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  • Series Premiere Date: Jun 23, 2017
Season #: 1, 2
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Generally favorable reviews- based on 218 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: 24 out of 30
  2. Negative: 1 out of 30
  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. Jun 26, 2017
    8
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. So far I'm excited to see where this show will go. Though it definitely seems to focus on one main protagonist, Ruth, it highlights some of the other women and gives a bit of their backstory as well. I truly hope the writers keep adding dimension to each character and expand the depth of each one. . One character I'd actually like to see grow more and didn't get as much satisfaction from is Ruth's opposite, Debbie. I feel her character needs a bit more of something and the surface was only scratched in her development the first season. We want her to succeed simply based on how she was literally screwed over, but not because we're rooting for her in some of the ways we root for the other girls of GLOW. There are moments she even seems weak, but left craving a stronger and more intriguing character, not another typical pretty "dumb" blonde. Obviously the show works off of stereotypes with the possible purpose of conquering those ridiculous myths, but hopefully each character gets a chance to not only debunk these labels, but strip down to the core of who these ladies are. The touches of heartfelt moments and those of fun and awkward ones makes this show it's own unique vision. I have high hopes of where the writers take this one. Expand
  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. Sep 21, 2018
    8
    Adorei esta série. Uma boa mistura de humor e drama, ainda por cima com wrestling feminino (um assunto único na TV). Vi a série num dia.
  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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