Glee (TV series)

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Television series
German title Glee
Original title Glee
Glee card.svg
Country of production United States
original language English
Year (s) 2009-2015
20th Century Fox Television ,
Brad Falchuk Teley-Vision,
Ryan Murphy Television
length 40 to 58 minutes
Episodes 121 in 6 seasons ( List )
genre Musical ,
comedy ,
idea Ryan Murphy,
Brad Falchuk,
Ian Brennan
production Ryan Murphy ,
Brad Falchuk ,
Dante Di Loreto ,
Ian Brennan
music James S. Levine
First broadcast May 19, 2009 (USA) on Fox
first broadcast
January 10, 2011 on SF two

Glee is an American musical - comedy - television series . The series was from 2009 to 2015 by 20th Century Fox Television for the transmitter Fox produces and consists of six seasons and 121 episodes . Glee was honored with a Golden Globe Award for the best series in its genre in 2009, 2010 and 2011 . The first season was broadcast in the United States in 2009, in German-speaking countries it started in early 2011 on Super RTL (Germany), on ORF one (Austria) and SF two (Switzerland).

Most of the songs produced for the series are covered and released in the iTunes Store in the week of the episode's premiere . A number of albums are distributed by Columbia Records . The music is very successful with over thirteen million singles sold and five million albums sold. So far, numerous DVDs , Blu-rays , a book series, an iPad application and a karaoke game for the Wii have been published for the series.

In addition, a casting show was broadcast on the US television channel Oxygen in the summer of 2011 , looking for new actors for the third season. In August 2011 came 3D - concert film Glee - The 3D Concert Movie , the excerpts from the live tour in 2011 which shows US theaters.


Will Schuester is a Spanish teacher at the fictional William McKinley High School in Lima, Ohio . When the music teacher and previous head of the Glee Club , a show choir, is fired, Will decides to take over the management of the club. As a student he was a member of the Glee Club, which was much more successful at the time, and would now like to build on past successes. He has to struggle with various difficulties, such as the tight budget and above all Sue Sylvester, the jealous cheerleaders trainer , who fears for her prominence in the school and constantly tries to sabotage the club.

His bitchy wife Terri causes him more problems, and he also has to be clear about his feelings about the mysophobic school psychologist Emma Pillsbury, who - more or less secretly - is in love with him, but is courted by football coach Ken Tanaka.

In addition, however, the "Glee-Kids" with their various problems are at the center of the plot: The talented Rachel Berry, who is secretly in love with Finn and wants to be a star, but is considered an unpopular nerd by her classmates; the homosexual Kurt Hummel, who fears his father might not understand his sexual orientation; the paraplegic Artie Abrams; Mercedes Jones, who calls herself the Beyoncé of the Club; the shy stutterer Tina Cohen-Chang and the football players Finn Hudson and Noah "Puck" Puckerman, between whom and the cheerleader Quinn develop an explosive love triangle .

In each episode, musical performances of the ensemble are embedded in the plot, which - according to the repertoire of the Glee Club - come from different genres.

season 1

The first season begins with Will Schuester taking over the unhappy glee club . In the first episode the auditions take place, all of which have to be accepted. At the beginning of the season, cheerleader Quinn Fabray becomes pregnant with Puck, but says she is pregnant with Finn, her boyfriend, who she has never slept with. Will's wife Terry finally wants to be a mother and fakes pregnancy, which Will finds out and divorces. Finn finds out that Puck is the child's father and argues with Puck and Quinn. Later he gets together with Rachel, who has been in love with him for a long time. Quinn's parents kick her out and Quinn moves in with Mercedes. Puck tries to convince Quinn that he would be a good father. At the end of the season, Quinn gets her daughter Beth, whom she gives up for adoption, and gets along with her mother, who has separated from Quinn's father.

