Warning: This post contains mild spoilers for GLOW season 3. Proceed with caution.
That’s an order.
After what seems like an eternity, GLOW – the based-on-a-true-story comedy-drama set in the 1980s created by Liz Flahive and Carly Mensch – is back for a third season, and it may just be the best yet.
Heck, it may even be the best thing on Netflix right now.
Watch the official trailer for GLOW season 3 below. Post continues after video.
The season sees the cast of the “Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling” take the glitzy stage of Las Vegas casino the Fan-Tan. Which is, yes, just as deliciously tacky as it sounds. A five-hour long tourism ad for Las Vegas in the 80s, it’ll make you want to book flights and a time machine from the very first episode (which, if you’ve seen it, is equally uncomfortable and hilarious as Ruth makes an excruciating live TV faux pas in an improvised comedy skit during The Challenger’s disastrous 1986 launch into space).
But with the desert shift from the sunny scenes of Hollywood, each character – as charismatic, complex and undeniably clever as the next – has their insecurities laid bare to incredible effect. There’s not a stone unturned when it comes to the issues women face in their day-to-day lives. And we’re not talking issues exclusive to the era, either.
While season one introduced us to each woman’s journey to the GLOW audition, and season two focused mainly on the strengthening their bonds each other, season three sees them navigate the struggles that have arisen as they’ve become more and more entrenched in the world of GLOW. One which – despite many an outsider wrongly assuming it’s soft porn or merely a spoof of the “more serious” male wrestling game – is at its core a celebration of female strength.