Netflix is known for its great original content, and this year another brilliant show was added to the streaming service’s original lineup. GLOW is a fictional comedy/drama that tells the story of Ruth Wilder (played by Alison Brie), an unemployed actress in 1980s Los Angeles who is desperately looking for work. Her search takes her to an old boxing gym, where she and dozens of other women are invited to audition for the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling (GLOW), a professional wrestling promotion specifically for female wrestlers.
Along with a group of twelve other Hollywood misfits, Ruth is thrust into the world of women’s wrestling with its glitter and spandex costumes and showy theatrics. In the ring, she competes with her friend and former actress Debbie Eagan (played by Betty Gilpin), who left the acting business to have a baby but returned upon realizing that her family life wasn’t as perfect as it seemed. Leading the whole thing is Sam Sylvia (Marc Maron), a washed-up B-movie director who is looking to make wrestling stars out of this unlikely group of women.
Though fictional, the show is partially inspired by real life. Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling is a real professional women’s wrestling program that began in 1986. Strong women and colorful costumes were the main features of the program, and many of the women got into it because they were hoping to make it into show business. The Netflix series is a funny and imaginative interpretation of how it all might have gotten started.
GLOW was created by Liz Flahive and Carly Mensch, who also serve as showrunners. Flahive has previously worked as a producer on the shows Homeland and Nurse Jackie. Mensch has worked as a producer on Nurse Jackie, Orange Is the New Black, and Weeds. Jenji Kohan and Tara Herrmann, both producers of Orange Is the New Black, serve as executive producers.
The entire first season of GLOW is now available on Netflix. For more information, visit the show’s official Twitter (@GlowNetflix), Facebook (GlowNetflix), and Instagram (glownetflix).