|Created by||Ryan Murphy
Harry Shum Jr.
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of episodes||39 at March 22, 2011|
|Camera setup||Single camera|
|Running time||42–48 minutes (per episode)|
|Original run||May 19, 2009– present|
Glee is an American musical comedy-drama television show. It started on May 19, 2009, and is now in its fourth season. The show is about a group of high school students and their teachers at the fictional William McKinley High School in the real town of Lima, Ohio. Most of the students are in the school's glee club, called New Directions, which is why the show is called "Glee". The students and adults deal with relationships, sexuality and social issues, and often sing to help them understand these topics. Some songs are old, by singers like Madonna and Journey, and some are still on the radio by singers like Lady Gaga and Britney Spears. The show has won many awards and is shown in several countries because of its popularity.
Cast and characters[change]
The show gives most of the characters equal time on screen. The captains of the glee club are Rachel Berry (played by Lea Michele) and Finn Hudson (played by Cory Monteith). The leader of the club is Spanish teacher Will Schuester (played by Matthew Morrison). The rest of the glee club are Artie Abrams (played by Kevin McHale), Mike Chang (played by Harry Shum Jr.), Tina Cohen-Chang (played by Jenna Ushkowitz), Quinn Fabray (played by Dianna Agron), Kurt Hummel (played by Chris Colfer), Mercedes Jones (played by Amber Riley), Santana Lopez (played by Naya Rivera), Brittany Pierce (played by Heather Morris), and Noah "Puck" Puckerman (played by Mark Salling).
The show's main villain is cheerleading coach Sue Sylvester (played by Jane Lynch). The cheerleaders are called the Cheerios. The Cheerios win a lot of cheerleading contests, so they get a lot of money from the school. When Will forms the glee club, some of the money for the Cheerios goes to the glee club. This makes Sue angry, and she decides to try to stop the glee club. She makes Quinn, Santana and Brittany, who are Cheerios, join the club as spies. Sue also tries to get Principal Figgins (played by Iqbal Theba) to break up the club, but he resists.
Other characters are Will's wife, Terri (played by Jessalyn Gilsig), football coach Ken Tanaka (played by Patrick Gallagher), football coach Shannon Beiste (played by Dot Jones), Kurt's father Burt Hummel (played by Mike O'Malley), and guidance counsler Emma Pillsbury (played by Jayma Mays).
Glee has won and been nominated for many awards. In 2009, the series won five Satellite Awards: "Best Musical or Comedy TV Series", "Best Actor" and "Actress in a Musical or Comedy TV Series" for Morrison and Michele, "Best Supporting Actress" for Lynch and "Special Achievement for Outstanding Guest Star" for Kristin Chenoweth. In 2010, the show won a Golden Globe Award for "Best Television Series — Musical or Comedy". Morrison, Michele and Lynch also got acting nominations. The series was nominated for two Writers Guild of America Awards, with screenplays nominated in the "Comedy Series" and "New Series" categories. The Glee cast won the "Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series" award at the 16th Screen Actors Guild Awards. Paris Barclay and Ryan Murphy both got nominations for "Outstanding Directing – Comedy Series" at the Directors Guild of America Awards for their work on Glee. In July 2010, Glee got 19 Emmy Award nominations, including "Outstanding Comedy Series", "Outstanding Lead Actor – Comedy Series" for Morrison and "Outstanding Lead Actress – Comedy Series" for Michele. It won 4, including "Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series" for Lynch and "Outstanding Guest Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series" for Neil Patrick Harris.
On January 16, 2011 the show won a Golden Globe for "Best Television Series - Musical or Comedy" and both Lynch and Colfer won Golden Globes for Best Supporting Actress and Best Supporting Actor in a Television Series, Miniseries, or TV Film.
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