Gilmore Girls

Gilmore Girls - WB Network
a kate west reflection

I watched "Gilmore Girls" for seven seasons, just like most other women my age. What made it unique for me was the fact that my best friend from college and her daughter are exactly the Gilmore Girls (I call them the Vegas Girls - in the family way, of course). I agree with the viewers who say the series went a bit downhill when creator Amy Sherman-Palladino left the show. The writing suffered a bit after that. But overall, the characters were sharply different and entirely accessible.

Lorelai Gilmore had a child at a very young age and disgraced her upper crust family. But in spite of grand-parental misgivings, Rory turns out to be a dedicated, industrious, sweet-natured and lovely girl, excelling in her private girls high school as well as Yale University. Lorelai and Rory are best friends, gal pals the envy of all. When was the last time you shared a secret with your mother? Especially as a teenager? Add wicked fast repartee and witticisms and you've got a hit show. A single mom raising her kid right.

The town itself, Star's Hollow, is a Utopian New England neighborhood, where everybody knows your name. Melissa McCarthy is Sookie, Lorelai's warm-hearted best friend and co-owner of the Dragonfly Inn. She cooks too. Yanic Truesdale is Michel, the put-upon, fussy manservant of the inn. There is romance too, of course, with Lorelai and Luke Danes (Scott Patterson), who owns his own diner, the main hangout for the whole town it seems. Rory has her share of heartbreaks and friends - her bosom buddy Lane (Keiko Agena) is always escaping her Korean mother to spend time at the hip Gilmore household. Kooky characters abound and throughout the years we get to know each of them intimately.

It's a really touching show, especially if you've ever experienced that special mother-daughter bond yourself. The dialogue is the most fun - it's nice to be in on the joke every week. Not bad for the ever-youthful, trendy WB network.

Created by:
Amy Sherman-Palladino

Lauren Graham Lorelai Gilmore
Alexis Bledel Rory Gilmore
Scott Patterson Luke Danes
Kelly Bishop Emily Gilmore
Edward Herrmann Richard Gilmore
Keiko Agena Lane Kim
Melissa McCarthy Sookie St. James
Matt Czuchry Logan Huntzberger
Sean Gunn Kirk Gleason
Jared Padalecki Dean Forester
Liza Weil Paris Geller
Yanic Truesdale Michel Gerard
Chris Eigeman Jason Stiles
Milo Ventimiglia Jess Mariano

Start on Mother's Day:
Gilmore Girls - The Complete First Season

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