After six seasons, it's officially time to say goodbye to "Glee" and the New Directions as the show goes into its final episode tonight. For the past six years, the students of McKinley High School have been breaking ground in the way of American sitcoms, bringing exposure to a range of important social issues all the while telling stories through covers of some of the country's favorite songs.
To commemorate the end of the show, I've compiled a list of my five favorite "Glee" performances. Did yours make the list? Let me know what your favorite "Glee" moments were below!
1. "The Time Warp"
('Rocky Horror Glee Show' - Season 2, Episode 5)
Season 2 was full of a lot of fun 'themed' episodes. One of the most anticipated was their "Rocky Horror Picture Show" tribute episode, where the students of New Directions put on very own production of RHPS at their school! (Spoiler alert: It doesn't end well with administration.) Their "Time Warp" was the ending number of the episode, and it was so fun to see my favorite Glee cast members turn into such iconic RHPS roles.
2. "Me Against the Music"
('Britney/Brittany' - Season 2, Episode 2)
The "Britney/Brittany" episode was another amazing tribute episode from Season 2. This episode employed "Full House" star John Stamos as the community of Lima, Ohio's new hunky dentist. It seemed that all it took was just a little bit of laughing gas to bring cheerleaders Santana and Brittany into a dream sequence performance of "Me Against the Music", originally performed by Madonna and Britney Spears. (My favorite part is how many New Directions members make little cameos in the scene!)
3. "We Are Young"
('Hold on to Sixteen' - Season 3, Episode 8)
One of the most exciting parts of the ongoing plotline through "Glee" involved their sectional, regional, and national competitions. This performance of "We Are Young" isn't necessarily a competition number, but was performed after the New Directions had just won sectionals. I'm not about to give the entire plot away (especially when "Glee" is definitely available to watch on Netflix!), but this was a particularly tense episode with a pretty powerful ending song.
4. "Make You Feel My Love"
('The Quarterback' - Season 5, Episode 3)
This episode, 'The Quarterback', was used as a tribute episode for the late actor Cory Monteith, who played the school's beloved quarterback right up until his death in 2013. I think one of the most tragic parts was that Lea Michele, the actress behind the show's lead Rachel Berry, was dating Cory both in real life and on the show. It made her solo number for the tribute episode, "Make You Feel My Love" - the Adele version of a popular Bob Dylan song - all the more heartbreaking and powerful.
5. "Don't Stop Believing"
('Pilot' - Season 1, Episode 1)
This song is undoubtedly the track that set the tone for the rest of the series. Not only was it a huge commercial hit as a single, but their version of the song really made you cheer for the underdog. And the show ended up really being about the journey of the underdog to becoming something greater! (And I think that's a concept we could all benefit from!)