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.

Journey to Regionals

#1 - Journey to Regionals

Season 1 - Episode 22

Quinn is getting more anxious by the minute as she expects the baby, plus, Regionals is finally here, but will the Glee Club be able to triumph over Sue Sylvester's plots?

star 8.20
102 votes
Directors: Brad Falchuk
Writers: Brad Falchuk
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Pilot

#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.

star 8.19
841 votes
Directors: Ryan Murphy
Writers: Ryan Murphy
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Nationals

#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.

star 8.10
48 votes
Directors: Eric Stoltz
Writers: Ali Adler
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Sectionals

#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.

star 8.10
97 votes
Directors: Brad Falchuk
Writers: Brad Falchuk
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The Quarterback

#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.

star 8.10
20 votes
Directors: Brad Falchuk
Writers:
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Goodbye

#6 - Goodbye

Season 3 - Episode 22

The William McKinley High School class of 2012 graduates, and the glee club bids farewell to its graduating seniors.

star 8.00
44 votes
Directors: Brad Falchuk
Writers: Brad Falchuk
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City of Angels

#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.

star 7.90
9 votes
Directors: Elodie Keene
Writers: Jessica Meyer
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Dance with Somebody

#8 - Dance with Somebody

Season 3 - Episode 17

The glee club pays homage to a true icon when they cover Whitney Houston's greatest hits. Meanwhile, Emma and Will are one step closer to their dream wedding.

star 7.90
53 votes
Directors: Paris Barclay
Writers: Ross Maxwell
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On My Way

#9 - On My Way

Season 3 - Episode 14

Things heat up as the New Directions go head-to-head with the Dalton Academy Warblers at Regionals.

star 7.90
53 votes
Writers: Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa
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Original Song

#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.

star 7.90
92 votes
Writers: Ryan Murphy
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Yes/No

#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.

star 7.90
65 votes
Directors: Eric Stoltz
Writers: Brad Falchuk
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Funk

#12 - Funk

Season 1 - Episode 21

The glee club gets some news that’s sure to rattle a few nerves. Meanwhile, Quinn connects with her “funky” side with a little help from Mercedes, and Will gets revenge on Sue.

star 7.80
97 votes
Directors: Elodie Keene
Writers: Ian Brennan
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The Power of Madonna

#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”.

star 7.80
107 votes
Directors: Ryan Murphy
Writers: Ryan Murphy
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The Hurt Locker (2)

#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.

star 7.80
4 votes
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Props

#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.

star 7.80
45 votes
Directors: Ian Brennan
Writers: Ian Brennan
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Mash Off

#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

star 7.80
73 votes
Directors: Eric Stoltz
Writers: Michael Hitchcock
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100

#17 - 100

Season 5 - Episode 12

The original members of New Directions reunite at McKinley to celebrate and reflect on the history of the seemingly doomed glee club.

star 7.80
10 votes
Directors: Paris Barclay
Writers: Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, Ian Brennan
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The Hurt Locker (1)

#18 - The Hurt Locker (1)

Season 6 - Episode 4

Rachel hopes to form a deal in which Will's glee club purposefully underperforms at their invitational; Sue wants Sam to distract Rachel.

star 7.80
5 votes
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Michael

#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.

star 7.80
59 votes
Writers: Ryan Murphy
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The Substitute

#20 - The Substitute

Season 2 - Episode 7

After Mr. Schuester gets sick, a substitute teacher takes over the Glee Club and becomes a new love interest and competition for Will.

star 7.80
100 votes
Directors: Ryan Murphy
Writers: Ian Brennan
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The Break-Up

#21 - The Break-Up

Season 4 - Episode 4

The relationships of four of the couples are tested – Will and Emma, Rachel and Finn, Kurt and Blaine, and Santana and Brittany but only one of them will survive.

star 7.80
40 votes
Writers: Ryan Murphy
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The Sue Sylvester Shuffle

#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.

star 7.80
108 votes
Directors: Brad Falchuk
Writers: Ian Brennan
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Hold on to Sixteen

#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.

star 7.80
65 votes
Writers: Ross Maxwell
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Prom Queen

#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.

star 7.80
89 votes
Directors: Eric Stoltz
Writers: Ian Brennan
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I Kissed a Girl

#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.

star 7.70
69 votes
Directors: Tate Donovan
Writers: Matthew Hodgson
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