It’s been seven years since the glee club at McKinley High sang “Don’t Stop Believin'” in living rooms across the U.S. for the first time and created a wealth of anticipation for Fox’s new show, Glee.
Over the years, the series saw a star born in Lea Michele, and an even bigger one in the show’s creator, Ryan Murphy, who’s gone on to bring us American Horror Story, Scream Queens, and, most recently, American Crime Story: The People vs. O.J. Simpson. We said goodbye to Cory Monteith when he died of a drug overdose in July 2013, and we read countless rumors of drama on set. But, at the end of the day, Glee made an indelible mark on television, and the day that pilot first aired was an undeniable pop culture moment, one Michele will never forget.
The actress celebrated the anniversary — and Throwback Thursday — by posting to Instagram a blurry photo of the cast, including Monteith, Naya Rivera, Chris Colfer, and the rest of the glee club out to dinner just days before that fateful premiere.
“7 years ago,” she wrote. “It’s unbelievable how quickly time can go by.. To think we aired 7 years ago today.. Found this photo from our Upfronts trip to NYC just days before the premiere. We were all so excited. We went around the table and each said something we loved about each other.. No matter where we all are now.. I will always think back to this night.”
Since then, Fox has continued to showcase music as a part of its programming with Empire, as well as its newly announced series, Star.