In an early episode of Gilmore Girls mother-daughter duo, Lorelai and Rory (Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel), are preparing for one of the famous TV and junk food binges with Rory’s boyfriend, and this insightful exchange occurs:
DEAN: So… it’s a show?
RORY: It’s a lifestyle.
LORELAI: It’s a religion.
This particular dialogue refers to Gilmore-girl-favorite, The Donna Reed Show, but the conversation very easily applies to Gilmore Girls, itself. The show has earned a committed fan base, despite being off the air since 2007. Gilmore Girls combines pop culture references that could rival Quentin Tarantino’s, a quirky small town and locals, teen drama, complex family dynamics, and the unconditional love between mother and daughter at the center of it all.
It was recently announced that Gilmore Girls will be coming to Netflix on October 1st in its entirety. While this probably doesn’t mean great things for our homework productivity, I personally believe a Gilmore Girls binge-watch is totally necessary. Here are a couple reasons why you need more Gilmore in your life:
1. You get to see pre-Bridesmaids Melissa McCarthy in action.
I remember seeing Bridemaids in theaters and being shocked that Lorelai’s sweet, clumsy best friend was played by the same woman who could be so foul-mouthed and raunchy. Gilmore Girls proves that McCarthy was always funny, and shows off her talents as a versatile actress.
2. Watching Gilmore Girls is the easiest way to educate yourself on pop culture.
Do you ever end up in those conversations where your friends are talking about a movie you’ve never heard of? Are you sometimes too embarrassed to ask why a particular musician is famous? Gilmore Girls has you covered. The show was my main education in film, tv, music, and literature. The Gilmore girls reference the critically-acclaimed essentials and cult favorites, and if you can keep up with them, you’ll end up with a pretty comprehensive knowledge of popular culture.
Rory is also a major reader. Impress your English professor by reading even one of the books included in the complete list of everything she read on the show:
The Rory Gilmore Book Club: http://www.buzzfeed.com/krystieyandoli/all-339-books-referenced-in-gilmore-girls#47t4gh5
3. Lorelai and Rory are inspirational to the average college student.
Lorelai Gilmore is a super successful business woman; by the end of the series, she owns and operates her own inn. She does so with style, passion, individuality, and genuine kindness. Anyone pursuing a career can look to Lorelai as an example for being taken seriously, but still loving what you do.
Rory’s academic skills are legendary. She graduates valedictorian of her highly competitive private school and moves on to attend Yale. However, things don’t always come easily for Rory, especially when she first starts at her private school. Rory reminds us that hard work is what matters most, and definitely what lasts.
4. Gilmore Girls makes our families feel more normal.
Lorelai and Rory support each other no matter what, but even they have their differences. Lorelai’s relationship with her parents is obviously strained, however, there is still definite love there. Despite tense familial relationships, loyalty to family – both blood and chosen – is at the core of Gilmore Girls. The show is comforting to those of us who love our unconventional families.
5. Lorelai Gilmore is full of all sorts of surprising, relevant wisdom.
Don’t get me wrong, Rory is great, but Lorelai has always been the real role model for me. Lorelai screws up constantly, but always tries her best. She fights for Rory, for her parents, and for best friends no matter what. She rocks her own individual style and says whatever she wants, even if not everyone will “get it.” She maintains her independent spirit in her more serious relationships, but will forever be an icon to the perennially single, commitment-phobic girl. And perhaps most importantly, she understands the necessity of good coffee.
Gilmore Girls is available for streaming on Netflix starting October 1st. Get your snacks ready, and prepare to return to Luke’s Diner!
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