Kristen’s Top 5 TV Shows: #3 – GILMORE GIRLS

Gilmore Girls

While I struggled to narrow down my picks for #4 and #5, selecting GILMORE GIRLS as my #3 favorite TV show was an absolute no brainer. I adored the show when it was on the air and I even made the pilgrimage to the Stars Hollow set on the WB Studio backlot. Even though it’s been off the air for a few years now, I still miss getting my weekly Gilmore fix.

What the show is about
Gilmore Girls is about Lorelai (Lauren Graham) and Rory (Alexis Bledel) Gilmore who are best friends first, mother and daughter second. Lorelai had Rory when she was just a teenager and while she’s the youngest, coolest mom around, sometimes it often seems like studious Rory is the responsible one in their relationship. Lorelai is fiercely independent and is proud to live a simple life in Stars Hollow, free of the influence of her snobby, manipulative parents. That changes when Rory is accepted into an exclusive prep school and Lorelai needs her parents’ money to pay for it. The elder Gilmores take full advantage of the situation and make Friday night dinners at their house a condition of the deal, leading to an uneasy truce.

The show follows the Gilmore family’s ups and downs, the girls’ drama filled romantic relationships, and the lives of Stars Hollow’s quirky residents. While men may come in and out of their lives, the show’s focus is always on the bond between Lorelai and Rory, and how all they really need is each other.

What I love about it
I love so many things about this smartly written show, but what the Gilmore Girls did best was its signature banter. Between the rapid-fire delivery and all the pop culture references it could be hard to keep up with Lorelai and Rory. There were references to books, music, movies, politics—you name it, they talked about it. Some of it flew right over my head, but I always appreciated that the writers never dumbed it down. They kept it smart, which made me aspire to be as cool and witty as the Gilmores. Here are a few of my favorite exchanges:

Babette: Now don’t you freak out. Morey hates being the first anywhere. He thinks it hurts his street credibility.
Morey: Charlie Parker was late to everything.
Babette: Charlie Parker had more drugs in him than a Rite-Aid. Forget Charlie Parker.

Lorelai: Heh, you know what I just realized? “Oy” is the funniest word in the entire world.
Rory: Hmm.
Lorelai: I mean think about it, you never hear the word “oy” and not smile. Impossible. Funny, funny word.
Emily: Oh dear God.
Lorelai: “Poodle” is another funny word.
Emily: Please drink your drink, Lorelai.
Lorelai: In fact, if you put “oy” and “poodle” together, in the same sentence, you’d have a great new catchphrase, you know? Like, “Oy with the poodles already.”
Rory: Hehe.
Lorelai: So from now on, when the perfect circumstances arise, we will use our favorite new catchphrase:
Rory: Oy with the poodles already.
Lorelai: I’m telling you, it’s knocking “Whatchu talkin’ ’bout, Willis?” right out of first place.

My other favorite part of the show was the quaint, New England town of Stars Hollow, Connecticut. There’s a traditional town square (complete with a gazebo) lined by charming shops that included a diner, a bookstore, and a grocery. It might actually be boring if it wasn’t for the town’s eccentric residents like Luke, dance instructor Miss Patty, meddling Babette, pompous Taylor, and oddball Kurt. These guys loved to air their grievances at town meetings. The people of Stars Hollow also loved their festivals—The Festival of Living Art, the hay bale maze, the Firelight festival, the dance marathon—which they seem to hold every week. How much fun would it be to live in a town like that?

There are so many other things I loved about Gilmore Girls: the way Rory and Lorelai ate nothing but junk food and coffee (they seemed to have magical metabolisms), Luke and Lorelai’s will-they-or-won’t-they relationship, the hilarious supporting characters…all these things just added up to one awesome show.

Why you should watch
If you dismissed Gilmore Girls as another soapy teen drama, I recommend you check out an episode sometime. How many shows on the air now have witty banter that makes you feel smarter for watching? Plus, now that we can watch Gilmore Girls on a DVR or DVD, we can rewind so that we never miss any of that rapid-fire dialogue.

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