‘Gilmore Girls’: 3 Times Stars Hollow Was Actually Super Creepy

Anyone who has watched more than a couple of episodes of Gilmore Girls surely wants to live in a town just like Stars Hollow. After all, it’s a village that welcomed Lorelai and Rory and allowed them to make a home together. While the actual hamlet depicted in the show doesn’t exist, it is based on a series of towns in Connecticut and is most commonly associated with Washington Depot, CT. Stars Hollow was undoubtedly bursting with charm and interesting characters, but there are a few things about the town and its inhabitants that make it a little creepy.

The people of Stars Hollow were super nosey

While Scary Mommy suggests that all of the townspeople really care about each other, it would seem like that’s not exactly the case. All of the townspeople care about what is going on in the lives of everyone else. Sure, the core characters are all friendly and seem willing to pitch in when the going gets tough, but in the end, they look a lot more interested in the goings-on in other people’s lives then lending a hand.

To call the people of Stars Hollow nosey would be an understatement. Babette and Miss Patty know everything about everyone, and they are in a battle with Eastside Tilly, who is never seen, for being the first to spread gossip. Perhaps it’s because I’ve never personally lived in a small town, but the entire concept of living under a microscope seems pretty creepy. My next-door neighbor probably wouldn’t recognize me if she fell over me, and we’ve been neighbors for like five years. While that might seem cold and impersonal, it’s pretty freeing, too.

The residents didn’t accept outsiders

It has long been surmised that small towns are so charming because the people in the city have known each other forever. Outsiders, thusly, are treated as just that, outsiders. The people of Stars Hollow seem to take it a step too far. Even the most diehard Gilmore Girls fans can admit that the way the townspeople treated outsiders was pretty rough. Actually, it was downright terrible in a lot of cases.

Alexis Bledel as Rory Gilmore, Lauren Graham as Lorelai Gilmore
Alexis Bledel as Rory Gilmore, Lauren Graham as Lorelai Gilmore | Mitchell Haddad/CBS Photo Archive via Getty Images

The Atlantic points out that the revival highlights the issue with Paul, but the same problem was apparent during the show’s original run. Dean, in season one, notes that everyone was treating him terribly because of his breakup with Rory. It wasn’t just the fact that Dean broke up with Rory that insensed the townsfolk, it was the fact that Dean had only recently moved to Stars Hollow. He, even as a teenager, was deemed an outsider. The same is true for Christopher after he marries Lorelai. Lorelai even has to ask Jackson, who apparently has clout within the town, to ask everyone to be kind to Chris. That was just weird and, frankly, a little creepy.

Taylor tried to control other people’s lives literally

Lorelai’s dating history wasn’t great when she first got together with Luke. Sure, it seems like there was good reason to be worried that the pair would end up breaking up. After all, they did break up not once, but twice. Either way, though, the town meeting about their blossoming relationship was just creepy. Even if Luke and Lorelai break up, they are both adults, and assumingly, they can handle their own issues without running the town into the ground in the process.

Taylor didn’t just try and control Luke and Lorelai’s relationship either, he literally tried to control everyone and everything. The creepiest part of it all isn’t that Taylor is a control freak. That’s almost acceptable. The horrifying part is that everyone in the town seemingly goes along with it. Sure, they are annoyed by Taylor, but no one ever seems to say “no” to him.