The BEST Episodes of Glee
Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!
Last Updated: Feb 17, 2021
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.
#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.
#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.
#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?
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#8 - 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.
#9 - 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.
#10 - 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.
#11 - 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.
#12 - 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.
#13 - 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.
#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.
#15 - 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.
#16 - 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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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”.
#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.