'Glow' Season 4: Release date, plot, cast, trailer, news and everything you need to know about the Netflix series
Netflix comedy-drama series ‘GLOW' narrates the stories of a bunch of women working in the syndicated women's professional wrestling circuit during the 80s. Known as the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling (or GLOW), the collective of female wrestlers recruited by Sam Sylvia – based on real-life wrestling promoter David McLane – are best known for their fictionalized, over-the-top characters like Zoya the Destroya and Liberty Belle, and their signature gimmicks.
The show, which premiered on June 23, 2017, started off with a season of 10 episodes, which were so successful that Netflix renewed it for season 2 on August 10, 2017. The second season, which dealt with sexual harassment at the height of the #metoo movement, also consisted of 10 episodes and premiered on June 29, 2018.
The Netflix series has been renewed for a fourth and final season, but an official premiere date has not been announced yet.
‘GLOW’ is the story of many women who turned to the rising world of women’s professional wrestling in the 1980s because of reasons ranging from employment, money, thrill, and personal gratification. The protagonist of the series is Ruth Wilder, a struggling actress who wants to make the best of every situation.
Ruth is forced to work with her best friend Debbie Eagan, who is furious with her for sleeping with her husband. And, despite her many attempts to make things right, Debbie is unforgiving. However, their animosity towards each other ends up being beneficial to GLOW. Moreover, the rest of the women in their group seem to have a tough time engaging with her energy. She is also at odds with GLOW's director Sam Sylvia.
The show maps the journey of these women, who take on various characters and embrace certain stereotypes to put on an entertaining show day in and day out, all the while developing life long bonds with each other and navigating the issues in their own lives.
Comedian Alison Brie, portrays Ruth, the gritty and relentless self-appointed leader of the group, who is willing to become a villain to keep the sinking ship that is GLOW afloat. Her character is used to address many complicated issues like abortion and sexual harassment.
Her alter ego, is Zoya the Destroya, a Soviet character who wants to see the downfall of Liberty Belle.
Betty Gilpin portrays Ruth’s best friend Debbie, whose heart is broken after she finds out that her best friend and her husband are sleeping together. A popular soap opera star, she agrees to join GLOW to humiliate and punish Ruth, but also to make keep herself afloat as a single mother.
Her alter ego is Liberty Belle, the all-American hero who is ready to protect the United States from Zoya.
Marc Maron portrays Sam Sylvia, a frustrated and visionary filmmaker, who turns to female wrestling at the pit of his career. He butts head with Ruth, and has a very complicated relationship with her. The other prominent actors of the series include Sydelle Noel as Cherry Bang aka Junkchain/Black Magic, Britney Young as Carmen Wade aka Machu Picchu, Britt Baron as Justine Biagi aka Scab, and Gayle Rankin as Sheila aka She Wolf.
Liz Flahive and Carly Mensch call themselves the tag team creators of ‘GLOW’ and are responsible for the brilliance we see on the Netflix show. Flahive and Mensch were both writers on ‘Nurse Jackie,’ and found out that they are incredible at working together at that job, however, they had not been co-showrunners or even worked together on a show that was their baby before ‘GLOW’.
From learning how to write a script for a wrestling show to juggling a huge ensemble cast, they had to learn and fine-tune their partnership on the job.
Where to watch
Once it premieres on August 9, 2019, 'GLOW' will be available for viewing on Netflix.
On September 20, Netflix announced the fourth season of 'GLOW' would also be its last. While fans of the show are bound to be more than a little distressed about 'GLOW' coming to an end, it is quite normal for Netflix shows, even acclaimed ones, to wind up after three or four seasons so the creators can move on to new horizons.
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