The Best Episodes of Glee
Last Updated: Dec 7, 2018
In the face of much criticism, an optimistic high school teacher challenges a group of outcasts to realize their potential in the school's glee club.
#2 - Pilot
Season 1 - Episode 1
Will Schuester an optimistic high school teacher, tries to reinvent the McKinley High School's glee club, while reinventing himself. He challenges a group of outcasts to realize their true star potential, while facing harsh criticism from everyone in the school.
#3 - Nationals
Season 3 - Episode 21
The glee club travels to Chicago, to compete in Nationals against the best show choirs in the country, including Vocal Adrenaline, for celebrity judges including Lindsay Lohan and Perez Hilton.
#4 - Sectionals
Season 1 - Episode 13
Sectionals is finally here for the Glee Club, but when Quinn’s secret unravels, the club may not be able to recover in time to compete. Meanwhile, Sue’s scheming hits an all-time high, and with Emma and Ken’s marriage looming, Will makes a decision that could change his life forever.
#5 - The Quarterback
Season 5 - Episode 3
The McKinley gang celebrate the life of former quarterback and New Directions member Finn Hudson. The episode mirrors the real-life death of actor Cory Monteith (1982-2013), who played Finn.
#7 - City of Angels
Season 5 - Episode 11
Dedicating their performance to Finn’s memory, New Directions arrive in Los Angeles to take part in the National High School Show Choir Championship, and face off against “Throat Explosion”, their fiercest competition to date.
#10 - Original Song
Season 2 - Episode 16
With Sue Sylvester coaching Aural Intensity, Blaine and the Warblers’ dynamic set list and tough judges Tammy Jean Albertson (guest star Griffin) and Sister Mary Constance (guest star Devine), the kids of New Directions decide the only way to win Regionals is to write and perform their own original songs. Meanwhile, Quinn is hell-bent on getting Finn back and ruling McKinley once again.
#11 - Yes/No
Season 3 - Episode 10
When Will tries to plan a special surprise for Emma, he enlists the glee club to help him sweep her off her feet. Meanwhile, Becky sets her sights on Artie, and Finn makes an announcement about his life plans after high school that surprises the glee club.
#13 - The Power of Madonna
Season 1 - Episode 15
Mr. Schuester is concerned that the girls in the glee club are being disrespected and bullied by the guys. Looking to Madonna and her musical message of equality as inspiration, he challenges the entire team to choose Madonna songs as their next assignment in the hopes that the girls embrace her strength, independence and confidence and that the guys will see the error of their misogynistic ways. The glee club takes the assignment to heart as they perform some of Madonna’s greatest hits, including “Express Yourself” and “Like A Prayer.” Meanwhile, Kurt and Mercedes give Sue a vote of confidence with a makeover that is definitely in “Vogue”.
#14 - The Hurt Locker (2)
Season 6 - Episode 5
Rachel and Kurt redouble their efforts to recruit new members to New Directions after new rules are announced for the Show Choir Invitational. Sue enacts an elaborate plan to try reunite Kurt and Blaine. Will and Rachel have a much needed heart-to-heart.
#15 - Props
Season 3 - Episode 20
Tina's head injury from falling into a fountain leaves her seeing her fellow singers and other people at McKinley High in a new way as rehearsals continue for the glee club's Nationals performance.
#16 - Mash Off
Season 3 - Episode 6
Congressional hopeful Sue Sylvester starts a smear campaign to ruin the candidacy of her biggest rival. Puck falls in love, and glee club directors Will and Shelby encourage some friendly competition between their clubs
#19 - Michael
Season 3 - Episode 11
In a special episode celebrating the music of Michael Jackson, the rivalry between New Directions and the Warblers intensifies en route to Regionals. Meanwhile, Kurt and Rachel receive news regarding their admissions process at NYADA, and things continue to heat up between Sam and Mercedes.
#22 - The Sue Sylvester Shuffle
Season 2 - Episode 11
A local football championship game takes place and the "Thriller" mash-up is performed during the halftime show. The Cheerios, McKinley High's cheerleading team, compete at Regionals.
#23 - Hold on to Sixteen
Season 3 - Episode 8
In an attempt to recruit a few more members, Finn tracks down former teammate Sam Evans and convinces him to come back to the glee club. Tina comes to the defense of Harry and encourages him to pursue his dream while McKinley prepares to host the big sectionals performance.
#24 - Prom Queen
Season 2 - Episode 20
When the entertainment for prom falls through, Principal Figgins asks New Directions to perform at the dance much to prom coordinator Sue’s dismay. Things get heated as the competition for prom king and queen draws closer, and Jessie St. James returns.
#25 - I Kissed a Girl
Season 3 - Episode 7
Finn tries to rally the rival show-choirs behind one of their own; Sue’s bid for political office causes heartbreak for another teacher; and the student body elections turn scandalous.