Gilmore Girls: “The perfect Comfort Show” 

Jessie Schwitters, Staff Writer

Lauren graham on the left and Alexis Bledel on the right. (Credit @GilmoreGirls instagram)

Small town charm is a sure-fire way to create the ultimate comfort show. It is the small town of Stars Hollow, Connecticut where we get to meet the Gilmore Girls. A single mom Lorelai (Lauren Graham), and Rory (Alexis Bledel), who are only 16 years apart, are mother and daughter but behave more like best friends.  

Emily Gilmore (Kelly Bishop) and Richard Gilmore (Edward Herrmann) have had a complicated relationship with her daughter Lorelai since the character ran away at 16 to raise Rory. They remained estranged for several years until Lorelai asked her parents to help pay for Rory’s schooling. Emily agreed on the condition that her daughter and granddaughter visit them for dinner every Friday. 

The show includes Lorelai’s several romances and a couple of engagements, most notably with Luke Danes (Scott-Gordon Patterson), also her on-again/off-again relationship with her parents. Not only that, but also raising a genius daughter who could quote an oxford dictionary and has plans to attend Harvard to become a successful journalist. However, Lorelai is witty and a coffee addict who works at the local hotel inn.  

Portrait of Richard Gilmore played by Edward Herrmann.(Credit @GilmoreGirls instagram)

With a fantastic cast and exciting script, each episode is a different kind of event. The series is realistic, funny, and intelligent, the perfect comfort show. Once I start watching one episode, I find myself watching six more. 

The show ran from 2000-2007 and is still occasionally on tv; however, what brought millions of new viewers was when Netflix brought all seven seasons of Gilmore Girls to the streaming platform on Oct 1, 2015. Which made Gilmore Girls one of the most viewed shows on Netflix, leading to the long-awaited reunion with “Gilmore Girls- Year in the Life.”  

This 4-part series brought not only back old fans but also new ones. The series picks up ten years after the original ended; now, we get to see the beloved Lorelai and Rory and how their lives turned out. The show is supposed to follow both throughout the year and the events that follow.  

I cannot even count the number of times I have rewatched Gilmore Girls and the 4-part special, or the number of times I would die to live in Stars Hollow. The show is constantly playing in my house, whenever I am cleaning or even doing “homework.” It is a must-watch series, I cannot recommend it enough. If you have Netflix, definitely give it a try, you won’t regret it.