Monday, April 20, 2015

Everything I Know About Life I Learned from the Gilmore Girls

 Let me start by saying I watched all seven seasons (X about twenty+ episodes per season) of the Gilmore Girls over the course of a few short weeks on Netflix. You might say I was addicted, watching nothing else. By the series finale I had a Gilmore Girls hangover, and there is no remedy.  

Here’s what I learned. Lorelai Gilmore looks amazing 24/7. Rain or shine (not that it rains on the Gilmore Girls). In sweats or pajamas. Late at night or first thing in the morning. And for a working, single parent, she dresses like a trophy wife, and has enough disposable income to eat every meal out, along with paying for about four to six cups of coffee each day. Speaking of coffee, it appears she ingests nothing but coffee, martinis, hamburgers, fries and donuts, but never gains a pound or exercises. Her house is an optical illusion that looks large from the outside, but quite small on the inside, although they could turn the kitchen into another bedroom because they never cook there and rarely eat there.  

The series is set in the quaint small town of Stars Hollow where they only have two kinds of weather: sunshine and snow. It only rains if…I don’t remember it ever raining, but there must have been a plot requirement on at least one episode where it called for rain. Stars Hollow celebrates every holiday with a festival, carnival or celebration of some sort. To live in Stars Hollow you must be quirky (keep that in mind before you pack your bags). 

Lorelai and her teenage daughter Rory speak fluent snark as their first language firing off rounds of sarcasm like machine gun fire aimed at all who dare engage them. Both mother and child tend to have shouting matches at will, with each other and/or loved ones in random public places (parties, restaurants, weddings) sometimes commenting on how inappropriate their outbursts are, usually not. They are good people who sometimes do bad things. Self-destructive, selfish, manipulative things. Makes for good television.  

What do you think? Have you experienced Stars Hollow, or have I scared you off?



Tina Donahue said...

I loved the Gilmore Girls. Granted, the show wasn't as good toward the end, but the rapid fire conversations between mother/daughter - priceless. :)

Fiona McGier said...

Sounds too much like a "chick-flick" to me. No aliens attacking? No explosions? Then I'm not the target audience.