GLOW, a dazzling 80’s wrestling show

January 6, 2021

GLOW, otherwise known as the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling, is a show about a struggling actor named Ruth Wilder played by Allison Brie. She auditions for a show about the 1980’s female professional wrestling show, with a comedic twist. The show focuses on the different lives of women in the 1980’s. The characters are raw with plausible backstories that build at a natural pace, which makes the show so interesting. A scripted dramedy, it tells the fictional story of a 1980s professional wrestling promotion that is based on the actual show from the ’80s called the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling.

The first season starts with Ruth auditioning for the show, one of the ongoing things in her life is that she was sleeping with her best friend’s husband. Her best friend is named Betty, a retired soap opera star and a traditional stay at home mom. When this offer for this wrestling show comes to Ruth, Betty uses her audition and is cast, but only as revenge towards Ruth to terrorize her life for ruining her best friend’s marriage.

There are a lot of places where there are women on a show, but they’re not driving the story or they don’t want things … They are not imperative and they are not driving the narrative”

— Liz Flahive, co-creator of GLOW

Like the name of the show GLOW, the costumes and design of the show is GLOW and fabulous! Each of the women has their own character on the show such as Ruth, her persona is “Zoya The Destroya” an evil Russian twin sister. Another one of the characters is “Liberty Belle” an American sweetheart, played by Betty. Many of the wrestling personas relate to the 1980’s time. 

This show continues to focus on important topics in a 1980s setting. These include equal pay, home/work-life balance, racial issues, ageism, homophobia, following one’s dreams, etc. But despite the heavy topics, the show always has a strong message. 

The show goes on for three seasons and season 4 was cancelled due to COVID. The show’s Rotten Tomatoes score 92%, a high score. This show has the perfect balance of humour and drama. There’s more to GLOW… than you might expect. 

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