I recently finished watching the Netflix series GLOW and I haven’t heard anyone talking about it yet. So I’m going to now.
About the series
The series takes place 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 actress Debbie Eagan, arrives at the ring, their confrontation promises to either make or break the show. The series follows the personal and professional lives of the fictional show’s numerous cast and crew as they navigate the 1980’s.
First of all, the series takes place in the eighties, second of all it takes place in Los Angeles, one of my favorite places in the world, third, the cast is very well female driven, which I absolutely love.
I stumbled upon GLOW in my Netflix recommendations. I don’t know how it got there, but I started to give it a go. And damn did I love it. One of the main characters, Ruth Wilder, is really a lovely person to relate to. She has a dream, she wants to make it a reality, but life as an actress hasn’t really worked out for her yet. Very relatable. We all have dreams right?
But then GLOW comes in her life and suddenly she gets to do what she likes best. Acting. But here comes the funny part with it. It also involves wrestling, and nobody from that cast is a wrestler. So that gives some funny scenes.
GLOW feels a little like a power woman show. The cast is mostly female, they fight to get better and they are, like everybody, struggling in life sometimes. Struggling to find out who you are, where you want to go in life. Very relatable. The series involves big themes like friendship, love, career, loss and following your dreams. What I also really liked about GLOW is that it’s not always that serious. It’s also light and funny and that’s also nice sometimes.
I felt quite inspired after I finished the series. And sad also, because what’s next? So if you haven’t seen GLOW yet, give it a shot. It’s great.