Oh Gilmores, Where art Thou?

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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  • http://www.facebook.com/ellie.cassen Ellie Cassen

    I understand your pain 100%, the end of Gilmore Girls was a tragic day. I would maybe suggest..Friday night lights? I got really into that. Or maybe Parenthood, it’s quite good and also stars Lauren Graham, although of course it doesn’t compare with GG. Who else was DEVASTATED Rory didn’t end up with Jess? Just me?

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=771118852 Alice Tsirika

      Trust me,I still watch the re-runs and can’t believe they didn’t end up together..Ex bad boy but yet intelligent, and sexy as hell,turns into a succesfull boy and still loves girl after all these years..What’s not to love?The only 2 times I wanted to punch Rory was when she rejected him (twice) Oh,and when she left college and went with her grandparents against her mother.

    • http://www.facebook.com/ellie.cassen Ellie Cassen

      Exactly! So obvious they were always perfect for each other. He was so so sexy and smart and…everything you said :) When she went to see him in his bookstore and she was so awful to him and he was PERFECT, that broke my heart

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=771118852 Alice Tsirika

      :( I know.I had a small hope that she would say yes and end up together. :/

    • http://www.facebook.com/roswen.knight Roswen Knight

      Jess and Rory do end up together but it’ll be a few years after the series finished – She’s now 30 living in New York and she bumps into him at a party…

    • http://www.facebook.com/sophia.marko Sophia Dominique Marko

      I was also heartbroken that Jess and Rory didn’t end up together. Probably the only thing I would have changed about the show.

    • http://www.facebook.com/ncohoon Nikkita Cohoon

      I agree with all of this — yes to Parenthood and/or Friday Night Lights. And yes to Rory and Jess 4 ever!

    • http://www.facebook.com/imakraziebubble Ashley Lane

      I AGREE

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=771118852 Alice Tsirika

    I so miss that show :( And I really hated that Logan.He always treated Rory like s**t!!I wan team Jess all the way!! 😛

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=771118852 Alice Tsirika

    *was

  • http://www.facebook.com/roswen.knight Roswen Knight

    My boyfriend also got me the DVDs, Also so he could play guilt free videogames. I filled my Gilmore Void with Parenthood – also starring Lauren Graham. It feels like a good progression from her Loralei days.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1031670183 Andrea Medina

    Gilmore Girls is honestly one of my favorite shows of all times! I once went on a WB Studio Tour, and when we drove through, what used to be, Stars Hallow it was a surreal moment! I loved seeing where Luke’s diner was, and the gazebo in the middle of the square. Enjoy the final season! Thanks for writing this great piece on Gilmore Girls! It makes me want to watch every season over again! (I have seasons 1-6, but I must buy season 7!) Do you by chance watch Parenthood on NBC?? Every time I see Lauren Graham on screen, I can’t help but think . . . Lorelei!

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=286301124 Joanne Michelle Lack

      I did that WB studio tour as well! I was so excited to stand outside Miss Patty’s! ABC Family fans can now note that what was Stars Hollow is now Rosewood in Pretty Little Liars – what was Luke’s is now the Grill etc etc. It becomes very surreal watching PLLs when you realise that!

  • http://www.facebook.com/anna.paramita Anna Paramita

    Best.Show.EVER! Putting on a Gilmore Girls DVD is like enjoying comfort food (preferably takeaway, just the way Lorelai/Rory would do it!).

  • http://www.facebook.com/natasha.wright.89 Natasha Wright

    I was the same, it came to me late in life. I guess in 2000 I was only 11, so maybe a little too young! I borrowed a friend’s box set and watched them all within the space of a few months last year and I’m STILL so sad that it’s over, but apparently there have been talks of a GG film?? I so hope it happens and I so hope Jess and Rory FINALLY get married and have lots of beautiful babies and live happily ever after.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1288489701 Tabitha Khojaev

    Although I don’t have any great advice that comes along with the depression of leaving Stars Hollow behind I do have some good news as far as visiting the real Stars Hollow. Amy Sherman-Palladino the creator of GG actually based the town on a real town she passed through in Connecticut, called Washington Depot. Now I’m not sure if you’ll see Kirk working at every possible establishment or Patty smoking outside her studio but it is a quaint little town that still makes important decisions by way of town meeting and houses a diner or two.

    But if you still so desire to build a replica Stars Hallow I will be the first in line for my very own Sookie Christmas ornament.

    If you haven’t already fallen for the Dawson, Pacey, Joey love triangle I recommend a 70 hour marathon of Dawson’s Creek!

    • http://www.facebook.com/michelleleighgrose Michelle Grose

      My friend and I went an hour out of our way just to drive through Washington Depot on a New England trip. We found a coffee shop and drank a cup for GG. That show is the comfort food equivalent of eating mashed potatoes, Mac and cheese, and pumpkin bread while sitting on the front porch of an old house in October looking out over changing colors of leaves. :)

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1262246277 Danielle Schneider

      OMG, I have to go there…today!!!!!

