In 1986, Saturday morning TV was set a-GLOW by the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling, a wacky series featuring over-the-top, strong women characters – a mix of heroes and villains – battling it out in the ring. With perfectly-80s big hair and jazzercise-style spandex costumes, they rapped, they delivered campy dialogue, and, of course, they (fake) wrestled. Beloved by fans, but short-lived (1986-1989), Netflix has just given the cult-classic a new life with GLOW, its fictionalized behind the scenes look at the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling. From the very first scene, the new 10 episode comedy-drama does not disappoint.
Via Netflix, “GLOW tells the fictional story of Ruth Wilder (Alison Brie), an out-of-work, struggling actress in 1980s Los Angeles who finds one last chance for stardom when she’s thrust into the glitter and spandex world of women’s wrestling. In addition to working with 12 Hollywood misfits, Ruth also has to compete with Debbie Eagan (Betty Gilpin), a former soap actress who left the business to have a baby, only to be sucked back into work when her picture perfect life turns out not to be what it seems. At the wheel is Sam Sylvia (Marc Maron), a washed-up, B-movie director who now must lead this group of women on the journey to wrestling super stardom.”
GLOW, which is streaming now, is executive produced by Liz Flahive (Homeland, Nurse Jackie), Carly Mensch (Orange is the New Black, Nurse Jackie), Jenji Kohan (Orange is the New Black, Weeds) and Tara Herrmann (Orange is the New Black).
Just to bring the nostalgia full-circle, this is the original 1986 G.L.O.W. show opener: