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Damson - What we're watching #13

Damson - What we're watching #13

 

 
Nothing lets you know that you're less than a month away from Christmas like a Comedy/Drama about Female wrestlers set in the 1980s, right?
 
 
After resisting watching it for a long time, we finally took the plunge with GLOW (or Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling) season 1. And we were not disappointed at all!
 
 
In a sense, it's one of the most refreshing things we have watched in quite some time. Refreshing in the sense that the show depicts women of all shapes and sizes disregarding any form of vanity and spending most of the time drop kicking or body slamming each other. Lovely stuff.
 
 
The concept is pretty straight forward, but it works. Misogynist movie director Sam (played by the hilarious Marc Maron) puts a call out for "unconventional" women to attend a mystery audition. Things progress, and it turns out that he is casting for a wrestling show. Now wrestling isn't for everyone, so you can understand if this wouldn't appeal to everyone, but the actual wrestling takes second stage to the character development. There is a danger that these bombastic women could become no more than caricatures of themselves, but for the most part the development works really well. The two lead characters played by Alison Brie and Betty Gilpin are great, but for us, the standouts are Carmen (played by Brittany Young) and Kate Nash (yes, that one), who plays Rhonda. 
 
 
We felt the first few episodes took a little while to get off the ground, but once it did, its some seriously addictive TV. At 30 minutes per episodes, it's easy enough to get through the whole series in a weekend, if not a day!
 
 
If pantomime violence, spandex, sex, and foul language is your thing, then get GLOW on your list of "must-watch series"
 
 
Now on to series two and three, but that's an article for another day...