Our gracious entertainment overlords at Netflix have delivered unto us yet another hit in the form of the recently released GLOW. It is a highly fictionalized version of the real Gorgeous Ladies Of Wrestling which ran from 1986 to 1990. We’d feel absolutely remiss if we didn’t take a moment to highlight this wonderfully entertaining show.
GLOW features a wonderful ensemble cast led by Allison Brie and Marc Maron. Maron turns in a particularly great performance as director Sam Sylvia, arguably the best of his career. The main cast is rounded out by Betty Gilpin, Sydelle Noel, Britney Young, and recording superstar Kate Nash, all of whom offer up incredibly convincing performances.
The season follows the founding and casting of GLOW up until the filming of the pilot. The audience watches as the women of GLOW make the transition from actresses to professional wrestlers. The wrestling begins to look convincing and you can’t help but appreciate the training that the cast must have done to bring this level of believability to the show.
We don’t really care about professional wrestling, and at first the idea of watching a show about professional wrestling seemed like not the best use of our time, but the show had us hooked after the first episode. We can only imagine the extra levels of enjoyability present within GLOW if you actually care about wrestling.
The opening season of GLOW just left us hungry for more. Luckily, there exists a really wonderful documentary entitled GLOW: The Story of the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling which takes an in depth look at the real GLOW. We don’t want to spoil it, but it’s kind of a tear-jerker.
Women’s wrestling has come a long way since the days of the real GLOW and present-day female wrestling is forever indebted to it. GLOW was the first all-female wrestling ticket and, despite the inclusion of corny skits and cringe-worthy raps, it really legitimized female professional wrestling. Before GLOW, women’s wrestling was a novelty in a similar manner to midget wrestling. These days women’s wrestling is super legit. One need look no further than WWE’s Divas to see the legacy left behind by GLOW.
Sadly, female wrestling is still dwarfed by male wrestling, especially when it comes to tattoos. We’ve rounded up what we can to make this article work. By this time next year, we’d be shocked if there weren’t a nice handful of GLOW tattoos.
Since you’re not doing anything else this weekend, why not binge-watch GLOW? It’s truly entertainment at its best.
(Author’s note: Netflix has never paid us a dime to promote their programming, but they probably should at this point, right?)