I know for a fact that I am not the only person who has recently become totally and irredemably addicted to the new Netflix series, GLOW. Even so, I enjoyed it so much that I’m going to review it anyway, so if you’re sick of hearing about it I’m sorry, but I can only assume that that’s because you’re resisting watching it and I feel the need to convince you that you’re making a mistake.
GLOW, which stands for Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling, follows Ruth, played by Alison Brie (remember Community?) She’s a failing actress, desperately trying to land a role, but ideally a role that isn’t totally boring. The first episode opens with her in an audition, “accidentally” reading the man’s part and congratulating the writers on creating such an exciting part for a woman. She doesn’t get it, but she does end up hearing about another opportunity, one suitable for “unconventional” women.
She follows it up and discovers Sam (played by Marc Maron) who is trying to make a TV series about the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling and somehow she, and a totally amazing cast of other women get swept along for the adventure. Here’s the fun part: GLOW really happened, it was a big deal in the 80s and the TV series perfectly captures the fashions, music and general aesthetic of that decade. It is absolutely vibrant with big hair, bright leggings and, being about wrestling, bad high-legged leotards.
Alison Brie is fantastic and contrasts wonderfully with Maron’s vaguely chauvinistic, jaded director. The dynamic between Brie and Betty Gilpin, who plays Brie’s very much ex-best friend make compelling, funny, and emotional television and is all too real for anyone who couldn’t stand the idea of falling out with their best friend.
The whole show is funny and heart warming and easy to watch without being compromising on content. Exactly the kind of thing you want for those last few rainy evenings of summer.