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Glee (season 2)

Glee (season 2)
Region 1 DVD Cover
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 22
Original channel Fox
Original run September 21, 2010 (2010-09-21) – May 24, 2011 (2011-05-24)
Home video release
DVD release
Region 1 September 13, 2011 (2011-09-13)
Region 2 September 19, 2011 (2011-09-19)
Region 4 October 5, 2011 (2011-10-05)

The second season of the musical comedy-drama television series Glee originally aired between September 21, 2010 and May 24, 2011 on Fox in the United States. The 22-episode season was produced by 20th Century Fox Television and Ryan Murphy Television, with executive producers Dante Di Loreto and series co-creators Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk, with the other series co-creator, Ian Brennan, as co-executive producer.

The series features the New Directions glee club at the fictional William McKinley High School in the town of Lima, Ohio. Season two follows the club through wins at the sectional (episode 9) and regional (episode 16) show choir competitions before losing at the nationals (season finale/episode 22) in New York City, while its members and faculty deal with sex, relationships, religion, homophobia, bullying, rumors, teenage drinking, death and other social issues. The central characters are glee club director Will Schuester (Matthew Morrison), cheerleading coach Sue Sylvester (Jane Lynch), guidance counselor Emma Pillsbury (Jayma Mays), and glee club members Artie Abrams (Kevin McHale), Brittany Pierce (Heather Morris), Finn Hudson (Cory Monteith), Kurt Hummel (Chris Colfer), Mercedes Jones (Amber Riley), Noah "Puck" Puckerman (Mark Salling), Quinn Fabray (Dianna Agron), Rachel Berry (Lea Michele), Santana Lopez (Naya Rivera) and Tina Cohen-Chang (Jenna Ushkowitz). Will's ex-wife Terri (Jessalyn Gilsig) and Kurt's father Burt (Mike O'Malley) round out the list of main characters.

Though many individual episodes received positive reviews from critics, full-season reviews were mixed. The musical performances from the second season expanded on the success of the first season, with the show releasing five soundtrack albums and over one hundred digital singles. The cast decisively broke the record for most charted songs by an act in the 52-year history of the Billboard Hot 100 with 156 appearances through the end of its second season. Two singles, "Teenage Dream" and "Loser Like Me", were the first to have over 200,000 downloads in their first week of release in the US, and both charted in the top ten in the US and Canada, and have been certified gold in the US. The season was nominated for twelve Emmy Awards, five Golden Globe Awards, five Satellite Awards and over fifty other awards. Three DVDs have been released with episodes from the season: Glee – Season 2, Volume 1 featuring episodes one through ten, Glee – Season 2, Volume 2 featuring episodes eleven through twenty-two, and Glee – The Complete Second Season.


