After the first episode aired in 2009, Glee rose to meteoric fame and has since become a fixture in pop culture history. Whether you're a Gleek or just someone who enjoys some of the show's covers, there's a lot of that went on behind the scenes that fans would be surprised to learn. Lucky for you, we have the tea while you binge-watch the show on Netflix for the third time. Ahead, the Glee trivia you didn't know you needed.
Ryan Murphy created Nip/Tuck before Glee, and has since gone on to create Pose, Scream Queens, American Horror Story, and more.
In the show's second season, Glee had a dedicated fanbase and it showed in its ratings—it was the most watched U.S. TV series in 2011.
The singer/actress got her start as a child star on Broadway. Her role in Spring Awakening caught Hollywood's attention, and the role of Rachel Berry was written for her by Ryan Murphy.
After auditioning for the role of Artie, Chris Colfer wooed Glee's producers and the role of Kurt was born. According to Colfer, in his first contract, his character is listed as Artie 2 because Kurt had yet to be created.
The actress ,who portrayed cheerleader Quinn Fabray, was the last main cast member to be chosen. Agron learned that she landed the role only two days before the pilot was shot.
They were contractually obligated to join the tours because it was one of the ways the network capitalized on its hardcore fanbase.
The cast's touring proved successful, as they sold out in almost every major city, grossed more than $40 million, and released Glee: The 3D Concert Movie as a result.
The icon was approached to appear on the show and even met with producers, but the concept stalled and never happened. We can't help but wonder what could have been.
While playing Glee's villain, Sue Sylvester, Jane Lynch found herself in a different tracksuit every episode. "I have about 20 now and they are always making more. The wardrobe stylist would come up to me and ask 'What about this color tracksuit with this piping?' And I say either yes or no," Lynch told Metro in 2010. "We have two styles, the one with the high neck and then the crew neck with the zips and they make them fit to me."
She has 16 in total and three are Glee-related. The first, a tribute to her late boyfriend and costar, Cory Monteith, is the number "5," which was Finn's football number. She also has a small gold star on her wrist, inspired by her character Rachel Berry. The third is "Imagine" written on her foot after her and costar Jenna Ushkowitz decided on matching ones during a night out.
Yep, just like her character. One of the show's most memorable tributes was to the pop icon in "Britney/Brittany." "I just sat there and stared at her," Morris told TV Guide after filming the episode. "Like, 'Wow, I'm just hanging out with Britney Spears as Brittany the character. We're doing a scene. I'm singing her songs. It was weird."
After auditioning for the role of Finn, producers decided to go with Corey Monteith over Darren Criss. But they kept him in mind and brought him back in the show's second season to play Blaine.
Colfer was only 19 years old when the show reached meteoric fame. He was almost ten years younger than some of his costars.
The actress guest starred on the show for several episodes in season two after her divorce from Chris Martin. On set, she met future husband and Glee producer, Brad Falchuk. The two got married in 2018.
Throughout the show's six seasons, the cast of Glee belted out over 700 songs.
The cast of Glee saw 207 of their songs top the chart on Billboard's Hot 100. The most popular covers were "Don't Stop Believin,'" "Forget You," and "Teenage Dream."
After being turned down by several record labels, Ryan Murphy came to an agreement with Columbia-Epic Records that resulted in 9 million album sales in 15 months. "It's a very healthy addition to our bottom line. I don't know any artist that can do 9 million albums in 15 months. That's basically Lady Gaga territory," Columbia-Epic Records Label Group chairman Rob Stringer told The Hollywood Reporter.
With the show's success came more money from the network. In season two, the episodes cost anywhere from $3.2 million to $3.8 million to produce, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
When showrunner Ryan Murphy described his time working on Glee to Entertainment Weekly, he addressed the rumors of on-set drama: "It was the best time in my life and the worst time in my life. There was a lot of fighting. There was a lot of people sleeping together and breaking up. It was good training for being a parent, I'll tell you that much."
Melissa Benoist (Marley Rose) and Blake Jenner (Ryder Lynn) met on the set of Glee in 2012. The couple got married in 2015 after the show's season six finale, but they filed for divorce the following year.
Chris Colfer told PR.com that stories about his life would wind up in his scripts. "I don't think any of us directly try to give input on the character or on the storyline, but they definitely steal things from us. I remember I was talking to Ryan about when I was in high school and I really wanted to sing 'Defying Gravity.' The other students in my drama class and the teachers, when we were putting on this talent show, they wouldn't let me sing it because I was a boy and it was a girl's song. And then that was made [into] an episode," he said.
You would think artists would be flattered to have their songs covered on Glee, but...not always. The show's creator got into a Twitter feud with Kings of Leon, claiming they "missed the big picture" when they rejected the show's request to use their song.
Guns N' Roses's guitarist, Slash, disapproved of their song being used saying, "Glee is worse than Grease, and Grease is bad enough." Murphy responded to his comment telling The Hollywood Reporter, "Usually I find people who make those comments, their careers are over; they're uneducated and stupid."
Glee Gives Back provides scholarships and promotes arts education in schools. "It's very important to me and to Fox that we establish scholarships in schools," Murphy told The Hollywood Reporter in 2011.
One of the many, many on-set romances involved Naya Rivera and Mark Salling.The costars began dating in 2007 and were together until August 2010. Rumors swirled on set after Rivera threw dog food, eggs, and birdseed at Salling's car after reportedly catching him with other women, which she discussed in her memoir, Sorry Not Sorry.
At the end of season five, Glee star Chris Colfer took a stab at a behind-the-scenes role, writing the episode "New Dog, Old Tricks." It was the actor's first writing credit.