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The Undisputed Best Episodes of Glee

Glee is one of the most iconic TV shows of our generation. Will Schuester’s (Matthew Morrison) rapping aside, the show is experiencing a revival among social media platforms such as Instagram and Tik Tok. The show’s humor, sound, and numerous insults provide relief in such uncertain times. Here are some episodes you absolutely can’t miss on your next journey to McKinley High. Let’s be honest: most of these are from the second (also know as the best) season.


Brittany S. Pierce (Heather Morris) aced anesthesia-fueled dance sequence with a cameo from legend Spears. No one saw this episode without being oddly jealous of going under with a hot dentist nearby and a killer sound track in the background. Morris’ version of “Slave 4 U” rocketed this episode to become and instant favorite.

“Grilled Cheesus”

Between Finn Hudson (Cory Monteith) offering a hilarious insight into his thought process and Kurt Hummel (Chris Colfer) leading an emotional tribute to his father, this episode is one for the books. The way it explores religion and spirituality is beautiful.

“Never Been Kissed”

Two words: Blaine. Anderson. Darren Criss played the preppy character to perfection. The show really played with our hearts when it jumped from Kurt and Blaine running down a beautiful hallway together to Blaine serenading the school (and Kurt) with “Teenage Dream”. We see a new vulnerability and strength in Kurt as he faces up to his bully, ehich is a pretty satsfying moment. Sure, other stuff happened to move the plot along, but Klaine really ruled this episode.

“The Substitute”

Gweneth Paltrow encourages students in the glee club to pursie their own interests for once. When we could not stand Mr. Shue for another second, Ms. Holly Holiday came through. “Singing in the Rain” was an impressive closing number.


“I Don’t Wanna Know” and “Landslide”, need I say more? The episode also addresses yellow journalism, sexualities, and teen homelessness. Sue Sylvester (Jane Lynch) is at her prime.

“The First Time”

Rachael (Lea Michele) and Blaine play Maria and Tony in West Side Story. Neither had lost their virginity and had to reconcile their penchant to perform truthfully and toeing the line of trust with their boyfriends. Blaine also gets hit on by a Warbler to the forboding tune of Santana (Naya Rivera) singing “A Boy Like That”. The definition of iconic. This episode delt with approaching personal vulnerability and understanding boundaries in a way that makes us wish we could just go to WMHS for a day.

There are endless great moments on Glee in addition to some questionable actions by teachers and students. This show has a magic ability to make you feel something, even if all you want to do is shut out the worry happening right now. Whether you cry out your worries during “The Quarterback” or laugh them out during one of Sue or Santana’s famous insult monologues, this show is absolutely necessary during this quarantine.

Simone Anguera

Washington '23

Simone Anguera is a first year student at the University of Washington. She enjoys health, fashion, fragrances, books, animals, and the outdoors.
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