GLOW (TV series)

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Glow TV show logo.png
Created byLiz Flahive
Carly Mensch
Opening theme"The Warrior" by Scandal
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons3
No. of episodes30 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)
  • Christian Sprenger
  • Adrian Peng Correia
  • Chris Teague
Running time26–46 minutes
Production company(s)Tilted Productions
Fan Dancer
Original networkNetflix
Picture format4K (16:9 UHDTV in high dynamic range)
Audio formatDolby Digital
Original releaseJune 23, 2017 (2017-06-23) –
External links

GLOW is an American comedy web television series created by Liz Flahive and Carly Mensch.[1] The series revolves around a fictionalization of the characters and gimmicks of the 1980s syndicated women's professional wrestling circuit, the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling (or GLOW) founded by David McLane.[2] The first season consists of 10 episodes[3] and was released on Netflix on June 23, 2017.[4] On August 10, 2017, Netflix renewed the series for a second season of 10 episodes, which premiered on June 29, 2018.[5] The series was renewed on August 20, 2018 for a third season, which premiered on August 9, 2019.[6][7]


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). She is at odds with GLOW's director Sam Sylvia due to her tendency to overact. When Ruth's former best friend, retired soap opera actress Debbie Eagan, arrives at the ring, their confrontation promises to either make or break the show.




In addition to Kia Stevens (who has wrestled as Awesome Kong in TNA, and as Kharma in WWE) in a main role, several professional wrestlers made cameos throughout the seasons. These include John Hennigan as Salty "The Sack" Johnson, a trainer who appeared in the first episode of Season 1; Tyrus and Carlos Edwin, who played Carmen's wrestler brothers; Joey Ryan as a wrestler known as "Mr. Monopoly", and Ryan's real-life wife and wrestler Laura James played his valet, "Crystal"; Alex Riley played a wrestler known as "Steel Horse"; Brooke Hogan as night club manager Amber Fredrickson; Chavo Guerrero Jr. as Chico Guapo; and Christopher Daniels and Frankie Kazarian as unnamed wrestlers. Hulk Hogan, Ric Flair, and Gorgeous George appear in archived video footage in episodes 1 and 4.


SeasonEpisodesOriginally released
110June 23, 2017 (2017-06-23)
210June 29, 2018 (2018-06-29)
310August 9, 2019 (2019-08-09)


The idea for the series came when Flahive and Mensch, who at the time were looking to make a new female-centric show, came across the 2012 documentary GLOW: The Story of the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling.[18][19] Before this, neither woman had heard of the GLOW wrestling promotion, and they became intrigued by the premise of producing a fictionalized version of it.[19] Both women found the storyline intriguing as a way of exploring the aftermath of the 1970s Woman's Liberation Movement, with Flahive telling Rolling Stone, "We wanted to look back on the 1970s, coming out of the women's movement, and into the 1980s, and ask the question: Did it work? Did things get better?"[18] To this end, it was important for the series to maintain a tension between whether the league was exploiting women or empowering them.[18]

Ursula Hayden, the owner of the GLOW company, served as a consultant on the series and helped Flahive and Mensch with creating the show. Hayden was also on the original 1980s promotion as Babe, the Farmer's Daughter.[20]

Chavo Guerrero Jr. of the famous Guerrero wrestling family also served as a consultant on the series and helped train the actresses. His uncle Mando Guerrero had served in the same role for the original series.[21]


The series was shot on several locations in Los Angeles; mainly in the San Fernando Valley. Chavo's Boxing Gym, which is GLOW's training grounds, was a combination of two locations: the interior was a studio set while the exterior was the rear of the San Fernando Masonic Lodge. The Pink Motel in Sun Valley was used as a stand-in for The Dusty Spur Motel, GLOW's sleeping quarters. Other notable locations include the Mayan Theater and the Hollywood Palladium.[22]

Principal production on season 2 commenced in October 2017.[23]


For the Spain market, Netflix España released a series of promo videos featuring singers Marta Sánchez and Vicky Larraz. The first video, titled "No Controles", features Sánchez imitating Ruth's imaginary wrestler scene from the first episode. The second video has Sánchez and Larraz squaring off in the ring.[24][25]

For the Brazil market, Netflix Brasil released a promo video featuring singers Gretchen and Rita Cadillac auditioning for GLOW.[26]

Funko will release Pop! Vinyl figures of Ruth and Debbie in mid-2018.[27]


The series features several songs from the 1980s, as well as tracks from the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s.[28] The opening theme used for the full-length opening titles in episode 1 of each season is "The Warrior" by Scandal.

