The show's creators Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, and Ian Brennan first conceived of Glee as a film. Murphy selects the series' music, maintaining a balance between show tunes and chart hits. Songs covered in the show are released on iTunes during the week of broadcast, and a series of Glee albums will be released through Columbia Records, beginning with Glee: The Music, Volume 1, which was released on November 3, 2009. The music of Glee has been a commercial success, with over two million digital sales.
Critical response to the show has been generally positive. Alessandra Stanley in The New York Times highlighted thepilot episode'sunoriginality and stereotyped characters, but praised the showmanship and talent of the cast.David Hinckley in The Daily News opined that the show was imperfect and implausible but "potentially heartwarming",while Robert Bianco in USA Today noted casting and tone problems, but commented positively on the show's humor and musical performances.Mary McNamara for the Los Angeles Times wrote that the show had a wide audience appeal, calling it "the first show in a long time that's just plain full-throttle, no-guilty-pleasure-rationalizations-necessary fun."The series was nominated for four 2010 Golden Globe Awards including, Best Comedy Series, Best Actress (Lea Michele), Best Actor (Matthew Morrison), and Best Supporting Actress (Jane Lynch).