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23 1 "Audition" Brad Falchuk Ian Brennan September 21, 2010 (2010-09-21) 2ARC01 12.45[1]
McKinley High’s glee club and cheerleading squad budgets are cut to allocate more money for the football program and its new football coach Shannon Beiste (Dot-Marie Jones), so directors Will Schuester and Sue Sylvester scheme to get their money restored. Finn and Rachel try to find new recruits for New Directions, but Rachel feels threatened by the talent of her recruit, Sunshine (guest star Charice), an exchange student from the Philippines. Quinn replaces Santana as head of the Cheerios, Finn is kicked off the football team, and Tina and Mike (Harry Shum, Jr.) begin dating.
24 2 "Britney/Brittany" Ryan Murphy Ryan Murphy September 28, 2010 (2010-09-28) 2ARC02 13.51[2]
New Directions wants to perform a Britney Spears number at the Homecoming Assembly, but Will is reluctant to let them be that edgy. Emma's new boyfriend Carl (John Stamos), a dentist, treats glee club members Brittany, Santana, Rachel and Artie, all of whom experience Britney Spears fantasies while under anesthesia. Artie joins the football team, and Finn is reinstated. Will ultimately okays a Spears number and takes a lead role in the hopes of impressing Emma, but the assembly performance ends in chaos.
25 3 "Grilled Cheesus" Alfonso Gomez-Rejon Brad Falchuk October 5, 2010 (2010-10-05) 2ARC03 11.20[3]
Upon seeing the face of Jesus in his grilled cheese sandwich, Finn has an existential crisis. Because of this, the members of the glee club discuss religion and its significance to them, but this is uncomfortable for Kurt, who is an atheist, and who is facing his own, more serious crisis when his father Burt has a heart attack and becomes comatose. Sue questions her own beliefs and talks to her sister Jean about God.
26 4 "Duets" Eric Stoltz Ian Brennan October 12, 2010 (2010-10-12) 2ARC04 11.36[4]
When Puck is sent to a juvenile detention center, New Directions welcomes Sam (Chord Overstreet) as a new member, and Will assigns a duet competition for the week. Kurt wants to partner with Sam because he suspects Sam might be gay, but Finn and Burt dissuade him, and Kurt sings alone. Finn and Rachel secretly throw the competition so that Sam will feel welcome; the victory dinner with Sam and his partner Quinn turns into a first date for the couple.
27 5 "The Rocky Horror Glee Show" Adam Shankman Story by: Ryan Murphy & Tim Wollaston
Teleplay by: Ryan Murphy
October 26, 2010 (2010-10-26) 2ARC05 11.76[5]
After Will learns of Emma's newfound love for The Rocky Horror Picture Show, he impulsively decides to have the glee club perform the stage version of the musical as a fundraiser in the hopes of winning her back from Carl, recruiting her to help him with the production. However, problem after problem, including Sue going undercover to expose the boundary-pushing production on her television news segment, prevent New Directions from performing it in front of an audience.
28 6 "Never Been Kissed" Bradley Buecker Brad Falchuk November 9, 2010 (2010-11-09) 2ARC06 10.99[6]
Will separates the group for another boys vs. girls mash-up competition. Kurt, who’s being harassed by Karofsky (Max Adler), spies for New Directions at Dalton Academy, where he meets Blaine (Darren Criss), lead singer of the rival Warblers. Blaine encourages Kurt to stand up for himself, and backs him in a confrontation with Karofsky. Coach Beiste discovers the boys use her as a turn-off method and submits her resignation, but Will convinces her to stay at McKinley. Puck returns and develops a friendship with Artie through his community service project; he helps Artie get a date with Brittany.
29 7 "The Substitute" Ryan Murphy Ian Brennan November 16, 2010 (2010-11-16) 2ARC07 11.70[7]
Will becomes ill, and is replaced by freewheeling substitute teacher Holly Holliday (Gwyneth Paltrow), who lets the glee club members choose which songs they get to perform. Sue takes over as principal when Figgins is also ill, and makes several changes including firing Will, though she is ultimately convinced to reinstate him. Kurt and Blaine become friends, and Mercedes organizes a protest against Sue.
30 8 "Furt" Carol Banker Ryan Murphy November 23, 2010 (2010-11-23) 2ARC08 10.41[8]
Sue's Nazi-hunting mother Doris Sylvester (Carol Burnett) pays her a visit due to Sue's upcoming wedding to herself, and Finn and Kurt face the marriage of their parents, Carole (Romy Rosemont) and Burt. The school board refuses to take a stand against Karofsky’s threats to Kurt, which leads to Kurt transferring from McKinley High to Dalton Academy, and Sue resigning as principal. Quinn accepts a promise ring from Sam.
31 9 "Special Education" Paris Barclay Brad Falchuk November 30, 2010 (2010-11-30) 2ARC09 11.68[9]
Taking Emma's advice, Will decides to feature some of the less-heralded members of New Directions in the Sectionals competition. With the glee club in disarray and new member Lauren Zizes (Ashley Fink) replacing Kurt, New Directions, the Warblers (augmented by new member Kurt), and the Hipsters face off at Sectionals: New Directions and the Warblers both advance to Regionals. Carl and Emma marry in Las Vegas; Rachel confesses to Finn that she made out with Puck to make him jealous after discovering that Finn had lied about having sex with Santana the previous spring.
32 10 "A Very Glee Christmas" Alfonso Gomez-Rejon Ian Brennan December 7, 2010 (2010-12-07) 2ARC10 11.07[10]
The faculty holds a Secret Santa gift exchange, but Sue tampers with it so she gets all the gifts. Artie finds out Brittany still believes in Santa Claus, and convinces the other glee club members not to disillusion her. When Brittany asks a mall Santa to make wheelchair-bound Artie able to walk again, Artie recruits Coach Beiste to play Santa in order to tell her it won't be possible after all. Kurt tells Will that he's fallen in love with Blaine. Finn breaks up with Rachel.
33 11 "The Sue Sylvester Shuffle" Brad Falchuk Ian Brennan February 6, 2011 (2011-02-06) 2ARC11 26.80[11]
