TV Show: GLOW on Netflix
IMDb Rating: 8.1
Rotten Tomatoes: 95%
In an attempt to fill the Game of Thrones-shaped hole in our lives, S and I were looking for something that would keep us sufficiently distracted and entertained between episodes. “I don’t even like wrestling” was my first reaction when I saw that S had shortlisted GLOW as a potential option. Having discovered that GLOW was an acronym for Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling, all expectations had automatically nosedived. Here’s the thing though: you don’t need to have an affinity for wrestling to like the show. In fact, to start with, most of the show’s characters don’t particularly care for it either.
The trailer and the utter desperation for a new show in my life was enough to persuade me to give GLOW a chance. And, boy, am I glad (desperation pays off, guys). It’s EASILY one of the best shows I’ve watched in recent memory.
Why I Liked it:
The characters are raw and real, “misfits” who don’t quite fit the mould and that’s where the show draws most of its charm.
With its edgy, tongue-in-cheek humour and characters such as the misogynistic director Sam Silvia it manages to create some real commentary on issues while being constantly entertaining. In some ways, it embraces stereotypes creating personas based on race and colour but according to Silvia, perpetuating stereotypes is their way of questioning them.
Although the show itself is fictionalised, it draws inspiration from real events and the women’s TV wrestling show of the same name (there’s something about a show or movie being based on real events that immediately makes you like it more).
The 80s costumes, neon lights, overkill with hairspray and overall quirky vibe is so much fun to watch.
Final Word: While there are some who feel that the show is ultimately sexist, that was not the feeling it left me with. It has its flaws but, in my opinion, it is empowering and uplifting and leaves you with a sense of joy. Besides, as a TV show, there is no doubt about its entertainment value so I would suggest watching it and making up your own mind. With 10 half-hour long episodes, it’s the best way to spend your weekend if you’re a couch potato like me c:
P.S: Having binge watched the whole first season of GLOW, we’re now back to square one in terms of finding a show to fill up the days leading to the new GoT episode. Would love to hear any recommendations you guys have!