Netflix, oh Netflix, how I love thee.
No, but seriously. Whoever sat down one day and thought to themselves, “you know what, I’m gonna make a site where people can watch all their favorite movies and shows and procrastinate important tasks even more than they probably already do” is a genius. An absolute genius.
I got Netflix sometime before the summer of 2015, and let me just tell you — it’s ruined my life. In a good way. In a great way, in fact. I spend more time obsessing over the lives and romantic lives of fictional characters far more than I did before. I probably wouldn’t be watching half the shows I do now if it weren’t for Netflix, so thanks for that buddy, I owe you one.
I came across Gilmore Girls when it first came up on my list of recommended shows. I read the synopsis, “Ambition. Relationships. Family power struggles. A single mother and her daughter navigate a tricky path through life” and the first thing I thought was, “*mental groan* this sounds like a soap opera.” The fact that it had 7 seasons didn’t help either — I mean, don’t get me wrong, I watch Grey’s Anatomy and Supernatural and both those shows have been around forever, but I was in no mood to watch seven seasons worth of cheesy, predictable drama. (*present-self slaps past-self and screams “what were you thinking?!”*)
Then I read the shorter synopsis as I clicked into the details: “Fiercely independent single mom Lorelai raises gifted, Ivy-League bound daughter Rory amid a continual stream of quick-witted repartee” and that honestly sounded so much better than the first description. Before making a decision, I researched a little more about the show and found out three things that simply did it for me:
- It’s a witty, feel-good comedy from the early 2000’s that spurred a large fanbase that still exists today (who wouldn’t want to join another fandom?)
- Lorelai Gilmore, one of the main characters, loves coffee. A LOT. Coffee lovers unite!
- It’s about a unique mother-daughter relationship that you don’t see too often on television. Like they put it in the show, Lorelai and her daughter Rory are “best friends first, mother and daughter second.”
Being the insane binge watcher that I am (*audience stands up and starts clapping in the background, Simra gives a little bow*) I managed to watch all seven seasons within the span of four weeks. I’m quite proud of myself, because I balanced that along with school and the crazy workload that comes with it.
I can’t tell you how grateful I am for this show. Those four weeks were some of the best of my life; and I know I say that a lot, almost for every show that I watch, but I genuinely mean it — I fell in love with the Gilmores’ and their small town in Stars Hollow, Connecticut. I’ve always been a sucker for small towns, but this particular one will always have a special place in my heart. The characters are so alive, so unique in their own individuality, you can’t help but love them, even if you hate some of them.
The show portrayed so many different themes throughout the seasons: the complexity of a relationship between a mother and a daughter, the conflicts and disagreements that may arise within a family, friendship and loyalty, sacrifice and love. I loved watching Rory, the daughter, only 16 in Season One transform into the bright and brilliant young woman she is by the end of Season Seven. (fun fact: Alexis Bledel, who plays Rory, was 19 when filming season 1. Watch the first episode and let me know if you can believe it. I sure didn’t. I bet she uses an aging potion). I could relate so much to her character, to her personality — we’re both bookworms, reading in excess, and watching TV in excess, but passionate about the people and the things we love, and determined in our pursuit to build a future.
Lorelai, Rory’s mother, is such a strong and inspiring character. Not only did she raise Rory on her own; she raised her with such grace and love, all while struggling to make a life for the both of them. This is reflected in the person her daughter is — a kind and compassionate young girl meant to do great things.
Gilmore Girls was hilarious and utterly captivating: the first episode itself pulls you into their world, and you find yourself laughing and crying, sometimes at the same time, as you watch these characters grow, learn, love, and find themselves in this big and scary world. It’s known for its fast-paced dialogue, its witty but charming intellect, and its several pop-culture references. It’s a fantastic show to watch with someone you love, especially your mother, because it will strengthen your bond and inspire you to implement some of the lessons you learn in your own life.
So ladies and gentlemen, get yourself some popcorn, make yourself a pizza, get a cup of coffee, and get addicted to one of the best shows of all time. You will not regret it.