The opening title says it all: “If you’re out on the road, feeling lonely and so cold… All you have to do is” watch Gilmore Girls.
People will be so fed up of me talking about this but I can’t because it is just so good. I first watched the show when I was about ten, 9 years after it began, but it never gets old. It’s something I have gone back and rewatched time and time again but right now in particular I love being able to turn Netflix on and escape to Stars Hollow.
The show is full of small town charm, nostalgia of simpler times in the noughties, pop culture references and the most wonderful, quick witted dialogue you will ever encounter.
Now that it is on Netflix, more and more people finally seem to be discovering and falling in love with it which I couldn’t be more excited about, but if you haven’t seen it or are considering going back to it, please let me convince you why it is perfect quarantine viewing.
The show takes place in a small town in Connecticut called Stars Hollow and revolves around two coffee addicts, Lorelai and Rory Gilmore, a mum and daughter who have an unusually close bond because Rory was born when Lorelai was sixteen.
It isn’t a loud show; there are no murder conspiracies or zombie apocalypses. But it perfectly captures the quiet, heart tugging moments in life which come with growing up, moving on and choosing love.
When the characters are angry or upset, it’s warranted. Some of the time it’s just because they didn’t get their way in a town meeting but other times it’s because they are reminded that perfection is an unattainable myth and human beings make mistakes. Even in these moments, you still love them.
Lorelai Gilmore will help you forget your troubles with her good and bad decisions, witty comebacks, stylish early noughties fashion choices and just her all round amazing being. The show has so many cases of perfect casting but Lauren Graham is definitely my number one because she IS Lorelai. The character is so believable you want her to be real, and the mother/ daughter relationship on the show might make every relationship you have feel inadequate in comparison- remember it’s television.
Rory was always a massive role model for me when I was younger, so much so that for a while I wanted to be a journalist just to be more like her. While most television teenagers seem to care more about parties and popularity than they do their studies, Rory almost always had her priorities straight without being portrayed as a loser with no friends; she was cool in her own way and I definitely looked up to that. In the early seasons, she is the smartest, hard working, funny, book loving girl we should all aspire to be. While she makes some bad decisions in the show, especially in the later seasons (Logan anyone??), she’s still lovable. I have also forgiven her post season 4/5 mistakes now that I am the same age she would have been and realise that everyone gets stuff wrong sometimes. Although the revival still hurts me a bit. Sorry, no spoilers.
Luke and Lorelai’s relationship is my second favourite relationship after Lorelai and Rory. I love a will they/ won’t they story and this one was dragged out for a long time you will be screaming at the television, but it is 100% worth it. I won’t say too much because again I’m trying so hard not to spoil everything which is proving very difficult because I would love to rant about how much I love/ would love them together and how perfect they would be/ are. I’ve definitely given it all away. Anyway, their relationship is perfection(apart from a certain person who is named after a month of the year coming in and almost destroying it).
Before I spoil everything, I’ll move on.
Rory’s relationships are definitely another reason to watch. If you think your life is stressful, think again because she is the one person worse at making decisions than me. Her relationships continue to cause debate: Team Dean, Team Jess or Team Logan. And after that revival revelation it only gets more intense, but I have a lot of theories about that I would love to share. I will always be Team Jess of course, if, for no other reason than (SPOILER AHEAD) he knew her best and got her to go back to Yale and write a book. Sorry.
I could rant about this show forever but I’m going to force myself to stop soon. The last thing I’ll say, which I mentioned earlier, is that the language on the show is a masterpiece in writing. It’s probably the most fast-paced show you will find and definitely tests your pop culture and all round general knowledge- every time I watch, I’m so proud if I understand another reference because it means I must have learned something knew from the last time.
If you need something to cheer you up right now, this show is better than your favourite comfort food. Now more than ever, everyone needs a bit of Stars Hollow in their lives.
I’ll finish there before anyone says ‘Oy with the poodles already’.