‘The Price of Glee’ trailer is out and promises to unpack the scandals behind hit musical series


‘The Price of Glee’ trailer is out and promising to unpack the scandals behind hit musical series

But it’s getting a mixed response from fans of the actual show.¬†


A new Discovery+ documentary promises to take viewers the behind-the-scenes of the numerous scandals and tragedies surrounding musical TV phenomenon Glee.


Created by Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Ian Brennan, Glee ran for six seasons between 2009 and 2015, catapulting its young cast into global superstardom in the process.


But the shows’ success was not without controversy, as its legacy became overshadowed by on-set feuds and off-camera personal struggles.

The documentary will unpack the infamous on-set feuds, as well as addressing the deaths of  three main cast members: Cory Monteith (Finn Hudson), Mark Salling (Noah Puckerman) and Naya Rivera (Santana Lopez).


The Price of Glee
The Price of Glee

“In May 2009, 10 young actors made their TV debut on¬†Glee. By 2020, all of them would be famous. And three of them would be dead,” the docuseries’ first trailer opens with, before re-examining the passing of some of the stars, including Cory Monteith, who died at 31 from a¬†drug overdose in 2013, and¬†Naya Rivera, who¬†drowned at 33 in 2020¬†while trying to save her son.

“The bigger the show went, the smaller their worlds become,” one subject says in the preview.


“I don’t want to say the¬†‘C-word,’ the curse word, but that’s where your mind goes,” another interviewee says of the deaths as the trailer comes to a close.




Glee¬†was a once-in-a-generation cultural phenomenon that bravely pushed up against social norms and generated groundbreaking discussions around sexuality, race, disability and family,” Warner Bros. Discovery’s President of Crime and Investigative Content, Linear and Streaming Jason Sarlanis said in a statement.


“Each music-filled week brought joy to so many people, but sadly, even one of the happiest shows on television couldn’t escape the dark underbelly of Hollywood and the frenzy of burgeoning social media.

“While celebrating the show’s indelible mark on pop culture and its unprecedented success,¬†The Price of Glee¬†takes a hard look at the intense pressure that results from being catapulted into superstardom and sheds new light on the terrible tragedies that befell the cast and crew of¬†Glee.”


The Price of Glee premieres January 16 at 9pm ET on Investigation Discovery.




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