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GLOW 

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A look at the personal and professional lives of a group of women who perform for a wrestling organization in Los Angeles during the 1980s.
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Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 12 wins & 91 nominations. See more awards »

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Series cast summary:
Alison Brie ...  Ruth Wilder 30 episodes, 2017-2019
Betty Gilpin ...  Debbie Eagan 30 episodes, 2017-2019
Britt Baron ...  Justine Biagi 30 episodes, 2017-2019
Sydelle Noel ...  Cherry Bang 30 episodes, 2017-2019
Kate Nash ...  Rhonda Richardson 30 episodes, 2017-2019
Britney Young ...  Carmen Wade 30 episodes, 2017-2019
Gayle Rankin ...  Sheila the She-Wolf 30 episodes, 2017-2019
Marc Maron ...  Sam Sylvia 30 episodes, 2017-2019
Kia Stevens ...  Tammé Dawson 30 episodes, 2017-2019
Jackie Tohn ...  Melanie Rosen 30 episodes, 2017-2019
Kimmy Gatewood ...  Stacey Beswick 29 episodes, 2017-2019
Sunita Mani ...  Arthie Premkumar 29 episodes, 2017-2019
Rebekka Johnson ...  Dawn Rivecca 29 episodes, 2017-2019
Ellen Wong ...  Jenny Chey 29 episodes, 2017-2019
Chris Lowell ...  Bash Howard 26 episodes, 2017-2019
Marianna Palka ...  Reggie Walsh 23 episodes, 2017-2019
Shakira Barrera ...  Yolanda Rivas 18 episodes, 2018-2019
Bashir Salahuddin ...  Keith Bang 17 episodes, 2017-2019
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In Los Angeles in 1985, Ruth Wilder, a struggling actress, auditions along with many other women in a fledgling professional wrestling promotion called the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling (GLOW). Traditionally minded in her approach to acting and highly idealistic, she clashes with GLOW's director Sam Sylvia due to his cynical demeanor and often unconventional work style. She discovers early on that he has employed her former best friend, retired soap opera actress Debbie Eagan to star in the show. Ruth and Debbie had fallen out with one another after Ruth had an affair with her husband, Mark, who she then divorced. The tension between the two women promises either to make or break the developing show. Written by Wiki

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The girls are back in town. (Season 2)

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Comedy | Drama | Sport

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Arthie's in-ring persona 'Beirut the Mad Bomber' is based on original GLOW wrestler Palestina. See more »

Crazy Credits

Every first season episode shows the foreign language overdub credits for each character. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Lights Out with David Spade: Episode #1.23 (2019) See more »

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The Most Authentic Depiction of L.A. in the '80s I've Seen to Date
1 July 2017 | by darthramiousSee all my reviews

The 1980s wasn't just neon fabrics, side ponytails, and cream colored suits with t-shirts. It was also too much moose, too much make-up, and sock-less penny loafers. It was ugly. Brilliantly, gloriously ugly and tacky. And that's what you see in this show. Superficially speaking, this series (and its characters) looks more authentically of the era than anything else I have seen portrayed on film in the last two decades.

Much of the credit goes to costume designer Beth Morgan, who sifted through photo albums to research the look of the decade, rather than fashion catalogs and television shows and seeing an obstructed, romanticized vision of the era. The characters either wear too much or not enough of everything. This was the eighties, warts and all, and just for that alone, this show is worth a look.

But on top of that, you have a rich, diverse cast of characters, almost all of which are multi-dimensional and bring more to the table than just what they appear to be (while ironically trying to play up their stereotypes to promote the show they are working on). And though some characters sadly don't get the time to fully develop in just ten half-hour episodes, you have reason to believe that they will in future seasons, as the executive producers have proved before in the ongoing seasons of 'Orange is the New Black'.

And then there's the men of GLOW. The women are getting plenty of praise - and deservedly so - but the few male characters depicted also get a chance to shine. Chris Lowell plays the fascinating benefactor to the entire GLOW enterprise. He's the only one - initially - with the vision of what the show should be, and although he isn't introduced until episode three ('The Wrath of Kuntar'), his presence is felt as the unseen force propelling a reluctant director and inexperienced cast to pursue this venture. Bashir Salahuddin is the epitome of the phrase "no small parts" in this series. He exudes a warmth that instantly brings calmness and security to anyone and everyone around him. And although he is given minimal lines and - what some may argue - a generic character in the handful of appearances he makes, you genuinely feel invested and supportive of the developments he undertakes in the latter half of the season.

And finally, there's Marc Maron. Whether or not you've heard about him yet, you will soon and it will be because of this role. He plays the director enlisted with putting an all-female wrestling show together. He comes from a B-list, schlock horror background and only takes the job to finance his dream project, but despite being a sleaze ball with a predilection for the vices of the time, he also genuinely cares for people. He's a guy who will step up and stick his neck out for the people he believes in, and unlike just about all the other characters written with a drug problem, Maron's character isn't dictated by societal expectations to flounder and jeopardize the other characters around him. He's an asset, and not only that, but an absolute necessity. He's also an addict, but a functioning addict, which sadly many people in the industry were back then.

Maron exemplifies everything great about this show. It's not glorifying the era, it's a raw, unapologetic, and - at times - brutally honest depiction of the 1980s in southern California: Flawed, hilarious, and tacky.


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23 June 2017 (USA) See more »

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Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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