For the last several weeks, with the summer TV shows mostly over and the fall’s not yet begun, my wife — the beautiful Kelly — and I have been watching Gilmore Girls almost exclusively. I would whole-heartedly recommend it to anyone.

 

The two central characters are Mother Lorelei and her daughter, Rory, two hard-working over achievers who want to not only succeed, but be good people. Lorelei comes from old money as a Gilmore, but gets pregnant at 16 and leaves it all behind to raise her daughter, Rory, on her own terms. Now it’s years later, Rory is in high school and the allusions are dropping quick as they navigate their lives. But in order to get Rory into a fancy private school that can challenge her, Lorelei has to swallow her pride and get a loan from her estranged parents. Fine, they say, but you have to have dinner with us once a week. Bottom line, it’s a solid family drama where such things are hard to find. Like This is Us?” Try Gilmore Girls. Seven seasons on Netflix!

Sure, there’s an element of “drawing room” theater with most of the drama coming from everyday betrayals and travails, perhaps leaning towards soap opera just a little, and the quick pitter-patter of quippy dialogue. Almost all of the actors are appealing, particularly Lauren Graham who just throws herself into this part of a lifetime. The late Edward Herrmann has the gravitas to elevate the whole show whenever he’s onscreen, although I could say exactly the same thing of Kelly Bishop. And hell, even a few actors who haven’t been good before or since fit exactly into their roles; sorry, Scott Patterson and Liza Weil!

The biggest problem with the show was that the Gilmore Girls guest stars kept getting shanghaied by other shows, so some people disappear all too soon.

My favorite thing about this show is that no one surprises you by acting out of character, they surprise you by staying true to themselves. Also, all of the scenes feel blocked out in a good way, meaning that we can see the characters reacting to the other characters, which is half of the acting.

There are a couple of different “will they or won’t they” stories involved and they are all satisfying.

One of the great shows that I didn’t see! There’s something very engaging about a well-done drama, even if it doesn’t involved doctors, lawyers, or Brits from the early 20th Century.

Synopsis

Welcome to Stars Hollow, Connecticut, a charming, small and slightly off-center town known for green lawns, clapboard houses–and enough quirky characters to fill every hayride, parade and picnic for miles. It’s here that we meet headstrong 32-year-old Lorelai Gilmore, who carves out a comfortable, warm, caffeine-filled life for herself and her equally willful teenage daughter, Rory. But when Rory’s attention turns from dreams of private school and Harvard to thoughts of boys and adolescent self-reliance, single mom Lorelai begins noticing more of her own rebellious youth–only 16 years ago–in Rory.