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Season One of Glee first aired on September 9, 2009, four months after the Pilot was broadcasted on May 19, 2009. The season officially concluded on June 8, 2010.

The series focuses on a high school Glee Club called the New Directions, set within the fictional William McKinley High School in Lima, Ohio.

Major themes of Season One included the characters' desires to escape the confines of small-town Ohio life and make an impact on the world rather than remaining a "Lima Loser." Many of the story arcs, most notably Quinn's pregnancy and the New Directions' rivalry with Carmel High's Glee Club Vocal Adrenaline, are related to this concept. The other major motif of season one was the characters concealing and revealing their true selves. This includes major events like the blossoming romance between Finn and Rachel, Quinn's lies about her child's father, Kurt's coming out, and Terri's fake pregnancy.

Dianna Agron (Quinn Fabray), Chris Colfer (Kurt Hummel), Jessalyn Gilsig (Terri Del Monico), Jane Lynch (Sue Sylvester), Jayma Mays (Emma Pillsbury), Kevin McHale (Artie Abrams), Lea Michele (Rachel Berry), Cory Monteith (Finn Hudson), Matthew Morrison (Will Schuester), Amber Riley (Mercedes Jones), Mark Salling (Noah Puckerman), and Jenna Ushkowitz (Tina Cohen-Chang) were introduced as the main casts in this season. It made them the original main cast of Glee.


Main Cast

Recurring Cast

Guest Stars


Special Guest Stars


Image Title Original Airdate U.S. Viewers
(in millions)
1. "Pilot" May 19, 2009 9.64

Plot: Former glee club star Will Schuester (Matthew Morrison) takes over McKinley High School's glee club in the hopes of restoring it to its former glory. He is faced with the challenge of converting a group of misfits, including fame-hungry Rachel Berry (Lea Michele), star quarterback Finn Hudson (Cory Monteith), outspoken Mercedes Jones (Amber Riley), flamboyant Kurt Hummel (Chris Colfer), stuttering goth Tina Cohen-Chang (Jenna Ushkowitz), and paraplegic Artie Abrams (Kevin McHale), into a team of good singers. Meanwhile, Will's pregnant wife Terri (Jessalyn Gilsig) pushes Will to find a higher paying job to support his family. The episode was written by Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk & Ian Brennan and directed by Ryan Murphy.

Singles: "On My Own" (Rachel), "Sit Down, You're Rocking the Boat" (New Directions), "Can't Fight This Feeling" (Finn), "Rehab" (Vocal Adrenaline), "Leaving on a Jet Plane" (Will), "Don't Stop Believin'" (Rachel & Finn with New Directions)

2. "Showmance" September 9, 2009 7.32

Plot: In an attempt to recruit new members, Will (Matthew Morrison) has the New Directions perform a disco number in front of the school for the first time, but the club has other ideas on how to attract new members. Will takes a second job as a janitor and grows closer to Emma (Jayma Mays), the school guidance counselor suffering from OCD. Sue Sylvester, the antagonistic cheerleading coach sends Finn's (Cory Monteith) girlfriend and head cheerleader Quinn Fabray (Dianna Agron) to join New Directions in order to help bring down the club. Meanwhile, Terri (Jessalyn Gilsig) discovers alarming news about her pregnancy. The episode was written by Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk & Ian Brennan and directed by Ryan Murphy.

Singles: "Gold Digger" (Will with New Directions), "Push It" (New Directions), "I Say a Little Prayer" (Quinn), "Take a Bow" (Rachel)

103-1.jpg 3. "Acafellas" September 16, 2009 6.67

Plot: Will (Matthew Morrison) forms an all-male a cappella group called the "Acafellas", neglecting the glee club in favor of dedicating his time to the new endeavor. In his absence, the club members struggle with choreography, and resist attempts at sabotage by members of the cheer squad. Meanwhile, Mercedes (Amber Riley) harbors romantic feelings for Kurt (Chris Colfer), and Rachel (Lea Michele) and Finn (Cory Monteith) grow closer, despite his relationship with co-member Quinn (Dianna Agron). The episode was written by Ryan Murphy and directed by John Scott.

