There are some shows on Netflix that are your usual. Sweet, charming, with a dash of salt. There are others which are poignant and leave a mark. And then are those, in the seedy underbelly of the streaming giant that leave you moved and confused at the same time. There are those shows who uncover harsh realities with a smile on their face and stains in their hands. And one such show is GLOW.
If you are a stranger to this show, the same as I was a few days ago (till I went and binge-watched the entire series), then welcome to all you can know about GLOW.
What is GLOW?
In a word, GLOW stands for Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling. And the show? Is precisely about that. The show chronicles the stories of a myriad of ladies from all marginalised walks of life, trying to find a field where they can belong, and earn some money. Award-Winning actress Alison Brie stars as Ruth “Zoya the Destroyer” Wilder. Her story is of a narrative all of Hollywood loves to explore: that of a failing actress, looking for an ‘unconventional’ role.
Where it all Begins
Ruth Wilder is looking for talented, energetic and independent women roles. But all she can find is that of the shy and well-spoken ones. That is until her agent sends her to the sets of GLOW. She finally finds where she belongs at GLOW. Which is along with a team of badass women, from all races and walks of life. GLOW is a make-believe TV show featuring female wrestling, with women of all shapes and sizes competing against each other. Though generally racist in terms of dialogues and costumes, GLOW manages to be a considerable attraction to even the most conservative audience. The racist undertone, or overtone I would say, is a nod to the type of society in the ’90s.
A Possible Season 4
Despite low rating and being relatively unknown in the world of what is predominantly an era of fantasy, myth and even romantic-comedies the show received critical acclaim for its quirky commentary on discrimination against women. And much like the women itself, every idea communicated was hard-hitting and poignant. The series has continued for three seasons now, and though there is no official confirmation of a fourth, there are talks that there shall be one. Comment and let us know if you’d like to find out more about other Netflix shows coming out this summer!