It’s the first day of October, which means three important things.
1) The fall television season is officially here so tune in for some great new shows (I, myself, am a big fan of Gotham) and check out your returning favorites.
2). We’re less than three months away from Christmas.
And 3.) Gilmore Girls has finally arrived on Netflix. Yes, the month of October means that the entire seven seasons of the WB dramedy are now available for streaming.
With this in mind (and to follow up on my piece on The Good Wife), here are ten reasons we love Gilmore Girls.
The Heartbreaks: The show had its romantic ups and downs for both of the Gilmore Girls– Lorelai (Lauren Graham) and Rory Gilmore (Alexis Bledel)– but one of the reasons we love the program so much is that it depicted real relationships and the heartbreak that often comes along with falling in love. Some of the heartbreaks were tough to take (we’re talking to you, Dean) but the show handled these tricky scenes remarkably well.
The Supporting Characters: There are other supporting characters mentioned on this list but this spot is reserved for the characters we loved who didn’t get their own listing. We’re talking about the magnificently sarcastic Paris Geller (Liza Weil), the joyful Miss Patty (Liz Torres), the lovably strange Kirk (Sean Gunn) and many, many more. We won’t be forgetting any of these delightful figures anytime soon.
Stars Hollow: The town may have been full of the quirkiest characters around but it was also a soothing and loving home for the Gilmore Girls. Like the setting of a Norman Rockwell painting, it was a beautiful, little community bursting with life and odd traditions. It isn’t a real place but if it was, I’d be happy to move there tomorrow.
Their Appreciation of Pop Culture: So many shows and movies exist in a world where daytime television doesn’t exist, movies aren’t available and books– how many of your favorite television characters have you seen reading lately– aren’t mentioned. Gilmore Girls wasn’t like that. It lovingly embraced the world of pop culture and celebrated reading (Rory, of course, was one of the most consistent television readers ever).
It introduced us to Lauren Graham , Melissa McCarthy, Matt Czuchry, Jared Padalecki and Milo Ventimiglia: Along with so many other actors, this show introduced us to some of the best performers out there. If you think about the four names above (all supporting players, save for Graham), you realize how much of the television landscape has benefited from their breakout turns on Gilmore Girls.
Graham went on to star in the beloved NBC drama Parenthood. McCarthy, who was nominated for an Oscar for her work in Bridesmaids, currently stars as Molly on the CBS hit Mike and Molly. Czuchy stars on The Good Wife (have I mentioned how much I love The Good Wife?). Padalecki found long-term success in his starring role on Supernatural. As for Ventimiglia, his Jess spinoff never came to fruition but he found success on the NBC drama Heroes.
What show other than Gilmore Girls has had that kind of acting success for its stars after it went off the air?
Love Him or Hate Him, JESS: Sure, there are people who like Dean and there are others who love Logan but Jess might have been Rory’s best match on the show. I’m not saying he was the perfect guy for her but he was the most interesting of her mates and was almost as well-read as she was.
The Parental Connection: One of the premises of the show was that Lorelai became pregnant with Rory at an early age and therefore was able to bond with her on topics and issues that other parents have a tough time connecting with their kids on. That tight relationship often came into contrast with Lorelai’s need to actually mother her daughter but through it all, this was a mother-daughter relationship that was hard to match.
The Dialogue: Amy Sherman-Palladino, the creator of Gilmore Girls, was one of the best writers in the business. She created a program here with some of the fastest, wittiest and smartest dialogue on television. Sometimes it was tough to keep up with but it was always worth it to try, just to see how many references you could name or how many different subjects the show could address in even the quickest of conversations.
The Coffee: There was coffee, more coffee and even more coffee. With the fast dialogue and the late night marathons, both of the two main characters relied on this important beverage and couldn’t have enough of it. It helped that the local diner was owned by the rough but charming Luke Danes (Scott Patterson).
The Parents: Emily (Kelly Bishop) and Richard Gilmore (Edward Herrmann) were Lorelai’s disapproving parents (Emily was more disapproving than her more open-minded husband). Because of financial reasons (Lorelai needed to borrow money from them at the start of the series), Lorelai (and oftentimes Rory) was obligated to enjoy Friday night dinners with them for all seven seasons. The couple may have been tough to handle (especially for the household servants that Emily loved firing) but they were an essential part of this program and one that kept the show grounded.
Luke and Lorelai: It was the romantic couple we were always rooting for but one that was consistently separated by other problems. Still, we wouldn’t have it any other way and when the couple finally tried their hand at romance, it was worth the wait.
The entire Gilmore Girls series is now on Netflix.