In the first season the Glee Club wins the Sectionals (city decision ), but loses the Regionals (regional decision).

season 2

The new school year is starting and with Matt, one of New Directions, moving, the Glee Club needs new members. In search of it, the students experience the complete madness of love, hate and bullying again. This season, alcohol abuse is also addressed and family problems are addressed. This school year, the New Directions manage the Sectionals again and this time also win the Regionals. But can they hold their own in the Nationals taking place in New York City?

season 3

For most of the New Directions, the final year of school is now beginning. A lot goes wrong, disputes arise, which even opens a new club: the "Troubletones". Will the 'original' Glee Club fall apart? Students have to face the future and decide how their life should go after high school. For some everything is crystal clear, as for Rachel: she wants to go to NYADA, a music college in New York City. But does she manage to assert herself with the director of the school, Carmen Tibbideaux? On the other hand, her boyfriend Finn doesn't know what to do at the moment. Should he hope for a football scholarship? Or do you prefer to follow the music? Perhaps he should follow in his late father's footsteps and join the army? Again it goes to the Nationals. Will New Directions make it this time?

Season 4

While the final year of school begins for some (Sam, Tina, Blaine, Artie and Brittany), the future of former Glee stars such as Kurt, Rachel and Santana is also portrayed. For the first time ever, there are 2 main locations: Lima, Ohio : The Glee Club is in dire need of new members. In addition, the permanent members argue about who should get the place as leader of the group (the “new Rachel”). New people are also introduced, the so-called 2nd generation of New Directions: Ryder, Jake, Wade “Unique”, Kitty and Marley. Finn returns to McKinley High after separating from Rachel and wants to take over the Glee Club!

New York City : Rachel is starting her first year at NYADA, even if it is very difficult for her. Not only because of the breakup with Finn, but also because no one is with her and she has a terrible dance teacher. Will she cope? Maybe with Kurt's help?

Season 5

After Finn's sudden death, everyone gathers at McKinley High. How will it go on?

First half The students and alumni try to deal with the situation and make the best of it. But when the New Directions can't hold their own at the Nationals, the Glee Club is about to end. This is dealt with in the 100th episode of the series ("100").

Second half After the Glee Club is closed, New York City becomes the main venue. Blaine, Sam and Artie, who have now graduated, also move to the 'Big Apple' and experience everything new there. Rachel is cast in the musical "Funny Girl", which was her greatest childhood dream and becomes a little star.

Season 6

Rachel has given up musical life and wanted to become a star with a reality show (“That's so Rachel”). Since this has become a big flop, she returns with Kurt to McKinley High and wants to revive the Glee Club. For this they need new members, the 3rd generation of New Directions: Roderick, Mason, Madison, Spencer, Jane and again Kitty. Will the Glee Club manage to flourish again? Love is also not neglected in all of this: After some back and forth, Kurt and Blaine and Santana and Brittany get married in a romantic ceremony. The last episode ("Dreams Come True") also deals with the future of former students and teachers. Have you made your dreams come true?


Created, conceived and produced by Ian Brennan, Glee is based on his own experience as a member of a choir at Prospect High School in Mount Prospect, Illinois. He initially planned to produce a movie but later decided to do a television series. He wrote down the first draft in August 2005. In 2005 he completed the script but failed to generate enough interest in the project for several years. Mike Novick, a Los Angeles television producer and friend of Brennan's , was a member of the same health club as Ryan Murphy and gave them a copy of Brennan's script. Murphy was in a college choir and he thought the script could be scripted. Murphy and his Nip / Tuck colleague Brad Falchuk advised Glee to be produced as a television series. The script was rewritten again and ended up at Fox , where they accepted after just 15 minutes. Murphy commented on the broadcaster's decision that the series would go well with American Idol's success . "It was natural for the broadcaster with the most successful music-based television show to do something the same way," he said. Murphy and Falchuk are the executive producers and showrunners , while Brennan is the co-executive producer and Novick is the producer . All episodes are written by Brennan, Falchuk and Murphy themselves.

Glee is set in Lima, Ohio . Murphy was picking a location in the Midwest because he grew up in Indiana and visited Kings Island Park in Ohio when he was a child . Although the series is set in Lima, it is filmed at Paramount Studios in Hollywood . Murphy also said that he had never seen any of the high school musical films and that Glee was a "postmodern musical". Murphy conceived the series as a kind of escape. “There's a lot going on right now about people with guns, science fiction, lawyers on TV. This is a different genre, nothing like it on the other channels or on cable TV. Everything in the world is so dark right now, that's why Idol worked. It's an escape from reality, ”he said. Murphy wanted a family-friendly series that was just as good for adults as it was for children. Murphy interprets the plot to be on the air for at least three years.