McKinley High’s football championship game takes place, and a "Thriller" mash-up is performed during the halftime show. Will and Coach Beiste attempt to get the glee club and the football team to work together, and Sue does everything she can to make sure she clinches Nationals again while attempting to sabotage both the football team and the glee club, with disastrous results: McKinley wins the championship, and Sue loses three cheerleaders and Regionals.
34 12 "Silly Love Songs" Tate Donovan Ryan Murphy February 8, 2011 (2011-02-08) 2ARC12 11.58[12]
Will assigns the McKinley High glee club to perform love songs in honor of Valentine's Day. Finn sets up a kissing booth for the occasion, to raise money for the club and to kiss Quinn. Puck falls in love with Lauren, but his song to her backfires. Blaine and the Dalton Academy Warblers perform "When I Get You Alone" at a Gap clothing store, but all does not go as planned.
35 13 "Comeback" Bradley Buecker Ryan Murphy February 15, 2011 (2011-02-15) 2ARC13 10.53[13]
Rachel tries to get back into McKinley High's social swing with the help of Brittany, but her attempts backfire. Sam forms a Justin Bieber tribute band in the hopes of cementing his relationship with Quinn, but later finds out from Santana that Quinn cheated on him with Finn and breaks up with her; he starts dating Santana. Sue tries to sow dissent in New Directions from the inside, and after failing, she becomes coach of Aural Intensity, a glee club rival for Regionals.
36 14 "Blame It on the Alcohol" Eric Stoltz Ian Brennan February 22, 2011 (2011-02-22) 2ARC14 10.58[14]
Principal Figgins attempts to teach the student body about the danger of underage drinking. Rachel throws a party, and after heavy drinking starts, things really heat up with a game of spin the bottle. To Kurt's dismay, Blaine questions his sexuality. Will drunk-dials Emma, and is publicly shamed by Sue. New Directions performs at a school assembly on drinking, with disastrous results.
37 15 "Sexy" Ryan Murphy Brad Falchuk March 8, 2011 (2011-03-08) 2ARC15 11.92[15]
When substitute Holly Holliday fills in for the absent sex education teacher, she joins forces with Will to teach the kids of New Directions the facts of life. Santana and Brittany ask Holly's advice about their relationship. Emma heads up the Celibacy Club, and she and her husband Carl face some issues in their marriage with Holly's help, notably her continuing celibacy; when Emma confesses to still having feelings for Will, Carl moves out. Finn and Quinn get back together. A warning from Blaine prompts Burt to give Kurt "the talk" about sex.
38 16 "Original Song" Bradley Buecker Ryan Murphy March 15, 2011 (2011-03-15) 2ARC16 11.15[16]
When their planned anthem for the show choir Regionals competition is axed due to Sue's sabotage, New Directions writes and performs original songs to compete against the Dalton Academy Warblers and the Sue-coached Aural Intensity; Kathy Griffin and Loretta Devine guest star as judges. Blaine falls in love with Kurt, and the two begin a relationship.
39 17 "A Night of Neglect" Carol Banker Ian Brennan April 19, 2011 (2011-04-19) 2ARC17 9.80[17]
The glee club performs songs from artists that they feel are neglected at a benefit in an attempt to raise money for Artie, Mike, Tina and Brittany's Academic Decathlon team. Sue makes a plan to sabotage the fundraiser; when Sunshine, who now sings for rival club Vocal Adrenaline, offers to perform for the benefit, her director, one of Sue's allies, pulls her from the show. Lauren convinces Mercedes to become a truly demanding diva to get what she wants.
40 18 "Born This Way" Alfonso Gomez-Rejon Brad Falchuk April 26, 2011 (2011-04-26) 2ARC18 8.62[18]
Santana blackmails Karofsky into starting an anti-bullying club in order to convince Kurt to return to McKinley High and New Directions; Kurt returns and the Warblers serenade him in farewell. Lauren runs against Quinn for prom queen and, with Puck's help, digs up some surprising information about her past. Most of the glee club tries to convince Rachel not to get a nose job after Finn breaks her nose while dancing.
41 19 "Rumours" Tim Hunter Ryan Murphy May 3, 2011 (2011-05-03) 2ARC19 8.85[19]
Sue revives The Muckraker, the school newspaper, and prints blind items about the kids in the glee club in order to sow discord among the members. Quinn gives Finn an ultimatum about their relationship and his friendship with Rachel. Brittany breaks up with Artie after he quizzes her about her relationship with Santana and calls her stupid for not seeing through Santana's machinations. Sam is forced to reveal that his family now lives in a single motel room after their house was foreclosed upon. April Rhodes (Kristin Chenoweth) returns to try to convince Will to perform on Broadway with her.
42 20 "Prom Queen" Eric Stoltz Ian Brennan May 10, 2011 (2011-05-10) 2ARC20 9.29[20]
As the race for prom queen heats up, Principal Figgins recruits New Directions to perform at the prom. Mercedes is distressed because she doesn't have a prom date, and Rachel arranges for Sam to take the two of them as a group. Jesse St. James (Jonathan Groff) returns to woo Rachel, which angers Finn. Kurt attempts to help Karofsky deal with his sexuality, and takes Blaine as his date to the prom. A surprising pair wins Prom King and Queen, with dramatic repercussions.
43 21 "Funeral" Bradley Buecker Ryan Murphy May 17, 2011 (2011-05-17) 2ARC21 8.97[21]
As New Directions gets closer to Nationals, Will brings in Jesse to give advice on how to win the championship; Rachel is the only one happy with his efforts. Sue sabotages the club's travel itinerary to New York, though Will's ex-wife Terri ultimately fixes the damage. When Sue's sister Jean dies and Sue is unable to cope, Finn and Kurt get the club to help them plan her funeral. Finn breaks up with Quinn due to his lingering feelings for Rachel.
44 22 "New York" Brad Falchuk Brad Falchuk May 24, 2011 (2011-05-24) 2ARC22 11.80[22]
New Directions heads to New York City for the National Show Choir Championship and faces Vocal Adrenaline once again, taking time to see landmarks while there. Will prepares to head to Broadway with April while hiding it from the kids. Finn is desperate to win Rachel back, and Kurt helps Rachel to make a decision about her future. The performance by New Directions includes an unplanned interlude, which imperils their chances of victory. Back in Ohio, Blaine and Kurt declare their love for each other.


