TV Review: GLOW (2017- )

Original Run: June 23rd, 2017 – ????
Created by: Liz Flahive, Carly Mensch
Directed by: various
Written by: various
Music by: Craig Wedren
Cast: Alison Brie, Betty Gilpin, Sydelle Noel, Britney Young, Marc Maron, Rich Sommer

Tilted Productions, Perhapsatron, Fan Dancer, Netflix, 10 Episodes (thus far), 29-37 Minutes (per episode)

Review:

GLOW is a fictitious version of the story behind the real GLOW or Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling.

Having watched the documentary of the real story, that may have made for a better show, honestly. The real story was more engaging to me than this Netflix comedy/drama.

While I love Alison Brie and Marc Maron in most things, apart from their involvement, I found this show to be really underwhelming. Everyone else seems to be raving about it but it just doesn’t hit the mark for me.

Maybe it is because I grew up a wrestling fan and this show doesn’t seem to understand the business it is building off of. But that was also the real GLOW. The actual federation featured abysmal wrestling, horrible plots and made the 1980s cartoon era of the WWF look like a Shakespearean play. At its core, the show just doesn’t seem to understand what wrestling is or how it works.

I can look beyond that aspect, however. But what I can’t look beyond is the scripts of the show. The set up is decent, the ball gets rolling nicely but we have all these seemingly dynamic characters and only two are ever really explored and then their story doesn’t really progress as it should. We’re still sort of in the same spot by the end of the first season, in regards to the character’s personal lives

GLOW is still enjoyable and it could improve as the show continues on. It is hard to judge anything on just ten episodes, as some shows start out great and fizzle out or start out in a weird place and then find their footing. As of right now, after just one season, the show has some promise but it needs to deliver on it or I’ll completely lose interest. I’m still willing to sit through another season to find out though.

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