In the 1980s Professional Wrestling was rising on Cable TV Thanks to Vince McMahon's WWF and Ted Turner's WCW. Wrestlers like Hulk Hogan, Ric Flair, Randy Savage, Andre The Giant, Roddy Piper etc.. Were selling out arenas and TV time nationwide. Meanwhile in California a former movie director was scouting female talent for an all womens wrestling show called GLOW.
To start off the show stars Alison Brie (Mad Men) as a female protagonist named Ruth who has tried for years to get play and screen acting jobs in LA but nothing ever comes out of it. But an agent calls her and tells her she got an audition for a Wrestling show. Over time Ruth and a bunch of other women learn that by the power of team work and support they can make the impossible possible. This show also deals with the problems of prejudice on all levels whether it is sexism as The women are harrased constantly by a male chauvanist director, Racism is is a huge topic throughout the series. In one scene two African American ladies fight two white ladies who are wearing fake KKK robes. There is also the negative stereotype of the welfare queen who is portayed as being lazy and living off food stamps. The negative typecasting of an Indian woman as a Lebanese Terrorist and a cambodian woman as a Chinese Communist. There is also a negative stereotype of an American woman as a Soviet sympathizer. This show also deals with other issues like Abortion, adultery, long lost parents, misogony, and drug use.
Altogether I give the show a 3/5 rating. If you like Orange Is The New Black you might like this show. The reason I rate is so so is because there are some offensive themes. But not the main reason. That would be that growing up I watched a lot of Wrestling. One thing wrestlers do not like that this show does is that it exposes them as fake. Wrestlers tend to get very pissy about calling their business fake. The acting otherwise is good and the storylines do make sense. I would recommend to watch at least the first episode even if you are not into wrestling because the show really isn't about wrestling so much as it is about working as a team and the power of equality. The show is available now on Netflix and has 10 episodes.