Netflix’s latest Original Series, “Glow,” is empowering, funny and profound in the way it captures life as a woman in the 80s, writes Carrie Wittmer of Business Insider. Characters are incredibly complex and intriguing; even ones that appear annoying at first turn out to have a humanizing backstory. The racism and sexism of the time period are addressed, which is balanced out with good writing and wacky comedy. The show finds a unique narrative, shedding light on female wrestling and its redeeming qualities. “Glow” is a fun adventure that combines brilliant acting and an absorbing story to create something beautiful.
“Glow” starts out strong but doesn’t manage to deliver on its early promise, infers Richard Lawson of Vanity Fair. A story that begins grippingly, with emotion and depth, becomes diluted with an over-reliance on comedic tropes that undermine attempts at social commentary. Having a team of freaks attempt to professionally wrestle creates a few cheap laughs but doesn’t provide much to ponder about. Jokes tainted with racism and sexism soon lose their self-awareness, making them end up feeling somewhat bigoted. The show falls short after a beginning that promised a more analytical ride through the 80s.