It is July 1st and that can only mean one thing: Gilmore Girls is on Netflix UK and your lives will never be the same. Ever.
Anybody who knows me knows of my intense love for Netflix. When it became impossible to stream American Netflix in England, I was gutted. I was missing out on the best selection of films and television series but, the worst bit about that fateful day in March, was the fact that I was midway through the fifth season of Gilmore Girls for the one trillionth time. Fortunately, thanks to it being a week after my birthday, I used Amazon gift cards to buy the box set!
Gilmore Girls is, quite possibly, the best TV show in the world. Starring Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel as mother-daughter duo Lorelai and Rory Gilmore, it is soon to be revived on Netflix as Gilmore Girls: A Year In The Life, a four-part series of ninety-minute episodes. The release date for the revival is yet to be released but rumour has it, it will be gracing our screens around the time of the release of Lauren Graham’s new book Talking As Fast As I Can, which is set for November 29th. Other rumours have stated that the new series will be released around Thanksgiving. These dates match up so I think the end of November is looking pretty positive for us Gilmore Girls addicts.
Filled with classic one-liners, Amy Sherman-Palladino has created a show that will live on in hearts and memories forever. Its unique storytelling and fast-paced dialogue sets Gilmore Girls worlds apart from anything else that has ever graced our television screens. Aside from the relationship between Lorelai and Rory, which is just ultimate family goals, Gilmore Girls touches upon a variety of issues that are unbelievably relatable but delivered in hysterical, as well as touching, ways.
An array of characters, young and old, create the fun-loving community of the small Connecticut town of Stars Hollow (not real, unfortunately). From Taylor Doose, the local businessman and town speaker who is constantly abiding by ridiculous laws made hundreds of years ago (classic America), to Kirk Gleason, the town jester who works over two hundred jobs and has a true heart of gold. Luke Danes runs Luke’s Diner, home to the best coffee in the world. Conservative Mrs Kim, mother of Rory’s best friend Lane, owns Kim’s Antiques and spends her spare time disapproving of Lorelai’s seemingly lax parenting techniques.
Each episode begins with a pre-credit scene that typically does not relate to the plot of the episode itself. A personal favourite of mine is in S01E12. The morning routine the girls have is so fitting with their characters. Lorelai and Rory have such a strong connection and are best friends, and this is evident in the ways that they predict each other’s moves and know exactly where the other is at all times.
One of the most beautiful things about Gilmore Girls, for me, is its exceptional use of ‘Walk and Talk’s’. A signature move from Amy Sherman-Palladino, the camera moves with the characters as they converse; this constant movement matches the fast-paced dialogue and is a testament to both the cast and crew. I know first-hand how difficult it is to pull off a Walk and Talk and Gilmore Girls succeeds wonderfully.
From heartbreak to happiness, Gilmore Girls has it all. In the magical Stars Hollow with the most wonderful characters, Lorelai and Rory have created a home that will stick with you long after you finish the fateful seventh season (which nobody knew would be the final season, though it seemed inevitable after Amy and Dan Palladino’s departure in Season Six).
Watch Gilmore Girls. You won’t regret it and when “You’ve been Gilmored,” come and chat to me. Please.
It’s not just a show. “It’s a lifestyle.” “It’s a religion.”