Advertising for the series on a balloon in New York City in May 2009

Before the second episode premiered, the Glee cast went on a tour of Hot Topic stores across the country. The cast sang the US national anthem in the third game of the 2009 World Series . She was also invited by Macy’s to appear at the 2009 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade , which the US broadcaster NBC prevented, as Glee runs on competitor Fox. Co-inventor Ryan Murphy commented on this decision with "I fully understand NBC and see the doom of Jay Leno in the future ."

Due to the success of the series, after production ended for the first season, the cast went on a concert tour and visited Phoenix , Chicago , Los Angeles and New York . They recorded a cover version of Wham! S Last Christmas , which was sold as a single and did not appear in the series until December 2010. Matthew Morrison, Lea Michele, Cory Monteith and Chris Colfer will resume their roles of Will, Rachel, Finn and Kurt in a cameo on a future episode of The Cleveland Show . Lea Michele, Cory Monteith and Amber Riley appear as campers in the season premiere of the twenty-second season of The Simpsons .

Jane Lynch, Chris Colfer, Cory Monteith and Amber Riley featured in the 2010 MTV VMAs on September 12, 2010. When Agron, Michele and Monteith were portrayed in risky poses in the October issue of GQ , the series was sharply criticized by Parents Television Council (PTC).

Before the German launch on Super RTL, there was a musical flash mob for the series on January 6, 2011 in an Essen shopping center.


When casting the series, Murphy selected actors who already had theater experience . As a result, Murphy spent almost three months on Broadway . There he found Morrison, who previously already in the musicals Hairspray and The Light in the Piazza had occurred, which previously in the musical Michele Spring Awakening was seen, and which previously in the musical Ushkowitz The King and I had been involved.

The actors who have no theater experience should at least be able to sing and dance . The roles of Rachel and Kurt were written specifically for Michele and Colfer, respectively. Colfer had no previous professional acting or theater experience, but was cast for the role as Kurt Hummel nonetheless. At the casting, Colfer sang the song Mr Cellophane , whereupon Murphy was immediately enthusiastic about him and gave him the role.

In December 2010, it was assumed that Ryan Murphy was planning to replace some of the main cast at the end of season three, which is the senior year of some of the main characters in the series, with new and younger cast, which later turned out to be a misunderstanding. Harry Shum Jr. , who plays Mike Chang, was promoted to lead actor at the beginning of season three. After Chord Overstreet , who played Sam Evans, was not promoted to lead actor for the third season, he left the series. Two months later he changed his mind again and has been back since the eighth episode of the third season.

From June 12, 2011, a talent show called The Glee Project will be broadcast on the American cable channel Oxygen . This includes Murphy, the casting director Robert Ulrich and the choreographer Zach Woodlee. The winners of the talent show, Damian McGinty and Samuel Larsen, were able to prevail against their competitors and win a seven-episode role in the third season. Lindsay Pearce and Alex Newell, who were eliminated in the final, were also inducted into the cast, with Newell being promoted to lead actor during season 5. Pearce appeared in the season premiere as Harmony, a singer who intimidates Rachel with her talent, and she reappeared in the eighth episode of the third season, Hold on to Sixteen , which saw her take part in the Sectionals. McGinty first appeared in the fourth episode as Rory Flanagan, an Irish exchange student who lives with Brittany. Larsen's character wasn't seen until the end of the fall semester. He plays Joseph "Joe" Hart, a previously home-schooled boy who is very Christian.

Cast and dubbing

The German synchronization emerged after a dialogue book by Oliver field (Relay 1 to 4), Marcel Kurzidim, Tarek Helmy (season 5) and Mohammed Soueidan (season 5 to 6) under the dialogue director field (Relay 1 to 4), Tim Sander and Kathrin Neusser (seasons 5 to 6) by the dubbing company Arena Synchron GmbH in Berlin in the distribution of Twentieth Century Fox of Germany GmbH.