Season 1 songs
Season 2 songs
  1. "You May Be Right" by Billy Joel
  2. "Just Like Honey" by The Jesus and Mary Chain
  3. "It's Like That" by Run-DMC
  4. "Sweat" by The System
  5. "Situation" by Yazoo
  6. "Baby You Got It" by Brenton Wood
  7. "You're All I Need to Get By" by Aretha Franklin
  8. "Smalltown Boy" by Bronski Beat
  9. "I Know What Boys Like" by The Waitresses
  10. "Far From Over" by Frank Stallone
  11. "You Make My Dreams" by Hall & Oates
  12. "Destination Unknown" by Missing Persons
  13. "Makeover" by the GLOW Girls
  14. "Don't Kidnap" by the GLOW Girls
  15. "Kyrie" by Mr. Mister
  16. "Cross My Heart" by Richard Myhill
  17. "Can't You See the World Through My Eyes?" by Donnie Barren
  18. "Don't You Want Me" by The Human League
  19. "Crazy for You" by Madonna
  20. "Man on the Corner" by Genesis
  21. "Chapel of Love" by The Dixie Cups
  22. "Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now" by Starship
Season 3 songs [29]

Quiet Riot's cover of "Cum On Feel the Noize" was used for the Season 1 trailer, while "Maniac" by Michael Sembello was used for the Season 2 trailer and "Listen to Your Heart" by Roxette for the Season 3 trailer. Songs covered by the cast include the Thompson Twins' "Hold Me Now" and Barbra Streisand's "This Is One of Those Moments".[28]


GLOW was praised by critics upon its release; with Season 1 receiving a 95% approval rating from review aggregation site Rotten Tomatoes, the site's consensus being "With spot-on 1980s period detail, knockout writing, and a killer cast, GLOW shines brightly."[30] Season 2 has a 98% approval rating, the site's consensus being "Fearlessly led by its excellent ensemble, GLOW's second season adds a new layer of drama without sacrificing its self-effacing, delightfully silly humor."[31] The third season has a 86% approval rating, the site's consensus being "GLOW dives even deeper into the lives of its divas to deliver a knock-out third season that solidifies its place as one of TV's most compelling—and hilarious—character studies." [32] The series has a Metacritic score of 81 out of 100, based on 37 critics.[33] Darren Franich of Entertainment Weekly gave the first season an A rating, calling it "a silly-smart masterpiece, with an ensemble cast entirely made up of breakout characters".[34] Sophie Gilbert of The Atlantic said, "’s just a blast to watch women having so much fun. GLOW fully owns its campiness and its showy aesthetics, but it’s smart and subversive underneath the glitter."[35]

The series received mixed reactions from some of the original GLOW wrestlers. Jeanne Basone, who wrestled in the promotion as "Hollywood", commented that "Some of the training and the gym and the outfits they get correct." Patricia Summerland, who played "Sunny the California Girl" in the promotion, saw Marc Maron's character Sam Sylvia as a stark contrast to original GLOW director Matt Cimber. Eileen O'Hara, who was known as "Melody Trouble Vixen (MTV)", felt that the series did not properly represent the promotion.[36] Lisa Moretti, who competed as "Tina Ferrari" and would go on to the greatest fame among GLOW alumni as Ivory in the WWF/WWE as a three-time WWF Women's Champion during the Attitude Era, said that she was relieved that the series isn't a documentary because it was more entertaining to have a mix between fact and fiction.[37]

More positive reception came from mainstream wrestling figures including Kurt Angle.[38] Ethan Sapienza of Slate noted accurate comparisons between the series and WWE as well as the various regional promotions that made up the National Wrestling Alliance during its heyday.[39]


