While Netflix Originals tend to vacillate in quality, when they strike gold, they really hit a vein. Series like The Crown, Bojack Horseman, Devilman Crybaby, and Russian Doll have been the cream of the streaming crop, and perhaps the best series of them all has been the fabulously spandex-clad dramedy about the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling: GLOW. The Liz Flahive and Carly Mensch-created series charts the fictionalized ups and downs of the real-life wrestling start-up. And it’s incredible, with each season incrementally improving upon the last. Today, Netflix announced that GLOW will be returning for a fourth season, but will also end with that upcoming season.
It’s not an undeserved criticism, but Netflix has been well-known lately as the network that cancels series right after their third season (Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Hemlock Grove, Santa Clarita Diet) but paradoxically they also know how to keep a hit going far longer than it should; see: Orange is the New Black and House of Cards. So while I could probably watch the adventures of Liberty Belle (Betty Gilpin) and Zoya the Destroya (Alison Brie) and the rest from here through eternity, it’s hard to not be satisfied with the series coming to an end on its own terms.
When we last left the series, Debbie and Ruth had a bit of a parting by way of The Graduate, with Debbie and Bash (Chris Lowell) having teamed to take over a television network as a showcase for GLOW and Ruth deciding she must go her own way. What’s next? How’s Justine’s (Britt Baron) movie with Sam (Marc Maron) shaping up? Is Carmen (Britney Young) enjoying life on the road with her brother? What about Bash and Rhonda’s (Kate Nash) marriage? Oh, why can’t Season 4 just be out right now? We’ll always have the comics in the meantime.
Here’s the official announcement:
— See What’s Next (@seewhatsnext) September 20, 2019