Before GG stood for Gossip Girl, there was Gilmore Girls, a family-oriented show with a twist (or two or a hundred). From 2000 to 2007, we followed the lives of Lorelai and Rory Gilmore—best friends first, mother and daughter second—in the charming little town of Stars Hollow. Netflix recently added the show to its roster, giving fans the chance to catch up on all seven seasons during the holiday break. And by fans, I mean almost the entire Candy team!
Nostalgia aside, Gilmore Girls is a witty, well-written slice of pop culture that you should definitely check out. Here are a few reasons we're hoping would convince you!
Lorelai and Rory are the best mother-daughter tandem ever. They're best friends and proud of it, setting them apart from all the dysfunctional mother-daughter relationships on TV (including Lorelai and her mom). They're so close that no topic is ever off limits, but they also have ugly screaming matches every once in a while. Their relationship is as healthy as their eating habits are horrid (more on that below).
The Gilmore food pyramid consists of coffee and junk food. Lorelai and Rory are pros at downing gallons of coffee and ordering takeout, usually getting way too much for two and living off the leftovers the rest of the week. Yet they stay skinny and glowing, despite zero exercise, thanks to their Blake Lively-ish genes and the wonders of the fictional world. (Fun fact: Rory cannot function without at least three cups of coffee in her system, but the actress who played her, Alexis Bledel, hates coffee! She'd drink Coke on cam.)
Boys, boys, boys. Lorelai and Rory are gorgeous, funny, and cool so of course there'd be a bunch of boys in the picture. I was always particularly invested in Rory's boys: 1) Dean, her first love who got obscure movie references and waited patiently as she ran wild in bookshops for hours; 2) Jess, the bad boy who wrote notes on her books and coaxed her out of her comfort zone; 3) Logan, the "butt-faced miscreant" who challenged her and broke her heart in all the right and wrong ways. Team Logan all the way! Although web managing editor Macy says I would've been on Team Jess had I not missed most of the Jess era. (Back in the, um, olden days, if you didn't catch something on TV, there was no easy way to download or stream it.)
Even the minor characters are memorable too. They're fleshed out and given their own storylines—something you don't see as much on TV these days. You have the well-meaning titas of Stars Hollow, the guy with a million jobs who usually screws up all of them, the farmer who sings to his fruits, the unofficial town mayor whose life mission is to make everything pretty and matchy-matchy, the French concierge who hates everyone except his dear mommy, and so on!
The dialogue just flows. It's witty and snappy, and it's not just because Rory and Lorelai are exceptionally fast talkers. Everyone also has sass for days, from grandma Emily's no-filter comments ("I'm so exhausted with incompetent people, I don't know what to do anymore") to neighbor Luke's actions-speak-louder attitude.
So have we convinced you to start watching? Tell us about your marathon feels and leave a comment below or tweet us @candymagdotcom!