Main cast

Role name actor Main role
Supporting role
German voice actor
Kurt Elizabeth Hummel Chris Colfer 1.01-6.13 Dirk Petrick
Susan "Sue" New Years Eve Jane Lynch 1.01-6.13 Kerstin Sanders-Dornseif
Arthur "Artie" Abrams Kevin McHale 1.01-6.13 Dirk Stollberg
Rachel Barbra Berry Lea Michele 1.01-6.13 Kaya Marie Möller
William "Will" Schuester Matthew Morrison 1.01-6.13 Sven Hasper
Tina Cohen-Chang Jenna Ushkowitz 1.01-5.17 6.02-6.13 Ilona Otto
Mercedes Jones Amber Riley 1.01-4.22, 6.02-6.13 5.01-5.20 Tanya Kahana
Finn Christopher Hudson Cory Monteith 1.01-4.19 Nico Sablik
Noah "Puck" Puckerman Mark Salling 1.01-4.19 5.03-6.13 Marcel Collé
Emma Pillsbury-Schuester Jayma Mays 1.01-3.22 4.02-6.13 Sonja Spuhl
Lucy Quinn Fabray Dianna Agron 1.01-3.22 4.08, 4.12, 4.14, 5.12-5.13, 6.02-6.03, 6.13 Luisa Wietzorek
Terri Schuester Jessalyn Gilsig 1.01-2.21 4.10, 6.12-6.13 Andrea Aust
Santana Lopez Naya Rivera 2.01-5.19 1.01-1.22, 6.02-6.13 Shanti Chakraborty
Brittany Susan Pierce Heather Morris 2.01-4.22 1.02-1.22, 5.12-6.13 Anna Amalie Blomeyer
Burt Hummel Mike O'Malley 2.03-2.20 1.04-1.22, 3.01-6.13 Bernhard Völger
Blaine Devon Anderson Darren Criss 3.01-6.13 2.06-2.22 Tobias Nath
Michael Robert "Mike" Chang Jr. Harry Shum Jr. 3.01-4.22 1.04-2.22, 5.03-6.13 Patric Scott ,
Jan Makino
Samuel "Sam" Evans Chord Overstreet 4.01-6.13 2.01-2.22, 3.08-3.22 Ozan Unal
Wade "Unique" Adams Alex Newell 5.01-5.13 3.16-4.22, 6.07-6.13 Marcel Mann
Jake Puckerman Jacob Artist 5.01-5.13 4.01-4.22, 6.13 Patrick Roche
Marley Rose Melissa Benoist 5.01-5.13 4.01-4.22 Nicole Hannak
Kitty Wilde Becca Tobin 5.01-5.13 4.01-4.22, 6.02-6.13 Anne Helm
Ryder Lynn Blake Jenner 5.01-5.13 4.05-4.22, 6.13 Henning Nöhren
Shannon / Sheldon Beiste Dot Jones 6.01-6.13 2.01-5.10 Katy Karrenbauer

Supporting cast

Role name actor consequences German voice actor
Principal Figgins Iqbal Theba 1.01-6.13 Stefan Gossler
Carole Hudson-Hummel Romy Rosemont 1.01-3.22, 4.21, 5.03, 5.11, 6.08, 6.13 Cornelia Meinhardt
Ken Tanaka Patrick Gallagher 1.01-1.17 Michael Iwannek
Sandy Ryerson Stephen Tobolowsky 1.01-1.21, 2.17 Stefan Staudinger
Howard Bamboo Kent Avenido 1.01, 1.03, 1.06, 1.21, 2.21, 6.12 Santiago Ziesmer
Jacob Ben Israel Josh Sussman 1.02-4.02, 5.17 Jeffrey Wipprecht
Matt Rutherford Dijon Talton 1.04-1.22, 6.12-6.13 Tobias Schmidt
Dave Karofsky Max Adler 1.08-3.14, 5.17, 6.01-6.13 Jesco Wirthgen
Rebecca "Becky" Jackson Lauren Potter 1.09-6.13 Marie-Luise Schramm
Lauren Zizes Ashley Fink 1.09-3.03, 4.11, 6.13 Vera Casimir
Jesse St. James Jonathan Groff 1.14-1.22, 2.20-2.22, 3.16, 3.21, 6.11, 6.13 Leonhard Mahlich
Shelby Corcoran Idina Menzel 1.14-1.22, 3.02-3.08, 4.19 Cathlen Gawlich
Sugar Motta Vanessa Lengies 3.01-4.22, 6.08, 6.13 Gabrielle Pietermann
Rory Flanagan Damian McGinty 3.04-3.22, 4.10 Filipe Pirl
Sebastian Smythe Grant Gustin 3.05-5.01 Julius Jellinek
Roz Washington NeNe Leakes 3.10–6.03 Anke Reitzenstein
Joe Hart Samuel Larsen 3.13-4.22, 6.11-6.13 David Turba
Millie Rose Trisha Rae steel 4.01-5.06 Almut Zydra
Brody Weston Dean Geyer 4.01-4.17 Nick Forsberg
Hunter Clarington Nolan Gerard Funk 4.07-4.08, 4.11-4.12 Nicolás Artajo
Bree Remember Westbrook 5.01-5.07 Victoria Frenz
Penny Owen Phoebe Strole 5.02, 5.04 Maria Hönig
Clint Max George 6.01–6.07 Jannik Endemann
Spencer Porter Marshall Williams 6.01-6.13 Max fields
Roderick Noah Guthrie 6.01-6.13 Jeremias Koschorz
Jane Hayward Samantha Marie Ware 6.02-6.13 Giovanna Winterfeldt
Mason McCarthy Billy Lewis Jr. 6.02-6.13 Florian Clyde
Madison McCarthy Laura Dreyfuss 6.02-6.13 Alice Bauer
Walter Harry Hamlin 6.04–6.05, 6.07–6.08 Andreas W. Schmidt
Myron Muskovitz JJ Totah 6.09-6.13 Elias Kunze
Alistair Finneas O'Connell 6.09-6.13 Benjamin Stöwe

