GLOW Season 4 Confirmed by Netflix, Set as Final Season

While Netflix has reliably renewed GLOW for its fourth season, it will, unfortunately, be the show’s final frame.

Alison Brie on GLOW Season 3; Netflix

GLOW Season 4 is officially set for Netflix! – However, this year’s renewal comes with the bittersweet caveat of being the final one, as the girls go home (wrestling-speak for finish up,) with this proverbial match.

Don’t expect any changes to the creative lineup as GLOW heads into its fourth and final season. Creators Liz Flahive and Carly Mensch will resume their duty as showrunners, writers and executive producers, joined by executive producers Jenji Kohan, Tara Herrmann and Mark Burley. The addition of Kohan, the creator of Netflix’s acclaimed comedy, Orange is the New Black, was highly touted during GLOW’s conception, and has become somewhat coincidental, since the former just released its seventh and final season in July.

While the series evokes the GLOW name – a branding heretofore associated with the campy, zany, stereotype-strewn characters amongst the eponymous sexified women’s wrestling organization, which operated from 1986 to 1992 – its loosely biographical nature bypassed the neon-lit bells and whistles of the “Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling.” Indeed, beneath its veneer, the show often focuses on the harsh realities of the women involved, notably pertaining to the unbridled sexism of the era, all perfectly balanced with smart humor and, for what it’s worth… the wrestling.  

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GLOW Season 4 will pick things up after the August 9-released Season 3 saw the girls make their move from L.A. to Las Vegas, where they started a wrestling residency at the (fictional) Fan-Tan Hotel and Casino. However, after initial optimism, the new run proves to be a grueling grind, both physically and emotionally for their personal lives, especially that of Ruth (Alison Brie), whose passion for the trade is clearly starting to wane, and for Debbie (Betty Gilpin), who is starting to become affected by the distance from her son. Thankfully, we’ll get the see this arc reach an artful trajectory, thanks to Netflix’s fourth and final season renewal.

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When all is said and done, GLOW will at least be able to tout awards circuit adulation with 15 Emmy Award nominations (yielding 3 wins), 7 Screen Actors Guild Award nominations (with 1 win), 2 Golden Globe Nominations (both for Alison Brie) as well as 3 WGA Award Nominations and 2 Art Directors Guild Award wins.

GLOW Season 4 Release Date

GLOW Season 4 has yet to reveal its release date.

However, it’s worth noting that the show has always been a summer offering, with Season 1 having arrived on June 23, 2017, Season 2 on June 29, 2018, with Season 3 being the first outlier, arriving later on August 9, 2019. Yet, it’s still reasonable to surmise that the fourth and final season of GLOW will remain a summer offering in 2020.

We’ll keep you updated here on GLOW Season 4 as the news arrives!

Joseph Baxter is a contributor for Den of Geek and Syfy Wire. You can find his work here. Follow him on Twitter @josbaxter.