Type
Scripted
Premiered
May. 19, 2009
Status
Completed/Ended
Runtime
60 min.
Country
USA
Network
FOX TV Network

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Glee » Season 1
Glee - 01x01 Pilot

1x01 Pilot

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4.17/5 (18 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.

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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

Finn Hudson: Look, I owe you guys an apology. I never should have quit. I don't want to be the guy that just drives around throwing eggs at people!
Rachel Berry: That was you?
Kurt Hummel: You and your friends threw pee balloons at me.
Finn Hudson: I know.
Kurt Hummel: You nailed all my lawn furniture to my roof.
Finn Hudson: I wasn't actually there for that, but I'm really sorry.
Will Schuester: Do you want to tell me how long you've had a drug problem?
Finn Hudson: I don't even know who the Chronic Lady is.
Will Schuester: Look, if it were up to me we wouldn't have mandatory bi-weekly locker checks.
Finn Hudson: I've never seen that before Mr. Shue, I swear that's not mine, I'll pee in a cup; I'll pee...
Will Schuester: I don't think it'll make any difference...
Rachel Berry: I won my first dance competition when I was three months old.

Mistakes/Goofs

  • 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 (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 (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.
  • 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): After Finn claimed his mother was having his prostate removed while actually going to Glee, Puck confronts him and claims "Chicks don't have prostates, I looked it up." However in a 2002 medical research study, it was found they do.

Trivia

  • The band Kings of Leon was approached by Ryan Murphy about the use of some of their songs for Glee due to their uplifting message, but the band immediately told Murphy no and then insulted him and Glee online, leading to a lengthy public fight between the two parties where Ryan Murphy accused the band of homophobia and the band responded that they weren't and simply hated the show and would not be involved with it.
  • Stephen Tobolowsky plays a character named Sandy Ryerson, the same last name as his character in Groundhog Day, Ned Ryerson.
  • Kurt sings the song "Cellophane" from Chicago. Chris Colfer sang the same song for his audition for the show.
  • 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.
  • Originally, the role of Principal Figgins was written for a white guy but Iqbal Theba got the part. He was born in Karachi, Pakistan.
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