Can you believe it’s been 10 gleekin’ years?!
That’s right, Glee premiered 10 years ago on May 19, 2009, introducing us to stars like Lea Michele and Darren Criss, made being a theater nerd cool, and, most importantly, raised awareness for the LGBTQ community and arts education. And it did all of this while simultaneously making its rabid fanbase laugh and cry on a regular basis.
At the height of its popularity, the Fox hit series, created by Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Ian Brennan, was a pop culture phenomenon, delivering record ratings, attracting an endless line-up of A-list guest stars and even breaking Elvis Presley‘s long-standing record for the most appearances on “Billboard’s” Hot 100 chart.
It seemed like everyone was gleek, listening to the cast’s catchy covers and quoting every biting one-line spit out by the eternally track-suited Sue Sylvester (Jane Lynch).
But with the really high highs came some lows, including the devastating death of the show’s leading man, and in-fighting amongst the cast as they grappled with their rapid rise to mega-fame, with some of them not even old enough to drink when they became household names.
Plus, some of the most beloved onscreen pairings were actually dating behind-the-scenes, blurring the lines between TV and reality for the fans.
So what did you (maybe) miss on Glee after it debuted 10 years ago, with New Directions immediately winning us over with their iconic cover of “Don’t Stop Believin'”? We’ve compiled some of the series’ surprising secrets and facts for you to enjoy along with your celebratory Slushie—just don’t throw it on anyone—before tuning into E! News on May 17 at 7 p.m. for behind-the-scenes secrets straight from the cast…
For more exclusive memories and never-revealed-stories about Glee, watch E! News tonight at 7 p.m. for scoop straight from the cast as they look back on the show 10 years later…