The comedy-drama show follows the lives of single mother Lorelai and her 16-year-old daughter Rory, and their inspirational mother-daughter bond – as they drink coffee, talk fast, make pop-culture references, and mainly help each other through the heartbreaks and disappointments of life. The story is set in the small fictional town of Stars Hollow, Connecticut, a homey town filled with interesting, colorful characters.
Gilmore Girls explored many important issues regarding family, friendships, and romantic relationships – addressing subjects like social-class and differences between generations. These issues are particularly presented through the complex relationship Lorelai has with her wealthy, upper-class parents, and Rory attending a private school and later an Ivy League school.
The series ran for seven seasons, but in its final season, as it moved to The CW – creator Amy Sherman-Palladino was replaced as the show runner by David S. Rosenthal. Amy Sherman-Palladino later returned, along with her husband Daniel Palladino, to create a sequel called Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life. The miniseries consisted of four episodes, and was released in late 2016 on Netflix.
Set nine years after the original series’ end, the series provided a way for the creator to end the show the way she’s always wanted. Sherman-Palladino had said from the beginning, that she always knew which four words she wanted the show to end with. And (spoiler alert) the revival series indeed ends with these four words, as Rory tells her mother that she’s pregnant – a perfect ending to many of the fans.
The revival of the show introduced it to a new generation of viewers, and its popularity only kept growing. Gilmore Girls’ unique, heart-warming charm, made it become what The Washington Post called “a quirky pop culture obsession.”
But the show wouldn’t have been what it is without all of its charming characters – and this especially goes to Lorelai and Rory, the very heart of the show. Lauren Graham (Lorelai) and Alexis Bledel (Rory), who manage to fire what seems like 250-words-per-minute, truly captivate the viewers in an incredibly human way. They portray these characters with all their flaws and downsides, along with their emotional strength, and ability to fend for themselves as independent women.
We’re feeling so nostalgic, we can practically hear the show’s signature La-La songs playing in our heads now – so we thought we’d take a look at what some of our favorites on the show, and see what they’re up to these days.