‘GLOW’: Are we underestimating the gorgeous ladies of Netflix at the Golden Globes?

The reigning Golden Globe champ for Best TV Comedy Series, “Atlanta,” is out of the running this year since it won’t return for its second season until 2018. That leaves the door wide open, especially since the Globes don’t usually like to reach back to old champs, and they often like to be the first to reward a new breakout show. So we might be underestimating “GLOW,” which premiered this summer on Netflix to, ahem, “glowing” reviews.

GLOW” is set during the 1980s at the launch of a women’s wrestling circuit, the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling. That was a real pro wrestling promotion, but this is a fictionalized account of its creation, starring Alison Brie as a struggling actress desperate for an opportunity, Betty Gilpin as her estranged best friend, and Marc Maron as a filmmaker of schlock sci-fi movies who becomes the reluctant director of the production.

“GLOW” received a MetaCritic score of 81 and 94% freshness on Rotten Tomatoes. Reviews have described the series as “unique, humorous and with touches of warmth” (Colorodo Springs Gazette) with “an infectious sense of joy” (We Got This Covered). It’s “deeply personal, explicitly political, and wonderfully brute-force awesome” (Entertainment Weekly), and it “deserves all the love and respect thrust upon it” (IndieWire).

That MetaCritic score makes “GLOW” the highest-rated comedy since the summer, which is important because the Hollywood Foreign Press gravitates towards new shows — especially recent new shows. Any shows that aired in 2017 up to May would have been eligible for Emmys already, and Globe voters often like to stake a claim on hot new shows that no other awards groups have had a chance to honor yet. The last four Globe winners for Best TV Comedy Series were new shows that started airing in the fall: “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” (2014), “Transparent” (2015), “Mozart in the Jungle” (2016), and “Atlanta” (2017). Okay, so “Mozart” wasn’t exactly new when it won; it technically prevailed for its second season, which premiered in its entirety on December 30, 2015, weeks after the nominations had been announced. But the series was still relatively obscure on the awards scene, and Globe voters might not have had the chance to see its first season before voting the previous year, so it still felt like new.

As of this writing “GLOW” isn’t among out top five predicted nominees for Best TV Comedy Series, but the five shows that are would be somewhat uncharacteristic champs: “Veep,” “Will & Grace,” “Black-ish,” and “Master of None,” which are past Globe nominees that have already been around the block once or twice, and “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” which won the top category in 2003 but hasn’t been nominated for any award since 2006.

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