Guest appearances

Role name actor consequences German voice actor
Rod Remington Bill A. Jones since season 1 regularly Frank Röth
Andrea Carmichael Earlene Davis since season 1 regularly Gabriele Schramm
Josh Groban Josh Groban 1.03, 1.22 Karlo Hackenberger
April Rhodes Kristin Chenoweth 1.05, 1.16, 2.19, 5.12-5.13 Ghadah Al-Akel (Seasons 1 + 2), Cathlen Gawlich (Seasons 5)
Suzy Pepper Sarah Drew 1.10 Julia Stoepel
Grace Hitchens Eve 1.11, 1.13 Sarah Riedel
Brenda Castle Molly Shannon 1.17, 1.19 Andrea Solter
Olivia Newton-John Olivia Newton-John 1.17, 1.22 Susanna Bonaséwicz
Bryan Ryan Neil Patrick Harris 1.19 Philipp Moog
Sunshine Corazon Charice 2.01, 2.17, 2.22 Yvonne Greitzke
Dustin Goolsby Cheyenne Jackson 2.01, 2.17, 2.22 Dennis Schmidt-Foss
Britney Spears Britney Spears 2.02 Julia digit
Carl Howell John Stamos 2.02, 2.05, 2.09, 2.15 Jaron Lowenberg
Holly Holiday Gwyneth Paltrow 2.07, 2.15, 2.17, 5.12-5.13 Katrin Fröhlich
Doris Sylvester Carol Burnett 2.08, 6.10 Ursula Heyer
Patti LuPone Patti LuPone 2.22 Monica Bielenstein
Mind voice of Becky Jackson Helen Mirren 3.10, 3.19 Karin Buchholz
David Martinez Ricky Martin 3.12 Nico Mamone
Hiram Berry Jeff Goldblum 3.13-3.14 Joachim Tennstedt
Leroy Berry Brian Stokes Mitchell 3.13-3.14, 6.01 Leon Boden
Cooper Anderson Matt Bomer 3.15 Simon hunter
Carmen Tibideaux Whoopi Goldberg 3.18, 3.20-3.21, 4.01, 4.09, 5.15, 6.10 Regina Lemnitz
Lindsay Lohan Lindsay Lohan 3.21 Maria Koschny
Perez Hilton Perez Hilton 3.21 Stefan Krause
Maribel Lopez Gloria Estefan 3.22, 6.08 Martina Treger
Cassandra July Kate Hudson 4.01-4.02, 4.06, 4.09, 4.21 Marie Bierstedt
Isabelle Wright Sarah Jessica Parker 4.03, 4.08, 4.20 Irina von Bentheim
Nancy Abrams Katey Sagal 4.21 Traudel Haas
Rupert Campion Peter Facinelli 5.01-5.02, 5.05, 5.09 Nicola Devico Mamone
Paolo San Pablo Ioan Gruffudd 5.01, 5.05, 5.15
Dani Demi Lovato 5.02, 5.04, 5.07, 5.10 Kristina Tietz
Elliott "Starchild" Gilbert Adam Lambert 5.04, 5.07, 5.09-5.10, 5.14 Amadeus Strobl
Bichette Tyra Banks 5.06 Wicki Kalaitzi
Biff McIntosh Chace Crawford 5.12 Sebastian Schulz
June Dolloway Shirley MacLaine 5.18, 5.20 Judy Winter
Whitney S. Pierce Jennifer Coolidge 6.06, 6.08 Katrin Fröhlich
Pierce Pierce Ken Jeong 6.06, 6.08 Axel Malzacher
Pam Anderson Gina Gershon 6.08 Heike Beeck


