After the shocking announcement of a revival season, Netflix has finally released four 88 to 102-minute-long episodes to complete the already seven-season-long series, Gilmore Girls.
The series originally started in 2000 and continued for seven years before getting canceled. Sometime in the past few years Netflix added the show onto their website, causing the already popular show to grow an entirely new audience of young people who had never seen the show before, which then led to the creation of an epilogue set nine years later.
Gilmore Girls is about a mother-daughter relationship that resembles more of a friendship. Rory, who in the first season was still in high school, has now graduated college and has achieved her dream of being a successful journalist. However, she seems out of ideas and generally exhausted. Meanwhile, Rory’s mother, Lorelai, is struggling with her own grieving mother. Despite the large time gap, the shows tone is exactly the same — the fast talking mother-daughter duo walk through town with a cup of coffee spouting pop culture references left and right.
Although it was touch and go for a while, Melissa McCarthy did make an appearance, however short it was. Being a now well-known actress it was rumored that she had refused to come on the show because of her growing popularity.
Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel worked harmoniously together, somehow keeping their quirky relationship fresh and true to the original show.
Sadly, Edward Herrmann, who played Rory’s grandfather Richard, did not return to the show, as he passed away in 2014. His absence impacted the new season immensely, but was handled in a graceful manner.
With Gilmore Girls coming out with a eighth season after nine years, and Harry Potter coming out with a new movie after five years, it seems that Hollywood has lost some creativity. Nostalgia is nice sometimes, but too much can seem like entertainment is just frantically reusing ideas. However, that doesn’t mean it isn’t enjoyable, the new Gilmore Girls was a high quality season, although it was emotionally exhausting to see all the old favorite characters reappear after such a long hiatus.
Gilmore Girls is such a long-running successful series, and it’s most likely because it resonates with so many people. It’s lasted through generations, and continues to attract the attention of people through its storyline of a normal, nerdy teenage girl and mother, devoid of any plot but melodrama. Despite the fact that the show has been going on for so many years it has little storylines and is basically just following the amusing life of a mother and daughter.
Everyone wants a good relationship with their family, and this show provides one that, while not perfect, is incredibly entertaining.
With Rory and Lorelai so close to each other, it allows the audience to experience all the upsides and downsides of having a tight-knit family without actually having to go through it.