The BEST Episodes of Glee

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Sep 22, 2021

Network: FOX

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.

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The Quarterback

#1 - The Quarterback

Season 5 - Episode 3 - Aired Oct 10, 2013

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 8.56
1,418 votes
Directors: Brad Falchuk
Dreams Come True

#2 - Dreams Come True

Season 6 - Episode 13 - Aired Mar 20, 2015

All of Will’s hard work and dedication to the Glee Club and to fostering the talents and dreams of his students pays off in a major way, and everyone shares in the feeling of joy that permeates the school as teachers and students reflect on their shared journey. Old rifts and wounds are healed and new sights are set on a promising future. Everyone seems to be ending up exactly as expected and right where they belong… along with more than a few unexpected surprises.

star 8.34
644 votes
Directors: Brad Buecker
Writers: Brad Falchuk, Ian Brennan, Ryan Murphy
Journey to Regionals

#3 - Journey to Regionals

Season 1 - Episode 22 - Aired Jun 8, 2010

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 8.28
3,320 votes
Directors: Brad Falchuk
Writers: Brad Falchuk

#4 - Nationals

Season 3 - Episode 21 - Aired May 15, 2012

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 8.27
1,826 votes
Directors: Eric Stoltz
Writers: Ali Adler

#5 - Goodbye

Season 3 - Episode 22 - Aired May 22, 2012

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

star 8.16
1,679 votes
Directors: Brad Falchuk
Writers: Brad Falchuk

#6 - Sectionals

Season 1 - Episode 13 - Aired Dec 9, 2009

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 8.15
3,194 votes
Directors: Brad Falchuk
Writers: Brad Falchuk

#7 - 100

Season 5 - Episode 12 - Aired Mar 18, 2014

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

star 8.15
846 votes
Directors: Paris Barclay
Writers: Brad Falchuk, Ian Brennan, Ryan Murphy

#8 - 2009

Season 6 - Episode 12 - Aired Mar 20, 2015

Glee goes back in time to see why the original members of New Directions signed up for glee club in the first place.

star 8.06
579 votes
Directors: Paris Barclay
Writers: Brad Falchuk, Ian Brennan, Ryan Murphy
On My Way

#9 - On My Way

Season 3 - Episode 14 - Aired Feb 21, 2012

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

star 8.06
1,920 votes
Directors: Bradley Buecker
Writers: Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa
New Directions

#10 - New Directions

Season 5 - Episode 13 - Aired Mar 25, 2014

As the fate of the glee club becomes a reality, April and Holly plot a plan to save New Directions. Meanwhile, Rachel and Santana attempt to make amends after their blowout fight.

star 8.05
906 votes
Directors: Brad Falchuk
Writers: Brad Falchuk
A Wedding

#11 - A Wedding

Season 6 - Episode 8 - Aired Feb 20, 2015

The members of New Directions are busy at work planning, planning and planning, while Sue encourages everyone to follow their hearts.

star 7.98
485 votes
Directors: Bradley Buecker
Writers: Ross Maxwell
Original Song

#12 - Original Song

Season 2 - Episode 16 - Aired Mar 15, 2011

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 7.98
2,995 votes
Directors: Bradley Buecker
Writers: Ryan Murphy
Dance with Somebody

#13 - Dance with Somebody

Season 3 - Episode 17 - Aired Apr 24, 2012

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 7.97
1,922 votes
Directors: Paris Barclay
Writers: Ross Maxwell
The Break-Up

#14 - The Break-Up

Season 4 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 4, 2012

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 7.97
1,667 votes
Writers: Ryan Murphy

#15 - Props

Season 3 - Episode 20 - Aired May 15, 2012

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 7.95
1,667 votes
Directors: Ian Brennan
Writers: Ian Brennan

#16 - Yes/No

Season 3 - Episode 10 - Aired Jan 17, 2012

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 7.95
2,235 votes
Directors: Eric Stoltz
Writers: Brad Falchuk
Hold on to Sixteen

#17 - Hold on to Sixteen

Season 3 - Episode 8 - Aired Dec 6, 2011

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 7.94
2,238 votes
Directors: Bradley Buecker
Writers: Ross Maxwell
City of Angels

#18 - City of Angels

Season 5 - Episode 11 - Aired Mar 11, 2014

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 7.91
778 votes
Directors: Elodie Keene
Writers: Jessica Meyer

#19 - Michael

Season 3 - Episode 11 - Aired Jan 31, 2012

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 7.90
2,087 votes
Writers: Ryan Murphy
Mash Off

#20 - Mash Off

Season 3 - Episode 6 - Aired Nov 15, 2011

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 7.89
2,484 votes
Directors: Eric Stoltz
Writers: Michael Hitchcock
Prom Queen

#21 - Prom Queen

Season 2 - Episode 20 - Aired May 10, 2011

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 7.89
2,898 votes
Directors: Eric Stoltz
Writers: Ian Brennan

#22 - Pilot

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired May 19, 2009

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 7.88
4,272 votes
Directors: Ryan Murphy
Writers: Ian Brennan, Ryan Murphy
The Sue Sylvester Shuffle

#23 - The Sue Sylvester Shuffle

Season 2 - Episode 11 - Aired Feb 6, 2011

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 7.87
3,447 votes
Directors: Brad Falchuk
Writers: Ian Brennan
The Power of Madonna

#24 - The Power of Madonna

Season 1 - Episode 15 - Aired Apr 20, 2010

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 7.85
3,455 votes
Directors: Ryan Murphy
Writers: Ryan Murphy

#25 - Homecoming

Season 6 - Episode 2 - Aired Jan 9, 2015

Puck, Quinn, Santana, Mercedes, Brittany, Artie and Tina all return to McKinley for Homecoming and help Rachel and Kurt recruit for the new glee club.

star 7.84
437 votes
Directors: Bradley Buecker
Writers: Ryan Murphy