The season was produced by 20th Century Fox Television and Ryan Murphy Television, and aired on Fox in the US. The executive producers were Dante Di Loreto, and series creators Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk, with Murphy serving as showrunner and co-creator Ian Brennan acting as co-executive producer.[23][24] All episodes were written by Murphy, Falchuk and Brennan. Murphy and Falchuk directed three episodes each, while other episodes were directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon, Eric Stoltz, Adam Shankman, Bradley Buecker, Carol Banker, Paris Barclay, Tate Donovan and Tim Hunter. Each episode cost $3.2 million–$3.8 million to produce, an increase of 20 percent on the first season,[24] with the exception of the Super Bowl episode, which was estimated to cost as much as $5 million,[25] and the season finale, which required a week filmed on location in New York City, and was the most expensive Glee episode yet, at a reported $6 million.[26]

The season began airing on September 21, 2010, in the 8 pm (ET) timeslot on Tuesdays.[27] A special episode aired after Super Bowl XLV on February 6, 2011.[28] Fox planned to move the show to the 9 pm time slot on Wednesdays following the Super Bowl,[29] but the network later revised its schedule, leaving Glee on Tuesdays in order to concentrate on building up its weaker Wednesday and Thursday line-ups.[30] Episode eighteen, "Born This Way", became Glee '​s first 90 minute episode. Its runtime was extended from the standard 60 minutes to allow the inclusion of more musical numbers.[31] The season concluded on May 24, 2011, with the episode moved to the 9 pm (ET) timeslot following the American Idol finale.[32] The commissioning of a third season was announced on May 23, 2010, before the first season had concluded airing.[33]

