‘Glee’ Docuseries Exploring On-Set Drama in the Works at Discovery+ & ID


From 2009 until 2015, Glee was a television phenomenon, airing over 100 episodes on Fox dealing with sexuality, race, teen pregnancy, family issues, and all sorts of social issues. And behind the scenes, it was just as dramatic, which is something Discovery+ and ID are exploring in their upcoming three-part docuseries.

Deadline reports the documentary will lift the curtain to reveal the highs and lows of the production and the on-set community of the young adult musical dramedy. It will also feature testimonials of close family and friends with never-heard-before stories.

So much tragedy has befallen the young cast, with Cory Monteith, who played Finn, dying of a heroin overdose during the series run. The tragedy continued after the series wrapped, as Mark Salling, who played Noah “Puck” Puckerman, was arrested and pleaded guilty to possessing images of child sex abuse in 2017. He later committed suicide while in prison awaiting sentencing. And in 2020, Naya Rivera, who played Santana Lopez, drowned while boating with her young son.

Not to mention, Blake Jenner, who played Ryder Lynn, was arrested for a DUI this year, nearly three years after he was accused of abuse by ex-wife Melissa Benoist. And to top it all off, series lead Lea Michele, better known as Rachel Berry on the series, was accused of bullying other cast members including Samantha Ware and Dabier.

So many horrible, tragic things attached to a super popular, song-filled TV series that spawned reality singing competitions, a live stage show a Yahtzee game, birthday party decorations, and a nail polish collection.

Glee, which centered on a glee club at William McKinley High School, starred Lea Michelle, Matthew Morrison, Jane Lynch, Jayma Mays, Chris Colfer, Jessalyn Gilsig, Heather Morris, Amber Riley, Darren Criss, and Naya Rivera.

It was created by Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, and Ian Brennan and produced by 20th Television.

Glee, Seasons 1-6, Streaming Now, Disney+ and Hulu