Year Award Category Nominee(s) Result Ref.
2018 American Cinema Editors Awards Best Edited Comedy Series for Non-Commercial Television William Turro Nominated [40]
Art Directors Guild Awards Half Hour Single-Camera Television Series Todd Fjelsted Won [41]
Costume Designers Guild Awards Excellence in Period Television Beth Morgan Nominated [42]
Critics' Choice Television Awards Best Comedy Series GLOW Nominated [43]
Best Actress in a Comedy Series Alison Brie Nominated
Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series Marc Maron Nominated
Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Betty Gilpin Nominated
Golden Globe Awards Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy Alison Brie Nominated [44]
Make-Up Artists and Hair Stylists Guild Awards TV and New Media Series – Best Period / Character Make-Up Lana Horochowski, Maurine Burke Nominated [45]
TV and New Media Series – Best Period / Character Hair Styling Theraesa Rivers, Valerie Jackson Nominated
People's Choice Awards The Bingeworthy Show of 2018 GLOW Shortlisted [46]
Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Comedy Series GLOW Nominated [47]
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Betty Gilpin Nominated
Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series Jesse Peretz (for "Pilot") Nominated
Outstanding Casting for a Comedy Series Jennifer Euston and Elizabeth Barnes Nominated
Outstanding Cinematography for a Single-Camera Series (Half-Hour) Christian Sprenger (for "Pilot") Nominated
Outstanding Hairstyling for a Single-Camera Series Theraesa Rivers, Valerie Jackson, Leslie Bennett, Jules Holdren (for "Pilot") Nominated
Outstanding Main Title Design Jason Groves, Christopher Harding, Richard Kenworthy Nominated
Outstanding Makeup for a Single-Camera Series (Non-Prosthetic) Lana Horochowski, Maurine Burke, Lesa Nielson Duff, Melissa Buell, Kristina Frisch (for "Money's in the Chase") Nominated
Outstanding Production Design for a Narrative Program (Half-Hour or Less) Todd Fjelsted, Harry Otto, Ryan Watson (for "The Dusty Spur") Won
Outstanding Stunt Coordination for a Comedy Series or Variety Program Shauna Diggins Won
Satellite Awards Best Musical or Comedy Series GLOW Won [48]
Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy Series Alison Brie Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series The cast of GLOW Nominated [49]
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series Marc Maron Nominated
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series Alison Brie Nominated
Outstanding Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Television Series GLOW stunt ensemble Nominated
Writers Guild of America Awards Comedy Series Arabella Anderson, Kristoffer Diaz, Liz Flahive, Tara Herrmann, Nick Jones, Jenji Kohan, Carly Mensch, Emma Rathbone, Sascha Rothchild, Rachel Shukert Nominated [50]
New Series Nominated
2019 Critics' Choice Television Awards Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Betty Gilpin Nominated [51]
Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series Alison Brie Nominated [52]
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series The cast of GLOW Nominated
Outstanding Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Television Series GLOW stunt ensemble Won
Satellite Awards Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy Series Alison Brie Nominated [53][54]
Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Betty Gilpin Pending [55]
Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards Outstanding Period Costumes Beth Morgan, Alexandra Casey, Sharon Taylor Sampson ("Every Potato Has a Receipt") Pending
Outstanding Hairstyling for a Single-Camera Series Theraesa Rivers, Valerie Jackson, Mishell Chandler, Deborah Pierce, Loretta Nero, Jason Green ("Tthe Good Twin") Pending
Outstanding Makeup for a Single-Camera Series (Non-Prosthetic) Lana Horochowski, Maurine Burke, Lesa Nielson Duff, Melissa Buell, Kristina Frisch ("The Good Twin") Pending
Outstanding Stunt Coordination for a Comedy Series or Variety Program Shauna Diggins Pending

Comic book[edit]

On December 5, 2018, IDW Publishing announced that a four-issue comic book series based on the show will be released in March 2019. The GLOW comic book series will be written by Tini Howard and illustrated by Hannah Templer.[56][57][58][59]

In media[edit]

Sydelle Noel, Britney Young, Kia Stevens, and Jackie Tohn made a cameo appearance as their GLOW characters in the music video for the 2017 Katy Perry song "Swish Swish".[60]


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