Released in June and based on 2012 documentary GLOW: The Story of the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling, the program perfectly encapsulate an ’80s feel and creates a diverse range of characters, each as ridiculous as the next.
Struggling actress Ruth Wilder (Alison Brie) is one of 14 women cast by sleazy director Sam Sylvia’s (Marc Maron) fledgling women’s wrestling enterprise GLOW.
Also part of the promotion is Ruth’s former best friend retired soap-opera star Debbie Eagan.
The two women clash after Debbie learns Ruth had an affair with her husband.
Sam, being the typical shady director type, loves the tension.
After initially deciding to fire Ruth, he instead forces her and Debbie to meet again and again in the ring, thriving on the real drama it brings to his promotion.
GLOW may seem kitsch, but that’s the best part about it.
The glitz and glamour of sparkly costumes, disco beats and female characters still having an element of being submissive underneath wanting to be empowered in a male-dominated industry is what makes GLOW realistic. This was Flahvie and Mensch’s goal.
They have stated, “It was important for the series to maintain a tension between whether or not the league was exploiting women or empowering them.”
Of course, it was a bit of both, in that women were finally being allowed to participate in wrestling but still had to dress in ridiculous and/or revealing costumes and create bizzare characters to gain attention from fans or media.
Sheila the She-Wolf is terrifying and perfect comic relief, and there are affairs, unknown love children, pregnancy scares and women standing up to disapproving male relatives, classic storylines that work every time.
GLOW has received an approval rate of 96 per cent on Rotten Tomatoes.
I too enjoyed it, my only criticism being the ending, although I see why, to open up for a second season (announced to be renewed for another 10-episode season in August).
Still, it was anticlimactic, too cheesy and just honestly, didn’t make a lot of sense.
Despite a disappointing end to what had been a charming program, I’ll tune into season two.
Be transported back to the ’80s and catch GLOW on Netflix.