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The Best 'Glee' Episodes of All Time 

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There were so many good episodes of Glee, but which ones really stand out? The Fox megahit that made waves on TV and in the music world is a crowd-pleasing, musical hit that touched our hearts. Starring one of the hottest TV show casts, Glee featured many cover songs better than the original. With all the amazing episodes of the show that exist, it's hard to trust just one person's opinion of what the top Glee episodes of all time are. Fans of Glee are very passionate about the show, and there are often debates over which episodes are the greatest. That's why this list exists - so you can vote for your favorites and we can find out once and for all what everyone thinks the best episode is.

Glee was a musical comedy-drama that captured viewers hearts and introduced us to stars such as Lea Michele, Melissa Benoist, Naya Rivera, and Chris Colfer playing musically gifted (and romantically challenged) glee club members. Glee premiered on Fox on May 19, 2009. With over 700 musical performances in just 121 episodes, the series delivered fun and fresh takes on classic songs each episode.

Vote up your favorite episodes of Glee, and vote down any bad episodes that you really didn't enjoy, despite how much you love the series as a whole. It can be painful to put one Glee episode over the other when there are so many good ones, which is why you can vote on however many episodes you like. Find yourself missing the series? Watch more shows like Glee!

This list includes episodes like "Nationals", "The Rocky Horror Glee Show", and so many more. What is the best Glee episode of all time? To determine once and for all what the best episodes of Glee are, let's rank every Glee episode from best to worst.
 

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Nationals is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best 'Glee' Episodes of All Time
Nationals Episode: 21, Season: Glee - Season 3

Original Airing: May 15, 2012

Season 3, Episode 21

"Nationals" is the twenty-first episode of the third season of the American musical television series Glee, and the sixty-fifth overall. Written by Ali Adler and directed by Eric ...more
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The Quarterback is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best 'Glee' Episodes of All Time
Jonah Feigelson added The Quarterback Episode: 3, Season: Glee - Season 5

Original Airing: October 10, 2013

Season 5, Episode 3

"The Quarterback" is the third episode of the fifth season of the American musical television series Glee, and the ninety-first episode overall. Written by all three of the show's ...more
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Blame It on the Alcohol ... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best 'Glee' Episodes of All Time
Blame It on the Alcohol Episode: 14, Season: Glee - Season 2

Original Airing: February 22, 2011

Season 2, Episode 14

Principal Figgins teaches the student body about the danger of underage drinking, and the glee club is personally touched by the message. Meanwhile, Mr. Schuester and Coach Beiste indulge in a ...more
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Born This Way is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best 'Glee' Episodes of All Time
Born This Way Episode: 18, Season: Glee - Season 2

Original Airing: April 26, 2011

Season 2, Episode 18

"Born This Way" is the eighteenth episode of the second season of the American television series Glee, and the fortieth episode overall. It originally aired on Fox in the United States ...more
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Britney/Brittany is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best 'Glee' Episodes of All Time
Britney/Brittany Episode: 2, Season: Glee - Season 2

Original Airing: September 28, 2010

Season 1, Episode 2

When Brittany and the gang try to convince Mr. Schuester to let them do a Britney Spears number, he is reluctant to go that edgy. Meanwhile, an insecure Will is curious about Emma’s new beau, ...more
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Mash Off is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best 'Glee' Episodes of All Time
Mash Off Episode: 6, Season: Glee - Season 3

Original Airing: November 15, 2011

Season 3, Episode 6

"Mash Off" is the sixth episode of the third season of the American musical television series Glee, and the fiftieth overall. The episode was written by Michael Hitchcock and directed ...more
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Never Been Kissed is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best 'Glee' Episodes of All Time
Never Been Kissed Episode: 6, Season: Glee - Season 2

Original Airing: November 9, 2010

Season 2, Episode 6

The Girls vs. Boys Tournament returns, Kurt meets an ally from a rival glee club, Puck and Artie join forces and coach Beast is on the verge of quitting her job.
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Original Song is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best 'Glee' Episodes of All Time
Original Song Episode: 16, Season: Glee - Season 2

Original Airing: March 15, 2011

Season 2, Episode 16

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), ...more
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Goodbye is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best 'Glee' Episodes of All Time
Goodbye Episode: 22, Season: Glee - Season 3