Singles: "Mercy" (Vocal Adrenaline), "This Is How We Do It" (Acafellas), "Bust Your Windows" (Mercedes), "I Wanna Sex You Up" (Acafellas)

104-1.jpg 4. "Preggers" September 23, 2009 6.65

Plot: In an attempt to hide his homosexuality from his father, Kurt (Chris Colfer) joins the football team. Finn (Cory Monteith) asks Will (Matthew Morrison) to teach the football team to dance, hoping to improve their performance on the field. Sue (Jane Lynch) goes ahead with her plans to destroy the glee club by luring away their star performer Rachel Berry (Lea Michele). Meanwhile, Quinn (Dianna Agron) reveals to Finn that she is pregnant, but neglects to tell him one important thing about her baby. The episode was written and directed by Brad Falchuk.

Singles: "Taking Chances" (Rachel)

105-1.jpg 5. "The Rhodes Not Taken" September 30, 2009 7.42

Plot: Will (Matthew Morrison), trying to find a twelfth member in the wake of Rachel's (Lea Michele) defection to the school musical, recruits former glee club star April Rhodes (guest star Kristin Chenoweth). Finn (Cory Monteith) flirts with Rachel continuously in an attempt to convince her to return, hoping that having her in the club will increase his chances of gaining a music scholarship. Meanwhile, the glee club performs at Invitationals, launching themselves onto the show choir competition circuit. The episode was written by Ian Brennan and directed by John Scott.

Singles: "Maybe This Time" (April & Rachel), "Alone" (April & Will), "Last Name" (April), "Somebody to Love" (New Directions)

106-1.jpg 6. "Vitamin D" October 7, 2009 7.30

Plot: Believing the glee club members are becoming complacent ahead of Sectionals, Will (Matthew Morrison) pits the girls against the boys for a mash-up competition. Terri (Jessalyn Gilsig) takes a job as the school nurse to prevent Will (Matthew Morrison) from becoming closer to Emma (Jayma Mays). Meanwhile, Quinn (Dianna Agron) agrees to let Terri secretly adopt her baby, enabling her to continue faking her pregnancy. The episode was written by Ryan Murphy and directed by Elodie Keene.

Singles: "It's My Life/Confessions, Part II" (New Directions boys), "Halo/Walking on Sunshine" (New Directions girls)

Edit-07.jpg 7. "Throwdown" October 14, 2009 7.67

Plot: Now acting as co-captain of the New Directions, Sue (Jane Lynch) attempts to tear the club apart by turning the students against each other. Meanwhile, Terri (Jessalyn Gilsig) blackmails her obstetrician into faking a sonogram, and Quinn (Dianna Agron) faces hardship when her pregnancy is revealed to the whole school. The episode was written by Brad Falchuk and directed by Ryan Murphy.

Absent: Jayma Mays

Singles: "Hate on Me" (Sue's group), "No Air" (Will's group), "You Keep Me Hangin' On" (Quinn), "Keep Holding On" (Rachel & Finn with New Directions)

108-1.jpg 8. "Mash-Up" October 21, 2009 7.17

Plot: Driven by his jealousy of Will (Matthew Morrison) and Emma's (Jayma Mays) budding relationship, Ken (recurring guest star Patrick Gallagher) gives Finn (Cory Monteith), Puck (Mark Saling), Mike (recurring guest star Harry Shum Jr.) and Matt (recurring guest star Dijon Talton) an ultimatum; To choose between the glee club, or the football team. In an attempt to move on from Finn and Quinn (Dianna Agron) respectively, Rachel (Lea Michele) and Puck start dating. Sue (Jane Lynch) on the other hand, finds herself attracted to local news anchor Rod Remington (guest star Bill A. Jones). Meanwhile, Will prepares a mash-up song for Ken and Emma's wedding. The episode was written by Ian Brennan and directed by Elodie Keene.

