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/alicemvaught Alice Vaught

    my husband was reluctant at first but eventually completely won over by gilmore girls. We registered for the complete series when we got married and he now refers to the set as our “retirement plan.”

    one of his pet dreams is to see a play version of gilmore girls that is just any episode performed lives. ideally with the original cast, but also done by new people. can’t you just see the backdrop of downtown stars hollow?

    it’s one of the many reasons i married him. also because jess is a fictional character, but husband is not.

  • http://www.facebook.com/abigail.mcquatters Abigail Mcquatters-gollop

    I’ve seen every ep a million times and still watch it constantly when I’m not in work (it’s on E4 (in the UK) every. single. day.). the ending made me cry – i just wasn’t ready! and when rory slept with dean, finally, but he was married… so sad. and logan – what a jerk. rory and lane would’ve totally been my BFFs growing up.

  • http://www.facebook.com/BookWyrm1025 Sonya Smith

    This was one of my all time favorite programs!! Lauren Graham is hysterical. The dialogue and characters were smart and funny and this show introduced me to Melissa McCarthy. She is so smart and funny. Bridesmaids made me almost pee my pants lol. Have you tried Mike and Molly? or Castle? 2 very smart funny shows. Nathan Fillion is awesome and I miss him in Firefly :( but I digress. There really are no shows to compare to GG, just reruns and dreams.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001592478655 Laura Mendez

    my sister and i ADORE Gilmore girls. i wish my mom and i were like clones of Rory and Lorelei. i mean, like honestly? that has got to be the best show ever… although unfortunately we’ve been putting off having a GG marathon just out of pure laziness… 😀

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=67300332 Melody Christine Losier

    Can we all get together and write a petition for an 8th season? My husband and I watched all 7 seasons while I was pregnant with our daughter. We even named her Lorelai. I too dream of living in Stars Hollow and taking part in all the town’s shenanigans. If you build it, I will come. Might I suggest Gossip Girl (if you don’t already watch) to help fill the void. I’ll jump on the Parenthood train, too. It helps to see “Lorelai” on the screen every week. And the show is really good. Of course, nothing will satisfy the longing as well as an 8th season would. Who do we see about that?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000401807366 Siera Murrieta

    Thank you SO much for realizing what an awesome show Gilmore Girls is & posting a whole article for it. I am in love with this show also and it’s nice to see people still appreciating it. I have all 7 seasons like you and watch them every single night. Gilmore Girls is constantly quoted by my sister & I to one another. ” When a woman gives birth to a crack baby you do not buy her a puppy! … What does that mean? ” Enjoy the 7th season. I really wish they would have stuck around for more seasons so it’s definitely sad to watch the last episodes. But the beauty of having them on DVD is you can watch them all over again and again. I also would recommend Parenthood…I see that some people already have. It is a REALLY great show. Also True Blood is the only other TV show that I have felt I should spend my money on to buy the seasons, it definitely gets you hooked. Completely different from Gilmore Girls but a really great show if you want something else to get hooked on. (;

  • http://www.facebook.com/anna.dobben Anna Dobben

    I will work in your Gilmore Girls land for free, no need for payment. There is no replacement for Gilmore Girls–not just because of the Lorelai and Rory relationship, but because of all the wonderful side characters. You don’t get Miss Patty, Kirk, and Jackson on every show (the same applies to Paris, Taylor, and everyone else in that universe…)

  • http://www.facebook.com/cassiev Cassie Varian

    You want a cutesy town, loveable characters and an interesting set up? Pushing Daisies all the way! Get stuck into the adventures of the pie maker and his dream girl that is so close, but out of his reach. It is wonderful.

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

      Sounds perfect for me. Yes, please.

