GLOW (Season 1) (2017)

This Netflix sitcom is something that’s become the norm with the streaming company: It’s got a unique premise, a talented and likable cast, and terrific writing and directing, but takes maybe just a little too long to get to the point. Functioning like a 10-episode miniseries instead of a television show, “GLOW” (which stands for “Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling”) is filled with stand-out moments and elements, from the premise itself to the ensemble acting (Alison Brie, Betty Gilpin and Marc Maron make a great trio of leads, while supporting players like Britney Young, Kia Stevens and Jackie Tohn register despite a whole slew of peripheral characters), to its absolutely fantastic finale. While it tends to drag a bit in the middle, it rewards its audience’s patience, and surprisingly manages to make wrestling itself compelling to an audience perhaps unfamiliar with the format.

Rating: ★★★★ (out of 5)

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