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Review of "GLOW" 7/7/17 by Suzanne
Airs now on Netflix

I watched the first episode of the show. I think it's supposed to be a comedy, but it's not very funny (like way too many of Netflix shows).  It does have a lot of absurdity in it, though. Alison Brie (Trudy on "Mad Men") plays Ruth, a young actress in the 1980's desperate for a job. The audition she gets turns out to be for a new female wrestling league for TV (based on the real life show).  Marc Meron plays the director, Sam, who's kind of a jerk.  The audition parts remind me a little bit of "A Chorus Line," and he reminds me of the Michael Douglas character.

Anyway, Ruth loses the audition, but then she goes home and watches lots of wrestling and trains to act like a blustering wrestler. She goes back and struts her stuff to Sam. He seems a bit impressed, but what really gets him wowed is when her girlfriend Debbie (Betty Gilpin) shows up, blaming her for sleeping with her husband, Mark (Rich Sommer, another "Mad Men" alumni - he played Harry).

Debbie fights Ruth, and suddenly Sam sees that they will make a great act.  There are many other colorful characters in the show as well. If you like offbeat, quirky comedies, or you enjoy shows about the 1980's, you might like this one. I wish it were funnier and a little less absurd. Then I would definitely watch the whole series.


In 1980s LA, a crew of misfits reinvent themselves as the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling. A comedy by the team behind "Orange Is the New Black."

Starring: Alison Brie, Betty Gilpin, Marc Maron

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