Original Airing: May 22, 2012

Season 3, Episode 22

The William McKinley High School class of 2012 graduates, and the glee club bids farewell to its graduating seniors.
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Sectionals is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best 'Glee' Episodes of All Time
Sectionals Episode: 13, Season: Glee - Season 1

Original Airing: December 9, 2009

Season 1, Episode 13

"Sectionals" is the thirteenth episode of the American television series Glee. It premiered on the Fox network on December 9, 2009. The episode was written and directed by series ...more
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Pilot is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best 'Glee' Episodes of All Time
Episode: 1, Season: Glee - Season 1

Original Airing: May 19, 2009

Season 1, Episode 1

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 ...more
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Journey is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best 'Glee' Episodes of All Time
Journey to Regionals Episode: 22, Season: Glee - Season 1

Original Airing: June 8, 2010

Season 1, Episode 22

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?
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I Kissed a Girl is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best 'Glee' Episodes of All Time
I Kissed a Girl Episode: 7, Season: Glee - Season 3

Original Airing: November 29, 2011

Season 3, Episode 7

Finn tries to rally the rival show-choirs behind one of their own; Sue’s bid for political office causes heartbreak for another teacher; and the student body elections turn scandalous.
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Michael is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best 'Glee' Episodes of All Time
Michael Episode: 11, Season: Glee - Season 3

Original Airing: January 31, 2012

Season 3, Episode 11

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 ...more
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Duets is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best 'Glee' Episodes of All Time
Duets Episode: 4, Season: Glee - Season 2

Original Airing: October 12, 2010

Season 2, Episode 4

Finn and Rachel plan to throw the competition so Sam can win when club members are assigned duets; Mike, Tina and Artie find themselves in a love triangle.
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New York is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best 'Glee' Episodes of All Time
New York Episode: 22, Season: Glee - Season 2

Original Airing: May 24, 2011

Season 2, Episode 22

New Directions heads to Nationals to compete in the ultimate singing showdown.
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Prom-asaurus is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best 'Glee' Episodes of All Time
Prom-asaurus Episode: 19, Season: Glee - Season 3

Original Airing: May 8, 2012

Season 3, Episode 19

Brittany goes into high gear as class president to spearhead the prom. Then, after prom king and queen nominations are announced, the kids kick into campaign mode, and some of the outcasts ...more
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Rumours is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best 'Glee' Episodes of All Time
Rumours Episode: 19, Season: Glee - Season 2

Original Airing: May 3, 2011

Season 2, Episode 19

Sue Sylvester revives the school newspaper and decides to print a few inflammatory blind items. The glee club gains a whole new respect for Sam when they discover some interesting new ...more
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Prom Queen is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best 'Glee' Episodes of All Time
Prom Queen Episode: 20, Season: Glee - Season 2

Original Airing: May 10, 2011

Season 2, Episode 20

"Prom Queen" is the twentieth episode of the second season of the American musical television series Glee, and the forty-second overall. It aired May 10, 2011 on Fox in the United ...more
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Preggers is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best 'Glee' Episodes of All Time
Preggers Episode: 4, Season: Glee - Season 1

Original Airing: September 23, 2009

Season 1, Episode 4

"Preggers" is the fourth episode of the American television series Glee. The episode premiered on the Fox network on September 23, 2009, and was written and directed by executive ...more
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The Sue Sylvester Shuffl... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best 'Glee' Episodes of All Time
The Sue Sylvester Shuffle Episode: 11, Season: Glee - Season 2

Original Airing: February 6, 2011

Season 2, Episode 11

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.
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Hold on to Sixteen is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best 'Glee' Episodes of All Time
Hold on to Sixteen Episode: 8, Season: Glee - Season 3

Original Airing: December 6, 2011

Season 3, Episode 8

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 ...more
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Dance With Somebody is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best 'Glee' Episodes of All Time
Dance With Somebody Episode: 17, Season: Glee - Season 3

Original Airing: April 24, 2012

Season 3, Episode 17

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.
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The Power of Madonna is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best 'Glee' Episodes of All Time
The Power of Madonna Episode: 15, Season: Glee - Season 1

Original Airing: April 20, 2010

Season 1, Episode 15

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 ...more
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The First Time is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best 'Glee' Episodes of All Time
The First Time Episode: 5, Season: Glee - Season 3

Original Airing: November 8, 2011

Season 3, Episode 5

"The First Time" is the fifth episode of the third season of the American musical television series Glee, and the forty-ninth overall. Written by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and directed by ...more