Orange Is the New Black's Jenji Kohan and Tara Herrmann are the executive producers of this new Netflix series premiering on June 23, created by Liz Flahive (Homeland) and Carly Mensch (also from Orange Is the New Black), who were inspired by the real-life story of the 1980s female wrestling league GLOW - Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling.

Set in that time period - bursting with big hair, bad '80s fashion, long legs and '80s jams - the 10 episodes of this first season tell the fictionalised tale of the very beginnings of this particular league. Our main character is an out-of-work actress, Alison Brie's Ruth Wilder, who is so desperate for an acting job she'd do anything (except porn) - which is how she gets into the wrestling world, a sort of soap opera of contact sports. She is the kind to purposefully read the male part because she's tired of telling powerful men that their wives are "on line two". Those first lines are actually very telling: "In this world, there are good guys and there are bad guys" and Ruth is about to become a truly great wrestling heel on the first female wrestling cable show in American television.

Having been created by women involved with Orange Is the New Black, this is more than just Ruth's story. This is an ensemble of women whose stories are not usually told, who have either hit a roadblock in their lives or need a break in the entertainment industry, which results in all going to a casting call that is looking for "unconventional women". The lowbrow nature of wrestling asks for a narrative that strips these women down to basic (and sometimes offensive) stereotypes, but the show devotes time to displaying the vulnerabilities and multitudes that are contained within these women, who try to escape expected gender roles in order to find their own individualism and identity. It ends up being a truly multicultural ensemble, remarkably filled with females - the only real three men are Debbie's husband (Rick Sommer), schlocky director Sam Sylvia (Marc Maron) and not-quite-Robert-Evans producer Bash Howard (Chris Lowell) - that are defying a space (and culture) that is traditionally not only male-dominated but also considered cheesy and not to be taken seriously.

However, while providing time and space for the larger ragtag group of "unconventional women", the true headliners - in both the show and the show within the show - are Ruth (who becomes Zoya, de Destroya with hilariously dated Russian and communist jokes) and her former friend Debbie (Liberty Belle, a defender of the American way), whose husband Ruth has slept with. Alison Brie does a lot of great and incredible work as the try hard theatre kid (whose desperation to succeed causes others finding her incredibly annoying) marred by the aforementioned bad personal decision that eventually forces her into the position of the villain. It's after witnessing a very real altercation between Debbie and Ruth on the ring that Sam truly realises the true potential of the show as the duo battles it out, kickstarting a long road in order to find these girls' personas, define their routines, get a venue and a sponsor, and, finally, perform live for the first couple of times.

The show ends up being about not only finding a group of people with whom you can create a true group harmony, but also about not fitting into a neat box prescribed by society. Debbie, for example, is not really buying her own spiel about happiness being about quitting work and building a family because even she - who joined the wrestling team as vanity and a means of punishing Ruth - ends up loving it, since it allows her to totally master her own body and feel like "a goddamn superhero".

It's also a story about a ruined friendship, the sadness of not being able to confide in the person you're used to confide in, the loneliness it brings, and the tough consequences of selfish choices. In the end, the stakes aren't just about whether the whole team of girls is able to put on a real, professional show; it's also about whether Ruth and Debbie will ever be able to get to a friendly place again. In the meantime, they'll have to settle for being a dynamic and winning duo in the ring.