Glory Daze
GenreComedy drama
Created by
Opening theme"Police on My Back" by The Clash
ComposerMark Mothersbaugh
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes10
Executive producers
  • Walt Becker
  • Dan Cohen
  • Michael LeSieur
  • F.J. Pratt
ProducerAlice West
CinematographyMark Doering-Powell
Running time42 minutes
Production companies
Original release
ReleaseNovember 16, 2010 (2010-11-16) –
January 18, 2011 (2011-01-18)

Glory Daze is an American comedy-drama television series. The one-hour series revolves around a group of college freshmen who pledge a fraternity in 1986. The series aired from November 16, 2010, to January 18, 2011, on TBS.[1]

On February 24, 2011, TBS announced that the series would not be renewed for a second season due to poor ratings.[2][3]


Set in 1986 in the state of Indiana, the series revolves around a group of friends entering their freshman year of college at Hayes University. The young men must deal with being on their own for the first time and preparing for what is to come in their college years.

Cast and characters



Guest stars


With the exception of the pilot episode, every episode title is a parody reference to a popular 1980s song.

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
U.S. viewers
1"Pilot"Walt BeckerWalt Becker & Michael LeSieurNovember 16, 2010 (2010-11-16)2M55501.828[4]
Four college freshmen decide to pledge the Omega Sigma fraternity at Hayes University in 1986. While doing so they encounter a number of shenanigans that nearly ruins their chances.
2"Fake Me Home Tonight"Walt BeckerWalt Becker & Michael LeSieurNovember 23, 2010 (2010-11-23)2M55511.312[5]
The pledges are sent on a hunt to find a particular beer for Stankowski's birthday. To get the beer, they must get fake ID's from awkward ID maker (Kevin Nealon). Reno signs up for Professor Larsen's (Teri Polo) class to get close to her.
3"Hungry Like Teen Wolf"Lev L. SpiroChad Fiveash & James StoterauxNovember 30, 2010 (2010-11-30)2M55521.223[6]
The pledges attend their first mixer with Kappa Theta sorority. Jason worries about Julie (Natalie Dreyfuss) hooking up with another guy at her sorority mixer. Reno urges Professor Haines to become the fraternity's faculty advisor.
4"Papa Don't Pre-Game"Walt BeckerDan Cohen & F.J. PrattDecember 7, 2010 (2010-12-07)2M55541.487[7]
The pledges are nervous about Dad's Day weekend on campus. Joel's father (Brad Garrett) gets high after sleeping for the night in Stankowski's room and acts weird for most of the time. Brian's baseball coach (D. L. Hughley) agrees to substitute as his dad. Eli is surprised by his father's (Curtis Armstrong) new youthful attitude. Jason's father (Barry Bostwick) disapproves of him joining the Omega Sigs. Christie encourages Julie to loosen up her personality.
5"Why Shant This Be Love"Robert BerlingerMichael Platt & Barry SafchikDecember 14, 2010 (2010-12-14)2M55531.131[8]
The Omega Sigs get caught up in a prank war with the Zeta Rhos fraternity. Joel gets a job working under the university gardener (Michael McKean), but the job and being at the fraternity hurt his grades when he fails an exam for the first time in his life. Eli has a hard time abandoning the fraternity's mud football game when he must celebrate Yom Kippur.
6"I Ram (So Far Away)"Gil JungerAbby GewanterDecember 21, 2010 (2010-12-21)2M55551.115[9]
The Omega Sigs are on edge when the head of the fraternity national chapter, Brother Jerrold (John Michael Higgins) visits. The pledges must clean up Stankowski's act for the visit. While in line to get tickets to General Public, Joel gets to know Christie a lot more.
7"What's Love Got to Nude With It?"Gil JungerGrace Parra & Jonathan V. HludzinskiDecember 28, 2010 (2010-12-28)2M5556N/A
Joel becomes too overwhelmed with his feelings for Christie. He is then set up with Tammy (Kim Shaw), the daughter of his mother's friend. The Omega Sigs pretend to be a conservative fraternity in order to have a formal dance at a hotel. Brian and Annabelle (Alexandra Chando) try to abstain from sex, because they feel it is interfering with their college priorities. After seeing the film Top Gun, Eli becomes inspired to join an R.O.T.C. course taught by a strict teacher (Gina Gershon).
8"Shamrock You Like a Hurricane"Jerry LevineChad Fiveash & James StoterauxJanuary 4, 2011 (2011-01-04)2M5557N/A
During Rivalry Week, the pledges lose a prized statue they were assigned to guard. Joel and the gang retaliate by kidnapping the other school's mascot, a leprechaun. The feisty leprechaun escapes, leading to havoc in the Omega Sig house.
9"Hit Me With Your Test Shot"Betsy ThomasStory by : Abby Gewanter
Teleplay by : Michael Platt & Barry Safchik
January 11, 2011 (2011-01-11)2M55581.113[10]
Midterms are about to start, and Joel lends notes to Christie which (he had forgotten) include pictures of Christie that Joel drew. Joel and Brian then sneak into the sorority before she finds out about the drawings. Meanwhile, Eli pretends to like the Boston Red Sox during the 1986 World Series game against the New York Mets to get a girl to sleep with him. Jason and Turbo bond over hip hop music and Reno tries to reunite Professor Haines with his wife (Tasha Smith), just when their divorce is about to become finalized.
10"Some Like It Hot Tub"Gil JungerStory by : Dan Cohen & F.J. Pratt
Teleplay by : Michael LeSieur
January 18, 2011 (2011-01-18)2M55591.053[11]
The Omega Sigs host a hot tub party at the house. After telling Joel about having seen the drawings of herself, Christie begins to question her feelings for Joel, with Joel feeling the same way. Jason feels inadequate, when Julie has her first real orgasm sitting on top of a laundry machine. Professor Haines and Brother Jerrold form an unlikely friendship.

Development and production

The pilot was written by Walt Becker and Michael LeSieur, who received a cast-contingent pilot commitment from TBS in late January 2010.[12] On May 14, 2010, TBS announced it had picked up the series with an eight-episode order.[13][14] The order was increased to ten episodes in early November 2010, a week before the series premiere.[15]

The Ambassador Auditorium and surrounding buildings near the filming of Glory Daze

When speaking of the series, Michael Wright, the executive vice president and head of programming for TBS, TNT, and Turner Classic Movies said: "Glory Daze is a sharply written, laugh-out-loud comedy with a talented ensemble cast, including comic veteran Tim Meadows. The time is right for this feel-good, funny, and fresh take on college life in the '80s."[13]

Glory Daze was filmed at USC's Mudd Hall of Philosophy and on both the UCLA campus and the former Ambassador College campus in Pasadena, CA.

The show's theme song, "Police on My Back", is performed by The Clash.

Critical reception

The show received a mixed reaction. On Metacritic, the series received "mixed or average reviews", reflected by a Metascore of 47 out of 100, based on 18 reviews.[16]


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