  1. Season 1
  2. since season 2
  3. Not to be seen. Mirren is also not featured in any of the episodes.


United States

The pilot episode aired on Fox on May 19, 2009 . The first season has been running since September 9, 2009. After the series break on December 9, 2009, the series has continued to be broadcast since April 13, 2010, with the remaining 9 episodes. On January 21, 2010, TV Guide reported that Fox would produce a second season. On May 23, 2010 it was announced that Fox had renewed Glee for a third before the end of the first season. The second season aired on Fox from September 21, 2010 through May 24, 2011. On February 6, 2011, an episode was shown right after Super Bowl XLV . The third season aired on Fox since September 20, 2011. In April 2012, Fox extended the series for a fourth season, which began airing on September 13, 2012. The season finale ran on May 9, 2013.

On April 19, 2013 it was announced that the series was extended by two more seasons. The broadcast of the fifth season began on September 26, 2013 and ended on May 13, 2014. From January 9, 2015, the 6th and last season was broadcast on Fox.


Mediengruppe RTL Deutschland secured the broadcasting rights in Germany . The decision of the broadcaster to be broadcast fell on Super RTL . The pilot episode was broadcast on January 16, 2011 as a preview on the parent channel RTL , while the further broadcast took place from January 17 to June 6, 2011 on Super RTL. The second season was broadcast from September 5, 2011 to January 9, 2012 on the same slot. The third season was shown for the first time on a total of two marathon evenings with eleven episodes each on August 4 and September 1, 2012 on the pay TV channel Passion . The broadcast on free-to-air television began on August 6, 2012 on Super RTL. The fourth season has been on Passion since July 5, 2013. A few weeks later, Super RTL announced that the station's program would not broadcast any further episodes of the series. From January 18, 2014 to June 15, 2014, the free TV channel VIVA broadcast the third season on Saturday evenings. The youth broadcaster had already broadcast the first two seasons in the past and has now also secured the broadcasting rights for further episodes. The fourth season of Glee was shown as a free TV premiere on VIVA from June 21, 2014.

There have always been rumors as to whether the fifth and sixth seasons would ever be in German. Shanti Chakraborty , who speaks to Santana Lopez, showed a picture of synchronization work in Berlin at the end of 2017. "Glee 501-504" could be clearly read on it. The picture disappeared from her Facebook profile in late January 2018. On September 6, 2018, the fifth and sixth seasons were first published on Telekoms EntertainTV with German synchronization, but it is not an exclusive license.

Since 2019 all seasons of Glee can be seen on the pay-TV provider Netflix.


The ORF has also secured the rights to the series. From March 19, 2011 to October 15, 2011 and from October 22, 2011 to October 1, 2012, the first season was broadcast on ORF Eins . The entire second season was shown in 2013.


The Swiss broadcaster SRF Zwei began broadcasting the first season on January 10th and ended it on June 7th, 2011.

Episode list

Season Number of episodes First broadcast in the USA First publication in German
Season premiere Season finale Season premiere Season finale
1 22nd May 19, 2009 June 8, 2010 January 16, 2011 June 6, 2011
2 22nd September 21, 2010 May 24, 2011 September 5, 2011 January 16, 2012
3 22nd September 20, 2011 May 22, 2012 August 6, 2012 October 15, 2012
4th 22nd September 13, 2012 May 9, 2013 5th July 2013 November 29, 2013
5 20th 26th September 2013 May 13, 2014 September 6, 2018
6th 13 January 9, 2015 March 20, 2015


The concert film Glee on Tour - The 3D film , which shows excerpts from the performances in North America on the 2011 Live Tour, was released in US cinemas on August 12, 2011. The film was directed by Kevin Tancharoen . In Germany, the film was released on September 15, 2011.