Murphy intended the second season to accentuate focus on formerly minor characters, particularly Santana, Brittany and Mike. He commented, "Everyone gets a chance to shine this season. Instead of going bigger and overstuffing Season 2, which people would expect, we’re going under it. We'll pick up on the stories of our main cast, but we’re also going to spend time on the support characters. Everyone gets their moment."[34] Not all of his plans came to fruition; in July 2010, Murphy claimed that glee club co-captains Finn and Rachel would remain in a relationship throughout the season,[35] however this was abandoned in favor of a love-triangle storyline to generate conflict.[36] One unintended development was the emergence of Kurt as a central character—his role grew in prominence as a result of the writers' desire to do justice to the gay bullying storyline.[31]

Reluctant to produce too many tribute episodes, Murphy limited the season to two:[37] the Spears tribute "Britney/Brittany",[38][39] and "Rumours", the series' first episode to pay tribute to an album, [31][43]


Naya Rivera (left) and Heather Morris (right) were both promoted to the main cast in the second season of the series.

The twelve main cast members from the first season returned for the second: Matthew Morrison as glee club director Will Schuester, Jane Lynch as cheerleading coach Sue Sylvester, Jayma Mays as guidance counselor Emma Pillsbury, Jessalyn Gilsig as Will's former wife Terri Schuester and Dianna Agron, Chris Colfer, Kevin McHale, Lea Michele, Cory Monteith, Amber Riley, Mark Salling and Jenna Ushkowitz as glee club members Quinn Fabray, Kurt Hummel, Artie Abrams, Rachel Berry, Finn Hudson, Mercedes Jones, Noah "Puck" Puckerman and Tina Cohen-Chang, respectively.[23] Heather Morris and Naya Rivera, who portrayed the formerly recurring roles of Brittany Pierce and Santana Lopez, were promoted to series regulars,[44] as was Mike O'Malley as Kurt's father Burt Hummel.[45]

Supporting cast members Harry Shum, Jr. and Ashley Fink had increased roles as New Directions members Mike Chang and Lauren Zizes.[46][47] Two recurring cast members from season one did not return: Dijon Talton's glee club member Matt Rutherford was written out as having transferred,[48] and Patrick Gallagher's football coach Ken Tanaka was replaced by Dot-Marie Jones as Shannon Beiste.[49][50] Returning secondary characters included Iqbal Theba as Principal Figgins, Stephen Tobolowsky as former glee club director Sandy Ryerson, Romy Rosemont as Finn's mother Carole Hudson, Max Adler as school bully Dave Karofsky and James Earl as his fellow bully Azimio, Josh Sussman as school reporter Jacob Ben Israel, Lauren Potter as cheerleader Becky Jackson, Jonathan Groff as Rachel's ex-boyfriend Jesse St. James, and Kristin Chenoweth as former glee club star April Rhodes.[40][51] The season introduced several new recurring characters: Chord Overstreet was cast as transfer student Sam Evans;[52][53] Darren Criss appeared as Blaine Anderson, lead singer of rival glee club the Dalton Academy Warblers;[54] Cheyenne Jackson played Dustin Goolsby, the coach of rival glee club Vocal Adrenaline;[55] Charice appeared as Sunshine Corazon, a foreign exchange student from the Philippines and a rival to Rachel who ultimately joins Vocal Adrenaline;[56] John Stamos played dentist Carl Howell, a love interest for Emma;[57] and Gwyneth Paltrow appeared as substitute teacher Holly Holliday.[58]

Meat Loaf and Barry Bostwick, who both starred in The Rocky Horror Picture Show, appeared in Glee '​s Halloween Rocky Horror tribute episode,[59] playing right-wing television station managers and colleagues of Sue.[60] Adam Kolkin portrayed an eight-year-old Kurt in the third episode of the season,[61][62] and in the seventh episode, child actors portraying preschool-aged versions of New Directions were featured.[63] Sue's mother Doris Sylvester was also introduced this season, played by Carol Burnett.[64] Journalist Katie Couric made a guest appearance as herself when she interviewed Sue during "The Sue Sylvester Shuffle".[65]

