GLOW (Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling) is Netflix’s new hit series starring Alison Brie and Betty Gilpin. The show centers around an out of work actress Ruth played by Alison Brie living in Los Angeles in the ’80s. Betty Gilpin plays Debbie an out of work soap actress. Debbie and Ruth are ex-friends forced to work together to headline a wrestling show with 10 other women and a washed-up director of “B” movies who tries to lead a group of women to fame.
The series debuted all 10 episodes on June 23, 2017, on Netflix and was renewed for a second season on August 10, 2017, via Twitter. GLOW is definitely a hit Netflix Original Series.
The question many people have asked would GLOW have done better on another streaming service. I think the logical choice for me personally for a show like this would have been WWE Network. If your subscribing to the WWE Network your obviously a wrestling fan which fits this shows premise.
Hulu was a possible choice since Hulu does host past episodes of WWE Raw, Smackdown and NXT. I think the issue with Hulu is they are still stuck in the old way of thinking releasing one episode a week. When you watch GLOW, it had a very Netflix binge watch feeling to it with the ending of each episode not having a huge cliffhanger like a typical weekly show does on Hulu.
The one network I think that could have possibly had this series was HBO. Due to some of the adult topics and content in the GLOW series I could not see Hulu (owned by Disney) picking up this series. HBO even with their style of releasing an episode a week has an audience that I think has the proper demographic on that Sunday 9 o’clock time slot which has brought success to adult base shows like Game of Thrones, Sopranos, and Silicon Valley.
Apple has been looking for original shows and series but I don’t think they are ready for a series like GLOW just yet. Crackle I don’t think would have been a good pick for this series as they have not had a lot success with original series or have not seen much media attention from them as of late.
Obviously, GLOW is a Netflix Original Series and will not be changing streaming services but it can be fun to think of other networks where the series could have gone and had success. If I was going to pick a network besides Netflix for the series to have success I would have picked WWE Network or HBO.
If you have other ideas please leave them in comments below.