By Shannon Burns
“My, how we have missed them.” This past Tuesday, October 25th, marked exactly one month until the release of “Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life” on Netflix. Like many other fans who absolutely adore “Gilmore Girls,” I don’t think it is possible to explain in words how excited I am.
The television series “Gilmore Girls” originally aired on WB (now known as CW) from 2000 to 2007. The series tells the story of Lorelai (Lauren Graham) and Rory Gilmore (Alexis Bledel), a mother and daughter duo who are more like best friends. When Lorelai has Rory at the age of sixteen, she leaves her parents’ upper-class home to live on her own in a small yet one-of-a kind town called Stars Hollow, Connecticut. The series begins sixteen years later, when Rory herself is sixteen and accepted to Chilton, a prestigious private high school. It is through this experience that Lorelai is brought back together with her parents, Emily (Kelly Bishop) and Richard (the late Edward Herrmann), with whom she has shared a tumultuous relationship all her life. A deal is struck that Emily and Richard will pay for Rory to go to Chilton, as long as both the girls attend what will become infamous weekly Friday-night dinners.
The series, which consists of seven unbelievably incredible seasons, follows the stories of Lorelai and Rory as they live through and learn from the ups and downs of life. Along the way, they run into many unique and unforgettable characters who make their own impacts on the lives of the girls. These characters include Luke Danes (Scott Patterson), a flannel-and-backwards-baseball-cap-wearing local diner owner, who serves as a major love interest for Lorelai (but I won’t give anything else away). Also, there are three boys that over the course of the series win the heart of Rory: Dean Forester (Jared Padalecki), Jess Mariano (Milo Ventimiglia), and Logan Huntzberger (Matt Czuchry). I just have to say that I am Team Logan all the way. There are also Lorelai and Rory’s friends, Sookie St. James (Melissa McCarthy), Lane Kim (Keiko Agena), and Paris Geller (Liza Weil), along with other members of the Stars Hollow community, including Taylor Doose (Michael Winters), Kirk (Sean Gunn), Babette (Sally Struthers), and Miss Patty (Liz Torres). One of the many amazing features of the show is how great each and every character is.
“Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life” picks up eight years after the series ended. The revival is composed of four 90-minute episodes, entitled “Winter,” “Spring,” “Summer,” and “Fall.” We will see the Gilmore girls, Lorelai, Rory, and also Emily Gilmore, as they tackle a new phase of their lives. All of them are dealing with recent heartbreak and all are trying to find their places in the world again. The revival will finally bring a proper and highly-anticipated ending to “Gilmore Girls,” with the return of the original creator Amy Sherman-Palladino, who was not a part of the show’s seventh and final season. Fans can expect to see the return of all of their favorite characters and the revival will hopefully bring closure and address all of the questions fans have been dying to have answered, including those regarding the relationships of the two protagonists. And of course, fans will finally be able to hear the famous final four words with which Amy Sherman-Palladino intended to end the show.
“Gilmore Girls” always has and always will hold a special place in my heart. It is about the hardships and amazing moments that one experiences throughout life, along with the important roles our family, friends, and relationships play in that journey. Its witty and fast-paced dialogue, which truly sets the show apart from any other, is the perfect way to lift your spirits on any day.
So, if you have not already, WATCH GILMORE GIRLS. It is a show that helps you with your own journey as you navigate the difficulties of life, and has a character for every person to relate to in some way. And be sure not to miss the revival the day after Thanksgiving. My mom and I know what we’re doing November 25. Do you?