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Critics really like ‘GLOW’

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I’m not the type to say I told you so... especially because I was far from the only person inside or outside the wrestling world who said Netflix’s GLOW was a show worth your time.

But with awards season upon us and “Best of 2017” lists flying around the web, the fictionalized story of the 1980 women’s wrestling promotion is getting another round of accolades. And with a second season currently in production for a 2018 release, the streaming service and the creative folks behind the show certainly won’t complain.

Entertainment Weekly’s Darren Franich put GLOW atop his ten best for the magazine:

“With the best cast on television, it's a hilarious misfit-gang romp, half sports movie and half behind-the-scenes showbiz dramedy, The Bad News She-Bears meets Waiting for Guffman. But GLOW's genius is how the goofy, candy-crazy grandeur of the whole endeavor becomes an empowering triumph. These women are building a community – and declaring ownership over their own selves.”

And the show picked up four Critic’s Choice Awards nominations earlier in the week: Best Comedy Series, Best Actress in a Comedy Series for Alison Brie, Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for Betty Gilpin and Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for Marc Maron.

GLOW generated a lot of buzz when it was released in June, but seemed to peak just before becoming a true breakout culture-wide phenomena a la Netflix’s Stranger Things. Will a second wave of praise - and some trophys - help its second season take it, and pro wrestling’s mainstream reputation, to another level?

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