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1409349057 Cori Richards

      I dragged my now-husband to Washington Depot for a weekend trip to CT…it is no Star’s Hollow! The closest we got to feeling like we were there was when we saw a sign for a meeting run by the Town Selectman…who unfortunately was NOT Taylor Dosey. Danielle if you create this town, I will move there.
      I have been watching GG every night before I go to sleep for years now…it’s a great way to end the day. The only show that holds a candle in my opinion is the Mary Tyler Moore show.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1638626197 Kimberly ‘Roddy’ Jimenez

    I was a young mom, and when we accidentally discovered Gilmore Girls we both went nuts! As my daughter and I listened to the fast paced dialogue and watched the behaviors and situations unfold we were on the same page… OMG they are just like us!!! That is and will forever be “our show”. We have watched every season, every episode over and over. We have our own “Gilmore language” and we agree that our favorite seasons are the “Logan years”. My baby is in college now. Last year was our first time apart and it was tough. We’ve been working our way through GG this summer and we will then split the dvd’s when she leaves again. We watch them when we miss each other. I have a blog about her and how I cope with her gone. We have just started the Logan years and need to finish before the end of the week and then my baby and best friend is gone again. http://www.iamheidismom.blogspot.com

  • http://www.facebook.com/dishy.k Sadishika Kahaduwarachchi

    It’s one of those shows that you don’t care what happens, you just don’t want it to end.
    I will just pop on any season when I feel like it. Although, i must admit, it is difficult to watch Emily and Lorelai and it mimics my own real life relationship with my mother.

    TEAM JESS!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/aaminam1 Aamina Malik

    I actually discovered the show in November/December 2006- so about 6 months before it ended. Every morning during my 4-week winter break that year, I’d jump out of bed to catch it on ABC Family at 11 o’clock (now I think it only comes on SoapNet, ABC Family doesn’t show it anymore. Losers.) I would love to recommend you some other series to get hooked on, but I don’t think there’s a show out there that’s anything like it. Sigh.

  • http://www.facebook.com/blakeamania Blake Christ Wilkinson

    you should definitely take up watching Chuck thats probably the only tv show that has really grabbed me in a long time

  • http://www.facebook.com/jessicarobin Jessica Handy

    I’ve yet to find a Gilmore Girls replacement, so I’ve been left to watch it on rerun every time I can catch it. I’ve seen every episode maybe 4-5 times each. I’m sad that ABC Family doesn’t have it on any more, but SoapNet has a nice little marathon every Sunday afternoon.

  • http://www.facebook.com/eilisedmonds Eilis Edmonds

    You HAVE to let me come live in this town! I would move from the UK just to be a part of this. I’m forever watching reruns, I can’t get enough of it.
    Does anyone else actually feel smarter, more eloquent and witty after listening to Rory and Lorelai talk, or is it just me?
    Also, if you’re looking for a show that has characters with amazing relationships.. may I suggest Cougar Town, if you haven’t already watched it. There’s a mother/son relationship instead of a mother/daughter relationship… and wine instead of coffee… but it’s so good. I want to be part of the Cul de Sac crew just as much as I want to live in Stars Hallow.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Moonlightsiesta Michelle Buckland

    Ahh Jess. I sooo miss the show but I honestly was disappointed in the 7th season. I would suggest Being Erica, Dead Like Me and One Tree Hill. They all have a lot of heart :) Oh and you might enjoy Dollhouse…

  • http://www.facebook.com/Moonlightsiesta Michelle Buckland

    Oh and I grew up with a mum like Lorelai and I was like Rory. Mum is still my best friend and always will be. We have our own little world together :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/5sizes2small Christina Smith-Maillioux

    I grew up watching Gilmore girls with mom and we bonded over the show. Then it still continued through some of my years in college. I loved the show a lot even if at time they made me want to pull my hair out because of their stubbornness.
    Other shows I love watching are Firefly, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, 30 Rock, The Big Bang Theory, Nurse Jackie, True Blood, Doctor Who, Tru Calling, Dollhouse, How I Met Your Mother, Dead Like Me, Breaking Bad, Sherlock (the newer BBC version), Gargoyles, Glee, The Tudors, Battlestar Galactica, Better of Ted, Big Love, Bored to Death, Eureka, Freaks and Geeks, Game of Thrones, Hung, Mad Men, Penn & Teller Bullshit, Secret Diary of a Call Girl, The IT Crowd, Torchwood, & Ugly Americans.
    I’m an crazy TV lover and watch a LOT of stuff. Hopefully in there you can find something that sparks your interests.

  • http://www.facebook.com/gwynruddelllewis Gwyn Ruddell Lewis

    The best way to get over the Gilmore Girls is to watch it again, and again…

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=502082169 María Pd Gz

    So sorry… I’m a series geek and I can assure you there’s nothing like Gilmore Girls. There are shows as good as it… but it’ll never be the same. The only tv series that gets me as hooked as it did Gilmore Girls it’s True Blood. The best part is that they are as good but too different to compare.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jillemader Jill Mader

    I’ve been watching Gilmore Girls since the beginning, and even now I go back and watch the DVDs all the time. It’s one of my all-time favorite shows.

    Have you watched Veronica Mars? It’s another fantastic show and if you love GG, I think you’d enjoy it.

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