Song of the Day #1,069: ‘Teenage Dream’ – Darren Criss

Top Ten ‘Glee’ Performances – Season 2
#3 – ‘Teenage Dream’ – Blaine & The Warblers

At times Darren Criss threatened to completely take over Season Two of ‘Glee.’ The show was already suffering from too little Kurt with him leaving New Directions, and when we followed him to the Dalton Academy, it wasn’t him but Blaine who got all the solos. We got Blaine and The Pips, as Kurt put it.

I can understand the show runners’ desire to put Blaine front and center. He’s a dynamic performer, charismatic as hell and catnip to girls and boys alike. But he was also a guest star on a show with too many stars to feature already.

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Song of the Day #1,060: ‘Never Going Back Again’ – Kevin McHale

Top Ten ‘Glee’ Performances – Season 2
#10 – ‘Never Going Back Again’ – Artie

Welcome to my second annual ‘Glee’ countdown, in which I list my ten favorite performances from the most recent season of the hit TV show.

I once read a description of ‘Glee’ as the best worst show on TV, and I kind of see what was meant by that. It is wildly uneven, sometimes downright bad, the characterizations are all over the place, the plotlines are inconsistent… and yet, it features some truly sublime moments. And it has been brave in tackling such sensitive topics as sexuality and religion without being too safe or too preachy.

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Song of the Day #793: ‘Don’t Stop Believin” – The Cast of Glee


Top Ten ‘Glee’ Performances
#1 – ‘Don’t Stop Believin” – Glee Cast

Today’s clip comes from the final scene of the Glee pilot, and in many ways it’s the moment that launched the show into the pop culture stratosphere. This performance, the first taste of what the ragtag New Directions glee club was capable of, was the only morsel new fans had to savor during the long summer before the show returned.

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Song of the Day #792: ‘Defying Gravity’ – Chris Colfer and Lea Michele

Top Ten ‘Glee’ Performances
#2 – ‘Defying Gravity’ – Kurt and Rachel

For me, the Glee storyline that consistently packs the greatest emotional punch is the relationship between the (very) gay Kurt Hummel and his blue collar dad.

Kurt comes out to his dad early in the season, expecting the worst. Instead, Burt Hummel responds with a shrug, saying “I know, I’ve known since you were three. All you wanted for your birthday was a pair of sensible heels.”

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Song of the Day #789: ‘Sweet Caroline’ – Mark Salling

Top Ten ‘Glee’ Performances
#3 – ‘Sweet Caroline’ – Puck

Today’s performance isn’t as emotional as the two that preceded it, but it’s one of my favorite clips from the whole first season of Glee.

Mostly that’s because it marked a turning point for the character of Puck, who started off as an obnoxious bully but morphed into one of the sweeter characters on the show (though still an obnoxious bully).

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