GLOW, released in June, is a fictionalized account of the creation of Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling (G.L.O.W.). It focuses on the promotions director (Marc Maron) and the group of women wrestling on the show. Alison Brie, Betty Gilpin, Sydelle Noel, Britney Young, Kate Nash, and former professional wrestler Kia Stevens are among the most prominently featured women in the show. The ladies range from actress to athlete, and they've all ended up working together to make a young producer's(Chris Lowell) dream come true.
Much of the drama is centered around Brie and Gilpin's relationship, but they deliver comically in many of the episodes. Brie plays Ruth Wilder, a struggling actress looking for solid, steady work. Gilpin plays her (former) friend Debbie Eagan, an established soap opera actress. Maron takes on the role of director Sam Sylvia. Sylvia is a cantankerous chain-smoker who is looking for funding for his next feature film. He is dark.
The ladies and their director push through a number of personal and production issues to get GLOW made, and while there is a sad moment or two the show is mostly fun. Even if you have no interest in wrestling it is great television. If you are a wrestling fan, GLOW features cameos from several wrestlers including John Morrison, Carlito, and Alex Riley. They all help the gorgeous ladies learn the trade and become better wrestlers.
Each episode runs for about 30-35 minutes. I love GLOW for the slice of LA in the 80's that it is, complete with music and awesomely bad hair. The real-life G.L.O.W. trail blazed the way for women's wrestling and the promotion still exists to this day. It was founded by David McLane in 1985. McLane also founded Women of Wrestling.
I highly recommend watching GLOW. Netflix has some of the best original programming available right now. This is another one they got really right. It's a show for everybody; it has several strong woman leads, dark humor, just enough drama, and a drug-filled robot. Plus: it's about gorgeous ladies wrestling. Is there any more that you really need in a Netflix show?
WATCH the trailer for GLOW's first season below!
Rotten Tomatoes: 95%
Verdict: Should See That