Singles: "Bust a Move" (Will with New Directions), "Thong Song" (Will), "Sweet Caroline" (Puck), "I Could Have Danced All Night" (Emma)

Absent: Jessalyn Gilsig

109-1.jpg 9. "Wheels" November 11, 2009 7.56

Plot: The glee club holds a bake sale to raise money for a wheelchair-accessible bus, so that paraplegic club member Artie (Kevin McHale) can travel with them to Sectionals. Quinn (Dianna Agron) struggles with the medical expenses incurred by her pregnancy, and Puck (Mark Salling) offers to support her. Sue (Jane Lynch) accepts a student with Down syndrome onto the cheerleading squad and pays the school to build new wheelchair ramps, leading Will (Matthew Morrison) to question her motives. Meanwhile, Kurt (Chris Colfer) and Rachel (Lea Michele) compete for a solo performance, and Artie and Tina (Jenna Ushkowitz) go on a date. The episode was written by Ryan Murphy and directed by Paris Barclay.

Singles: "Dancing with Myself" (Artie), "Defying Gravity" (Rachel & Kurt), "Proud Mary" (New Directions)

Absent: Jessalyn Gilsig, Jayma Mays

110-1.jpg 10. "Ballad" November 18, 2009 7.38

Plot: When the glee club members split into pairs to sing ballads to one another, Rachel (Lea Michele) is paired with Will (Matthew Morrison) and develops a crush on him. Finn (Cory Monteith) and Quinn's (Dianna Agron) parents learn that Quinn is pregnant, leading to disastrous results. Meanwhile, Puck (Mark Salling) reveals to Mercedes (Amber Riley) that he is the father of Quinn's baby. The episode was written and directed by Brad Falchuk.

Singles: "Endless Love" (Will & Rachel), "I'll Stand By You" (Finn) "Don't Stand So Close to Me/Young Girl" (Will), "Crush" (Rachel), "(You're) Having My Baby" (Finn), "Lean on Me" (Artie & Mercedes with New Directions)

Absent: Jane Lynch

111-1.jpg 11. "Hairography" November 25, 2009 6.12

Plot: New Directions meets their Sectionals competition – Jane Addams Girls Choir for girls recently released from juvenile detention, and the Haverbrook Deaf Choir. To Terri's (Jessalyn Gilsig) horror, Quinn (Dianna Agron) reconsiders having her baby adopted, giving Puck (Mark Salling) a chance to prove that he would be a good father. Meanwhile, Kurt (Chris Colfer) gives Rachel (Lea Michele) a bad makeover, trying to sabotage her attempts at attracting Finn (Cory Monteith). The episode was written by Ian Brennan and directed by Bill D'Elia.

Singles: "Bootylicious" (Jane Addams Girls Choir), "Papa Don't Preach" (Quinn), "Hair/Crazy in Love" (New Directions), "Imagine" (New Directions), "True Colors" (Tina)

Edit-12.jpg 12. "Mattress" December 2, 2009 8.16

Plot: When the glee club is left out of the school yearbook, Rachel (Lea Michele) has the club members cast in a local mattress commercial in an attempt to raise their social status. The team is paid in mattresses, revoking its amateur status and rendering it ineligible to compete at Sectionals. Meanwhile, Will (Matthew Morrison) discovers that Terri (Jessalyn Gilsig) has been lying to him about being pregnant and is forced to make a decision whether to leave her or not, and Emma (Jayma Mays) and Ken (recurring guest star Patrick Gallagher) schedule their wedding on the same day as Sectionals. The episode was written by Ryan Murphy and directed by Elodie Keene.

