Type
Scripted
Premiered
May. 19, 2009
Status
Returning Series
Runtime
60 min.
Country
USA
Network
FOX TV Network
Genre
Glee » Season 1
Glee - 01x01 Pilot

1x01 Pilot

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4.2/5 (15 votes)
First Aired: May. 19, 2009 on FOX
Summary: 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 potential, while facing harsh criticism from everyone in the school.

Main Characters in this Episode


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Guest Stars

Noah 'Puck' Puckerman played by Mark Salling
Sandy Ryerson played by Stephen Tobolowsky
Ken Tanaka played by Patrick Gallagher
Carole Hudson played by Romy Rosemont
Hank Saunders played by Ben Bledsoe
Football Player played by Justin Gaston
Howard Bamboo played by Kent Avenido
Lillian Adler played by Jane Galloway Heitz

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Episode Quotes

Sue Sylvester: [at cheerleading practice] You think this is hard? I'm living with Hepatitis, *that's* hard!
Principal Figgins: Sue, the dry cleaners here are just as good as the ones in Europe.
Sue Sylvester: High school is a caste system. Kids fall into certain slots. Your jocks and your popular kids up in the penthouse. The invisibles and the kids playing live-action out in the forest: bottom floor.
Will Schuester: And... where do the Glee kids lie?
Sue Sylvester: Subbasement.

Mistakes/Goofs

  • Goof (audio/visual unsynchronized): During "Don't Stop Believing," as Finn finishes playing the drums, he stands up and hands the drumsticks to the drummer, but we hear the drum fill continue while there is clearly no-one playing.
  • Goof (continuity error): When writing her name on the sign up sheet for the glee club, Tina adds extra Ts at the beginning to mimic the stutter that she often speaks with. When Rachel comes to write her name underneath Tina's the extra Ts are gone and Tina is written properly.
  • Goof (errors made by characters, possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): When other students sign their names to the Glee Club sign-up sheet, we see Artie's name has been written as "Arty".
  • Goof (revealing mistake): When we hear the narration by Rachel in the beginning of the episode, she states that she tries to post on MySpace everyday to keep her talent alive and growing. However, when the Cheerios are watching Rachel's cover of "On My Own", in the box that says "Similar Videos", it states that there are no other videos from Rachel.
  • Goof (factual errors): Sandy Ryerson says he got medical marijuana to treat his nervous breakdown. Ohio does not have medical marijuana yet. Michigan does, but bringing it across state lines would be a felony.

Trivia

  • The night before shooting the pilot, Quinn had still not been cast. Dianna Agron auditioned and sang in the office next to Robert J. Ulrich the night before filming began.
  • Stephen Tobolowsky plays a character named Sandy Ryerson, the same last name as his character in Groundhog Day, Ned Ryerson.
  • Originally, the role of Principal Figgins was written for a white guy but Iqbal Theba got the part. He was born in Karachi, Pakistan.
  • Dianna Agron (Quinn Fabray) was the last person of the original cast to get a part. On her first day she had to do a scene with Cory Monteith (Finn Hudson) in which they 'made-out' together. Director Ryan Murphy told her to look sexy, but she was so nervous that she couldn't focus.
  • Kurt sings the song "Cellophane" from Chicago. Chris Colfer sang the same song for his audition for the show.
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