09:16 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 03/16/2015 04:10PM
"I wrote 'This Time' as a love note to all things Glee," Criss tells Entertainment Weekly
Originally posted 03/14/2015 02:30PM
Glee is entering the final week before its two-hour series finale on March 20, but Darren Criss said the last days of shooting were beautiful – not sad.
"I remember the very last shot, we were all crying and holding on to each other and Chord [Overstreet] just started bursting out laughing because, at that point, those emotions were all next to each other," Criss, 28, told reporters at PaleyFest in LA on Friday.
Originally posted 02/21/2015 01:00AM
We're so Glee-king excited!
Fans of the FOX musical dramedy tuned in on Friday expecting to see the nuptials of Brittany (Heather Morris) and Santana (real-life newlywed Naya Rivera). In fact, they were surprised with twice the wedded bliss.
Warning: Spoilers ahead.
Originally posted 02/17/2015 04:00PM
The actor will appear in Hedwig and the Angry Inch starting April 29
Originally posted 12/02/2014 04:30PM
It's a match made in Glee heaven.
Logo TV has tapped smooth-voiced heartthrob Darren Criss, 27, to host the NewNowNext Awards on Dec. 7, which will also feature a performance from Glee alum Kristin Chenoweth.
But it doesn't appear a duet is on the horizon: Chenoweth, 46, is scheduled to perform a song from her upcoming live CD, Coming Home.
Originally posted 07/18/2014 02:30PM
Peek at the plates of Hugh Jackman, Lorde, Darren Criss and more celebs who are making us hungry
Originally posted 09/06/2013 06:15PM
Breakups are tough, but they can also be instructive. Just ask Darren Criss.
"When I was a junior in college, I'd broken up with a girl, but there were those residual months when I was still calling her all the time and wanting to spend time with her," the Glee star, 26, tells Cosmopolitan in their October issue, on newsstands Sept.10.
"Basically, she sat me down and said, 'Listen, you broke my heart. Accept responsibility for your actions, be a man, and leave me alone, because it's only going to make things worse.' I'll always remember that as a pivotal moment in my life. I hope she's reading this because I love her for it," Criss says.
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