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  • Series Premiere Date: Jun 23, 2017
Season #: 1, 2
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Generally favorable reviews- based on 213 Ratings

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  • Summary: Set in 1985 Los Angeles, struggling actress Ruth Wilder (Alison Brie) ends up on a women wrestling TV show in this comedy created by Liz Flahive and Carly Mensch that was inspired by the 1980s professional wrestling league.
  • Genre(s): Comedy
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 35 out of 37
  2. Negative: 0 out of 37
  1. Reviewed by: Terry Terrones
    Jun 21, 2017
    100
    Unique, humorous and with touches of warmth, this series might just be the sitcom of the summer.
  2. Reviewed by: Ben Travers
    Jun 23, 2017
    91
    To call it a feel-good hit would be a bit reductive and presumptive, but GLOW deserves all the love and respect thrust upon it. Sit back, turn it up, and enjoy.
  3. Reviewed by: James Poniewozik
    Jun 22, 2017
    90
    GLOW is blessedly its own thing. It’s nostalgic, but it’s more than the sum of its soundtrack and hair spray. Its ratty mid-80s Los Angeles of motels and skate punks feels specific and lived in. Like last summer’s Netflix breakout, “Stranger Things,” GLOW is a hulking creature sewn together from pop-cultural scraps, but when it steps into the ring, it reveals itself as a true original.
  4. Reviewed by: Robert Lloyd
    Jun 21, 2017
    80
    Some characters get more screen time than others, but none are shallow; all get to tell you at least a little bit about who they are, without making too obvious a point of it (The exposition creeps in on little cat feet.)
  5. Reviewed by: Aisha Harris
    Jun 22, 2017
    80
    GLOW is packed with an excellent ensemble cast that includes Alison Brie and Marc Maron, sharp commentary on gender and racial stereotypes, and an awesomely ’80s soundtrack. It’s also just plain fun, aware of (and sometimes shamelessly indulgent in) the inherent silliness of wrestling, while never looking down on it.
  6. Reviewed by: Mark A. Perigard
    Jun 21, 2017
    75
    Their characters--Welfare Queen, Fortune Cookie and the Old Biddies, to name a few--are wildly over the top, borderline offensive and true to the era. The crowd has no choice and falls in love. It’s no tilt-a-whirl crossbody, but GLOW gets close.
  7. Reviewed by: Allison Keene
    Jun 20, 2017
    60
    GLOW works (or doesn’t work) in a 1:1 ratio with how things are working out in its story. When the characters are disorganized and the cable show is a mess, so is GLOW. Once the characters find their personas as wrestlers, they start to have them for viewers. And once the performances begin, GLOW starts to get very good.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 28
  2. Negative: 1 out of 28
  1. Jun 24, 2017
    10
    This show really lived up to expectations. The characters are well written and interesting. It's difficult to balance a large cast like thisThis show really lived up to expectations. The characters are well written and interesting. It's difficult to balance a large cast like this but each person stood out while highlighting a number of larger issues which were prevalent at the time and which are still a big issue today, namely race relations and women in the workplace.
    At the end of the day though it's just a really fun show with a great sense of humor. The episodes are quite short (around 30 minutes) so don't be surprised if you binge your way through it. Definitely give it a chance, I loved it :D.
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  2. Jun 30, 2017
    10
    This show is amazing. If you don't like it GTFO, you probably aren't American and lived in a crappy country during the 80's. Can't wait forThis show is amazing. If you don't like it GTFO, you probably aren't American and lived in a crappy country during the 80's. Can't wait for season 2 . Love the Russian accent from Ruth. :) Expand
  3. Jun 26, 2017
    10
    Loved this show, a good mix of humor and drama. And does a great job grabbing what pro wrestling is. From the goofyness to the seriousness.Loved this show, a good mix of humor and drama. And does a great job grabbing what pro wrestling is. From the goofyness to the seriousness. Finished the whole series in a day. Expand
  4. Jan 9, 2018
    8
    Outstanding writing and performances. Characters feel alive and meaningful. Every character is given ample screen time for characterOutstanding writing and performances. Characters feel alive and meaningful. Every character is given ample screen time for character development, which I love. Above average PRACTICAL cinematography. My only concern with the show is the attitudes of Ruth and Debbie throughout most of the season. Ruth is exhaustively apologetic throughout the season. Mark deserves equal treatment as Ruth. After all, it takes two to tango. How is Debbie not mature enough to anticipate an affair. and deal with the issue like an adult? Their marriage has clearly deteriorated. Even though the show is all about girl power, I still feel like its slightly sexist.

    Verdict: Quality television, great example of character study/development done right. Can't wait for season 2...which isn't really all that necessary, but the characters deserve more life. It's kind of like House of Cards. Frank became the president. Great. We can end it here.
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  5. Jun 26, 2017
    8
    Marc Maron fanatic here. OITNB devotee, too. I see the potential and expect future seasons to be great. Allison Brie is a quirky, pitchMarc Maron fanatic here. OITNB devotee, too. I see the potential and expect future seasons to be great. Allison Brie is a quirky, pitch perfect character. Betty Gilpin knows where her story arc is going, too. Maron fits the role perfectly, but to be honest it doesn't stretch him much.

    I get the feeling that after eight years of Weeds and the five years of OITNB, Jenji Kohan is comfortable ising Season one as setup to milk this show for a very long run. The first half of the season is slow,. By the end you will be itching for season two to start tomorrow. I hope that she is not becoming too formulaic, relying on single character backstory to undergird the main wrestling plot in every episode, the way she does with Orange. Clever once. Cliche twice.
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  6. Jul 4, 2017
    7
    Enjoyable, period accurate, women self worth self love fest. This time around there's a different Larry Bloom, and a different Joe Caputo.Enjoyable, period accurate, women self worth self love fest. This time around there's a different Larry Bloom, and a different Joe Caputo. It's OITNB with a different cast. Fresher than the last three seasons of OINTB Expand
  7. Jun 28, 2017
    0
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Pink Neon is the New Black. Show is unbearable. Saw the great reviews and suggested SO and I watch it. SO enjoys it, I find it utterly disappointing. Looking over the reviews, I see a theme of yay! girlpower!. SO is not exactly pro feminism, so I imagine he is just enjoying it for the bewbs. Usually I like Alison Brie, she was great in community, but here she looks like an aging poorly frump with sad mosquito bite breasts. So I am not even sure what SO is excited about ... Perhaps Betty Gilpin and what she describes as her "baby manatee sized pups". Her boobs. Anyway, this show is dull and seems forced. Plus racist and full of absurd situations. No, no soap actress would ever stoop to the level of faux wrestling. Just gag me with a spoon before I have to watch more of this tripe. Expand

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