Glee: Season 5 (2013 - 2014)



Critic Consensus: Glee finds beauty in tragedy during a season that cathartically addresses the untimely passing of star Cory Monteith, while finding some new grace notes among its expansive ensemble, but the series is still indulging in the soporific tropes and cheesy self-seriousness that some viewers have come to dread.


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Air date: Sep 26, 2013
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Air date: Dec 5, 2013
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A haunting sense of loss pervades the first few episodes of the musical dramedy's fifth series, due to the sudden and untimely death of actor Cory Monteith on July 13, 2013. The series' third installment, "The Quarterback," serves as a fitting tribute and a heartbreaking farewell to both Monteith and his character, Finn Hudson. As the series progresses, the storylines alternate between the gang at McKinley High and the alumni who have moved to New York City. Several cast members, including Heather Morris, Amber Riley, Mark Salling and Harry Shum Jr., cease being regular players in Series 5 but still appear occasionally as guest stars. The main cast includes Matthew Morrison, Lea Michele, Jane Lynch, Kevin McHale, Darren Criss, Jenna Ushkowitz, Chord


Matthew Morrison
as Will Schuester
Matthew J. Morrison
as Will Schuester
Lea Michele
as Rachel
Naya Rivera
as Santana Lopez
Darren Criss
as Blaine Anderson
Melissa Benoist
as Marley Rose
Jacob Artist
as Jake Puckerman
Dean Geyer
as Brody Weston
Blake Jenner
as Ryder Lynn
Alex Newell
as Wade "Unique" Adams
Jayma Mays
as Emma Pillsbury
as Wade "Unique" Adams
Amber Riley
as Mercedes
Dot-Marie Jones
as Coach Beiste
Mike O'Malley
as Burt Hummel
Adam Lambert
as Elliot "Starchild" Gilbert
Iqbal Theba
as Principal Figgins
NeNe Leakes
as Coach Roz Washington
Mark Salling
as Noah "Puck" Puckerman
Harry Shum Jr.
as Mike Chang
Igbal Theba
as Principal Figgins
Shirley MacLaine
as June Dolloway
Ryan Heinke
as Stoner Brett
Romy Rosemont
as Carole Hudson-Hummel
Phoebe Strole
as Penny Owen
Kristin Chenoweth
as April Rhodes
Gwyneth Paltrow
as Holly Holliday
Kristen Schaal
as Mary Halloran
Bill A. Jones
as Rod Remington
Whoopi Goldberg
as Carmen Tibideaux
Trisha Rae Stahl
as Millie Rose
Earlene Davis
as Andrea Carmichael
Peter Facinelli
as Rupert Campion
Ioan Gruffudd
as Paolo San Pablo
Skylar Astin
as Jean-Baptiste
Chace Crawford
as Biff McIntosh
Jessalyn Gilsig
as Terri Schuester
Josh Sussman
as Jacob Ben Israel
Laura Dreyfuss
as Madison McCarthy
Billy Lewis Jr.
as Mason McCarthy
Noah Guthrie
as Roderick
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Critic Reviews for Glee Season 5

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (6)

Given Glee's proven ability to go maudlin and after-school-special-style on any and everything, "The Quarterback" was relatively restrained.

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One thing that's repeatedly proved to be true about Glee is that even when the direction it's going in is questionable, its execution can't be faulted. There was no need to worry. 'The Quarterback' is not cheesy, it's beautiful.

Feb 28, 2019 | Full Review…

The show returned from its extended hiatus re-energized and looking -- and more importantly sounding -- like its old self.

Feb 28, 2019 | Full Review…

The singing, dancing, and arpeggio of emotions you'd just witnessed will leave you brimming with so much unbridled, uncontainable joy that the only proper response is to spring up with applause and, well, glee.

Feb 28, 2019 | Full Review…

Season 5 ultimately delivered an exciting turnaround for those of us who remember the days when we actually looked forward to watching this show and still want to believe that Glee has the capacity to be great again.

Feb 28, 2019 | Full Review…

Even those who have dutifully stuck with Glee -- through cast changes and increasingly tedious melodrama -- would mostly have to admit the show's best days are behind it, a bright light that burned itself out pretty quickly.

Feb 28, 2019 | Full Review…
Top Critic

This show has just never figured out how to integrate the new characters, has it?... It still feels weird to me how little I care about anyone in the new New Directions.

Feb 28, 2019 | Full Review…

As catharsis for fans of Glee and Monteith, "The Quarterback" was much like Finn himself: Earnest, flawed, a little irritating, winning.

Feb 28, 2019 | Full Review…

Ultimately, "The Quarterback" was respectful, and was successful as the cathartic memorial -- for both the cast and viewers -- that it was intended to be.

Feb 28, 2019 | Full Review…

It doesn't snap everything into place, but it does apply a simple moral with a light touch. What's Glee without McKinley? It's about pursuing your dreams with the support of your friends.

Sep 27, 2013 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
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Audience Reviews for Glee: Season 5

This is certainly my least favorite season, more like I always liked perfomances.

The season was mostly boring and we lost so many good characters. Personally I never shipped Finchel (was too boring), but it was still sad when he died. Many of the characters we'd grown to love disappeared, only reappearing as guest stars occasionally. The only highlights of this season were the occasional naughty Klaine monents that we all loved. And New York was pretty great as usual!

What was good here whilom its not good now, Glee: Season 5 falls down into a predictable narrative, boring plot and without exceptional performances that allows this season be distinguished from other seasons, and it arrived the time for the Glee series end.

This season was going so well until Rachel decided to act like a beotch in the last few episodes. Anyways I love the special guest stars Demi Lovato, and my favorite pop singer adam lambert, it was great to see some new characters that didn't get on my nerves but their storylines didn't really end and they just disappeared. I enjoyed the love story between Kurt and Blaine and also liked the competition between Rachel and Santana. Again I still was not very interested with what was going on with Lima but the younger characters weren't quite as annoying and there were more moments of real emotion than in the last season. But i can't help but see that Glee in its later seasons went from being an inspiring tv show about outcasts and finding joy in music to becoming a marketing tool with a sort of High School Musical + sex feel to it. But overall I was enjoying this season until the last few episodes plummeted into awfulness. But Blaine (Darren Criss) really saved those moments because he is really the only character who really stays constantly grounded in what the show is really about. A tiny improvement of season 4 except The Break Up is still my favorite episode of the seasons after graduation.

After losing it's key character, Glee now seems depressing and dull without it's leader.

Love it. It´s awesome. What I like the most is the songs they sing and the dance steps. The drama among the characters is great: I love Jane Lynch, and the diversity in all characters

The only thing I valued about the Santana and Rachel relationship, that is until they pitted the characters against each other. That upset me alot because that was the only good thing about this season, i also liked the Kurt, Rachel and Santana friendship. Everything else couldve been improved, and i'm not very fond of the new Glee kids. So while i am going to miss this show and the way it used to be, I think that it's best for season 6 to be the last.

i recommand everyone to watch this show great actors and song choices

What was good here whilom its not good now, Glee: Season 5 falls down into a predictable narrative, boring plot and without exceptional performances that allows this season be distinguished from other seasons, and it arrived the time for the Glee series end.

I think season 5 of glee is soooooo amazing, not that bad!

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