If you have a lazy weekend ahead of you and are looking for a show to binge, tune into Netflix’s ‘Glow’. Set in the 80s, ‘Glow’ follows a set of aspiring actresses who each land a role in GLOW or the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling. To your surprise, most of these women don’t wrestle, or even know how to. Brought together by fate, models, stunt artists and actresses join forces in the ring. The show features a variety of quirky characters, who when in conversation, produce a delightful concoction that will have you hooked.
At the heart of the show is Ruth Wilder, played by Allison Brie. Some of you might know her as Annie Edison, from the widely popular series, ‘Community’. Alternately if you’ve got a good ear, you’d recognize her as the voice of Diane Nguyen from Netflix’s adult-animation, ‘BoJack Horseman’. As the series progresses, you learn that the cards aren’t exactly in favor of Ruth (spoilers ahead!). She is after all a struggling actress, who ends up having an affair with her best friend’s husband. Determined, nonetheless, she ends up in a dreary gym with an assortment of women.
Be warned, as ‘Glow’ does not entirely fall into the trope of chick flicks/series. Yes, it has some offbeat characters that are all working towards fame, but the show surprises you in their interaction with each other. As the plot unfolds, the characters’ realistic motivations are laid bare. The undeniable feminist message is ever-present, along with the themes of self-discovery and assuredness. As a member of the audience, you see the actresses struggling to step into the shoes of their wrestling persona while trying to figure out how to relate to the characters themselves.
All these women are from different walks of life, and have assumed contrasting roles at the same. Some are mothers, some are cheaters, while others are innocent and unprepared. However, on the sets of Glow, they are all equal as they share the same identity crisis. In the ring, these actresses adopt stereotypical roles, such as ‘Liberty Belle’, a patriotic southern belle and the ideal mother figure. ‘Glow’ showcases each character’s individual strengths and by the end of the season, they seem to have become somewhat of a family. With two standing seasons, this show is definitely binge-worthy and leaves you empowered by the end. Here’s the list of series similar to ‘Glow’ that are our recommendations. You can watch several of these shows like ‘Glow’ on Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Prime.
10. Broad City (2014 – Present)
The Comedy Central Sitcom follows the turbulent lives of best friend duo, Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer. The camera tracks the misadventures of these 20 somethings, while exposing the struggles of a young adult living in New York. The fearless women have contrasting goals but manage to fall into each other’s carelessness and frivolity. Abbi works at a gym and wants to be a successful illustrator. Ilana, on the other hand, shares a deep connection with marijuana and will do anything possible to avoid work. In their pursuit of individual goals, the iconic pair adds a dash of comedy to mundane events, along with a welcoming shock factor. Ending with season 5, which is to be released in January 2019, you have plenty of time to laugh over their charades in the past seasons.