Singles: "Smile" (Rachel & Finn), "Jump" (New Directions), "Smile" (New Directions)

113-1.jpg 13. "Sectionals" December 9, 2009 8.15

Plot: The club faces problems when Finn (Cory Monteith) learns that Quinn's (Dianna Agron) baby is not his days before Sectionals. Sue (Jane Lynch) vows revenge when she is suspended by Principal Figgins (recurring guest star Iqbal Theba) over her attempts to sabotage the club. Meanwhile, Emma (Jayma Mays) and Ken's (recurring guest star Patrick Gallagher) wedding faces a hitch. The episode was written and directed by Brad Falchuk.

Singles: "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going" (Mercedes), "Don't Rain on My Parade" (Rachel), "You Can't Always Get What You Want" (New Directions), "My Life Would Suck Without You" (New Directions)

114-1.jpg 14. "Hell-O" April 13, 2010 13.68

Plot: Blackmailing Figgins (recurring guest star Iqbal Theba), Sue (Jane Lynch) returns following her suspension, and enlists Santana (recurring guest star Naya Rivera) and Brittany (recurring guest star Heather Morris) to seduce Finn (Cory Monteith) and destroy his new relationship with Rachel (Lea Michele). In the meantime, Rachel catches the eye of Jesse St. James (recurring guest star Jonathan Groff), the lead singer of New Directions' rival, Vocal Adrenaline. Will (Matthew Morrison) and Emma (Jayma Mays) attempt to begin dating, but Emma's mysophobic behavior leads Will to make out with Vocal Adrenaline's coach, Shelby Corcoran (guest star Idina Menzel). The episode was written by Ian Brennan and directed by Brad Falchuk.

Singles: "Hello, I Love You" (Finn), "Gives You Hell" (Rachel), "Hello" (Jesse & Rachel), "Highway to Hell" (Jesse with Vocal Adrenaline), "Hello, Goodbye" (New Directions)

Power-of-madonna 240.jpg 15. "The Power of Madonna" April 20, 2010 13.01

Plot: Inspired by the Cheerios and Sue (Jane Lynch) paying homage to Madonna, Will (Matthew Morrison) looks to the musical icon to nip the boys' recent misogynistic behavior in the bud. Emma (Jayma Mays), Rachel (Lea Michele), and Finn (Cory Monteith) weigh the pros and cons of losing their virginity. Jesse (recurring guest star Jonathan Groff) transfers to McKinley High and joins New Directions, despite the protest of Finn and others. In an attempt to get more opportunities to shine, Kurt (Chris Colfer) and Mercedes (Amber Riley) join the Cheerios. The episode was written and directed by Ryan Murphy.

Singles: "Express Yourself" (New Directions girls), "Borderline/Open Your Heart" (Rachel & Finn), "Vogue" (Sue), "Like a Virgin" (Rachel, Jesse, Emma, Will, Santana & Finn), "4 Minutes" (Kurt & Mercedes), "What It Feels Like For A Girl" (New Directions boys), "Like a Prayer" (New Directions)

Absent: Jessalyn Gilsig

116-1.jpg 16. "Home" April 27, 2010 12.20

Plot: Kurt (Chris Colfer) fixes up his father Burt (guest star Mike O'Malley) on a date with Finn's (Cory Monteith) mother, Carole (guest star Romy Rosemont), in hopes of having a regular family and of getting closer to Finn. His plan backfires when his father bonds with Finn over sports, leaving Kurt feeling excluded. Will (Matthew Morrison) rents out April Rhodes' (guest star Kristin Chenoweth) roller rink for New Directions as a temporary practice space. Meanwhile, Mercedes (Amber Riley) deals with weight issues after Sue (Jane Lynch) tells her to lose ten pounds for an upcoming Cheerios interview. The episode was written by Brad Falchuk and directed by Paris Barclay.

