If Orange Is the New Black had a lighthearted, rough-and-tumble kid sister who liked putting people in headlocks, that sister would look a lot like Netflix’s GLOW.
That makes sense. GLOW hails from OITNB‘s Carly Mensch and Nurse Jackie‘s Liz Flahive, who have a proven track record of wringing comedy from unlikely situations. (OITNB boss Jenji Kohan also is an executive producer on GLOW.) The subject matter here gives them a head start: Though not a reboot in the usual sense of the word, GLOW‘s heritage is the 1980s TV program of the same name — which stands for Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling — a schlocky, silly female counterpart to the wildly popular World Wrestling Federation broadcasts of the time.
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GLOW was praised by critics upon its release; receiving a 97% approval rating from review aggregation site Rotten Tomatoes, the site's consensus being "With spot-on 1980s period detail, knockout writing, and a killer cast, GLOW shines brightly." The series has a Metacritic score of 81 out of 100, based on 35 critics. Darren Franich of Entertainment Weekly gave the first season an A rating, calling it "a silly-smart masterpiece, with an ensemble cast entirely made up of breakout characters". Sophie Gilbert of The Atlantic said, "...it’s just a blast to watch women having so much fun. GLOW fully owns its campiness and its showy aesthetics, but it’s smart and subversive underneath the glitter."
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- 1 Ruth and Debbie battle in reality, and in Sam’s mind.
- 2 Bash has a robot.
- 3 Sheila is grateful Ruth called her a wolf.
- 4 Ruth finds her character.
- 5 “This is a soap opera!”
- 6 “Dare!”
- 7 The entire first show
- 8 Justine becomes Marty McFly.
- 9 Goliath cheers for Machu Picchu.
- 10 The final match is a work.
With the central friendship-gone-bad between Ruth and Debbie, GLOW smartly blurs the lines between the fake wrestling storylines and the actual drama going on between the characters. And though it’s going to take the women most of the season to become even passable wrestlers, the creators also understand that they have to give the audience a taste of the real thing early on, which leads to the first episode’s climactic intermingling of the actual clumsy…