aimed at the young.

Feb 28, 2019 | Full Review…

This entire season was basically a hot mess of breakups, shake-ups, random storylines and new characters that we hardly connected with.

Feb 28, 2019 | Full Review…

I now don't understand why I continue to dedicate an hour of my life to this chaotic, often times offensive, mess. Is it 'hate' watching? It may be.

Feb 28, 2019 | Full Review…

It wasn't perfect, but a lot of that can be chalked up to the growing pains... Season 4 was very much a transitional season, and when you look at it as such, the season did what it needed to do.

Feb 28, 2019 | Full Review…

Change is very much in the air, and it's an exciting thing for the characters - and the series. As I said, I went into the Season 4 premiere feeling apprehensive and expecting a choppy mess that jumped between two barely-related stories.

Oct 8, 2018 | Full Review…

I'll be looking forward to see how the new season develops.

Aug 26, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Glee: Season 4

  • Aug 23, 2020
    This is when everything starts to fall apart, I loved that they introduced us to new characters and how they try to focus more on the other characters that did not get a chance to shine so bright, and that accomplish to show us that they are as good as the other characters, in the other hand , Rachael CHEATS on Finn, this is one of the worst things the writers could have ever done, the Rachael and Brody relationship disgusts me to the core, and Rachael becomes even more annoying than ever, but the other characters in this season balance it out.
  • Aug 05, 2020
    Ok, here is when start fuck it. This season is good, but the plot between New York and Lima i relly don´t like it
  • Mar 31, 2019
    I hated season 3, particularly the non-sense wedding and car crash incidents. Season 4 was even worse. I wondered if this show would just get worse and worse, but the Tomatometer is better for season 4, 5, 6 than for season 3. Being very curious, I checked Nielsen's average total viewers to find out number peaked in season 2, and then declined greatly, particularly after season 4. Tomatomater scores must have been given by viewers who survived.... The reason why I don't enjoy season 4 must be that what I liked about Glee was the glee club's team dynamics. I liked every one of the club members. I am not interested in Rachel very much. I liked her as much as other members, but now she is in New York, in a very heavy makeup, flirting with some guy...complaining about her tutor....which is kind of sad and not fun to watch. Her performance in New York is not particularly interesting or touching either. If she's graduated, I think she should have starred in a spin-off, and Glee should have been all about the glee club. The show clearly lost its momentum in season 3 and then 4. I have not watched season 5 and 6, yet, but I am not feeling very optimistic.
  • Jan 02, 2019
    The Best show ever! Especially if you like music !!!
  • Jul 02, 2018
    Relatively bad, but it sure is good and appeals to fans of the show. And finally here I found my favorite episode.
  • Aug 16, 2016
    The new characters are TERRIBLE! They're boring and annoying, and no once wants to see them. We. Don't. CARE! And yeah it was sad that Klaine broke up, but I love the excitement and depth it gave to the story! It's fun seeing Rachel and Kurt in New York and tbh pretty much everything in New York is great. Back at McKinley it's a yawn-fest.
  • Feb 21, 2016
    Worst season of Glee
  • Feb 12, 2016
    Worse season easily.
  • Oct 09, 2015
    Ryan Murphy is always trying to add new things to the glee plot, however this time it just doesn't result, becoming an well acted musical series, however cliched and a little desperate to revenge in series world, what doesn't happen.
  • Oct 09, 2015
    Ryan Murphy is always trying to add new things to the glee plot, however this time it just doesn't result, becoming an well acted musical series, however cliched and a little desperate to revenge in series world, what doesn't happen.

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