The collection focuses on a fictionalization of the characters as well as additionally tricks of the 1980s syndicated girls' professional screwing up circuit, the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling (or GLOW) begun by David McLane.
The first duration consists of 10 episodes as well as additionally was released on June 23, 2017. On August 10, 2017, Netflix brought back the collection for a little while duration of 10 episodes, which was released on June 29, 2018. The collection was brought back on August 20, 2018, for the third duration, which was released on August 9, 2019. On September 20, 2019, the collection was brought back for a fourth as well as additionally last season.
In Los Angeles in 1985, Ruth Wilder, a struggling actress, auditions along with many other women in a fledgling professional wrestling promotion called the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling (GLOW). Traditionally minded in her approach to acting as well as highly idealistic, she clashes with GLOW's director Sam Sylvia due to his cynical demeanour and often unconventional work style. Ruth discovers early on that Sylvia has employed her former best friend, retired soap opera actress Debbie Eagan to star in the show. Ruth and Debbie had fallen out with one another after Ruth had an affair with her husband, Mark, who she then divorced. The tension between the two women promises either to make or break the developing show. The series follows the personal and professional lives of the fictional show's numerous cast and crew as they navigate the 1980s in Southern California and Southern Nevada.
- Alison Brie as Ruth “Zoya the Destroya” Wilder
- Betty Gilpin as Debbie “Liberty Belle” Eagan
- Sydelle Noel as Cherry “Junkchain”/”Black Magic” Bang
- Britney Young as Carmen “Machu Picchu” Wade
- Marc Maron as Sam Sylvia
- Britt Baron as Justine “Scab” Biagi (period 2–present; recurring season 1)
- Kate Nash as Rhonda “Britannica” Richardson (season 2–present; recurring season 1)
- Gayle Rankin as Sheila “the She-Wolf” (season 2–present; recurring season 1)
- Kia Stevens as Tammé “The Welfare Queen” Dawson (season 2–present; recurring season 1)
- Jackie Tohn as Melanie “Melrose” Rosen (season 2–present; recurring season 1)
- Chris Lowell as Sebastian “Bash” Howard (season 3–present; recurring seasons 1–2)
Introduced in season one
- Bashir Salahuddin as Keith Bang
- Rich Sommer as Mark Eagan
- Sunita Mani as Arthie “Beirut the Mad Bomber” Premkumar
- Ellen Wong as Jenny “Fortune Cookie” Chey
- Kimmy Gatewood as Stacey “Ethel Rosenblatt”/”Ozone” Beswick
- Rebekka Johnson as Dawn “Edna Rosenblatt”/”Nuke” Rivecca
- Marianna Palka as Reggie “Vicky the Viking” Walsh
- Alex Rich as Florian Becker
- Andrew Friedman as Glen Klitnick
- Casey Johnson as Billy Offal
- Ravil Isyanov as Gregory
- Marc Evan Jackson as Gary
- Elizabeth Perkins as Birdie Howard
- Introduced in season two
- Shakira Barrera as Yolanda “Junkchain” Rivas
- Victor Quinaz as Russell Barroso
- Horatio Sanz as Ray
- Annabella Sciorra as Rosalie Biagi
- Wyatt Nash as Phil
- Patrick Renna as Toby “Cupcake” Matkins
- Phoebe Strole as Susan
- Eli Goree as Earnest Dawson
- Paul Fitzgerald as Tom Grant
- Introduced in season three
- Geena Davis as Sandy Devereaux St. Clair
- Breeda Wool as Denise
- Kevin Cahoon as Bobby Barnes
- Toby Huss as J. J. “Tex” McCready
- Frank L. Ridley as Marlo
- Nick Clifford as Paul
The show's cast features several real-life professional wrestlers, most prominently Kia Stevens (Tammé), who has wrestled as Awesome Kong in TNA and as Kharma in WWE. Others with formal experience include:
- John Hennigan as Salty “The Sack” Johnson, a trainer who appeared in the first episode of Season 1
- Tyrus and Carlos Edwin as Carmen's wrestler brothers
- Joey Ryan as a wrestler known as Mr. Monopoly
- Laura James as Mr. Monopoly's valet, “Crystal”
- Alex Riley as a wrestler known as Steel Horse
- Brooke Hogan as night club manager Amber Fredrickson
- Chavo Guerrero Jr. as Chico Guapo
- Christopher Daniels and Frankie Kazarian as unnamed wrestlers
- Hulk Hogan, Ric Flair, and Gorgeous George appear in archived video footage in episodes 1 and 4.
The idea for the series came when Flahive and Mensch, who at the time were looking to make a new female-centric show, came across the 2012 documentary GLOW: The Story of the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling. Before this, neither woman had heard of the GLOW wrestling promotion, and they became intrigued by the premise of producing a fictionalized version of it. Both ladies found the storyline intriguing as a way of exploring the aftermath of the 1970s Woman's Liberation Movement, with Flahive telling Rolling Stone, “We wanted to look back on the 1970s, coming out of the women's movement, and into the 1980s, and ask the question: Did it work? Did things get better?” To this end, it was important for the series to maintain a tension between whether the league was exploiting ladies or empowering them.
Ursula Hayden, the owner of the GLOW company, served as a consultant on the series and helped Flahive and Mensch with creating the show. Hayden was also on the original 1980s promotion as Babe, the Farmer's Daughter.
Chavo Guerrero Jr. of the famous Guerrero fumbling family also served as a consultant on the series and also also helped train the actresses. His uncle Mando Guerrero had actually actually served in the same role for the original collection.