TV Review: GLOW (Season 1)
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"Fuck polite and comatose," The Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling bring the house down in Netflix's latest original series, GLOW. Based on the kitsch characters and gimmicks of a colourful all-female wrestling promotion in the 1980s, GLOW tells the delightful, uplifting story of a group of women who band together in the ring, as they each seek fame, success and acceptance. Created and Executive Produced by Liz Flahive, Carly Mensch and Orange is the New Black's Jenji Kohan, this series is every inch the female-orientated comedy we hoped for upon seeing its first trailer. Drawing on female sporting film favourites like Whip It and A League of Their Own, GLOW develops on this niche sub-genre with flair and an unabashed sense of humour that is incredibly refreshing for viewers. The series opens on an uncomfortable audition that highlights the plight of main protagonist Ruth Wilder (Alison Brie), as a struggling actress trying to make it in the city of dreams. Down on her luck, Ruth seizes an off-handed opportunity to audition for an ambiguous project looking for "unconventional women - whatever the hell that means." As it turns out, this audition, headed by cantankerous cult movie director Sam Sylvia (Marc Maron), is the beginning of GLOW - a new mid-morning wrestling series that is the brainchild of an enthusiastic but naive young producer (Chris Lowell). From there on out, we watch as the project, and the female performers involved, work through highs and lows to get to that all-important on-air finale.
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