Confession: I used to silently judge anyone who mentioned that they watched, and enjoyed, Gilmore Girls.
Having only watched part of one episode years ago, I felt that the show was silly, mindless, and meant for teeny bopper girls.
My ignorance and judgement kept me in the dark for many years.
A few months ago, I decided to give Gilmore Girls a go on Netflix. With so many people I respected and admired talking about the perfection of the show, I felt it was time to dig myself out of that pit of non-Gilmore despair and see what I was missing.
I am now fully immersed in Stars Hollow. I’ve fallen in love with Lorelai and Rory, Luke and Miss Patty, Kirk and, yes, even Taylor.
There were many nights when I laid awake wondering if Luke and Lorelei would ever get it together, and I fought the urge to Google the outcome of their relationship, not wanting to ruin any sweet surprises.
I have marveled endlessly at Rory’s perfect, dewy complexion, and been taken in by the wit and pace of the show.
I finished the final episode of the show at the beginning of this month, leaving myself only a few weeks to mourn it’s ending. I wouldn’t have to fret long, though, because the Gilmore Girls revival is almost here!
Thanks to Netflix, we all get the mighty privilege of revisiting Stars Hollow and the people who made the town so great. And so, in honor of the impending Gilmore Girls reunion, I offer a few suggestions for how to enjoy the Four-Part Netflix special on November 25.
1.) Have Coffee and Martinis on Hand
Strange combination? Maybe, although I’m not sure Lorelai Gilmore would agree. I imagine she would, instead, give you a high five and tell you all the reasons why it’s the perfect combination (with at least one obscure pop reference thrown in for good effect).
Anyone who’s watched the show knows that coffee plays as much of a role as do the girls themselves. It is their drink of choice unless, of course, they’re having dinner with Richard and Emily in which case Lorelai always needs a strong martini.
2.) Brush up on pop culture
Speaking of pop references, Gilmore Girls became known not just for their quick, witty banter, but for the cultural references they threw into nearly every conversation. In fact, Vulture.com counted an astounding 811 references to movies, books, songs, and bands in the 7 season run of the show.
Do people talk like that in real life? No, they really don’t. But don’t you wish they did? Because a conversation about something as simple as breakfast is suddenly wickedly interesting when it’s somehow connected to Seven Brides for Seven Brothers.
3.) Get Your Stars Hollow Paraphernalia
If I buy a Luke’s Diner mug, have I taken my obsession with the show too far? No, no I have not.
While there are clearly some dark and sinister corners of the internet, the fact of the matter is the world wide web also brings us a lot of sunshine and joy as well. Like, for example, an entire page of Etsy shops dedicated to unique Gilmore Girls related items.
Want a Luke’s Diner mug? (You know you do) Get one here.
Planning to watch the revival series with your daughter? Give her this sweet mug before it starts.
How about some Stars Hollow cork coasters? Random, yes. But also somehow kind of awesome.
And you’d probably want to wear your very own Luke’s Diner comfy shirt. I’m sure it’s Lorelai approved.
This list could go on and on so I’ll stop now. But really, SO MUCH CUTE STUFF!
You just can’t have enough of them. Sure, it’s true that if a normal person ate the way that Lorelai and Rory ate, she’d weigh 400 pounds, but that’s not the point.
The point is that eating Chinese food, pizza, Twizzlers, and cookies while watching is perfectly acceptable (and even encouraged) in the world of the Gilmore Girls.
5.) Pick a Boyfriend
Are you Team Logan, Team Jess, or Team Dean? If Rory was going to end up going back to one of her boyfriends from the original show, which one would you pick? Personally, I’m Team Logan (I know, I know…this is not a popular position).
Who would you pick for Rory to finally settle down with?
It’s not long now until we all get the privilege of revisiting America’s Favorite Fictional Town once again. These are a few ways I’m planning to celebrate. What about you?
Will you be watching the Gilmore Girls revival?