The ’80s-set Netflix wrestling comedy ‘GLOW’ enters the TV ring with female power

The show starts streaming Friday, June 23, on Netflix.

Inside Netflix’s deluxe new office space on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles, Alison Brie and Betty Gilpin, the stars of the streaming service’s female wrestling comedy “GLOW” are deep in conversation about the power of women demanding to be heard. With good reason.

It’s a Wednesday and conservative cable-news host Bill O’Reilly has just been forced out of Fox News after a series of sexual-harassment allegations. As the blitz of tweets and breaking-news alert pings proliferate outside, the greater context of the development has the actors rapt.

“It’s a real feminist moment, again, in this country,” says Brie, best known for her roles on “Community” and “Mad Men.”

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“GLOW”

Starts streaming Friday, June 23, on Netflix

The turn of events brings an added layer of poignancy to the actual purpose of this conference-room gathering: to discuss their females-shouldn’t-be-underestimated comedy.

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The series, which premieres Friday, June 23, is inspired by the real Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling (GLOW), which produced a syndicated professional women’s wrestling TV program that ran from 1986 to 1990. Brie plays Ruth Wilder, a struggling actor in L.A. at the end of her rope who finds her way to an audition for what eventually becomes a female wrestling show. Gilpin plays her friend, ex-soap star Debbie Eagan, who begrudgingly joins the misfit posse of body-slamming women.

The show embraces the inherent camp value of its subject and era with frosted lipstick, hammerlocks and even glimpses of a Thomas Guide. But adding some weight to it, too, is social commentary on the battles, pressures and inequity women faced then (and now).

The girl-power theme of the series not only comes on the heels of the record-breaking box-office success of “Wonder Woman,” which has brought in more than…

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