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Whether you’re a “gleek” or just a casual viewer, it was hard to escape the cult of Joy at the height of musical comedy in the early 2010s. A show about a high school glee club (and the teenage drama that occurs between its members), the FOX series debuted in May 2009 and was a hit instant with viewers and critics.
Joy ultimately ran for six seasons with over 120 episodes produced. The show also made household names of its stars like Lea Michele, Darren Criss and the late Naya Rivera, while tackling topics that were previously unheard of for a high school series – namely Kurt’s story, Quinn’s pregnancy and, sadly, the real-death of Cory Monteith, who played star quarterback Finn.
Although it ended in 2015, Joy is back in the headlines this week after it was announced that star Lea Michele will succeed Beanie Feldstein in the Broadway revival of funny girl. In a life case imitating art, Michele’s character on Joy (Rachel Berry) covered the musical’s iconic hit, “Don’t Rain on My Parade,” in season one; Rachel would eventually land the lead role in funny girl as part of his storyline in season five.
What fans may have forgotten, however, is that Rivera also covered the song in a Season 5 episode, aptly titled “Frenemies,” where Rivera’s character Santana auditions to be the understudy of Rachel in funny girl.
Fans will be able to hear Michele take on the role for real starting September 6 when she makes her debut as Fanny at the August Wilson Theater. See timetables and tickets here.
As for Joywhile the show was on hiatus for a while, you can finally watch Joy online, with the full series available on both Hulu and Disney+. Here’s what you need to know.
How to watch Joy On line
If you want to watch Joy online, there are several ways to do this. You can either stream Joy online via Disney+ or Hulu, or purchase the complete series on Blu-ray/DVD or digital download.
1. Watch Joy on Disney+
The entire six seasons of Joy are now streaming on Disney+. A Disney+ subscription costs just $7.99 per month or $79.99 per year and lets you watch Joy online in addition to all Disney+ programming.
The Disney+ library also includes similar shows like High School Musical: The Musical: The Seriesplus access to nearly every Disney movie ever made and (almost) the entire catalog of Star Wars and Marvel movies, shows, and documentaries.
2. Watch Joy on Hulu
Hulu is also streaming Joy online simultaneously right now, with all 121 episodes available on the platform. A Hulu subscription costs just $6.99 per month or $69.99 per year.
How to watch Joy Free online
If you don’t already have Disney+, you can take advantage of Verizon’s “Disney+ On Us” deal, which gets you a free six-month Disney+ subscription with select phone and internet plans. See if your plan is eligible here, then use the offer to stream Joy online for free.
Your best value is the Disney+ bundle, which gets you Hulu, Disney+ and ESPN+ for just $13.99 per month. It is access to all three streaming services for less than $14 total (or like paying for two and getting one free). Get the Disney+ Bundle offer here.
How to watch Joy on Amazon
Another way to look Joy online is through Amazon, which has individual episodes available for purchase for just $1.99. You will get an instant digital download of the episode and keep it. You can also download entire seasons for just $19.99.
Amazon also has the complete series on DVD available for sale now. The Glee box set gives you all six seasons spread across 34 discs, with a ton of behind-the-scenes bonus features and cast commentary included.