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

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Glee - 01x01 Pilot

1x01 Pilot

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4.12/5 (17 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

Sue Sylvester: [to Emma] Your resentment is delicious.
Will Schuester: From the top.
Emma Pillsbury: Do you know who that is? That's you, Will. That's you happier than I've ever seen you.
Will Schuester: That was the greatest moment of my life.
Emma Pillsbury: Why?
Will Schuester: Because I loved what I was doing. I knew before we were half-way through with it, I remember that we were gonna win. And being a part of that, in that moment, I knew who I was in the world. And the only time I felt that way since then was when Terrie told me I was gonna be a father.
Will Schuester: No, no. I need to provide for my family.
Emma Pillsbury: But provide what exactly? The understanding that money is the most important thing - or the idea that the only life worth living is one that you're really passionate about, Will?

Mistakes/Goofs

  • 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 (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): 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.
  • 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.
  • Kurt sings the song "Cellophane" from Chicago. Chris Colfer sang the same song for his audition for the show.
  • 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.
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