A reality series featuring open auditions for the show was intended to air on Fox in advance of the season,[66][67] but was cancelled due to Murphy's desire to concentrate on the main series, and fear that the distraction of the reality show might damage Glee.[68] The idea was picked up by Oxygen, and The Glee Project began airing in June 2011, after the end of season. The winner was to receive a multi-episode guest-starring role in Glee '​s third season;[69] in the finale, all four finalists were given prizes: there were two winners of seven-episode arcs, and two runners-up who were given two episodes each.[70]


Glee '​s second season saw a shift toward covering more Glee '​s creators are offered the opportunity to listen to upcoming songs before their release by publishers and record labels.[71]

Darren Criss's rendition of "Teenage Dream" by Katy Perry (pictured) attained the highest first-day and first-week sales of any Glee song to date.

The extended play (EP) Glee: The Music, The Rocky Horror Glee Show was released mid-October 2010 to accompany the fifth episode.[72] Glee: The Music, The Christmas Album, featuring winter holiday-themed songs, was released on November 9, 2010, and Glee: The Music, Volume 4, featuring recordings from the first half of the season, was released at the end of that month.[73] An additional EP tied to the Super Bowl episode, when it was initially planned to also be a tribute episode, was dropped when the tribute idea was;[74][75] Glee: The Music, Volume 5, which featured recordings from that Super Bowl episode through the Regionals competition episode, was released on March 8, 2011.[76] Another soundtrack album, released on April 19, 2011, features the Dalton Academy Warblers: Glee: The Music Presents the Warblers.[77] The final CD accompanying the season, Glee: The Music, Volume 6, was released on May 23, 2011.[78]

Second season musical releases attained some chart success. Glee: The Music, The Rocky Horror Glee Show peaked at number six on the Billboard 200 with 48,000 copies sold. It marked the lowest debut and sales for the cast in the United States,[79] but the highest position ever reached for a Rocky Horror album.[80] Glee: The Music, The Christmas Album and Glee: The Music, Volume 5 both peaked at number one, in Canada and Australia respectively;[81][82] the highest charting album in the US was Glee: The Music Presents the Warblers at number two.[83] The Christmas album was certified platinum in the US,[84] and Glee: The Music, Volume 4 has nearly achieved double platinum certification in Australia.[85] The cast's cover of "O Holy Night" debuted at number one on the Holiday Digital Songs chart.[86] The highest charting single on the Billboard Hot 100 was the cast's original song "Loser Like Me" which debuted at number six.[87] The single sold 210,000 downloads in that week, second only to the cast's cover of Katy Perry's "Teenage Dream", which sold a record 55,000 downloads on its first day and a total of 214,000 downloads its first week in the US—it became the first Glee Cast single to top Billboard '​s Digital Songs chart, reached number eight on the Hot 100, and it beat the previous first-week sales record of 177,000 held by debut single "Don't Stop Believin'", which had hit number four on the Hot 100.[88][89] "Teenage Dream" and "Loser Like Me" were the second and third cast singles to be certified Gold in the US; the first was "Don't Stop Believin'", which subsequently received its Platinum certification during the second season.[84]

The record for most appearances by a group on the Billboard Hot 100, previously set by The Beatles, was broken when six songs from the season's second episode, "Britney/Brittany", debuted on the chart the week of October 16, 2010, which put the Glee total at seventy-five. This feat also placed the cast third overall among all artists, behind James Brown and Elvis Presley.[90] Four songs debuted on November 18, 2010, which pushed the number of appearances to ninety-three and surpassed Brown for second place.[91] On February 16, 2011, it was announced that Glee had increased its Hot 100 appearances to 113 songs and moved past Elvis to hold the record for the most Hot 100 entries.[92] Glee ended the second season with a total of 156 Hot 100 songs.[93] The season's cover versions had a positive effect on some of the original recording artists. Following the broadcast of "Britney/Brittany", sales of the Spears songs covered increased by 35,000 units.[24] The episode "Rumours" had an even greater effect on the Fleetwood Mac album of the same name it featured: in Australia, five days after the episode aired, the Rumours album entered the Australian charts at number two, and was at number three the following week;[94][95] it received its thirteen-times Platinum certification in Australia at the end of that month.[96]


Critical response

It's been a crazy ride this season. As frustrated as I get with Glee's minute-to-minute identity crisis, there have been some truly gorgeous moments of television in the past twenty-two episodes...

