And they taught us everything we'd need to know to get through our teens.
Running from 1997 to 2003, it regularly pops up on "greatest ever" lists, and a recent cast reunion just made us all the more keen to see the gang get back together one more time.
Previously recurring character Sam Evans (Chord Overstreet), a glee club member, was promoted to the main cast in the fourth season.
Dianna Agron, who played Quinn Fabray, appeared less frequently in the season than in previous ones, as did some of the other graduates, including Mercedes Jones (Amber Riley), Mike Chang (Harry Shum Jr.), and Noah Puckerman (Mark Salling), despite still being credited as main cast members for this season.
creator Ryan Murphy and his team chose not to explain how Monteith's character, Finn, died, opting instead to bring together members of the glee club, past and present, to mourn through song.
Throughout the episode, the emotional suffering of the characters obviously reflects that of the actors themselves.
He was laid-back and gentle, she was focused and scrappy (she also happened to be a foot shorter than him). On , when Monteith's affable all-American Finn Hudson fell for Michele's tightly wound Rachel Berry, he suddenly seemed brighter, and she warmer and more human. Though Monteith and Michele were of course not their characters, there was enough obvious overlap that when their offscreen romance began showing up in the tabloids, the Somehow, the seeming improbability of the Monteith/Michele union only added to the sense of communal grief when the actor died in July at age 31, alone in a Vancouver hotel room, of an apparent drug overdose."A lighthouse doesn't save the ships; it doesn't go out and rescue them, it's just this pillar that helps to guide people home," says Michele three months later.
Think of this list as your high school reunion, which everyone approaches with an air of morbid curiosity.
Where did the currents of life take your fellow classmates?
And none more so than Michele—ever the professional, she recites Rachel Berry's scripted dialogue, but the tears seem real.
Her rendition of Bob Dylan's "Make You Feel My Love" resonates with genuine heartbreak."Before Cory passed away, Lea was definitely the leader on set, and so was Cory," says Jane Lynch, who plays conniving cheerleading coach Sue Sylvester. She's the reason we're back at work right now instead of taking a season off." In addition to the pressure of helping to keep the show together, Michele feels the pressure of knowing legions of grieving fans read into her every move: Is she already dating again?