It infatuates the imaginary William McKinley High School happiness club, the New Directions, which contends on the program choir rivals circuit while its varied individuals care for social problems, particularly worrying sexuality, race, collaborations, and also harmony. The initial twelve-member stars contained Matthew Morrison as a club supervisor as well as likewise Spanish teacher Will Schuester, Jane Lynch as cheerleading train Sue Sylvester, Jayma Mays as assistance specialist Emma Pillsbury, Jessalyn Gilsig as Will's companion Terri, as well as likewise Dianna Agron, Chris Colfer, Kevin McHale, Lea Michele, Cory Monteith, Amber Riley, Mark Salling, as well as likewise Jenna Ushkowitz as 8 charter member. The significant stars were changed throughout the collection.
The collection was created by Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, as well as likewise Ian Brennan, the latter of whom originally pictured Glee as a flick. The 3 produced every one of the program's episodes for the preliminary 2 periods, as well as likewise Murphy as well as likewise Falchuk in the beginning worked as the program's significant managers. The pilot episode was communicated on May 19, 2009, as well as likewise the preliminary duration program from September 9, 2009, to June 8, 2010. Subsequent durations relayed in September by means of May. The sixth as well as likewise last season aired from January to March 2015. Glee features on-screen performance-based musical numbers that were selected by Murphy, who aimed to maintain a balance between show tunes as well as chart hits and produced by Adam Anders and Peer Åström. Songs covered in the show were released through the iTunes Store during the week of broadcast, and a series of Glee albums have been released by Columbia Records.
The music of Glee has been a commercial success, with over thirty-six million digital single sales and eleven million album sales worldwide through October 2011. The series' merchandise also includes DVD and Blu-ray releases, an iPad application, and karaoke games for the Wii. There were live concert tours by the show's cast after the first and second seasons completed shooting; a concert film based on the 2011 tour, Glee: The 3D Concert Movie, was produced by Murphy and Fox and directed by Kevin Tancharoen.
During its first period, Glee received generally favorable reviews from critics, with Metacritic's weighted average of 77 out of 100 based on eighteen critical reviews. The season was nominated for 19 Emmy Awards, four Golden Globe Awards, six Satellite Awards and 57 other awards, with wins including the 2010 Golden Globe Award for Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy, and Emmy awards for Jane Lynch, guest-star Neil Patrick Harris and Murphy's direction of the pilot episode. In 2011, the show once again won the Golden Globe for Best Television Series, and Jane Lynch and Chris Colfer won Golden Globes for Best Supporting Actress and Best Supporting Actor respectively, and Gwyneth Paltrow won the Emmy for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series. The show was also chosen by Fox to fill the coveted time slot that followed the network's coverage of Super Bowl XLV in 2011.
In 2013, in the wake of the death of Cory Monteith, and after his tribute episode “The Quarterback” broadcast, Murphy announced that the sixth season would be the last one of the series. After 121 episodes and over 729 music performances, Glee came to an end on March 20, 2015.
The series centers on a high school show choir, also known as a glee club, in the fictional William McKinley High School in Lima, Ohio. Will Schuester (Matthew Morrison) takes over the glee club after the former teacher Sandy Ryerson (Stephen Tobolowsky) is fired for inappropriate contact with a male student. With a rag-tag group of misfit teenagers, Will attempts to restore the glee club to its former glory while tending to his developing feelings for his co-worker, guidance counselor Emma Pillsbury (Jayma Mays), as well as defending the glee club's existence from the conniving cheerleading coach Sue Sylvester (Jane Lynch). A major focus of the series is the students in the glee club: their relationships as couples, their love of singing and desire for popularity coming into conflict due to their membership in the low-status club, and the many vicissitudes of life in high school and as a teenager.
The show's 754 music performances, with each performance delivering an individual song or a mashup of two or more songs in a single performance, have led to commercial success, with over thirty-six million copies of Glee cast single releases purchased digitally, and also over eleven million albums purchased worldwide through October 2011. In 2009, the Glee cast had twenty-five singles graph on the Billboard Hot 100, the most by any artist since The Beatles had thirty-one songs in the graph in 1964; in 2010, it placed eighty singles on the Billboard Hot 100, far outstripping the previous record. In February 2011, Glee surpassed Elvis Presley as the act with the most songs placed on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, though fewer than one-fourth of them have charted for more than one week.
The cast performance of “Don't Stop Believin'” was certified gold on October 13, 2009, achieving over 500,000 digital sales, and also on March 16, 2011, received platinum certification for having sales of over a million. The collection' cover variation had a favorable result for sale of Rihanna's “Take a Bow”, which boosted by 189 percent after the song was covered in the Glee episode “Showmance”.