Meghan Brown
The Atlantic

While Metacritic gave the season a Metascore—a weighted average based on the impression of eleven critical reviews—of 76/100, signifying generally favorable reviews, this score is based on reviews dated September and October 2010, and reflective of the first few episodes only.[98] The season as a whole received mixed reviews from critics who covered the show over the course of the season. Robert Canning of IGN wrote that the "New York" season finale "was a decent close to an enjoyable season", while The Atlantic '​s Meghan Brown called it "an uneven end to an uneven season", and her colleague Kevin Fallon said that season two was "undeniably frustrating" but "there was still ample reason to tune in and enjoy".[97][99] Anthony Benigno of The Faster Times gave the season a "C+", but noted that he was "an easy grader".[100] The A.V. Club '​s Todd VanDerWerff gave the season a slightly better "B−", and stated: "The season opened and closed strong, but the middle section was mushy and filled with plenty of episodes that just didn’t work."[101] Brett Berk of Vanity Fair summed up as follows: "The quality of Glee '​s second season has been something like the topography of Utah, or the acting career of Amanda Peet—blandly passable and relying on its good looks, but stumbling occasionally upon unfathomable idiosyncrasy, whose presence is at once baffling, frightening, and a bit melancholy—in a good way." [102]

Several episodes drew complaints from advocacy groups. The Parents Television Council named "Britney/Brittany", "Blame It on the Alcohol" and "Sexy" the worst shows of their respective weeks of broadcast, due to their overt sexual content.[103] "Sexy" was also criticized by the children's charity Kidscape for the "wholly inappropriate" inclusion of a song by convicted sex offender Gary Glitter.[104] The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation objected to the use of the pejorative term "tranny" in "The Rocky Horror Glee Show",[105] and "The Substitute" was ill-received by the National Alliance on Mental Illness for its humorous depiction of bipolar disorder.[106] Still, some critics praised the show for its even greater diversity in Season 2; Akash Nikolas at Zap2It wrote, "Yes this show is often erratically written, but what it does best is create a queer fantasia to celebrate "otherness", with much mirth and little victim-hood. No other show on TV features a cast this diverse: people of color, sexual others, different body types, gender subversion and even the disabled." [107]


The season premiere episode, "Audition", aired on September 21, 2010; it averaged 12.45 million American viewers and achieved a 5.6/16 Nielsen rating/share in the 18–49 demographic. The second episode, which featured the music of Britney Spears, was also Glee '​s second best showing at that point after its April 2010 return after a four-month hiatus, with 13.51 million viewers and a 5.9/17 rating/share in the 18–49 demographic.[108][109] All but one of the next fourteen episodes ranged in viewership between 10.51 million and 11.92 million. The exception aired on Sunday, February 6, 2011, after the Super Bowl: Glee received its highest-ever ratings. Over 26.8 million viewers watched it, with an initial peak of 39.5 million, and an overall 18–49 rating/share of 11.1/29.[110]

When the show returned with its final six episodes on April 19, 2011, after a five-week absence, US viewership dipped below ten million, and on the special ninety-minute episode "Born This Way" reached a season low of 8.62 million, with a rating/share of 3.4/11 in the 18–49 demographic.[111] Only for the season finale, when the show aired an hour later than usual to allow the penultimate night of American Idol to air in Glee '​s usual slot, did the number of watchers exceed ten million, when the lead-in helped boost viewership to 11.80 million and the 18–49 rating/share to 4.6/11.[112]

For the season as a whole, Glee was number 43 of 268 primetime shows that averaged at least a million viewers, with an average viewership of 10.11 million, while it tied for number 13 of 249 of shows that received at least a 0.5 rating in the 18–49 rating demographic, with a 4.1 rating average.[113][114]

