The Best Episodes of Glee

Last Updated: Apr 2, 2019

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.

The Quarterback

#1 - 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 8.78
785 votes
Directors: Brad Falchuk
Writers:
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Journey to Regionals

#2 - 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 8.67
469 votes
Directors: Brad Falchuk
Writers: Brad Falchuk
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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 8.62
451 votes
Directors: Eric Stoltz
Writers: Ali Adler
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Goodbye

#4 - 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 8.57
417 votes
Directors: Brad Falchuk
Writers: Brad Falchuk
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On My Way

#5 - 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 8.54
420 votes
Directors: Bradley Buecker
Writers: Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa
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Hold on to Sixteen

#6 - 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 8.48
414 votes
Directors: Bradley Beucker
Writers: Ross Maxwell
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Dreams Come True

#7 - Dreams Come True

Season 6 - Episode 13

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 8.46
497 votes
Directors: Brad Buecker
Writers: Ryan Murphy, Ian Brennan, Brad Falchuk
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Props

#8 - 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 8.39
381 votes
Directors: Ian Brennan
Writers: Ian Brennan
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Sectionals

#9 - 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 8.37
473 votes
Directors: Brad Falchuk
Writers: Brad Falchuk
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Prom Queen

#10 - 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 8.34
417 votes
Directors: Eric Stoltz
Writers: Ian Brennan
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Mash Off

#11 - 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 8.33
439 votes
Directors: Eric Stoltz
Writers: Michael Hitchcock
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Original Song

#12 - 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 8.31
433 votes
Directors: Bradley Buecker
Writers: Ryan Murphy
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Born This Way

#13 - Born This Way

Season 2 - Episode 18

The glee club learns about self-acceptance through the music of Lady Gaga; Lauren and Quinn compete for prom queen; Ms. Pillsbury faces with her issues; Rachel makes a life-changing decision; Santana schemes.

star 8.31
422 votes
Writers: Brad Falchuk
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100

#14 - 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 8.30
509 votes
Directors: Paris Barclay
Writers: Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, Ian Brennan
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New Directions

#15 - New Directions

Season 5 - Episode 13

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 8.30
494 votes
Directors: Brad Falchuk
Writers: Brad Falchuk
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The Sue Sylvester Shuffle

#16 - 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 8.29
447 votes
Directors: Brad Falchuk
Writers: Ian Brennan
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Heart

#17 - Heart

Season 3 - Episode 13

In honor of Valentine's Day, Will challenges the New Directions to find and perform the world's greatest love songs. Meanwhile, Rachel's two dads Hiram and LeRoy Berry pay a visit to McKinley High.

star 8.28
400 votes
Directors: Brad Falchuk
Writers: Ali Adler
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The Break-Up

#18 - 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 8.24
509 votes
Writers: Ryan Murphy
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Dance with Somebody

#19 - 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 8.23
426 votes
Directors: Paris Barclay
Writers: Ross Maxwell
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Michael

#20 - 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 8.23
426 votes
Writers: Ryan Murphy
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The New Rachel

#21 - The New Rachel

Season 4 - Episode 1

Rachel begins school at NYADA, where she meets junior Brody Weston (Dean Geyer) and starts classes with a tough dance instructor, Cassandra July (Kate Hudson). At McKinley High, the rebuilding of New Directions begins and Wade "Unique" Adams (Alex Newell) transfers to join the group. Kurt aids director Will Schuester in finding potential recruits, who include Marley Rose (Melissa Benoist) and Puck's half brother Jake (Jacob Artist).

star 8.23
498 votes
Directors: Brad Falchuk
Writers: Ryan Murphy
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Pilot

#22 - 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
861 votes
Directors: Ryan Murphy
Writers: Ryan Murphy
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2009

#23 - 2009

Season 6 - Episode 12

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

star 8.18
436 votes
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Blame It on the Alcohol

#24 - Blame It on the Alcohol

Season 2 - Episode 14

Principal Figgins teaches the student body about the danger of underage drinking, and the glee club is personally touched by the message. Meanwhile, Mr. Schuester and Coach Beiste indulge in a little fun of their own.

star 8.18
442 votes
Directors: Eric Stoltz
Writers: Ian Brennan
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Never Been Kissed

#25 - Never Been Kissed

Season 2 - Episode 6

The Girls vs. Boys Tournament returns, Kurt meets an ally from a rival glee club, Puck and Artie join forces and coach Beast is on the verge of quitting her job.

star 8.17
435 votes
Directors: Bradley Buecker
Writers: Brad Falchuk
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