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Glee (season 6)

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Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 13
Release
Original channel Fox
Original release January 9, 2015 (2015-01-09) – March 20, 2015 (2015-03-20)
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The sixth and final season of Glee was commissioned on April 19, 2013, along with the fifth season, as part of a two-season renewal deal for the show on the Fox network. The final season, consisting of 13 episodes, premiered on Friday, January 9, 2015, with a two-hour episode, and the two-hour series finale aired on March 20, 2015.[1]

Production

On April 19, 2013, Fox renewed Glee for a fifth and a sixth season, as part of a two-season renewal deal for the show.[2] Ryan Murphy subsequently announced that season six would be the show's last, that it wouldn't be New York-centric like the end of the fifth season, that there will be a time jump between the season five finale and the season six premiere, and that during the final season the show would revisit the younger McKinley High students who did not graduate in the fifth season.[3] Season six premiered on January 9, 2015, as part of the 2014–15 television season. The 13 episodes were broadcast consecutively on Fridays at 9:00 p.m. (ET), with the beginning and ending double episodes starting an hour earlier.[1][4]

Executive Music Producer Adam Anders began working on the music for the season on July 16, 2014,[5] and on August 25 his brother Alex Anders was in the studio with Darren Criss doing the show's first cast member recording session of the season.[6]

The season's first day of filming was September 3, 2014, which was revealed that day by co-executive producer Michael Hitchcock with a "Back to school" tweet accompanied by a photo of a first-episode call sheet;[7] Lea Michele posted a picture of herself from the set that same day.[8] Filming concluded on February 21, 2015.

The final season follows former New Directions lead singer and Broadway star Rachel Berry (Michele) as she returns to Lima to relaunch the New Directions.[9] The sixth season included the 700th song performance on the show,[10][11][12] which took place in the sixth episode.[13] On December 6, 2014, the EPs for the first two episodes of the season were posted on Amazon over a month before their scheduled release, including the episodes' titles "Loser Like Me" and "Homecoming". "Loser Like Me" included the songs "Uninvited", "Suddenly Seymour", "Sing",[14] "Dance the Night Away" and "Let It Go".[15][16] "Homecoming" included the songs "Take On Me", "Tightrope", "Mustang Sally", "Home" and "Problem".[17] The EP for the third episode was posted on December 13, 2014, including the episode title "Jagged Little Tapestry". The episode included the songs "It's Too Late", "So Far Away", and three mash-ups: "Hand In My Pocket / I Feel the Earth Move", "Will You Love Me Tomorrow / Head Over Feet", and "You Learn / You've Got a Friend".[18]

Cast and characters

The main cast was reduced for the sixth season: Chris Colfer, Darren Criss, Jane Lynch, Kevin McHale, Lea Michele, Matthew Morrison, and Chord Overstreet continue from the previous season while Amber Riley returned to the main cast and Dot-Marie Jones was promoted to the main cast as well after four years as a recurring guest star.[9]

Former previous main cast members who return as guest stars include Jenna Ushkowitz, Dianna Agron, Mark Salling, Jayma Mays,[19] Naya Rivera,[20] Heather Morris,[21] Becca Tobin,[22] Harry Shum Jr.,[23] Mike O'Malley, Alex Newell,[24] Jessalyn Gilsig, Jacob Artist, and Blake Jenner.[25] Past recurring guest stars returning during the season include Iqbal Theba,[26] Lauren Potter,[27] Max Adler,[28] Gloria Estefan,[29] Romy Rosemont,[30] Brian Stokes Mitchell, NeNe Leakes, Ivonne Coll, Jonathan Groff,[31] Vanessa Lengies,[32] Ashley Fink, Samuel Larsen, and Dijon Talton.[25]

Five new major recurring characters were introduced: Roderick (Noah Guthrie), a shy teenager with a good voice, Spencer Porter (Marshall Williams), a "post-modern gay" football player, Jane Hayward (Samantha Marie Ware), an ambitious girl who originally intends to join the Warblers, and twins Mason (Billy Lewis Jr.) and Madison McCarthy (Laura Dreyfuss), cheerleaders who are strange but positive.[33][34] The Wanted's Max George plays Clint, the villainous new Vocal Adrenaline lead singer. Harry Hamlin guest starred as Walter, Kurt's brief love interest who is in his 50s. J.J. Totah plays Myron Muskovitz, a spoiled but talented 13-year-old tween and Finneas O'Connell plays Alistair, the love interest for Spencer. Special guest stars include Ken Jeong and Jennifer Coolidge as Brittany's parents, and Gina Gershon as Blaine's mother.[29][35][36] Michael Bolton, Geraldo Rivera, and Carnie Wilson appear as themselves. [37] Carol Burnett plays Sue's mother. [38]

Episodes

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Reception

The opening of the season was received with positive reviews from critics, most of them remarking how it reminds them of Glee's first seasons.[39][40][41] The sixth season premiere was the lowest watched season premiere in the show's history, with a rating of 2.34 and in adults 18-49 the premiere scored a 0.7/2.[42] On Rotten Tomatoes the sixth season got a rating of 67% fresh based on 9 reviews.[43]

Ratings

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109 1 "Loser Like Me" January 9, 2015 (2015-01-09) 0.8/3[44] 2.34[42] 0.5[44] N/A 1.3[44] N/A
110 2 "Homecoming" January 9, 2015 (2015-01-09) 0.7/2[42] 2.34[42] 0.5[44] N/A 1.2[44] N/A
111 3 "Jagged Little Tapestry" January 16, 2015 (2015-01-16) 0.7/2[45] 1.98[45] 0.6[46] N/A 1.3[46] N/A
112 4 "The Hurt Locker, Part One" January 23, 2015 (2015-01-23) 0.7/2[47] 1.82[47] 0.5[48] N/A 1.2[48] N/A
113 5 "The Hurt Locker, Part Two" January 30, 2015 (2015-01-30) 0.7/2[49] 1.85[49] 0.4[50] N/A 1.1[50] N/A
114 6 "What the World Needs Now" February 6, 2015 (2015-02-06) 0.5/2[51] 1.58[51] 0.6[52] N/A 1.1[52] N/A
115 7 "Transitioning" February 13, 2015 (2015-02-13) 0.6/2[53] 1.81[53] 0.5[54] N/A 1.1[54] N/A
116 8 "A Wedding" February 20, 2015 (2015-02-20) 0.6/2[55] 1.86[55] 0.6[56] N/A 1.2[56] N/A
117 9 "Child Star" February 27, 2015 (2015-02-27) 0.6/2[57] 1.69[57] 0.6[58] N/A 1.2[58] N/A
118 10 "The Rise and Fall of Sue Sylvester" March 6, 2015 (2015-03-06) 0.6/2[59] 1.81[59] 0.6[60] N/A 1.2[60] N/A
119 11 "We Built This Glee Club" March 13, 2015 (2015-03-13) 0.7/2[61] 2.02[61] 0.5[62] N/A 1.2[62] N/A
120 12 "2009" March 20, 2015 (2015-03-20) 0.8/2[63] 2.69[63] N/A N/A N/A N/A
121 13 "Dreams Come True" March 20, 2015 (2015-03-20) 0.7/2[63] 2.54[63] 0.6[64] N/A 1.3[64] N/A

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