Glee: 20 Finest Episodes In accordance To IMDb

In 2009, Glee reminded audiences what it was prefer to be a highschool outcast who dreamed of stardom. The New Instructions have been a glee membership in an Ohio suburb, however its members dreamed of dwelling and dealing in New York and Los Angeles. Over the course of six seasons, the characters advanced from comedic highschool stereotypes into bonafide stars.

Although Glee definitely had its ups and downs, followers have been overwhelmingly behind the collection even after they hated the storylines. The present discovered a stability between satire and earnest drama in its greatest episodes. With greater than 100 episodes to its title, Glee has a median ranking of 6.7 on IMDb. The highest episodes, nevertheless, all rank a lot increased.

Up to date On June 22, 2022 By Amanda Bruce: Although Glee got here to an finish in 2015, it continues to keep up its recognition because of streaming platforms and social media. The collection made the transfer from streaming big Netflix to Disney+ on account of the Disney-FOX merger, permitting the viewers to proceed to relive their favourite episodes. With a brand new era discovering fodder for Tik Tok movies from its episodes, and rankings persevering with to vary on IMDb, the rankings of the long-running collection stay in flux years after their debut.


20 The Substitute (S2.E7) – 8.5

Holly, Mercedes, and Brittany perform with umbrellas in Glee S2E07 The Substitute

This episode options the introduction of fan-favorite Holly Vacation because the substitute trainer who fills in whereas Will Schuester is out with the flu. Gwyneth Paltrow received an Emmy for the function.

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Whereas Will is out, Holly impresses the membership along with her rendition of Cee Lo Inexperienced’s “Overlook You,” however her outside-the-box pondering does find yourself encouraging Mercedes to trigger severe injury to Sue Sylvester’s automotive. It is a good change to see the membership work together with a brand new trainer because it’s uncommon for them to behave with different educators than Will. Holly brings a enjoyable dynamic to the present, and it is no marvel she saved coming again.

19 The Sue Sylvester Shuffle (S2.E11) – 8.5

Glee club and football players in zombie makeup for a performance in The Sue Sylvester Shuffle S2E11

Sue Sylvester plots to get members of her squad to stop the glee membership by ensuring certainly one of their massive competitions is on the identical night time as a soccer playoff recreation. With the glee membership performing the half-time present for the sport, the cheerleaders in each teams are pressured to decide on — and naturally, they initially select the Cheerios. Soccer group gamers are pressured to affix the glee membership concurrently the academics need the rivalry between the 2 teams to finish.

There’s so much occurring within the episode as soccer gamers are barred from taking part in after they stop the glee membership, and a number of the glee membership members quickly be a part of the soccer group to ensure the sport can proceed. In the end, it is a feel-good episode as Quinn, Santana, and Brittany return to the membership and the soccer gamers take part in a “Thriller/Heads Will Roll” mashup and nonetheless win the sport. Whereas the themes within the episode are repetitive for the present, it is nonetheless an extremely enjoyable experience.

18 Born This Approach (S2.E18) – 8.5

“Born This Approach” options Rachel considering a nostril job after Finn by chance breaks her nostril throughout dance rehearsal. This provokes Santana to level out everybody’s “dangerous qualities” and has everybody coping with their very own insecurities, even Kurt, who re-enrolls at McKinley after leaving due to Karofsky’s bullying.

Whereas the episode is actually on the nostril in relation to characters coping with their respective points, it does present a whole lot of development for characters like Rachel, Quinn, and Lauren. The spotlight of the episode, nevertheless, must be Quinn and Rachel performing of “I Really feel Fairly/Unpretty”, certainly one of Glee‘s greatest mashups.

17 Wheels (S1.E9) – 8.6

Club members surround Artie after performing "Proud Mary" in wheelchairs in Wheels S1E09

Glee‘s tackling deep points could possibly be hit and miss, however “Wheels” does an amazing job at highlighting a difficulty that impacts folks every single day. Within the episode, the membership discovers that the varsity is not prepared to extend the glee membership price range to permit them a wheelchair-accessible bus for a contest, leaving Artie having to seek out one other method to get there.

The membership decides to aim to boost the funds themselves by actions like bake gross sales, and Will makes the questionable determination of getting the glee membership use wheelchairs to know how Artie goes about his day, although it does end result within the unbelievable “Proud Mary” efficiency. In the end, it is Sue Sylvester who will get the cash for brand spanking new ramps for the varsity, which is able to make it simpler for Artie to get to the auditorium and his courses. The episode additionally introduces fan-favorite Cheerio Becky, who turns into Sue’s protégé.

16 Dream On (S1.E19) – 8.5

Bryan and Will face off in front of the class in Glee Dream On S1E19

Because the title suggests, this episode is all about desires. A number of members of the glee membership are inspired to appreciate that not everybody’s dream comes true. Whereas that may be a harsh actuality of the leisure business, Will needs to proceed to foster the desires of the youngsters within the class, in step with the theme of the collection that they need to by no means surrender. The individual wrecking folks’s desires? None aside from Bryan Ryan, a former glee membership member himself, performed by Neil Patrick Harris.

