Season Three of the electrifying, award-winning series finds the Gleeks headed for the Nationals - and graduation! As younger members join New Directions, others are about to begin exciting, if uncertain, lives outside it. Featuring some of television's most enthralling song and dance numbers, including memorable hits from the legendary Michael Jackson, Glee continues to earn its place in the hearts of viewers around the world.
A musical comedy-drama TV series that gains momentum with each season, Glee: The Complete Third Season
takes on complicated contemporary teen issues and explores them in a music-filled way that resonates with both teen and adult viewers. This eventful year at McKinley High School begins with the glee club New Directions recruiting more members, Coach Sue Sylvester running for congress, Blaine transferring to McKinley, and several original New Directions members finishing up their senior year. As graduation nears, Rachel and Kurt struggle through the application procedure to gain acceptance into their college choice NYADA, there are a couple of wedding proposals (one more unexpected than the other), and Santana examines her sexual orientation. Mike Chang struggles with parental expectations, Kurt and Blaine hit a rocky patch, and Mercedes finds herself at the center of an interesting love triangle. Coaches Sylvester and Beiste each reveal a whole new side of their personalities, a serious accident threatens to derail several lives, and, of course, New Directions takes another crack at winning Regionals. As good as the stories and characters are, the best thing about Glee
is the musical performances, and this season does not disappoint. Broadway-inspired numbers from shows like Hairspray
, West Side Story
, and Dreamgirls
are passionately delivered right alongside classic rock and pop songs from bands such as Foreigner and Chicago and iconic artists like Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston. There are also plenty of songs made popular by contemporary artists like Coldplay, Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, Jason Mraz, and Taylor Swift. The special "Extraordinary Merry Christmas" episode takes the glee club back into the past when times were simpler and delivers a fine parody of 1950s-sitcom holiday specials with songs like "Blue Christmas," "Let It Snow," and "My Favorite Things." The Michael Jackson-themed episode "Michael" celebrates the decades of musical contributions of an amazing artist, with songs ranging from "Never Can Say Goodbye" to "I Just Can't Stop Loving You" and "Black and White." The Whitney Houston-themed episode "Dance with Somebody," aired just following Houston's unexpected passing, pays tribute to a phenomenal artist with power-driven songs like "Saving All My Love for You," "I Wanna Dance with Somebody," and "I Have Nothing." This season features some unexpected solos and vocal pairings for the regular cast; recurring roles for Glee Project
winners Samuel Larsen (Joe Hart) and Damian McGinty (Rory Flanagan), and contestants Alex Newell (Wade) and Lindsay Pearce (Harmony); and an amazing list of guest artists, including Idina Menzel, Whoopi Goldberg, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Ricky Martin, Gloria Estefan, and Lindsay Lohan. The "Jukebox" special feature allows viewers to select and play the musical numbers from each episode. Other bonus features include a couple of deleted and extended scenes, a "Glee Under the Stars" interview session, the "Glee Give a Note" check presentation and student interviews from Culver City Middle School, and a behind-the-scenes look at the "Props" episode. Also offered are interviews with Glee's newest cast members, backstage musings on the "Goodbye" episode, and a few choice words from Sue Sylvester. (Parental discretion advised due to mature themes) --Tami Horiuchi