The Stars Hollow fictional-set comedy series featuring the mother-daughter duo, Lorelai and Rory Gilmore, is heart-warming, quick-witted and absolutely bingeable. The show follows the Gilmore girls as they juggle family dynamics, friends, love and career aspirations with overindulging on junk food and coffee. All while maintaining a flawless figure and being extremely fashionable despite being in the lower economic tier.
The series starts off with young Rory (Alexis Bledel) enrolling at Chilton, one of the most prestigious high schools in Connecticut. But tuition is expensive, and Lorelai (Lauren Graham) has to appeal to an undesirable solution – borrowing money from her parents, whom she has not spoken to since she had Rory at sixteen. This brings on the obligatory Friday Night Dinners, which are filled with family drama and Lorelai’s distinctive reference-filled humour. Oh, how one enjoys seeing Emily’s disapproving attitude in glittering candlelight! But there is more to this easily-accessible series than meets the eye. Behind the quirky characters, there are complex relationships being built, damaged or mended.
Gilmore Girls (2000) “creates a world that resembles our own, but everyone is just a little quicker, a little livelier and a little more real than real life,” says Haley Mlotek. It’s the lifestyle we all want but few of us are able to achieve, paired with witty and sometimes silly humor. There is nothing in the Gilmore household can’t be enhanced or mended with Chinese take-out.
Something about GG that keeps pulling me back. Watching it has become a comfort thing for me, resulting in recurring marathons of the complete seven seasons and its recent revival Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life (2016), and I’m not the only one. Mlotek has also “seen every episode of “Gilmore Girls” multiple times.” Another viewer consolidates on that point by saying that she and her mum “would spend 45 minutes in Stars Hollow and everything would feel a little better; it was the televisual equivalent of a large glass of wine after a hard day.”
Perhaps its the quick exchanges between characters that draws the viewers in. “There’s no denying that the show takes pleasure in its dialogue – Alexis Bledel and Lauren Graham as Rory and Lorelai have an easy chemistry and their rapid-fire delivery can be impressive.”
Every time I step back into Stars Hollow I am overcome with a childish glee. I can relate to so many of these wonderful characters and their stories help me overcome my own fears and insecurities. Watching GG also pushes me to want to be a better writer and one day, be able to write the kind of dialogue that fascinates the audience the same way that Gilmore’s does.