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

      Exactly the show I was gonna recommend. Pushing Daisies was short lived but worth every moment with the pie makers life (and death) giving touch and a girl named Chuck! It’s perfect! Also, there’s a little known show that ran for only one season called Wonder Falls, by the same creator Bryan Fuller. It’s about a girl who suddenly finds herself conversing with inanimate objects who kind of tell her what she needs to do. She’s acerbic and hilarious and you’ll love it! Also, Castle is SO GOOD! But it’s currently running, so that get’s frustrating when you catch up.

      Thanks for reminding me that it’s time to start over with The Gilmore Girls. This little piece made me tear a little cuz I miss them so. There really is and never will be a show quite like this again. :)

    • http://www.facebook.com/neferia Claire Tandy

      Pushing Daisies is my favourite programme ever!
      There are only 22 episodes of this pure amazingness (season 1 only has 9 episodes, due to the Writers’ Strike and then it got cancelled after season 2!).
      I think it was the worst day of my life when I found out it was cancelled!
      I cannot convey in words how amazing PD is, but any time I meet someone who hasn’t watched it (yeah, I tend to make sure that it gets into the conversation somehow!) I immediately implore them to watch it!
      It is just magical, and the humour and dialect is wonderful too, very fast, quick-witted and dry 😀
      Don’t even get me started on Chuck’s wardrobe…! *sigh*

      Wonderfalls is also awesome, as mentioned, it is made by the same guy who created Pushing Daisies (Bryan Fuller, my hero!).
      It has the same dryness and wit as PD, and I believe there are 13 episodes (got cancelled after only 4 episodes aired!).

      Dead Like Me, which has been recommended by a few people is also Bryan Fuller’s work, about a girl who is killed by a falling toilet seat (!) and doesn’t “pass on” but rather is “hired” to be a reaper, and take people’s souls before they die.
      The language is a bit stronger in this one, and the protagonist, George, is a massive fan of the “F” word, but it works with her character!
      Ned, the Pie Maker in Pushing Daisies, was actually a concept created by Bryan Fuller to be the opposite force for George in Dead Like Me, but Fuller left DLM after “creative differences” and decided to make his own programme with the man who can bring the dead back to life (… but only for *one* minute!) ^-^

      Okies, I will take a breath now, but definitely watch all of these (in particular Pushing Daisies 😀 )

      Claire x

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1703995593 Bonnie Suzanne Harris

    This show was a huge bonding experience for me and my stepmom. It was crazy because we would argue over stupid things but always resolve any issues by 7 o’clock on Tuesday nights when GG came on. We would talk about the characters like they were real people we saw every day. I still haven’t come to terms with the show ending. I re-watched every episode with my husband last year; he fell in love with it just like I had. =) And Jess was my teenage dream-man. I mean, come on, who doesn’t love a bibliophile badboy with fantastic hair?

  • http://www.facebook.com/MissLeahBeah Leah Renee Zalec

    Gilmore girls is the best show ever! its like i wrote this myself :) thank you.

    I recommend Veronica Mars be you next show!

    • http://www.facebook.com/BookWyrm1025 Sonya Smith

      oh my gosh yes!! how could i have forgotten to mention this gem? another show cancelled too early!!! how genius is Kristen Bell? the rest of the cast is amazing as well. great story lines, dialogue and acting.

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

      Ohhhh, that sounds like a perfect replacement show. It’s next on my list.

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

      AHHHHHH, V. Mars! She’s very Gilmore in her quickness and wit. Plus, you can’t beat a high school PI. The first season is the best, so when your done, watch that one again. 😛

  • http://www.facebook.com/JennElston Jennifer Elston

    Veronica Mars or Dead Like Me will be the only thing that comes even remotely close to filling the Gilmore sized hole in your heart. That show is epic and I watch it all over again every single year. So much love for all of those characters and that town!

  • http://www.facebook.com/kellytwine Kelly Twine

    I was a little young when it started, so I also discovered Gilmore girls late, about halfway through the series. But after I did discover it, it was an obsession. I also got all the dvds that were out at the time and watched them in a very, very short time period. After that, my Tuesday nights were booked and nothing could get in the way of my Gilmore girls time.

