GLOW (TV series)
|Created by||Liz Flahive
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||10 (list of episodes)|
|Running time||29–37 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Tilted Productions
|Original release||June 23, 2017– present|
GLOW is an American comedy television series created by Liz Flahive and Carly Mensch. 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) originally created by David McLane. The first season consists of 10 episodes and was released via Netflix on June 23, 2017. On August 10, 2017, Netflix renewed the series for a second season of 10 episodes.
Set in Los Angeles in 1985, Ruth Wilder, a struggling actress, auditions along with dozens of 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.
- Alison Brie as Ruth "Zoya the Destroya" Wilder
- Betty Gilpin as Debbie "Liberty Belle" Eagan
- Sydelle Noel as Cherry "Junkchain" Bang
- Britney Young as Carmen "Machu Picchu" Wade
- Marc Maron as Sam Sylvia
- Jackie Tohn as Melanie "Melrose" Rosen
- Kate Nash as Rhonda "Britannica" Richardson
- Britt Baron as Justine "Scab" Biagi
- Chris Lowell as Sebastian "Bash" Howard
- Bashir Salahuddin as Keith Bang
- Rich Sommer as Mark Eagan
- Kimmy Gatewood as Stacey "Ethel Rosenblatt" Beswick
- Rebekka Johnson as Dawn "Edna Rosenblatt" Rivecca
- Sunita Mani as Arthie "Beirut the Mad Bomber" Premkumar
- Kia Stevens as Tammé "The Welfare Queen" Dawson
- Gayle Rankin as Sheila "the She Wolf"
- Ellen Wong as Jenny "Fortune Cookie" Chey
- Marianna Palka as Reggie "Vicky the Viking" Walsh
- Alex Rich as Florian
- Ravil Isyanov as Gregory
- Amy Farrington as Mallory
In addition to Kia Stevens (who has wrestled as Awesome Kong in TNA, and as Kharma in WWE) in a recurring role, several professional wrestlers made cameos throughout the season. These include John Morrison as Salty "The Sack" Johnson, a trainer who appeared in the first episode; Tyrus and Carlito, 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; 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.
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. Before this series, neither woman had heard of the GLOW wrestling promotion, and they became intrigued by the premise of producing a fictionalized version of it. Both women found the storyline intriguing as a way of exploring the aftermath of the 1970s Woman's Liberation Movement, with Flahive's 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?" To this end, it was important for the series to maintain a tension between whether or not the league was exploiting women or empowering them.
Ursula Hayden, the owner of the GLOW company, served as a series 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.
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.
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 mashup 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.
Principal production on season 2 commenced in October 2017.
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.
The series features several songs from the 1980s, as well as tracks from the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s.
- Featured songs
- "The Warrior" by Scandal
- "You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)" by Sylvester
- "Separate Ways (Worlds Apart)" by Journey
- "Stir It Up" by Patti LaBelle
- "The Look" by Roxette
- "We Don't Get Along" by The Go-Go's
- "4-3-1" by The Jetzons
- "Every Little Bit" by Jackie James
- "Life in a Northern Town" by The Dream Academy
- "Movin' Out (Anthony's Song)" by Billy Joel
- "Head Over Heels" by Tears for Fears
- "Make That Money (Scrooge’s Song)" by Alice Cooper
- "Rock You Like a Hurricane (2011 Re-recording)" by Scorpions
- "Ready Steady Go" by Generation X
- "Dare" by Stan Bush
- "Theme of Exodus" by Ernest Gold
- "Angel" by The Jetzons
- "Under Pressure" by Queen and David Bowie
- "Car Wash" by Rose Royce
- "Magic Moments" by Perry Como
- "Things Can Only Get Better" by Howard Jones
- "Invincible" by Pat Benatar
Quiet Riot's cover of "Cum On Feel the Noize" was used for the series' trailer. Songs covered by the cast include the Thompson Twins' "Hold Me Now" and Barbra Streisand's "This Is One of Those Moments".