Singles: "Fire" (April & Will), "A House is Not a Home" (Kurt & Finn), "One Less Bell to Answer/A House is Not a Home" (April & Will), "Beautiful" (Mercedes), "Home" (April)

Absent: Jessalyn Gilsig, Jayma Mays

117-1.jpg 17. "Bad Reputation" May 4, 2010 11.64

Plot: When the "Glist" – a salacious list about the sexual exploits of the glee club members – circulates the halls of McKinley High, Will (Matthew Morrison) begins an investigation to find out who compiled the list. Kurt (Chris Colfer), Mercedes (Amber Riley), Artie (Kevin McHale), Tina (Jenna Ushkowitz) and Brittany (Heather Morris) misbehave in an attempt to gain bad reputations, but their plans repeatedly backfire on them. Sue (Jane Lynch) is mortified when a video of her rendition of Olivia Newton-John's classic "Physical" is unearthed, but ends up being contacted by Newton-John herself to produce a new version. The episode was written by Ian Brennan and directed by Elodie Keene.

Singles: "Ice Ice Baby" (Will with New Directions), "U Can't Touch This" (Artie with Kurt, Mercedes, Tina & Brittany), "Physical" (Sue & Olivia Newton-John), "Run Joey Run" (Rachel, Puck, Jesse & Finn), "Total Eclipse of the Heart" (Rachel, Finn, Puck & Jesse)

Absent: Jessalyn Gilsig

118-1.jpg 18. "Laryngitis" May 11, 2010 11.59

Plot: When Rachel (Lea Michele) panics after a sore throat affects her singing, Finn (Cory Monteith) attempts to help her get perspective on her condition. Jealous of the time his father is spending with Finn, Kurt (Chris Colfer) tries to emulate his masculine persona, and begins dating Brittany (recurring guest star Heather Morris). Puck (Mark Salling) dates Mercedes (Amber Riley) in a strategic move to elevate his social status, but ends up testing Mercedes' emotions in the process. The episode was written by Ryan Murphy and directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon.

Singles: "Jessie's Girl" (Finn), "The Lady is a Tramp" (Puck & Mercedes), "The Boy is Mine" (Mercedes & Santana), "Rose's Turn" (Kurt), "One" (Rachel & Finn with New Directions)

Absent: Jessalyn Gilsig, Jayma Mays

119-1.jpg 19. "Dream On" May 18, 2010 11.61

Plot: Will's (Matthew Morrison) high school nemesis, Bryan Ryan (Neil Patrick Harris), causes trouble for the glee club, announcing his intent to cut them from the district budget. Furthermore, he competes with Will for the lead role in a local production of Les Misérables. Vocal Adrenaline coach Shelby (recurring guest star Idina Menzel) is revealed to be Rachel's (Lea Michele) biological mother, and enlists Jesse (recurring guest star Jonathan Groff ) to break the news to her. Tina (Jenna Ushkowitz) gives Artie (Kevin McHale) false hope that he may one day walk again, straining their relationship. The episode was written by Brad Falchuk and directed by Joss Whedon.

Singles: "Dream On" (Will & Bryan), "The Safety Dance" (Artie), "I Dreamed a Dream" (Shelby & Rachel), "Dream a Little Dream" (Artie)

Absent: Jessalyn Gilsig

120-1.jpg 20. "Theatricality" May 25, 2010 11.51

Plot: The glee club pays tribute to Lady Gaga, donning some of her famous outfits. Will (Matthew Morrison) teaches the club about theatricality to help Tina (Jenna Ushkowitz) through an identity crisis. Rachel (Lea Michele) finally meets her mother Shelby (recurring guest star Idina Menzel) by accident during a sneak-in on a Vocal Adrenaline practice session, but neither feel an immediate mother–daughter bond. Meanwhile, Kurt's (Chris Colfer) father Burt (guest star Mike O'Malley) invites Finn (Cory Monteith) and his mother (guest star Romy Rosemont) to move in, but Finn is reluctant to share a room with Kurt. The episode was written and directed by Ryan Murphy.

