Series 3 - 11. Michael

Radio Times
Review by:
Jack Seale

An episode entirely of songs by Michael Jackson. Whether it’s a useful tribute is arguable: Glee always tries to pour the essence of what an artist stood for into its themed episodes, but when Mr Schuester tells his pupils that the topic is “What would Michael Jackson do?”, you wonder if they should just randomly sing some of his tunes instead.

That’s mostly what they do, startin’ with Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’ and ending with a version of Ben that will make you hoot and spew at the same time. The best bits are at the extremes: a lithe Smooth Criminal backed only by cellos, and a fantasy sequence in which Artie leaves his wheelchair and dances for a furious but quite funny version of Scream.

About this programme

11/22. New Directions go head to head with the Dalton Warblers, who are led by devious new leader Sebastian, for the right to sing Michael Jackson material at the regionals, but the contest ends in misery for Blaine when their rivals decide to play dirty. Meanwhile, Mercedes and Sam's unresolved feelings get the better of them during a performance of Human Nature, and Rachel struggles to make a life-altering decision.

Cast and crew


Will Schuester
Matthew Morrison
Sue Sylvester
Jane Lynch
Rachel Berry
Lea Michele
Kurt Hummel
Chris Colfer
Heather Morris
Naya Rivera
Artie Abrams
Kevin McHale
Finn Hudson
Cory Monteith
Mercedes Jones
Amber Riley
Tina Cohen-Chang
Jenna Ushkowitz
Quinn Fabray
Dianna Agron
Harry Shum Jr
Darren Criss
Noah `Puck' Puckerman
Mark Salling
Emma Pillsbury
Jayma Mays
Coach Beiste
Dot-Marie Jones
Lauren Potter
Grant Gustin


Alfonso Gomez-Rejon
Ryan Murphy