GLOW: Season 1 (2017)

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With spot-on 1980s period detail, knockout writing, and a killer cast, GLOW shines brightly.

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Critic Ratings: 105

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User Ratings: 1463

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Episodes

Air date: Jun 23, 2017

Desperate to jump-start her career, struggling actress Ruth heads to a casting call at an LA gym -- and quickly realizes it's not a typical audition.

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Air date: Jun 23, 2017

Cherry tries to whip the final group into shape, while Sam sets out in pursuit of a star for his show. Ruth acts out an uncomfortable scene.

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Air date: Jun 23, 2017

Sam's flashy young producer drops in and whisks the girls off to Malibu to party. But artistic differences soon threaten to spoil the fun.

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Air date: Jun 23, 2017

With just five weeks left to crank out a show, Sam and Bash move all the ladies into a motel. Ruth struggles to nail down a memorable character.

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Air date: Jun 23, 2017

Debbie attends her first wrestling match and has a major epiphany. Meanwhile, Ruth finally finds the inspiration for her alter ego.

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Air date: Jun 23, 2017

Sam searches for the perfect "heel" to fight Debbie, but she's tough to please. To hone her act, Ruth tags along with Gregory to a family function.

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Air date: Jun 23, 2017

As the women prepare for their first live match, Debbie and Ruth seek outside help with their moves, and Rhonda gives Sam a good-luck gift.

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Air date: Jun 23, 2017

Jenny whips up a party for Sheila's birthday while Sam helps Ruth deal with a new complication in her personal life. Mark changes his tune with Debbie.

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Air date: Jun 23, 2017

With the show's future in jeopardy, Bash and the ladies search for creative ways to drum up cash. A pair of revelations leaves Sam reeling.

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Air date: Jun 23, 2017

On the day of the big taping, Sam attends to unfinished personal business, while Ruth scrambles to make last-minute changes to the lineup.

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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."

Cast & Crew

Betty Gilpin
Debbie Eagan
Britney Young
Carmen Wade
Alison Brie
Ruth Wilder
Marc Maron
Sam Sylvia
Sydelle Noel
Cherry Bang
Carly Mensch
Creator
Jenji Kohan
Executive Producer
Tara Herrmann
Executive Producer
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Critic Reviews for GLOW Season 1

All Critics (105) | Top Critics (49)

[A]charming, low-key series.

Dec 14, 2017 | Full Review…

There's magic in taking something ludicrous and finding the humanity in it, and GLOW knows that trick well

Jun 12, 2017 | Full Review…

GLOW is terrific, but how could it be otherwise? The source material alone makes this an instant winner.

Jun 22, 2017 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

In the same way the wrestling league surprised viewers 30 years ago, viewers may be surprised to find Netflix's GLOW is one of the best new shows they'll see this summer.

Jun 22, 2017 | Full Review…

All of this is bundled into an entertaining, amusing and at times poignant first season that also has some wretched excesses and predictable turns.

Jun 22, 2017 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

Before the 10 episodes are over, you'll be taking the characters and their relationships and problems very seriously.

Jun 22, 2017 | Full Review…

We don't doubt there is plenty more to come from these Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling and we'll want to be ringside every step of the way.

Jan 2, 2020 | Full Review…

GLOW tries to be too clever, commenting on stereotypes by employing them satirically yet never quite putting their money where their mouth is-by actually developing their characters of color.

Aug 4, 2019 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

The show has some moments that could definitely have been left on the cutting room floor but is overall a very watchable and funny look at the 1980s, the entertainment industry and the world of pro wrestling.

Jun 26, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

For a show that's based on wrestling, the main heft of what's so enjoyable isn't about the sport at all, but the circumstances of these women.

Nov 16, 2018 | Full Review…

GLOW is merely a cheeky commentary on sexism using high-leg-cut costumes. The dichotomy comes off as bizarre.

Nov 15, 2018 | Full Review…

GLOW is as sensational as the ladies' wrestling league it's based on.

Mar 7, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for GLOW: Season 1

  • Mar 20, 2021
    Influenced by several reviews here, I tried very hard to like this series, and I took a Bataan death-like march through the entire first season. I kept waiting for something -ANYTHING!- interesting to happen. It never did. In short, it was time to cut bait. And what made it exponentially worse was that this show had ZERO characters who weren't irritating all the time. Not a single likeable character to root for. Nada. Scratching my head here...the positive reviews must be current cast members and employees of the production company.
  • Jan 17, 2021
    Excellent writing and acting establish characters that constantly defy our stereotyped expectations for them. Each actor on GLOW plays two characters: a real and complex person with nuanced history, and an offensively exaggerated stage persona that fits perfectly in 1980s television. The contrast between what the fictitious audience of the show-within-a-show see, and what we, the true audience, are shown demands empathy in full force. Regardless of your gender, orientation, cultural identity, or socio-economic background, you will find characters and their circumstances to be painfully relatable. GLOW will gut punch you with laughter, and body slam you with empathy - and you may find yourself pinned to the television episode after episode.
  • Dec 23, 2020
    This show is effing fantastic! 💯🔥
  • Dec 22, 2020
    Predictable but very engaging classic underdog thing, reveling in its eighties period and with a phenomenal performance from Brie.
  • Oct 14, 2020
    GLOW is a solidly awesome TV series. All the actors are great, most of the characters are pretty good, the story itself is alright but woven extremely well, and the struggle is real. This show does those GLOW women justice, giving them the credit now they probably deserved back then.
  • Oct 08, 2020
    Amazing show, such a shame the last season has been cancelled by Netflix. Disappointing way to end an unfinished story line. Hopefully they renew it again in the future.
  • Jul 13, 2020
    The costuming mixed with fantastic characters makes GLOW a must see!
  • May 02, 2020
    Fun, destruction and excitement will bring this season of Glow, which will impact from start to finish, which captures the essence of wrestling in the 80s, and the remarkable performances of Alison Brie and Betty Gilpin will not be lacking to give more fluidity to the story.
  • Apr 28, 2020
    Season 1 has a different vibe than 2 and 3. It's a bit awkward but it has its enjoyment.
  • Apr 10, 2020
    So entertaining. I wish I had written this. Yes, it's one of those T.V. shows where you think, this idea was only a couple of thoughts away in my brain. I mean, it probably wasn't, but indulge me. The characters are great, the setting is great, the premise is unique. These are actresses that find a strange, but oddly entertaining way to continue to chase their dreams. Alison Brie and Betty Gilpin are unstoppable in this, can't take your eyes off of a single scene they are in. And the cast, the secondary characters, are well used and become well developed.

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