Singles: "Funny Girl" (Shelby), "Bad Romance" (New Directions girls with Kurt), "Shout It Out Loud" (New Directions boys without Kurt), "Beth" (New Directions boys without Kurt), "Poker Face" (Rachel & Shelby)

Absent: Jessalyn Gilsig, Jane Lynch, Jayma Mays

121-1.jpg 21. "Funk" June 1, 2010 9.01

Plot: After finalizing his divorce with Terri (Jessalyn Gilsig), Will (Matthew Morrison) seeks revenge against Sue (Jane Lynch) when she plans to install a cheerleading trophy cabinet in the choir room. The glee club learns that Jesse (recurring guest star Jonathan Groff) has defected to Vocal Adrenaline, forcing Rachel (Lea Michele) to deal with her emotions as she discovers that Jesse was using her to bring the club down. Meanwhile, Mercedes (Amber Riley) and Quinn (Dianna Agron) face off in a funk-off. The episode was written by Ian Brennan and directed by Elodie Keene.

Singles: "Another One Bites the Dust" (Jesse with Vocal Adrenaline), "Tell Me Something Good" (Will), "Loser" (Finn & Puck with Sheets-N'-Things workers), "It's a Man's Man's Man's World" (Quinn), "Good Vibrations" (Mercedes, Puck & Finn), "Give Up the Funk (Tear the Roof Off the Sucker)" (New Directions)

Absent: Jayma Mays

122-2.jpg 22. "Journey to Regionals" June 8, 2010 10.94

Plot: New Directions competes against Vocal Adrenaline and Aural Intensity, seen here for the first time, at Regionals, in front of celebrity judges Olivia Newton-John, Josh Groban, Sue, and Rod Remington. Meanwhile, Will (Matthew Morrison) and Finn (Cory Monteith) profess their love for Emma (Jayma Mays) and Rachel (Lea Michele) respectively and Quinn (Dianna Agron) goes into labor immediately after their performance. The episode was written and directed by Brad Falchuk.

Singles: "Faithfully" (Finn & Rachel), "Any Way You Want It/Lovin', Touchin', Squeezin'" (New Directions), "Don't Stop Believin'" (New Directions), "Bohemian Rhapsody" (Jesse with Vocal Adrenaline), "To Sir, With Love " (New Directions), "Over the Rainbow" (Will & Puck)

Absent: Jessalyn Gilsig

Major Events

  • Finn and Quinn relationship, Finn and Rachel relationship, and Quinn and Puck relationship, and thus arising the Finn/Quinn/Rachel love triangle and Finn/Puck/Quinn love triangle.
  • Quinn's teen pregnancy. She insists that Finn is the father, but it's actually Puck. 
  • Rachel's feelings for Finn.
  • Rachel meeting her biological mother, Shelby. 
  • Rachel and Jesse relationship and Finn/Jesse/Rachel love triangle. Jesse joining New Directions, then abruptly quitting.
  • Will bringing in members and keeping the team together in the first half.
  • Terri's fake pregnancy leading to Will and Terri's divorce.
  • Will and Emma relationship.
  • Ken and Emma's failed wedding plan.
  • Kurt coming to terms with his sexuality.
  • Kurt and his relationship with his father, Burt, about his sexuality.
  • Kurt's feelings for Finn.
  • Kurt arranges Burt and Carole relationship to make him closer to Finn.
  • The relationship of Tina and Artie.
  • The friendship of Kurt and Mercedes.
  • Kurt and Mercedes join the Cheerios, leading Mercedes to not being herself. Puck takes advantage of Mercedes' new popularity after he shaves his mohawk, creating Puck and Mercedes relationship.
  • Will and Sue's rivalry.
  • New Directions and Vocal Adrenaline rivalry.
  • New Directions lose Regionals, but are given another year thanks to Sue.





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