‘GLOW’ Trailer: Brie, Maron, and the Ladies of Wrestling

Netflix dropped its first trailer for GLOW, a series centered around a women-only wrestling league formed in the 1980s. Me? I’m in. It’s got Brie, wrestling, humor, and it’s set in the 1980s.


GLOW comes from the brain trust of executive producers Liz Flahive (Homeland, Nurse Jackie), Carly Mensch (Orange is the New Black, Nurse Jackie), Jenji Kohan (Orange is the New Black, Weeds) and Tara Herrmann (Orange is the New Black). While the characters and story beats seen in the trailer are fictionalized, the series is loosely based on the real-life Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling, a short-lived wrestling show that, like the much more famous competition, emphasized outrageous characters as much as it did athleticism. Here’s the official synopsis for the show:

Inspired by the short-lived but beloved show from the 80s, GLOW tells the fictional story of Ruth Wilder (Alison Brie), an out-of-work, struggling actress in 1980s Los Angeles who finds one last chance for stardom when she’s thrust into the glitter and spandex world of women’s wrestling. In addition to working with 12 Hollywood misfits, Ruth also has to compete with Debbie Eagan (Betty Gilpin), a former soap actress who left the business to have a baby, only to be sucked back into work when her picture perfect life turns out not to be what it seems. At the wheel is Sam Sylvia (Marc Maron), a washed-up, B-movie director who now must lead this group of women on the journey to wrestling super stardom.