|No.||Title||Directed by||Written by||Original release date|
|1||"Pilot"||Jesse Peretz||Liz Flahive & Carly Mensch||June 23, 2017|
|Ruth Wilder, an actress struggling to find work, receives an invitation for an audition from her casting director. She arrives at an old boxing gym, where she and dozens of other women are auditioning for Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling (GLOW). On the first day of tryouts, Ruth is dismissed by director Sam Sylvia when her acting skills come into conflict with the training; her day worsens when her purse is snatched by a group of skateboarders. With nowhere else to go, she begins watching professional wrestling videos to develop her persona and returns to the gym for another shot at the audition. Things go awry when her best friend Debbie Eagan confronts her after discovering that she has been having an affair with her husband Mark. Their legitimate catfight in the ring inspires Sam to keep Ruth in the program.|
|2||"Slouch. Submit."||Wendey Stanzler||Liz Flahive & Carly Mensch||June 23, 2017|
|During the second week of tryouts, Sam tests the candidates' personalities. He then leaves the training to Cherry Bang while he goes out to try and get Debbie to be the star of his promotion. Tensions arise in the ring when Melrose reveals Cherry's previous affair with Sam and Cherry locks her in a sleeper hold. Melrose further mocks Cherry by faking a miscarriage with a bottle of ketchup. Sam uses the incident and Ruth's affair with Mark to brainstorm on a storyline in the ring. At the end of the day, Sam promises Cherry double her pay if the promotion pulls through. Ruth discovers that Sam will cast her as Debbie's evil arch-nemesis, much to her chagrin.|
|3||"The Wrath of Kuntar"||Claire Scanlon||Nick Jones||June 23, 2017|
|The ladies meet their producer Sebastian "Bash" Howard while Sam hands them a script for them to work on, with Ruth reading stage directions. After the script reading session, Bash invites everyone to a party at his Malibu mansion, with Debbie riding in his helicopter. There, Bash brings the ladies to his dressing room to help them further develop their in-ring personas while Ruth puts a drunk Debbie in a taxi back home. As the ladies flaunt their new outfits, Sam and Bash argue over the direction they want the promotion to go. Following the argument, Sam agrees to work with Bash's vision of giving the girls stereotypical gimmicks. The girls pass on their persona tests except for Ruth, who leaves Sam and Bash clueless over her character.|
|4||"The Dusty Spur"||Melanie Mayron||Sascha Rothchild||June 23, 2017|
|With five weeks left before shooting GLOW's pilot episode, Sam and Bash announce that the ladies will stay at The Dusty Spur motel in Van Nuys as part of their training. As Ruth struggles to find her character, she is assigned to work with Sheila the She-Wolf. Training is interrupted by Carmen's father Goliath Jackson and her two brothers, who urge her to go home instead of pursuing a wrestling career. After Goliath slaps Sam, Carmen agrees to leave the gym, but Bash fakes an affair with her to convince Goliath to let Carmen make her own decisions. The ladies and Cherry's husband Keith watch one of Sam's old horror films, only to discover his find-a-date video recorded over it. Meanwhile, Ruth gets into an argument with Sheila after discovering a dead squirrel in her bed while Debbie moves into the motel after another quarrel with Mark.|
|5||"Debbie Does Something"||Phil Abraham||Rachel Shukert||June 23, 2017|
|As the ladies continue their training, Sam and Bash have a meeting with K-DTV executive Glen Klitnick, who offers GLOW a Saturday morning timeslot and a potential sponsor in the form of indoor/outdoor lifestyle store chain Patio Town. Debbie has her parents take care of her son while she continues her training. Dawn and Stacey spend the night making prank calls to everyone in the motel while Justine is heavily attracted to pizza delivery boy Billy Offal. Ruth and Rhonda travel to Patio Town's new Calabasas branch to meet CEO Patrick O'Towne, who declines to sponsor GLOW until Sam convinces him to reconsider by staging a vignette with Ruth during the ribbon cutting ceremony. It is here that Ruth develops her Soviet gimmick, but shortly learns of Sam's affair with Rhonda. Meanwhile, Melrose joins Debbie and Carmen to watch a local wrestling show, where Debbie discovers the thin line between wrestling and soap operas.|
|6||"This Is One of Those Moments"||Kate Dennis||Jenji Kohan||June 23, 2017|
