Welcome to my new series where I’m writing a monthly retrospective on tv shows from the late 90s and early 2000s. I’ll only be discussing the pilot episode so NO spoilers, just a discussion about the show now and how I felt about it when it originally aired. The inaugural post will be about Gilmore Girls.
Hello Gilmore Girls fans! I realized we don’t have a witty coup name like the Whovians or the Sherlockians. Oh well. I still have great news, our beloved GG is currently on Netflix. Let the marathoning begin!
A little background on the show. The show began airing in 2000 and ended in 2007 after 7 seasons. It’s an hour long dramedy set in the fictional quirky town of Stars Hollow, Connecticut and follows Lorelai and Rory Gilmore, who act more like friends than mother and daughter. In the pilot episode, Rory gets into a prestige private school but her mother Lorelai can’t afford the tuition, so she is forced to ask her own estranged parents to help pay for school.
Lorelai became pregnant with Rory when she was 16 years old, at which point she left home to raise her daughter on her own terms, away from her overbearing parents. I started watching the show around the same time I had my sex ed class in high school. It occurred to me that you rarely hear what happens after a teen mom gives birth. Although the show is fictional, it was nice to see a somewhat happy ending to a story that is usually presented as tragic. Gilmore Girls aired and ended before 16 and Pregnant and it’s spin-off Teen Mom ever aired.
Rory’s studiousness and love of books reminded me a lot of Hermoine Granger. It’s difficult to find female characters that are both strong and love learning. Like Rory, I always had my nose in a book and longed to travel the world. If you are interested, many fans take on the Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge, where readers try and read every book Rory read in the series, which is a whopping 339 books. So far I’ve read 33 books on the list.
The show is a haven of literary and pop culture references. Within the first few minutes the show references author Jack Kerouac, the film Rosemary’s Baby, and the book Moby Dick by Herman Melville. Although I’ve seen every episode multiple times, I’m still catching new references I had not noticed before.
I can’t say enough positive things about this show and if you couldn’t tell already, I highly recommend watching it. If you love strong female friendships, witty dialogue, and a lot of heart, then you will probably like this show.
“I’m afraid once your heart’s involved, it all comes out in moron.”