‘Gilmore Girls’: 3 Minor Details About Stars Hollow That Annoy Fans

Stars Hollow is one of the most famous fictitious towns to ever grace television. Serving as the scene for most of the action in Gilmore Girls, the town got plenty of airtime. While fans of the famed series largely love Stars Hollow and its small-town feel, some things weren’t exactly right. These three small details about the town still irritate fans of the show more than twenty years after its pilot episode aired.

Residents of Stars Hollow were terribly unwelcoming to outsiders

While the residents of Stars Hollow were more than happy to look out for each other, they could be downright nasty to outsiders. It took some newcomers years to acclimate to the town’s culture, and the process of becoming an accepted member of the community seemed exhausting. Dean Forrester, Rory Gilmore’s first boyfriend, was considered the “new kid” initially. When he and Rory broke up, the town treated him like he was awful. He was a 16-year-old boy whose girlfriend wouldn’t say “I love you,” but they demonized him because she had been in Stars Hollow longer.

'Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life' guest star Jared Padalecki as Dean Forrester
Jared Padalecki as Dean Forrester | Neil Jacobs/Netflix

The town was overly harsh on Jess Mariano when he first appeared in Stars Hollow, too. To be fair, Jess didn’t exactly make things easy, but the town was a bit too quick to write him off completely. Taylor Doose wanted to run the teen out of town. The townspeople were similarly unaccepting of Christopher Hayden after he married Lorelai Gilmore. Sure, they wanted Lorelai with Luke, but they were all extremely cold toward Chris.

‘Gilmore Girls’ fans hate that Stars Hollow had a store dedicated to cat décor items, but no liquor store

Stars Hollow had a vibrant shopping district. The town had several restaurants, a bookstore, an arcade, a music shop, a video store, and an ice cream shop. Stars Hollow even had Le Chat Club, a gift store specializing in cat décor items. You would think a town with such a vibrant shopping district would also have a liquor store, but apparently, that wasn’t the case.

Michael Winters as Taylor Doosey and Sean Gunn as Kirk Gleason discuss town business in Stars Hollow's town center
Taylor Doose and Kirk Gleason in ‘Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life’ | Netflix

When Luke and Lorelai were searching for a celebratory drink, they went to Doose’s Market and ended up toasting their engagement with bottles of Zima. It was not a dry town, but no store seemed to carry wine and spirits in any real way. It’s not a huge issue, but a small detail that still irritates fans.

The lack of cars in town was completely unrealistic

Stars Hollow’s walkability score would be off the charts in real life. The entire population seems comfortable walking everywhere, suggesting Stars Hollow was an incredibly compact place. That certainly made for a quaint feel, but it was also unrealistic.

Lauren Graham as Lorelai GIlmore, Alexis Bledel as Rory Gilmore, and Scott Patterson as Luke Danes at Luke's Diner in 'Gilmore Girls'
Lauren Graham as Lorelai Gilmore, Alexis Bledel as Rory Gilmore, and Scott Patterson as Luke Danes in ‘Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life’ | Saeed Adyani/Netflix

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More than 9,000 people were living in Stars Hollow. All 9,000 inhabitants could not have lived close enough to the town center to walk it every day. Still, there were rarely more than a couple of cars seen on the streets, and most residents meandered down the center of the street. It was safe to do so because the speed limit was 12. It’s a small element that takes Stars Hollow from quant but realistic to an absolute fantasy world, but not in a good way.