Oh Gilmores, Where art Thou? Danielle Schneider

I came late to many things in my life: good manners, sashimi, puberty… But the most important thing I discovered well after its time was The Gilmore Girls.  The show was on The WB network (RIP) from 2000-2007, but I was in my twenties and too busy trying to “make something of myself” to notice silly TV fare. Now that I’m older, wiser and much more lazy, television has become super important in my life.

I discovered the Gilmores almost by accident. It was a Saturday afternoon about a year ago and for some reason Legally Blonde was not playing on any network (that movie calls to me like a siren song any time it’s on). As I searched around the channels frantically for something to occupy my mind/empty existence, I found a little piece of heaven right on the ABC Family channel.

IMDB describes The Gilmore Girls as “a drama centering around the relationship between a thirty-something single mother and her teen daughter living in Stars Hollow, Connecticut” but it is so much more than that. It’s a show about love, life, coffee, Madeline Albright, making mistakes, following your heart, Pop Tarts, more coffee, small town politics, forgiveness, Paul Anka and even more coffee – all while the characters talk faster than the speed of light. I am so in love with this show, I would marry it, have its babies and even take it back after it cheated on me with its secretary, Denise.

The mother/daughter relationship between Lorelai and Rory is so believable and enviable; it almost makes me wish I had gotten knocked up as a teenager. Of course, there was no adorable country inn willing to take in a teen runaway with her baby and house us in a shabby chic inspired barn in Boca Raton, Florida, so I think I made the right decision. Nonetheless, I covet their relationship and when I do have a daughter one day, I intend to force her to be my best friend and share all of her secrets and clothes with me.

Not only do I love all of the people on the show, but also I’m also obsessed with the town of Star’s Hallow. If it were real, I’d move there immediately. But since it’s only a work of fiction, I’ve made other plans. I intend to become ridiculously wealthy and buy a plot of land where I recreate the town and pay workers to dress and behave as my favorite series regulars. Visitors will be able to attend town hall meetings and argue with Taylor Doose or try their hand at firing Emily Gilmore’s latest maid. Romance lovers can sip coffee while Dean and Jess fight for their affections and for the foodies, there will be samples of Luke’s famous burgers and Mrs. Kim’s inedible tofu concoctions. It will be like Disney World, with less rides and crazier characters. Who wouldn’t want to buy a Sookie Christmas ornament?

After I discovered The Gilmore Girls, my amazing husband bought me the first six seasons on DVD. He either really loves me or just wanted to play his video games in peace without me distracting him with constant questions like, “Why do you shoot the monsters as opposed to just talking out your problems with them?” I holed up in our bedroom and watched the entire thing over the course of a few weeks. I don’t believe showering or socializing happened at all during that period – it didn’t seem important. For some reason though, my husband had neglected to buy me the seventh and final season of the series. I put off purchasing it myself because I knew that once I watched it, my time in Star’s Hallow would be over. I didn’t want to live in a world without Lorelai, Rory and the gang.

A few months have passed and I finally caved and bought the last season. As I embark on my final hours of the show, I feel excitement tinged with a little sadness and an overwhelming desire to eat tater tots and pancakes at every meal. I don’t know what’s going to happen – Will Lorelei end up with Luke or Christopher? Will Rory embark on a career as a globetrotting journalist or marry Logan and join the DAR? Will Kirk ever move out of his mother’s house? – but I do know it’s been a wonderful journey and I’ll be devastated when it’s over.

PS- If anyone can recommend another show for me to watch so I don’t spiral into a deep depression, that would be great. I know it will be a transitional relationship but I just need something to get me over the hump.

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  1. Also, yes I wanna live in Stars Hollow and share infinite cups of coffee with everyone in town; yes my ideal man is Jess with a touch of Dean; yes I want to be as cute as Alexis and as witty as Lorelai, and have a bff like Lane and Paris (well, I kinda do). I think the sixth season, with the original writers gone, was a bit off, but it never got ridiculous or lame, just weird. And all that weirdness didn’t affect the ending, which I thought was rushed but great. Specially since it meant Rory did not stay with Logan because, let’s face it, I never liked him for her and her main goal since episode 1 was to be a fulfilled reporter and travel the world. I think it sends a great message that you do not have to compromise your career when the world is still “your oister” so to speak, and love will come and go but first of all you have to be good to yourself.

