BOLSTERED BY SHARP WRITING, GREAT CASTING AND SOME TRULY EMOTIONAL HEFT, NETFLIX’S GLOW, CONTINUES THEIR TRACK RECORD OF PRODUCING IMPECCABLE, WEIRD, PROGRESSIVE AND JUST ALL AROUND GREAT TELEVISION.
I don’t watch a lot of television, well a lot of new television, to further prove this point, I just finished for the 3rd time, rewatching the entire series of 30 Rock (Which I’m contemplating during a retro review for).
So I don’t watch a lot of the current tv shows that are making waves across the internet stratosphere, and I almost didn’t watch GLOW, thank god I did. BECAUSE THIS IS MY S****!!!!
From the creative team that brought Netflix one of it’s most acclaimed produced works to date “Orange is the New Black”, comes GLOW a pseudo adaption/retelling of the factual events of the world’s first all female wrestling league.
I say pseudo because apparently this show takes great artistic liberties in it’s execution of the story, but seeing as how this show is so good, I don’t really care.
Created by Liz Flahive and Carly Mensch, the show follows struggling actor Ruth Wilder (Allison Brie) as she tries her very best to make it in Hollywood, tired of getting the one liner secretary roles in high profile movies, she instead finds herself hitting rock bottom after sleeping with her best friend, Debbie Eagan’s (Betty Gilpin) husband. In a tern of events she finds herself auditioning for Sam Syliva (Marc Maron) for his all female wrestling project, with former blaxploitation actor Cherry Bang (Syndelle Noel) and Carman Wade (Brittany Young) the daughter of a famous wrestler.
This show is a delight from start to finish, it moves at a brisk pace, it never drags and by god is it funny. The show also does a great job at being inclusive with it’s cast and at presenting vulnerable and greatly developed female characters.
Brie, is great and though she’s channeling a bit of her character from “Community”, she makes it work for the benefit of the show, it makes me wonder why we don’t see her in more stuff, television or movie wise, because she’s so great and able to show such emotional range and confidence.
The standout however is Marc Maron, HOLW S***, I had no idea this due was this good. He’s unlike anything I’ve ever seen from him, and he steals every scene he’s in, granted this isn’t a character we haven’t seen before. The down and out director, who clings to drugs and sex for emotional support, but Maron just squeezes everything he can out of this role and brings it to life with such flair and depth.
As for the rest of the cast, everyone is great here, there’s enough weird and quirkyness going on that helps the show move along, and thanks to the brisk pace and short batch of episodes (It’s ten here, instead of the standard Netflix 13), the show never drags once.
Aside from “Dear White People”, this might be the best show I’ve seen this year. Please, give this a look.