GLOW: Netflix's Wrestling Comedy Starts Strong

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We got a look at the first episode, as star Alison Brie discussed being taught to wrestle by Chavo Guerrero. By Matt Fowler

Netflix’s new ’80s female wrestling series, GLOW — which premieres June 23rd — made a huge splash at the ATX Television Festival with a screening of the first episode, followed by a Q&A panel featuring stars Alison Brie (Community, Mad Men) and Betty Gilpin (Nurse Jackie, American Gods), along with executive producer Liz Flahive (Nurse Jackie, Homeland) and casting director Jennifer Euston.

For those who aren’t aware, G.L.O.W. — aka Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling — was an actual syndicated TV series that ran for four seasons in the mid-80s, having been created as an attempt to cash in on the huge Hulk Hogan-led wrestling boom of the era. G.L.O.W. wasn’t populated with actual female wrestlers though, but rather actresses, models, dancers and other types who were trying to break into showbiz in LA at the time.

The Netflix GLOW series is a fictionalized account of the old show, with no character meant to portray someone who existed in real life. There might be stories that have risen out of the G.L.O.W. period that have been worked