|Sam calls in Ruth and Debbie early morning at the gym to build them both as main eventers. Ruth sells an idea for the match, but Debbie walks out, still refusing to work with her former best friend. To further develop her character, Ruth asks for help from Gregory, the motel's Russian manager, who takes her to a Russian Jewish family party. When Michael, the bris celebrant, overhears Ruth talking about Yentl, he asks her to sing one of Barbra Streisand's songs. Meanwhile, Debbie is having difficulty taking in-ring storylines while Justine confronts Sam over him using GLOW as his personal casting couch. After much convincing by Sam, Debbie finally decides to start a program with Ruth. Later that night, Justine sneaks into Sam's office and steals his camera.|
|7||"Live Studio Audience"||Jesse Peretz||Rachel Shukert||June 23, 2017|
|As the ladies gear up for their first show on Friday, Sam and Bash argue over production costs, especially after Sam's camera was stolen. In order to make the best possible main event, Ruth and Debbie begin training with Carmen's brothers. Meanwhile, Sam discovers that Rhonda found his camera in her locker, but he knows that Justine was trying to frame her. On the night of the show, Carmen experiences stage fright and passes out after leaving the gym. The scheduled tag team match goes awry when Dawn and Stacey wear Ku Klux Klan outfits in the ring. After coming to, Carmen discovers that Bash has been cut off financially by his mother after spending over $600,000 on developing GLOW. Debbie and Ruth's training pays off as they both get over the crowd on their main event, but Debbie suddenly walks out of the match when she sees Mark and argues with him backstage before he hands her the divorce papers. Rhonda saves the show by getting the other ladies to rap with her in the ring.|
|8||"Maybe It’s All the Disco"||Sian Heder||Nick Jones||June 23, 2017|
|Sam takes Ruth to the Mayan Theater as a potential venue for GLOW's next show. Mark admits to Debbie that he never meant to serve the divorce paper to her and that he has been taking therapy sessions to help fix their marriage. Meanwhile, the ladies celebrate Sheila's birthday by taking her to a roller disco, Rhonda breaks up with Sam, and Ruth secretly undergoes an abortion after her pregnancy test comes out positive.|
|9||"The Liberal Chokehold"||Lynn Shelton||Liz Flahive & Carly Mensch||June 23, 2017|
|While most of America is focused on the TWA Flight 847 hijacking, K-DTV executives present Sam and Bash the timeslot for GLOW (following Dr. Gene Scott, a 1970s staple of KHOF-TV), but Sam discovers that Bash is strapped for cash. In order to raise the $9,000 to secure the venue, the ladies host a bikini car wash at the motel. When they collect only $287 and change from their car wash, Bash brings them to his mother's anti-drug charity event to speak as former drug addicts using wrestling as a reformation tool. Their act convinces Bash's mother to allow them to use their ballroom at the Hayworth Hotel. Meanwhile, after confiding with Justine over his failed projects, including the loss of the venue reservation, Sam discovers that she is his illegitimate daughter.|
|10||"Money’s in the Chase"||Tristram Shapeero||Liz Flahive & Carly Mensch||June 23, 2017|
|As the ladies pack up for the Hayworth, a drunk Sam returns to the motel to try and mend things with Justine while Debbie bails out to move back in with Mark. Ruth puts herself in charge of the event. With hardly any attendance in the ballroom, Tammé, Melrose, and Sheila pay several moviegoers from the Hollywood Palladium across the street to watch their show. Glen informs Cherry that she got the lead role in the station's upcoming cop drama series, but she has to quit GLOW in the process. The opening match goes out of control when the crowd does not take kindly to Arthie's "Beirut the Mad Bomber" gimmick and Rhonda is hit in the head with a beer can thrown by an audience member. Carmen overcomes her stagefright when her father starts cheering for her. The main event is a tag team match with Ruth and Jenny defeating Dawn and Stacey, only for Ruth to double-cross Jenny and pin her to win the GLOW Crown. Her coronation is suddenly interrupted when Debbie challenges her to a match. Debbie finishes off Ruth with a flying cross body to become the GLOW Champion. Tammé, however, steals the Crown as part of Sam's plan to continue the storyline.|
GLOW was praised by critics upon its release; receiving a 94% 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." The series has a Metacritic score of 81 out of 100, based on 37 critics. 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". Sophie Gilbert of The Atlantic said, "...it’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."
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. 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.
More positive reception came from mainstream wrestling figures including Kurt Angle. 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.
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