Glee: Season 4 (2012 - 2013)



Critic Consensus: 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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Air date: Sep 13, 2012
Air date: Sep 20, 2012
Air date: Sep 27, 2012
Air date: Oct 4, 2012
Air date: Nov 8, 2012
Air date: Nov 15, 2012
Air date: Nov 22, 2012
Air date: Nov 29, 2012
Air date: Dec 6, 2012
Air date: Dec 13, 2012
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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.


Matthew Morrison
as Will Schuester
Matthew J. Morrison
as Will Schuester
Amber Riley
as Mercedes
Jayma Mays
as Emma Pillsbury
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
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…

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