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The Gay Legacy of 'Glee'

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When Glee ends its six-season run tonight with a special two-hour finale, its legacy will certainly be mixed. The show debuted in 2009 and became an instant phenomenon -- spawning hit singles, sold-out concerts, a reality competition series and a 3-D film. In the beginning, the fresh-faced cast and the delightfully wicked Jane Lynch drew praise for bringing Ryan Murphy’s twisted vision to life. It was a rare achievement, and still one of the only successful TV musicals of all time.

But even the freshman season was far from flawless. Wildly uneven tone and quality plagued the series, while tribute episodes and guest appearances weighed down the already cumbersome (and at times nonsensical) narratives. Glee could be great, but as the run soldiered on -- ushering its protagonists through graduation, college and beyond -- the great moments were further and further between.

What has been consistent, however, is the show’s celebration of individuality and commitment to its queer characters. Say what you will about the artistic quality of the work, but its impact on mainstream television cannot be denied.

See some of the reasons why Glee was a game-changer for gay teens on TV, AFTER THE JUMP

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What To Watch This Week On TV: Farewells for 'Glee,' 'Looking,' 'Empire'

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Check out our weekly guide to make sure you're catching the big premieres, crucial episodes and the stuff you won't admit you watch when no one's looking.

— Glee was like that little girl with the curl right in the middle of her forehead. When it was good, it was very good, and when it was bad ... well, you know the rest. After six radically uneven seasons, the comedy-musical will sing its last notes during a two-hour series finale Friday at 8 p.m. on FOX.

More series bid this season adieu, AFTER THE JUMP ...

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Darren Criss, Chris Colfer and the Cast of 'Glee' Play a Raunchy Game of Cards Against Humanity with Ellen: VIDEO

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Glee stars Chris Colfer, Jenna Ushkowitz, Lea Michele, Chord Overstreet and Darren Criss stopped by The Ellen DeGeneres Show this week ahead of next Friday's Glee series finale to play a game of Cards Against Humanitywhich if you haven't played yet is basically just a raunchier version of Apples to Apples. 

The cast also sat down with Ellen to reminisce about the show's six years on air and discuss shooting an emotional scene in the last episode paying tribute to former Glee leading man Cory Monteith, who passed away from a drug overdose in July 2013.

Watch both segments, AFTER THE JUMP...

The Glee series finale airs March 20th at 8/7c on Fox.

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Check Out Which Two Gay Couples Tied the Knot on Last Night's 'Glee' Wedding Spectacular - VIDEO

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Last night's barn burner of an episode of Glee saw not one, but two same-sex couples tie the knot during the wedding-themed season six extravaganza.

Said Kurt during the double-ceremony's exchange of vows:

"You don't ask me to come out of the shadows. You help me rip away anything that's blocking the sun. It's time for all of us to walk into the sunshine together, forever."

 See who got hitched, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Glee's Coach Beiste And 200 Trans Singers Perform 'I Know Where I've Been': VIDEO

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For those of you who haven't been following Glee lately, last month Coach Beiste, played by lesbian actress Dot-Marie Jones, came out as transgender and took some time off began transitioning from female to male. Fast forward to last Friday and Beiste returned to a mixed reception: transphobic bullying from the rival glee club Vocal Adrenaline, but complete acceptance from trans student Unique.

Unique surprises Beiste with a truly remarkable welcome that serves double-duty as an acceptance lesson for Vocal Adrenaline: a 200 member chorus of trans singers performing "I Know Where I've Been" from Hairspray. It's uplifting and affirming in an incredible way, and you can see it AFTER THE JUMP...

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What To Watch This Week on TV: Rosie Stands Up; Quinto's 'Slap'

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— Zachary Quinto stars as just one part of the all-star cast of NBC’s The Slap. The miniseries follows what happens when someone takes it upon themselves to dole out some physical punishment to someone else’s unruly child. The drama unfolds with Uma Thurman, Thandie Newton, Peter Sarsgaard and more, starting Thursday at 8 p.m. Eastern.

Cumberbatch, O'Donnell and more on TV this week, AFTER THE JUMP ...

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