Glee: Season 4 (2012 - 2013)


Season 4

Critics 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.



Critic Ratings: 23


Audience Score

User Ratings: 195
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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…

Audience Reviews for Glee: Season 4

  • 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.
  • Mar 24, 2015
    Big step down from the first three seasons. The worst episodes are in this season and i feel like though i don't mind the dual narratives, there were too many new characters introduced at the same time. Also there has always been an agenda in Glee about the outcast and minorities, it is something that i love but i feel like at times it gets a little carried away with its transgenders and bicurious people to really bring in a good story. The performances are still amazing and i love Rachel, Kurt, Santana, and Blaine, but i feel like the new storylines were pretty stupid like the Marley and Kitty one, i mean you have to be pretty dumb not to realize that she is the one making your outfits smaller so you will become bulimic. But anyways, when it isn't playing with our emotions (school shooting episode i'm talking to you) or adding pointless storylines to give the ginormous amount of characters something to do, glee still works. There were a couple really good episodes that i would consider the best glee has ever seen but overall i feel like they broke off more than they can bite. I still like this show and what it stands for and hope that next season will be an improvement.
  • Feb 20, 2015
    Still has the laughs, but lost most of the best characters.

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