Three soundtrack albums were released for the first season of Glee : Glee: The Music, Volume 1 , Glee: The Music, Volume 2 and Glee: The Music, Volume 3 Showstoppers . Two EPs were released for the episodes The Power of Madonna and Journey : Glee: The Music, The Power of Madonna and Glee: The Music, Journey to Regionals . Glee: The Music, The Complete Season One , a compilation album with all 100 studio-recorded songs from season one, was released exclusively on the iTunes Store . Two EPs will be released from the second season: Glee: The Music, The Rocky Horror Glee Show from the Halloween episode The Rocky Horror Glee Show and one for the Super Bowl episode.

Glee: The Music, The Christmas Album , with songs about Winter and Christmas, and Glee: The Music, Volume 4 were both released in November 2010. Glee: The Music, Volume 5 , Glee: The Music Presents the Warblers and Glee: The Music, Volume 6 were published in March, April and May 2011.

DVDs and Blu-rays

United States

Of Glee a number of in the US are already DVDs and Blu-rays appeared. Glee - Pilot Episode: Director's Cut contains the pilot episode and a preview of the second episode Showmance . Glee - Volume 1: Road to Sectionals contains the first thirteen episodes of the first season and Glee - Volume 2: Road to Regionals contains the last nine episodes of the first season. Glee - The Complete First Season was released on September 13, 2010. Glee: Season 2, Volume 1 contains the first ten episodes of the second season and was released on January 25, 2011. Glee: Season 2, Volume 2 and Glee: The Complete Second Season will be released on September 13, 2011. The DVD and Blu-ray version of the third season, Glee: The Complete Third Season , was released on August 14, 2012.


In Germany, the first two seasons - just like in the USA - are divided into two parts: The first part was released on April 15, 2011. Part two followed on September 2, 2011. The first part of the second season was released on November 25, 2011 and the second on March 30, 2012. The entire third season has been available since January 25, 2013. The complete fourth season was released on March 28, 2014.


Little, Brown Books plans to bring out five young adult books on Glee in collaboration with the series' producers and screenwriters. The first book, Glee: The Beginning , was written by Sophia Lowell and serves as a prequel to the television series. The second book in the book series, Glee: Foreign Exchange , is also written by Lowell. Apart from the youth books, Sylvester writes her autobiography in the second season . Murphy plans to bring it out as a real book, and Lynch will then go on an autograph tour as Sue.

The Glee Project

Logo of the talent show The Glee Project

In June 2011, the US television channel Oxygen started a talent show in which the winner gets a seven-episode role in the third season of Glee . Every week, the twelve candidates face a guest mentor from the series who decides who has done the best homework, in which the candidates have to learn a song that fits the weekly topic. That person then gets the main part in a music video. After the video shoot, the jury will decide which three candidates have to sing again individually. They are then assigned a song that they have to memorize in a short time. Finally, a so-called callback list is issued by the jurors, which states which candidate has to leave the show.

In the final on August 21, 2011, the jury announced that there were two winners. Damian McGinty and Samuel Larsen were able to prevail against their competitors and are both allowed to play in seven episodes of the third season. Lindsay Pearce and Alex Newell, who were eliminated in the final, are also allowed to play in two episodes.

As the broadcaster Oxygen announced in January 2012, a second season with 14 candidates has been shown since June 5, 2012, in which the winner can again win a role in the series comprising episodes.


Awards (selection)

Glee won in 2010 the Golden Globe Award as Best Series - Musical or Comedy . Also nominated were Matthew Morrison ( Best Series Lead Actress - Comedy or Musical ), Lea Michele ( Best Series Lead Actress - Comedy or Musical ) and Jane Lynch ( Best Supporting Actress - Series, Mini-Series or TV Movie ). The series, Jane Lynch and Chris Colfer received the 2011 award .

Guest actress Kristin Chenoweth received the Satellite Award the year before for her guest appearance as April Rhodes. On January 25, 2010, she received the SAG Award in the category of Best Ensemble Performance in a Comedy TV Series.

