I'd heard about this show mostly in passing, but having grown up in the UK I wasn't aware of the source material upon which it was based. It wasn't until I learned it was about wrestling that I decided to give it a look. Perfectly compacted into ten 30 minute episodes, this comedy drama about the creation of the 70s/80s reality tv show, Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling, is a delightful first season.
Similar to Orange is the New Black, Glow follows the journey of multiple characters, mostly aspiring actresses in this case. Each of the character's individual stories are explored but the true power comes in two elements. Firstly, the writing and story is exceptional, combining the right amount of quirky comedy with interestingly unique characters.
Secondly, the real powerhouse of the show is the tri-fector of the three main characters played by Alison Brie, Betty Gilpin, and Marc Maron. The casting here is perfect and the three bring a sense of nuance to the roles that make the characters so likeable despite their flaws. I was particularly surprised by Maron; his role as the slightly washed up and sleazy director of Glow, coming to terms with the girl's lives and finding a connection with many of them was so fun to watch. I truly hope there's a second season!
UPDATE: Netflix has announced they've ordered a ten episode second season of Glow!
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