  2. OH, I am the ultimate GG fan (also bothers me now that “GG” stands for Gossip Girl.. As if!). I keep on watching it over and over again and never get tired. There’s nothing like it, but the closest thing is PARENTHOOD. I really really recommend you to watch Parenthood. This show is filled with that same feel-good vibe as Gilmore Girls while keeping it real, dramatic and cute at the same time. Of course, I started watching the show because of Lorelai – I mean – Lauren, hehe. And she plays a single mom again, BUT she’s such a great actress that and the show is so well written that Sarah and Lorelai are NOTHING alike, except if you count their humongous big hearts.

  3. Oh and Friday Night Lights!!!! I knew I was forgetting something really important.

  4. It’s been like four years since I’ve watched the last episode but I can’t get over the fact that GG is gone. Nevertheless, it is a series that gets even better with time. Which means that reruns are a very good idea all the time. I miss Lorelai everyday. Well, you asked us to recommend shows to fill the void. The truth is there’s no way fo fill it, but you do have the chance to get to love other really great shows. I can put really good words at Everwood, Felicity and Parenthood. Those have similar themes to GG. Give it a try.

  5. Though the characters are not as developed as in GG, for recovery purposes I would watch Felicity. It is only four seasons (i.e. a limited obsession) and each season is 1 year of her college education. I really love the show and got really into it, though, admittedly, it is cheesy.

  6. Gilmore Girls is my life. I live by the choices of Lorelei and Rory! Can I live in Stars Hollow, please? I own the series set and I watch the seasons over and over :) RIP Tryna get a movie

  7. The O.C. must, MUST be next for you. I have the exact same love for Gilmore Girls, so I feel like you you’ll have the exact same love for the O.C. I just finished all 4 seasons in a matter of weeks (probably my 3rd time to watch them all the way through) and I am experiencing serious withdrawals.

  8. I miss this show so much. Rory was my age so I grew up with her…but I would definitely be apart of your faux stars hallow…

  9. hahaha great post! forever my fav show, thanks for reminder :)

  10. AAAGH! Can we all agree, from now on, write SPOILERS before typing up about who Rory ends up with!!!!
    JEESH.

    “Why do you shoot the monsters as opposed to just talking out your problems with them?” –hilarious.

  11. Try Pushing daisies- not quite the same genre, but entertaining and sweet nontheless. Enjoy.

  12. I will happily move to your Stars Hollow and play my part- no payment needed! Veronica Mars is by far the best substitute in terms of witty banter and parent-daughter relationships (although its father-daughter instead of mother-daughter). Pushing Daisies is a good subsitute if you want ‘I wish that kind of world existed!’. Firefly, How I Met Your Mother, Dawson’s Creek etc. are all awesome shows too and worthy of your time!

  13. I was going to suggest Everwood as well! And I’m currently rewatching Dawson’s Creek, on season four….still just as good as it was years and years ago! I miss Gilmore Girls. :( If I’m ever home when a rerun is on, I’ll sit there and ignore everything else and immerse myself in it. Oh, and I’m extremely partial to The O.C. as well. :)

  14. Everwood. great show cancelled before its time. and Dawson’s Creek is a favorite as well. those two and Gilmore Girls are the only tv shows I own on DVD.

  15. Parenthood is a decent methadone for GG’s withdrawal. Also I just watched season one of Switched at Birth on Netflix. Not a bad choice either.

  16. I don’t care how many others have already said so because it bears repeating that Friday Night Lights, Pushing Daisies, and Veronica Mars are all must-sees in general but especially so for anyone who worships at the shrine of Gilmore. Also, if you aren’t opposed to some action, a little sci-fi, and can accept that season 4 and the first half of season 5 blow compared to the first 3 seasons, I highly, HIGHLY recommend Alias.

  17. Veronica Mars is calling your name.

  18. I have a friend who wears black every year on the day the last episode aired in mourning for it.

  19. Okay I’m the 120th comment! Go Gilmore Girls! Proof that we all love it so.

  20. Have you watched GREEK yet?? I finally caught up on that one and have the same lonely feeling now that I have seen the last moments ever shot. If you enjoy comedy, drama, and characters you love and love to hate, then this is the new show for you. Enjoy!

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