08:59 AM EDT 03/30/2015
Originally posted 03/21/2015 02:15AM
[YOUTUBE "qaqVwlkTENc"] Many faces have passed through the halls of William McKinley High School.
On Glee's series finale Friday, an impressive number of the show's alums – not to mention some of its more memorable fashion fads and cultural touchstones – appeared in Lima for one last song and dance.
Here are a few of the highlights from the welcome returns, quirky character traits and celebrity cameos from Glee's two-hour finale.
Originally posted 03/21/2015 12:55AM
Glee wrapped its six-season run Friday night with a two-hour finale that evoked the best of the show's early days.
Twelve songs – ranging from the saccharine to the sublime – figured into the night's two episodes, "2009" and "Dreams Come True." Some provided character insight, some tugged at the heartstrings, and some were pure expressions of joy.
While the show was creatively as good as its been in a long time during its closing installment, some songs succeeded more than others. Below, our take on how each tune fared.
Originally posted 03/20/2015 11:25PM
Over its six seasons, Glee has consistently proven that it can stick a landing, and the series finale was the absolute epitome of the scrappy musical dramedy's ability to obliterate the memory of the bumpy road behind with one revelatory moment of heart-pumping, tear-jerking, can't-stop-yourself-from-smiling, singing-and-dancing glory.
The series's two-hour finale appropriately ended with One Republic's anthemic feel-good tune "I Lived." Indeed, the show "did it all." It was, for better or (often) worse just as messy and ridiculous as life – but, in its best moments, also as uplifting and powerful.
Considering how wildly uneven Glee has been for, well, most of its run, the ending turned out to be pretty darn near pitch-perfect.
Originally posted 03/20/2015 08:35PM
After six emotional seasons of song covers and endless ups and downs at William KcKinley High School, the cast of Glee are bidding farewell to the musical series.
Originally posted 03/16/2015 05:25PM
After six seasons, Glee airs its series finale on Friday.
Things have changed a lot for our core cast, with many of them going on to star in films (Lea Michele, Dianna Agron) or even become New York Times bestselling authors (Chris Colfer) while still calling Glee their home.
However, even superstars need their first big break – see below for the very first auditions from your Glee faves.
Originally posted 02/24/2015 08:15AM
Rachel and Finn, together forever.
The Glee cast wrapped filming this week after six years, and Lea Michele took a very special souvenir from the set – the No. 5 jersey worn by Finn, her on-screen love played by her off-screen sweetheart, the late Cory Monteith.
Michele, 28, posted a photo on social media showing her carrying Finn's framed football jersey out into the night – an image both sad and incredibly sweet.
Originally posted 12/08/2014 09:40AM
[YOUTUBE "fGl27SxsGgo"] Denyse Tontz has fallen in love with a hipster.
Originally posted 11/24/2014 06:00AM
After guest-starring sporadically last season, Mark Salling (aka Noah "Puck" Puckerman) is excited to be returning full-time to Glee – but he says there is a major void in the show's final season.
"Cory Monteith was a great leader as a character and person in real life," Salling tells PEOPLE of his close friend and costar, who died last summer at the age of 31. "It's a big, obvious hole. I still think about him all the time."
Originally posted 11/12/2014 02:15PM
It's been almost a month since his wedding, but Matthew Morrison is still floating on cloud nine.
Originally posted 07/17/2014 04:30PM
A year after Cory Monteith's death, his mother says she is still grappling with the tragedy – and finding support through Lea Michele.
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