GLOW—Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling—is a new comedy show on Netflix that follows Ruth, played by Alison Brie (Mad Men), as she joins a women’s wrestling show set in the 1980s.
The show’s first season includes 10 episodes, each about 30-minutes each. It follows a group of women wrestlers and their washed-up director, Sam, as they work towards creating the low-budget program.
The most enjoyable aspect of the show is how a misfit group of people come together and make something from very little with some laughs along the way. The characters each have struggles of their own that they overcome while preparing for the taping of their premier episode.
Sam is a director of obscure sci-fi/horror films who is only doing the show as a deal to get his passion project made. Ruth must wrestle with her ex-best friend, Debbie, whose husband cheated on her with Ruth. One woman dresses up in furs and acts like a wolf. Each character has something distinct about them that contributes nicely to the show.
“It’s got more shoreline than the coast of California.” That’s the sentence that prevented Marty Byrde from getting a bullet through his head courtesy of his client, a prominent drug dealer. The coastline mentioned is part of the Ozarks in Missouri, far from the feds.
Netflix’s Ozark is about a financial advisor, played by Arrested Development’s Jason Bateman, in Chicago who needs to leave the city after his partner stole from the disgruntled client. He relocates to the show’s namesake, the Ozarks, in Missouri.
Byrde is a guy one wouldn’t expect to be laundering money for a major Mexican cartel. He has a wife, kids, and lives in the suburbs. This suburban life crumbles in the first episode, titled “Sugarwood”, due to an unfaithful wife and an ambitious promise to appease his client.
The Byrde’s find themselves in over their heads while they deal with family drama as well as the looming threat of disappointing a major Mexican drug cartel.
The first season is 10 episodes, each about an hour long. The first two and final two are directed by Bateman himself. The show finds the Byrdes way over their heads.