‘Gilmore Girls’: The 3 Most Unbelievable Storylines From the Series

Gilmore Girls fans largely agree that the Netflix revival, Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life, was difficult to watch and a little unrealistic. Between Lorelai Gilmore’s sudden interest in hiking and Rory Gilmore’s inability to get and keep a job, fans were introduced to characters who barely resembled their former selves. While the original series wasn’t known for overly grandiose storylines, a few arcs didn’t make a lot of sense. Do you remember these three somewhat unbelievable storylines?

Paris’s reign of terror while working on The Franklin and later, The Yale Daily News didn’t make a ton of sense

Paris Geller was one of the most polarizing characters to appear in Gilmore Girls. While fans largely loved her sassy and no-nonsense attitude, there were a few things about Paris that didn’t make a ton of sense. Early on in the series, Paris was the editor of The Franklin, the student newspaper at Chilton. Paris used her position at The Franklin to continue to bully Rory by giving her awful stories and assignments that she knew would make her uncomfortable. One has to wonder, where was their faculty adviser while Paris was terrorizing Rory?

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Several years later, Paris took on the editor position at The Yale Daily News. Her time in the position was not successful. In the end, she terrorized the entire staff before being ousted from the position. Once again, even college newspapers have advisers. The idea that Paris would be allowed to terrorize the staff without a professor noticing seems incredibly unlikely.

The appearance of Luke’s secret child seems like the storyline of a soap opera, not a sitcom

Lorelai and Luke Danes’ love story is a favorite among Gilmore Girls fans. However, the one thing they almost universally hate is how the introduction of a secret child destroyed their relationship. In season 6, Luke finds out he has a child that he knew nothing about. He failed to tell Lorelai the big news and then treated her terribly as he navigated the relationship with his new child.

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Lauren Graham as Lorelai Gilmore and Alexis Bledel as Rory Gilmore appear in ‘Glomre Girls: A Year in the Life’ | Netflix

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The fact that Luke had a secret child wasn’t particularly unbelievable, but the way it was presented was. April Nardini was 12 when she happened into Luke’s Diner to ask for a paternity test. Fans were expected to believe April was raised one town over without anyone knowing. It seems like Ms. Patty or Babette would have gotten that piece of gossip years before April showed up. The entire storyline was completely ridiculous.

Lorelai and Rory’s rift in season 6 felt forced

Lauren Graham, the actor who portrayed Lorelai, has been pretty open about the fact that she had a hard time with the rift between Rory and Lorelai in season 6. She is not the only person who found the storyline unbelievable. Fans largely agree it was one of the worst storylines in the entire series. If you think about it, it was the most contrived storyline in the show’s seven-season run. 

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Lorelai and Rory stop speaking after Rory steals a yacht with Logan Huntzberger and decides to drop out of school. Even ignoring the felony behavior, it seems difficult to believe that Rory wouldn’t speak to her mother for six months. After all, The pair’s close relationship was the entire premise of the show. The complete change in Rory’s persona during that time and her sudden decision to revert to her former self also didn’t sit well with fans.