TV Review: Glow: Season 1
Updated: May 28, 2019
The team that brought you the hit Netflix show, Orange is the New Black, try their hands on a different topic. They create the comedic and hard hitting show called Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling aka GLOW. But was it too hard hitting to keep an audience?
“Alison Brie stars as Ruth Wilder, an out-of-work actress living in Los Angeles in the '80s. Wilder finds an unexpected chance at stardom: enter the glitter and spandex-laden world of women's wrestling, where she must work alongside 12 other Hollywood misfits. Marc Maron plays the role of Sam Sylvia, a washed-up director of "B" movies who tries to lead the group of women to fame. The series is created by Carly Mensch and Liz Flahive, who serve as executive producers with Jenji Kohan and Tara Herrmann.”
First off, I need to commend the creators of this show. Being a huge fan of wrestling for many, many years, it is a nice breathe pof fresh air when the rules of KayFabe and the importance of building wrestling characters is well done. This shows the audience on how/why these things are created and why it is so important to respect Kayfabe. So for all those wrestling fans who like to ruin things by posting things online, watch this first and it might make you think twice about ruining something for everyone.
The show starts with a broken down B Rated horror Director named Sam Sylvia (Marc Maron) trying to still make it to the big time. Also at the same time 2 best friends named Ruth(Alison Brie) and Debbie (Betty Gilpin) who are actors and also best friends, are about to have their friendship take a horrific turn. Debbie is a somewhat accomplished actor who recently had a child and was dealing with depression. During that time her husband slept with her best friend Ruth because of the lack of attention he was getting. Ruth is a failed actress who couldn’t getting an acting job if her life depended on it. Eventually Betty finds out and everything comes crashing down.
Ruth had nothing and it wasn’t until a casting agent provided her with an opportunity to be a part of an unconventional acting gig. She heads to the tryout to find out it’s a tryout to become a female wrestler. She couldn’t establish a character for herself and wasn’t until Betty Showed up at the wrestling tryout and beat the snot out of Ruth. However Director Sam Sylvia didn’t see a domestic violence, he saw a star, an amazing storyline for the show and the perfect dance partner for Ruth. Without giving away too much about the show, it dives really deep into a lot of the issues that were being experienced in the 80’s. Sex, drugs, Rock and Roll. And even just fitting in. There is a decent size of diverse support actors/actresses that help give GLOW its storyline a constant level of interest. There was also a handful of real wrestlers such as Johnny Mundo(Morrison), Awesome Kong(Kharma) and even Brodus Clay who helped the cast along with the wrestler aspects. Awesome Kong the only 1 of the 3 that had the big enough role to be remembered, but still it was nice to see all of them. Another positive of the show was the classic 80’s line up of music. Great hits from the 80’s were perfectly placed throughout the episodes to give you the nostalgic feeling from that era.
All and all, GLOW was a hard hitting success. Binge this now.