Watch This! Women’s wrestling – eighties style – in the Netflix comedy ‘Glow’

Alison Brie stars in the Netflix original series

Alison Brie is a frustrated actress who takes on a different kind of theater in the new Netflix comedy series Glow, set in the culture of women’s wrestling in eighties Los Angeles.

The series, created by Nurse Jackie veterans Liz Flahive and Carly Mensch (also a writer and producer on Orange is the New Black), is fiction inspired by the real-life “Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling,” aka GLOW, a reality series of the 1980s, and the 2011 documentary Glow: The Story of the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling. And it looks like the show is really playing up the era: the hair, the spandex, the music, the robot filled with drugs!

Betty Gilpin (Nurse Jackie) co-stars as a soap opera actress attempting to jump-start a stalled career, Marc Maron is the coach, Chris Lowell the producer, and Britt Barton, Sunita Mani, Ellen Wong, Sydelle Noel, and Kia Stevens co-star.

The series debuts on Netflix on June 23 with 10 episodes.

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Sean Axmaker is a Seattle film critic and writer. He writes the weekly newspaper column Stream On Demand and the companion website, and his work appears at, Turner Classic Movies online, The Film Noir Foundation, and Parallax View.

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