Glee was the second most nominated at the 2010 Primetime Emmy Awards , with a total of 19 nominations. She was nominated in the following categories (excerpt): Best Actor in a Comedy Series Matthew Morrison as Will Schuester ; Best Actress in a Comedy Series Lea Michele as Rachel Berry ; Best Comedy Series ; Best casting for a comedy series ; Best Costumes for a Series for Season One, Episode 15, The Power of Madonna ; Best Director for a Comedy Series (two Glee episodes were nominated) for the Director's Cut version of the pilot episode ( won ) and for the ninth episode of the first season Wheels (German: Furcht und Blame ); Best Guest Star in a Comedy Series (male) (there were two Glee episodes nominated) Mike O'Malley as Burt Hummel in the ninth episode of the first season Wheels (dt. Shining armor ) and Neil Patrick Harris as Bryan Ryan in the 19th Episode of the first season Dream On (Eng. The dream makes the music ) ( won ); Best guest star in a comedy series (female) Kristin Chenoweth as April Rhodes for the fifth episode of the first season The Rhodes Not Taken ( April, April ).


The first season of the series has a Metacritic metascore of 78/100 based on 19 reviews and the second season a metascore of 76/100 based on 11 reviews. On the series has a rating of 8.4 / 10 based on 5,226 votes and at the series has a rating of 6.7 / 10 based on approximately 115,500 votes.

The American journalist and television critic of the news magazine Time James Poniewozik rated Glee as eighth best television program of the year 2009. He said: "If Glee works - which it often does - then it is transcendent, tearful and exciting as anything else on TV." (English: When Glee works — which is often — it is transcendent, tear-jerking and thrilling like nothing else on TV. ")

“This is where ' High School Musical ' collides with ' The Office '. The successful US television series 'Glee' tells the story of a musical club singing and dancing - and cheerfully denounces the addiction to popularity and perfection. [..] The series is more than feel-good TV or harmless, amusing teenage drama. She directs her gaze to the bigotry and perfectionism of US society. "

- Nina Rehfeld - Spiegel Online

“Glee manages to confidently merge soap operas, satire and singing, not only attracting the originally intended target group, young people and teenagers, but also their parents, who are educated in pop culture, in front of the telly. [..] In the meantime, Glee has developed such a charisma that hardly anyone would even want to be suspected that they are not a fan of the series. "

- Thomas Winkler - Zeit Online

“But it is certainly not the often told stories of outsiders at a high school that have made 'Glee' one of the great successes of the series in recent years. It's the refreshing staging: the musical series is a hit machine the likes of which the music industry has not seen for a long time. "

- Heinz Völz - Stern

“The basic constellation is of course reminiscent of the Disney franchise film 'High School Musical'. But in contrast to its aseptic-healing world, in which it is not even allowed to kiss on the mouth, 'Glee' takes the needs and fears of adolescents seriously. So serious that some critics look for parallels to Charles Dickens . So serious that nothing and no one is safe from the sarcasm of the authors who previously wrote the bitterly angry cosmetic surgeon series “ Nip / Tuck ”. [..] The musical is no longer an antiquated format, but rather chic. And "Glee" is to blame. "

- Thomas Winkler - The daily newspaper

“When I first saw 'Glee' less than a year ago, I thought the show was absolutely horrible. [..] The stereotype that Kurt embodies does exist, of course, but I had the feeling that in the past five years alone I had seen him several times in dozens of other series. [Season 2: Blaine encourages Kurt to fight back. 'Bully' Karofsky kisses Kurt.] At that moment at the latest I had to admit that I had prematurely judged 'Glee' based on the first episode. Kurt looks like a monotonous quota gay on the first impression, but develops into an important main character in the coming episodes, who especially proves his character in the second season. Although his fascination for Barbra Streisand and Judy Garland often points to the well-known gay stereotypes, characters like Blaine and Karofsky in particular provide the necessary balance, which shows viewers that not all homosexuals resemble the previously known television model. "

- Michael Buchinger : Pride


In 2010, the published US porn film - Parody This Is not Glee XXX , which ties in bulk to the hit series. How seriously the film with Andy San Dimas , Tara Lynn Foxx and Nicki Hunter takes the original from the musical mainstream despite everything , shows u. a. because there were two awards at the AVN Awards 2011 in the categories "Best Music Soundtrack" and "Best Original Song".

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