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There are many shows that have come and gone by now which are fondly remembered either for introducing us to new talents or changing our ideas of what TV can be. But, nestled among shows like The Wire, Breaking Bad, Lost, The Sopranos and other series with deeply dramatic plots, wild weekly twists and frequent deaths, there sits a warmly witty family dramedy called Gilmore Girls. The WB / CW show gave its audience so much over the course of its seven seasons, that it's still remembered (and revisited) fondly, and star Lauren Graham has a sweet message for fans in honor of the series' 20th anniversary.
Those of us who were tuned in when Gilmore Girls first debuted on October 5, 2000, and who were sucked in immediately, likely remember the weekly showings well. This was still a time when, sure, you could record the new episode if you had plans that night, but you were much more likely to build any potential social life around airings of the show, so you wouldn't miss anything, and could talk about it with your friends at work / school the next day. Gilmore Girls fans are a committed lot, to the extent that our calls for a reunion / revival helped bring us the Netflix miniseries Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life in 2016.
With us all now in the middle of the 20th anniversary of Gilmore Girls, head GG herself, Lorelei Gilmore a.k.a. actress Lauren Graham, took to Twitter to say some very nice words to the fans who helped keep the show on the air through Season 7, and have continued to shout about their love for the show from their own metaphorical gazebos at the center of the town square. Take a look!
Awwww! This was so sweet of Lauren Graham, right? As an honorary Gilmore Girl myself, I do feel like "kindness and devotion" are apt ways to describe the people who make up this particular fandom. I mean, some of us are even willing to give Logan Huntzberger the benefit of the doubt, and that's really saying something when it comes to being kind, because that dude is terrible.
Logan aside, there are lots of things to love about Gilmore Girls. The series, which was created and executive produced by Amy Sherman-Palladino long before her success on The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, focused on the mother / daughter team of former teen mom Lorelai and her now-teen daughter Rory, as they lived and loved in the small, fictional town of Stars Hollow, Connecticut. Fans were treated to weekly doses of wacky small-town folk, supremely fast-paced witty dialogue, lots of romantic entanglements, familial strife, lots of coffee and more scenes of perfectly thin women constantly downing junk food than you could shake a pack of Pop-Tarts at.
The series has been available on Netflix for several years now, and I cannot imagine that most diehard fans haven't taken some time to step back into the world of Gilmore Girls here and there during that time. It's probably fair to say that many of us see the show as one of our comfort viewing options, seeing as how the Gilmores rarely came up against a problem they couldn't work through at all (not to mention how funny and quirky most of the characters were). So, it makes for solid repeat / binge watching when you need something to take your mind off all of your daily struggles.
Honestly, if Lauren Graham's thanks combined with that little clip show in her tweet doesn't make you want to revisit Gilmore Girls right now, I'm going to guess that your TV show-picker is broken, and you should see a doctor immediately before wasting any more time on some lesser series.
All seven seasons of Gilmore Girls is available to stream on Netflix right now, but for more to watch in the coming weeks, check out our guide to fall TV!