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The episode additionally reveals that rival membership coach Shelby, performed by Idina Menzel, is definitely Rachel’s organic mom, a plot level that may be necessary for the remainder of the season.

15 By no means Been Kissed (S2.E6) – 8.6

Glee S2E06 Never Been Kissed

That is the episode that launched the Karofsky bullying arc for Kurt, making his season 2 a tumultuous one. He continuously discovered himself the goal of Karofsky’s anger. When left with out his male glee membership members occupied with his opinions, Kurt left to “spy” on the Warblers for the afternoon.

That spying session gave the viewers a have a look at what the dynamic would turn out to be between Kurt and Blaine, certainly one of Glee‘s most excellent {couples}, however it additionally gave Kurt the braveness to attempt to discuss to Karofsky with Blaine as his backup, although it did not go as deliberate.

14 Goodbye (S3.E22) – 8.6

Glee S3E22 Goodbye

On the finish of season 3, many of the New Instructions members have been heading off to the grownup world. The finale acted as a goodbye for these members.

Nothing occurred precisely the way in which anybody deliberate. Kurt and Finn did not get into the faculties they wished, and Rachel deliberate to defer her acceptance to assist them. Just like the viewers, Rachel was in for a shock although when Finn determined to ship her to New York as a substitute of marrying her, ensuring she received to observe her desires. Equally, Santana’s mom gifted her with financial savings to observe her dream, regardless of the 2 not seeing eye to eye.

13 The Energy Of Madonna (S1.E15) – 8.7

The club sings with a choir in Glee S1E15 The Power Of Madonna

This was one of many first tribute episodes of the collection, with all the songs being none aside from Madonna’s. Sue noticed Madonna as the last word in feminine empowerment, and impressed by her, Will wished to present the New Instructions ladies a path to empowerment as nicely.

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Whereas not every part modifications simply because the group belts out some Madonna songs, the boys do make a promise to be higher to the ladies. The group additionally will get to carry out a gospel-backed model of “Like A Prayer,” which stays a standout.

12 Furt (S2.E8) – 8.7

Glee S208 Furt

One of many greatest episodes in Glee season 2 introduced the membership collectively for a marriage, but in addition pulled them aside due to bullying. Kurt’s father and Finn’s mom walked down the aisle, with Kurt and his buddies offering the songs, however many of the remainder of the episode featured a extra severe storyline.

Kurt nonetheless discovered himself the goal of Karofsky’s bullying. Although some members of New Instructions tried to defend him, it solely resulted in Sam getting beat up, Finn scared to jeopardize his place on the soccer group, and Kurt discovering out that Karofsky would get a verbal warning from the varsity board. That is the episode by which Kurt determined to switch to Dalton Academy, quickly altering New Instructions and bringing a contemporary dynamic to the present.

11 The Break Up (S4.E4) – 8.7

With an episode title like “The Break Up,” it will be proper to anticipate a serious couple calling it quits throughout the hour. As a substitute, the episode includes 5 main {couples} ending their relationships.

Over the course of the hour, Blaine and Kurt, Rachel and Finn, Brittany and Santana, Kitty and Jake, and Emma and Will all reached roadblocks of their relationships. It’s important that many of the relationships have been long-distance as half of the solid was in New York for storylines. The breakups have been like a large reset for the present, permitting characters to develop on their very own for some time. It additionally gave the viewers an amazing acoustic model of “Teenage Dream.”

10 New Instructions (S5.E13) – 8.7 

Glee New Directions S5E13

Supposed to be watched instantly after “100,” this episode noticed Paltrow’s Holly and Kristin Chenoweth’s April do their greatest to maintain the glee membership alive, however it didn’t precisely go the way in which they wished. As a substitute, they merely gave all the membership members one thing to consider as they headed towards commencement.

The episode title labored as a nod to the title of the membership, but in addition to acknowledge that so many characters have been getting into literal new instructions. Will left McKinley to teach Vocal Adrenaline when the membership disbanded whereas all the seniors made their school plans. Blaine determined to attend NYADA, and Santana gave up her understudy function on Broadway to journey. It was one other massive change to wipe the slate clear for the present, however it was dressed up in nostalgia, together with one other efficiency of “Don’t Cease Believin.’”

9 On My Approach (S3.E14) – 8.8

Glee S3E14 On My Way

Season 3’s midseason finale introduced a whole lot of main storylines collectively. Whereas followers weren’t bought on the cliffhanger ending, they did like almost every part that got here earlier than it.

Karofsky, after being outed and going through torment of his personal, tried to take his personal life, prompting academics and college students alike to look at their selections. The group determined to dwell every single day prefer it was their final, bringing them collectively for a powerful displaying to beat the Warblers at Regionals. Finn and Rachel additionally determined to get married instantly, although their dad and mom attempt to derail them.

8 Authentic Tune (S2.E16) – 8.8

Glee Original Song S2E16

New Instructions may not have received their regionals competitors within the first season, however in highschool, there’s all the time an opportunity to get issues proper the second time round. On this episode, the kids tackled writing authentic music.

