The Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling are here, and they sure know how to put on a show.
Netflix’s newest nostalgia-tinged offering, GLOW (streaming June 23), is a half-hour comedy that follows the formation of a women’s wrestling league in the 1980s and is inspired by the real-life brawlers. Starring Alison Brie and created by Liz Flahive (Nurse Jackie) , Carly Mensch (Orange is the New Black) and former WWE/TNA star Awesome Kong (Kharma), the series is an especially watchable, bedazzled comedy that is, above all, a rollicking good time.
GLOW is anchored by Brie as Ruth, a struggling actress frustrated by the limited parts Hollywood offers women. She and a host of other “unconventional” women end up at an audition for the endearingly low-budget wrestling league, headed by a failed grindhouse movie director (Marc Maron) and an overenthusiastic, trust-fund-kid producer (Chris Lowell). The process is not entirely smooth, as the group of amateur women attempts, on a low budget, to make it look like they’re hurting each other without actually killing each other. But hey, their hair always looks amazing. And big.