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Biggest Headline of 2009: Glee Wins Our Hearts

Biggest Headline of '09: The World Catches Glee Fever

Almost exactly one year go, I first told you about a little show called Glee. It was love at first sight, but little did I know that the quirky show would turn into a cultural phenomenon. Capitalizing on the smash success of High School Musical and the acclaim for the short-lived Freaks and Geeks, Glee combines the elements to bring us a show that has it all: singing, dancing, dark humor, and a big heart.

As we progressed toward the show's premiere, the hype slowly built up — from promos to guest star news. The pilot finally aired in May, and an overwhelming majority of you were hooked. But that was just the beginning . . .

To recap the show's first mini-season, just read more.

My confidence in Glee didn't wane when I saw the second episode at Comic-Con and was lucky enough to chat with the cast at the TCAs. Mostly made up of newcomers, the fresh-faced group was just as excited and giddy about the glee club as their on-screen counterparts.

The pilot was both hilarious and uplifting; the next day it seemed like everyone in America immediately downloaded "Don't Stop Believin'" on iTunes and started quoting Sue Sylvester. Glee had everyone talking, and one episode was enough to make it the hottest show of the Fall season. Fox knew a good thing when it hit 'em, and the network quickly snatched it up for a full season in the middle of September.

As the first few months progressed, we were treated to serious drama (hello, Quinn's pregnancy), some raunchy dance moves ("Push It!"), and superb performances ("Somebody to Love" is my favorite). The craze just kept getting hotter — the cast has already released two albums and there's even been talk of a tour.

The fans aren't the only ones who have caught on — Kristin Chenoweth showed off her pipes for an episode (and will be back for more!), and both Joss Whedon and Idina Menzel have signed on to participate in the Spring season. Even the queen of pop herself, Madonna, has agreed to lend her songs to the cast for an entire episode!

The country collectively groaned when we learned that we'd have to wait until April for more Glee, but I have a feeling that absence will only make the heart grow fonder. Plus, after a seriously satisfying mid-season finale, I don't think the gleeks will have any trouble getting their audience back come Spring time — but we can catch them dancing down the red carpet at the Golden Globes first!

Don't forget to check out all of my Best of 2009 coverage!

Photo courtesy of Fox

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