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Check out Netflix's GLOW, there's glitter and wrestling


Glow - Glamorous Ladies of Wrestling - is yet another Netflix show that doesn't make you feel like you've completely wasted your time. It's the right blend between feeling entertained and getting some insight into the way people and relationships work while building space in your brain for self-reflection. In fact, more and more series do that nowadays. It's as if filmmakers have finally tapped into the resources that make series almost as rich as books.

The show is created by Liz Flahive and Carly Menchand executive producer Jenji Kohan of Orange Is the New Black. Glow follows Ruth (Alisin Brie), a struggling actress who loves acting in 1980s Los Angeles, but can't find anything worthwhile. She only has $83 in her bank account, doesn't know if she can pay her gas bill, and wants more empowering roles. At the beginning of the first episode, she purposefully reads a man's part at an audition to prove a point in the opening scene of the first episode. She doesn't get that part, but she gets a lead towards a different kind of acting job. Throughout the season, Ruth goes through a variety of changes while revealing more and more of herself, similarly to the other characters, one being the director of the wrestling show played by comedian Mark Maron. Add Debbie (Betty Gilpin), Cherry Bang (Sydelle Noel), Carmen (Britney Young), Arthie (Sunita Mani), Tamme (Kia Stevens), Reggie (Marianna Palka), Sheila aka “The She-Wolf” (Gayle Rankin), Jenny (Ellen Wong) to the mix and you've got yourself a fiesta.

"While "Glow" is dramatic and tackles important subject matter, its humor is sharp, particularly in its witty dialogue and quirky cast of characters. While some of the drama works, it's not as new or exciting as the comedic elements, so some things like Ruth and Debbie's feud don't play out as dramatically as intended. In the realm of comedies that sometimes feel like dramas, it’s way more on the comedy end, especially compared to “Orange Is the New Black” and “Transparent.”

Every episode has way more than a handful of laughs, particularly from Marc Maron as Sam Sylvia, the smug director with an endless list of clever insults on the tip of his tongue. This is a role the comedian was probably more destined to play than he was destined to make a podcast. Maron is so good that it’s hard to tell that he’s acting. Sylvia could just be Maron's personality, but either way he’s excellent here. " (Business Insider)

Check out the trailer below.

"I’ve written before how G.L.O.W.—as much of a mess as it was—was ahead of its time, in terms of American women’s wrestling. GLOW even made sure to include the sad but true argument from Carmen’s dad (who beautifully shows up to support his daughter here in the finale) about women’s wrestling being seen as a sideshow at the time. The very concept of a weekly, episodic all-women wrestling show on American TV? Doing the same wrestling moves and character work as the men? And actually being seen as that by everyone creatively involved (as it’s only really sold as T&A to the network and sponsors who couldn’t care less)? That sounds pretty empowering, and GLOW regularly examines that without having to nudge the audience into knowing that it’s what it’s doing. As for the “masterminded by two men” thing, the actual G.L.O.W. was also the brainchild by two white men… only the truth behind that is filled with horror stories of verbal abuse toward the women, in addition to the lack of actual safety in the ring. GLOW takes that story basis and makes it two men who still probably shouldn’t even be in charge of G.L.O.W., for very different reasons—Sam’s genre-clashing and Bash’s overzealousness—and it ends with the women taking charge anyway." (A.V. Club)

"Moreover, Gilpin and Brie embody the spirit of “GLOW” which is so hard to get just right. Substantive, light-hearted comedy often feels diametrically opposed, or at least creates odd swings in mood, but these two performers ease Flahive’s well-paved transitions beautifully. They know when to cut loose and have a good time, and they know when to dig in and tug at our hearts. Flahive carefully implements progressive messages — about Hollywood, especially — into the fun, and this team of women bring together a series worth repeated plays all summer long and (hopefully) in years to come. To call it a feel-good hit would be a bit reductive and presumptive, but “GLOW” deserves all the love and respect thrust upon it. " (Indiewire)

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