A mid-season feature story in The Hollywood Reporter, which ran on January 25, 2011, stated that Glee had become the most-watched program of US origin in the UK.[24]


Jane Lynch (pictured) won a Dorian Award, Golden Globe Award and People's Choice Award for season two.[115][116][117]

During its second season, Glee was nominated for forty-five awards. It won in three categories at the 68th Golden Globe Awards, from five nominations,[116] and in two categories at the 37th People's Choice Awards, from four nominations.[117] Its five nominations at the Satellite Awards 2010 and three at the 17th Screen Actors Guild Awards produced no wins,[118][119] nor did two nominations at the NAACP Image Awards.[120] Glee garnered nine nominations at the and Visibility Awards, of which it won four.[121][122] It was awarded a further four awards by the Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association at the 2011 Dorian Awards, with the TV Comedy Performance of the Year accolade resulting in a tie between Colfer and Lynch.[115] Series producer Alexis Martin Woodall won the Television Produced By A Woman accolade at the WIN Awards,[123] where Glee was nominated for three awards in total.[124]

Glee was named one of the American Film Institute Television Programs of the Year at the 2010 AFI Awards,[125] and tied with Modern Family for the Outstanding Comedy Series accolade at the 22nd GLAAD Media Awards.[126] Series costume designer Lou Eyrich received the Outstanding Contemporary Television Series award at the Costume Designers Guild Awards 2010,[127] and casting directors Robert J. Ulrich, Eric Dawson and Carol Kritzer won the CSA Media Access Award and for casting performers with disabilities.[128] The series was additionally nominated in the International TV Show category at the British Academy Television Awards 2010,[129] for International Breakthrough Act at the 2011 BRIT Awards,[130] and in the Digital Choice category at the 2011 National Television Awards.[131] Lynch was nominated for Comedy Actress – TV at the inaugural Comedy Awards.[132] Brennan, Falchuk and Murphy received a Comedy Series nomination at the 2011 Writers Guild of America Awards,[133] and they, along with Di Loreto and Kenneth Silverstein, were nominated for The Danny Thomas Award for Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television – Comedy at the Producers Guild of America Awards 2010.[134]

Home video releases

Glee: Season 2, Volume 1 contains the first ten episodes of the season. It was released as a three-disc box set on Region 1 DVD in the US and Canada on January 25, 2011,[135] on Region 4 DVD in Australia and New Zealand on March 23, 2011,[136][137] and on Region 2 DVD in the UK and Ireland on April 4, 2011.[138][139] The special features include a DVD-exclusive song from "The Rocky Horror Glee Show".[140] The final twelve episodes of the season are collected on Glee: Season 2, Volume 2, which was released in the US on September 13, 2011, and includes several special features such as "Building Glee '​s Auditorium" with Cory Monteith and "Shooting Glee in New York City"; Glee: The Complete Second Season was released on the same day in DVD and Blu-ray, and contains all the special features from the second season's first and second DVD volumes.[141] The two DVDs and full-season Blu-ray were released in the UK on September 19, 2011,[142][143][144] and in Australia on October 5, 2011.[145][146][147] began taking pre-orders for the complete season box set on Blu-ray and DVD in September 2010, the week the season premiered.[148]

Glee – The Complete Second Season
Set details Special features
  • 22 episodes
  • 7-disc set
  • Running Time: 1001 minutes
  • 1.77:1 aspect ratio
  • English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Glee Music Jukebox
  • The Making of the Rocky Horror Glee Show
  • Exclusive Bonus Song
    • "Planet, Schmanet, Janet"
  • Getting Waxed With Jane Lynch
  • The Wit of Brittany
  • Glee at Comic-Con 2010
  • Building Glee's Auditorium with Cory Monteith
  • A Day in the Life of Brittany
  • Shooting Glee in New York City
  • Guesting on Glee
  • Stevie Nicks Goes Glee
  • Sue's Quips
  • Santana's Slams
Release dates
Region 1 Region 2 Region 3
September 13, 2011 September 19, 2011 October 5, 2011


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