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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  • http://www.facebook.com/KaitlynNolan Kaitlyn Nolan

    Stars Hollow is actually based on my hometown and we even share the same zip code as Stars Hollow. However, while adorable, it’s not as adorable as Stars Hollow.

  • http://www.facebook.com/kristenhegenbarth Kristen Hegenbarth

    I have watched the wondrous Gilmores since I was a little girl and have re watched them all, three times.Veronica Mars was absolutely a favorite, but Accidentally on Purpose is a final keeper. I don’t know if you are much of a reader, if so, I would defiantly recommend any books from Sarah Dessen or the book Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers.

  • http://www.facebook.com/angie.kruse1 Angie Kruse

    I started Gilmore Girls by buying the first 2 seasons on DVD. My husband and I proceeded to watch those within a few weeks and then bought all the others that were out at that time. I think season 5 was just coming out. I never looked back. I was hopelessly addicted.

    What I love is the millions of references they make. I think every time I watch the series (I have watched the whole thing more than 10 times) I catch a reference that I didn’t understand but have learned about since the last time.

    I find that when I finish the series, I start to miss it, like I’m home sick. If you build a Stars Hollow, I will be there in a minute. I feel like I belong there, which is crazy, I know.

    I haven’t found anything that comes close to Gilmore Girls but Veronica Mars is a great show. While not along the same lines as GG, Dexter is a fantastic show.

    Welcome to the Gilmore Girls obsessed. It will not go away.

  • http://www.facebook.com/amanda.e.sutton Amanda Elizabeth Sutton

    For a moment I thought you put off the 7th season because the 7th season is horrible! But man did I love that show. I watched it on air from beginning to end and sobbed in bed watching the finale like I actually knew these people.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=631423654 Lauren Morgan

    Girrrrrl you are a woman after my own heart. Gilmore girls is the absolute best! That describes my mom and I’s relationship to a “T”. We are obssessed and have only rewatched the show 6 or 7 times. We are constantly quoting the show and “reality has no place in our world”. Another amazing show I highly recommend is One Tree Hill. I joined the OTH (as only true fans call it) a few years late thinking I was better than to follow the show the world was raving about. But they show reruns on soap time and I was bored one day and got sucked in. I proceeded to buy myself all the seasons and catch up. I became obssessed and have since sucked my mom in! It’s fabulous and has become a favorite. Right up there will the Gilmore girls

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=772448627 Emily Snedeker

    I also love Gilmore Girls and have yet to have the privilege of watching ALL episodes, and trust me, my life feels empty.

    Brothers and Sisters is definitely a show to watch back to back. Talk about changing my life- or at least preventing socializing and showering. I feel it’s a strong must see.

  • http://www.facebook.com/VegasCharlie Charlie Hanks

    I too came late to Gilmore Girls fighting myself over liking a “girly” show but got stuck on reruns while pregnant. I fell in love with the show and have yet found something to fill it’s void. I recently found Awkward. on MTV which was surprisingly good. But still nothing compares to the witty banter of the Gilmores.

  • http://www.facebook.com/notheresunshine Alexandra Rae

    Gilmore Girls and Scrubs are the two shows I can watch over and over and over. Re-runs for my entire life. <3

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1527217153 Jen Carter

    I know I went posting crazy here but, I just can’t help myself. One more show well worth watching is Firfly. It was one of the all time best space opera’s and it had theeee, hands down, most wonderful and satisfying conclusion in the form of Serenity the movie! It was funny, exciting, scary, sad. Pretty much everything you could love in a series. Hope you found some great shows to love out of this!

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

      Thanks for all the great suggestions. I may never leave my house again as I will be busy watching tv.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1435073634 Crystal Brezina

    I found it pretty late as well. I remember watching it for the past few years every time it was on from five to six on ABC Family, but they don’t play it anymore…

  • http://www.facebook.com/jackiesueyoung Jackie Sue Young

    I still have my dragon-fly inn pajama set.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000053762624 Cara Evans

    Gilmore Girls has always been a favorite of mine and my mom’s. Ironically, she always related to Rory and I to Lorelai. I love your idea of recreating Stars Hollow! As for another show I would recommend? Friday Night Lights. I have laughed, yelled, cheered and sobbed my way through that series and don’t regret a moment of it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/amdanz Anna Danz

    oy with the poodles already! best show ever….

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1109713948 Beth Wilde

    I felt like I could have written this; I, too, came to Stars Hollow once it was all over and completely fell in love with the town and characters. When you recreate it, I’m so moving in! And this time, I’m picking Dean and Jess can just try his teen angst schitck elsewhere. :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=550305261 Danielle Wright

    I was so excited to see this post. I started the entire series over again last week! Trust me its funny the third and forth time too! They talk so quickly that you still catch things that you missed and laugh anyway! I am also that geek that looks up the references that I don’t get so I have learned a lot too. My fiance watches it with me which makes him awesome! I also remember watching it in high school and my dad would crack up at the references and hilarious dialogue! It truly is the perfect TV show! I was devastated when it ended! OH and I second Everwood! Also a great show!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=508566743 Cristina Aparicio

    JESS ALL THE WAY! Had to get that out my chest. You should try Parenthood! Lauren Graham is also wonderful in it. And the show is fantastic. At times heartwarming and at other times heartbreaking. So good.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=708504313 Morgan Dow

    I have completely ignored the fact that the show ended and just rewatch every episode endlessly. It is SO GOOD. I think I will always have a huge soft spot for it, especially because I started watching it when I was beginning middle school, and the series ended as I went off to college. Its also something that my mom and I bond over, which is pretty cool.

  • http://www.facebook.com/sharon.e.keegan Sharon Keegan

    First of all, Jess all the way! Secondly, I must echo many of you and suggest Friday Night Lights. Also try Everwood, another dearly departed WB show.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=566548404 Rosa Ríos Abad

    Just how I feel about Gilmore Girls! :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/kspelliscy Kristen Spelliscy

    if you love gilmore girls, you have to watch Friday Night Lights. A show about community, family, and friendship. A lot like Gilmore Girls with those themes. Plus the small town of Dillon Texas is a lot like Stars Hollow. Enjoy!!

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