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Whereas Sue Sylvester coached one rival and Kurt competed with one other, the New Instructions needed to dig deep to write down their fact. Rachel wrote herself a ballad, however the group bonded for a enjoyable bop, “Loser Like Me,” which might in all probability have turn out to be the unofficial anthem for the present if the viewers didn’t love “Don’t Cease Believin’” a lot.

7 100 (S5.E12) – 8.8

Glee 100 S5E12

The aptly named “100” was the hundredth episode of the collection to air. For the landmark episode, the present went again to what made it so profitable.

It reunited almost all the authentic solid members for the “one-hundredth task” for New Instructions. New and previous members sang new variations of songs beforehand carried out on the present. It additionally introduced again fan-favorite visitor stars Paltrow and Chenoweth, who wished to do their half to avoid wasting the membership from being shut down, which led proper into the second hour.

6 2009 (S6.E12) – 8.8

Glee 2009 S6E12

The primary a part of the two-hour collection finale was a nostalgia experience for followers. Glee flashed again to earlier than the occasions of the pilot episode, exploring simply why every of the unique New Instructions members determined to affix. It was a love letter to followers who’d been with the present for the reason that starting.

Followers received to see how Rachel and Mercedes’ competitors started, and that Kurt joined the membership as a result of his father feared he would take his personal life on account of loneliness. Surprisingly, Artie and Tina solely joined the membership as a result of buddies dared them to audition. The episode added a whole lot of fascinating backstory to the characters — even when the continuity didn’t all the time add up.

5 Goals Come True (S6.E13) – 9.0

Glee Dreams Come True S6E13

When “Goals Come True” aired, it did so instantly after “2009” as a part of a correct send-off for the present. It allowed followers to see simply the place most of their favourite characters ended up.

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Following the humanities packages being reinstated at McKinley, not solely did the brand new era of the glee membership win nationals, however Will received a proposal to be principal of the arts-focused college. That paved the way in which for a shocking selection for the brand new glee membership trainer — Sam. Whereas Mercedes started her singing profession in earnest, Rachel made a splash on Broadway, and several other characters united sooner or later in New York. The hour didn’t have time to get to everybody, however it definitely tried. The one factor lacking was one closing rendition of “Don’t Cease Believin.'”

4 Sectionals (S1.E13) – 9.0

Glee Sectionals S1E13

The midseason finale, and certainly one of Glee’s greatest season 1 episodes, “Sectionals” discovered the New Instructions triumphing over hardship. They overcame one impediment after one other within the hour.

First, the group needed to deal with their competitors with out Finn, who stop the membership after discovering that Puck fathered Quinn’s child. Then, they arrived on the competitors solely to seek out that each one of their songs have been being carried out by the opposite golf equipment. The group needed to band collectively to provide you with new songs, some members giving up solos for others, as a way to compete efficiently. Finn saved the day by bringing them an concept for a brand new cowl, and never abandoning his buddies in any case.

3 Journey To Regionals (S1.E22) – 9.1

Journey To Regionals S1E22

Because the title of the episode suggests, the glee membership made it to their regional competitors for the primary time. The episode teased a loss by stacking the decide’s panel with Sue Sylvester.

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“Journey to Regionals” introduced the top of the season proper again to the very starting. The present started with the primary incarnation of New Instructions singing certainly one of Glee’s greatest covers, “Don’t Cease Believin’” by Journey. Their regional performances have been all covers of Journey songs — and belting out basic Journey is the place New Instructions was typically at their greatest. In a pleasant twist, Sue truly voted for New Instructions to win, although she was outvoted by the opposite judges. It’s Sue that helped hold the membership going, figuring out a take care of Principal Figgins. She proved that the most important antagonist within the collection had a coronary heart.

2 Nationals (S3.E21) – 9.1 

Glee Nationals S3E21

When “Nationals” aired on tv, it initially aired as a part of a two-hour Glee finale. The second hour served as a goodbye episode for the characters who graduated highschool. Maybe this episode ranked increased just because the viewers wasn’t able to say goodbye.

It is also as a result of “Nationals” would have labored as an ideal fairy story ending for the present. In it, New Instructions made it to nationals, competing towards Vocal Adrenaline and Aural Depth, their fiercest rivals. Mercedes overcame meals poisoning, Rachel overcame her nerves, as did Distinctive, and for the primary time, the group was the perfect glee membership within the nation. It will have made an amazing collection finale if the present hadn’t saved going. 

1 The Quarterback (S5.E3) – 9.5

Glee The Quarterback S5E03

One of the crucial emotional episodes of the collection occurred to be Glee’s most well-received. Following the loss of life of collection star Cory Monteith, the solid and crew took a while off to grieve. After they returned, it was to movie a send-off episode for his character, Finn Hudson.

The episode didn’t go into element about what occurred to Finn, however it picked up proper after his loss of life. All through the hour, the members of New Instructions received collectively to mourn him by music. Alternative ways of coping with grief have been explored as Kurt, Santana, Puck, Will, and Rachel have been all spotlighted all through the prolonged episode.

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