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GLEE is a musical comedy about a group of ambitious and talented students who dream of stardom, but struggle with the real world. And, following graduation this spring, the show's senior class will face new challenges and triumphs next season, as they navigate life after McKinley High.
Since its debut, GLEE has become a bona fide cultural phenomenon, received prestigious honors including the Golden Globe Award and the Peabody Award and singlehandedly made glee clubs cool again. The series boasts critical acclaim, a die-hard fan base, two Grammy Award nominations, two Platinum and three Gold albums, more than 43 million songs and over 12 million albums sold worldwide, two sold-out concert tours, a 3D movie, four Emmy Awards and three Golden Globes, including the award for Best Television Series - Comedy or Musical.
For the past three seasons, the glee club's fearless leader has been WILL SCHUESTER (Matthew Morrison), a talented young teacher whose main objectives are to take the club to Nationals and marry his sweetheart and colleague EMMA PILLSBURY (Jayma Mays). New Directions' aspiring stars include RACHEL (Lea Michele), a pitch-perfect singer with dreams of getting into NYADA and landing a starring role on Broadway; KURT (Chris Colfer), the driven and confident kid with a heart of gold; MERCEDES (Amber Riley), a powerhouse vocalist with an attitude to match; ARTIE (Kevin McHale), a performer with tons of street cred who isn't held back by his wheelchair; TINA (Jenna Ushkowitz), a strong and opinionated goth chick; and the fly dancer MIKE (Harry Shum).
There's also Kurt's main squeeze, heartthrob BLAINE (Darren Criss); the arrogant and cocky crooner-with-a-soft-side PUCK (Mark Salling); ice-cold queen-bee and wannabe prom queen QUINN (Dianna Agron); and the dynamic dim-witted cheerleading duo of BRITTANY (Heather Morris) and SANTANA (Naya Rivera). Mr. Schuester's heart is in the right place and he is determined to help the kids in every aspect of life, but at every turn he must battle with his nemesis, SUE SYLVESTER (Emmy Award-winning actress Jane Lynch), the conniving cheerleading coach who is on a mission to destroy arts programs everywhere.
In addition to the regular cast, GLEE has featured guest appearances by a wide range of talented performers, including Carol Burnett, Kristen Chenoweth, Whoopi Goldberg, Kathy Griffin, Jonathan Groff, Lindsay Lohan, Ricky Martin, Idina Menzel, Olivia Newton-John, Britney Spears and John Stamos. Neil Patrick Harris and Gwyneth Paltrow both won Emmy Awards for their guest appearances on the show.
GLEE is produced by Ryan Murphy Television in association with 20th Century Fox Television. Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Ian Brennan are co-creators of the series. Murphy, Falchuk, Brennan and Dante Di Loreto serve as executive producers.