    No joke, I cried when they announced the series finale. And then I cried while watching the eries finale. I loved this show like I have never been able to love another show.

    All that said, I was disappointed in the 7th season. Don’t go into it expecting everything the first 6 seasons had to offer. For some reason or another (money, of course), Amy Sherman-Pallidino (the show’s creator and main writer) left after the 6th season. It just wasn’t the same. The characters weren’t the same. The writing was close, but not the same. I still loved it, but in an I-loved-the-original-so-of-course-I’m-gonna-love-the-sequal-even-though-it’s-not-as-good kind of way.

    I hated Logan. I was so mad at Rory for staying with him as long as she did. I was also so devastated she didn’t end up with Jess. And that Lorelai and Luke didn’t end up married. There were rumors of a made for tv movie real Gilmore girls finale, since they did not realize the last episode was going to be a series finale until after they shot it. But it never happened. I’ve been waiting and waiting, but I’ve pretty much lost hope at this point. Darn you Amy Sherman-Pallidino!

    Anyways, thank you for this post! It’s nice to know there are others out there like me… I thought I was alone all these years!

  • http://www.facebook.com/nataliajimenezvaldes Natalia Jiménez Valdés

    i loved when rory say dean: i love you, are you idiot! (sorry my english)

  • http://www.facebook.com/mmegclarke Meaghan Clarke

    I still remember watching the finale in my bed with a huge box of tissues, tears streaming down my face because I’d never again see another day in the life of the girls or the people of Stars Hollow! Such a fantastic show, no matter if you were late discovering it or were an avid watcher from the start it has the same effect!

    Someone above recommended ‘Parenthood’ and I completely second it – Lauren Graham’s character is very Lorelai-esque without being exactly the same character.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jennylonussen Jenny Lonussen

    I love the Gilmore Girls, I always watched it with my sisters.. The only other shows I ever got invested in are Charmed (8 seasons) and Bones (beginning 7th season..) so those would give you something to do.. Charmed has the family theme, it’s just about the importance of sisters and sticking together.. Good vs Evil, it has magic. I find family to be the most important theme of that show. And well Bones has the banter and witty conversation.. And Booth and Brennan (Zooey D’s big sister Emily 😀 Who is awesome!) and their own weird little Squint family (kind of like the people of stars hollow, different yes and with a side of forensic anthropology and crime-fighting sure but a family of all kinds of unique people nonetheless)..
    The shows aren’t really comparable but they’re the only ones I’d recommend and they do share some of the same themes or elements.. :-)

  • http://www.facebook.com/CarinaContreras Carina Contreras

    Great article! So true… check out ‘How I Met Your Mother’ (if you haven’t already). Great show.

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

      will do, thanks!

    • http://www.facebook.com/marykatevadala MaryKate Vadala

      I was gonna suggest How I Met Your Mother too. It’s a great choice cause it’s still on the air so no worries about running out of episodes just yet

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=604869934 Sarah Martin

    I LOVE GILMORE GIRLS. I miss it everyday. Now I watch Supernatural to get my fill of Jared Padalecki but I have to say the show Veronica Mars is amazing and comes close to filling the Stars Hollow shaped hole in my heart. Unfortunately, it is only 3 seasons, but amazing. And Bones is great too!! And Dexter….crap…I have an obsession with TV….

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=511828727 Grace Thai

    I really miss this show too.
    Like a few others above, I would definitely recommend ‘Parenthood’.

  • http://www.facebook.com/laurenemorrill Lauren Elizabeth Morrill

    Please tell me you cried as hard as I did at Rory’s graduation speech … because I just watched that episode for like, the tenth time recently, and I totally sobbed.

    If you haven’t watched Veronica Mars, watch that one next.

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

    I can’t thank you all enough for your Gilmore Love and for your suggestions for other addictive shows! Glad to see I’m not alone in my love for this brilliant show.

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