|Monteith and Lea Michele are Glee's central romantic|
couple, both on and off screen.
|Glee provided an earlier Dance Party, in which klutzy Jane|
Lynch swing dances with hoofer Matt Morrison. Go here.
Our hero is Canadian, and after he cleaned up his act the first time (in his mid-teens), he began appearing on the American TV shows which were being shot in his hometown of Toronto. His audition for Glee was by videotape, and though his musical skills are suspect, his charming naivete is not.
|Kevin McHale as Artie. Glee will|
be remembered for its positive
treatment of disadvantaged
I confess that I have not attempted an episode of Glee in many years, having become so frustrated with it in its second season that I dropped the habit, pardon the goulish pun. But somebody saw something in Monteith, and he landed the role of the football jock turned glee club enthusiast which anchored the "student" cast of the show. He has been one of the show's headliners ever since.
|The idea that high school jocks would also be performing geeks is foreign to someone my age, but apparently, this crossing over of various high school cliques really does happen these days.|
|Both Neil Patrick Harris and Gwyneth Paltrow have won Emmys for guest shots on Glee, but Jane Lynch is the only regular to win for her performance. The tally of the show's Emmy nominations has been declining, as usually happens with aging programs.|
|Glee often devotes full episodes to a single artist's music.|
Jane Lynch's Madonna-Vogue sequence is well remembered.
Glee attempts to cover them all, as well as new students joining the current high school's club, and I understand the show these days is bloated and unwatchable.
|This shot reflects the cast of the first season. These days, the show's canvas is even bigger, covering original characters as they begin professional show biz careers, as well as current members of the glee club.|
In 2009, Glee placed 25 singles on the Billboard top 100, a number which was beat only by the Beatles in 1964. The next year, Glee shattered that record, placing a whopping 80 singles on the Billboard chart, far outpacing any other musical act in history.
|Glee albums include compilations of love songs, dance tunes,|
Christmas carols, and this soundtrack to their episode dedicated
to The Rocky Horror Picture Show.
|Alex Newell as Unique is an example of Glee's ongoing commitment to presenting characters of diversity. The character, new last year, is a transgender teen. The Glee canvas has always included those of differing races and sexual orientations.|
|Monteith and Colfer have a sweet chemistry.|
|Darren Criss and Chris Colfer broke some ground as Glee's first|
gay romance. The show also features a lesbian couple.
In this story arc, Monteith's single mother dated, and then wed, Colfer's single father, resulting in the two boys becoming step-brothers, and ultimately, friends rather than antagonists. Cory Monteith inadvertently ended his own life this week, and in his honor, enjoy this sentimental wedding clip: