Why ‘Gilmore Girls’ Is the Perfect TV Show to Watch in 2020
Lorelai and Rory Gilmore live in the fictional small town of Stars Hollow, Connecticut on Gilmore Girls. The town seems to have more festivals than days in a year, but that’s part of the show’s charm. In addition, the acting, writing, and the densely-packed pop-culture references make Gilmore Girls inimitably re-watchable. As we enter into another month of the unknown, and as winter approaches, why not dive into Lorelai’s obsession with snow and Rory’s passion for books? It’s escapist television — and that’s what we need right now.
Why you should still be watching ‘Gilmore Girls’ in 2020
As The New York Times recently noted, Gilmore Girls enjoys an “ongoing appeal,” even in 2020, a full 2 decades after the pilot episode aired on The WB.
However, the series creator Amy Sherman-Palladino told the publication “that given the pandemic, she had forgotten about the anniversary until someone reminded her earlier this year.”
“Celebrating anniversaries is on the back burner right now,” she explained of these trying times. “You’re just trying to keep people from coughing and sneezing in your general direction.”
However, the mastermind behind the enduring fan-favorite series is grateful that Gilmore Girls still stands the test of time.
“Any time you do something that people care about for a week, that’s delightful,” Sherman-Palladino told the Times.
Between the ‘Gilmore Girls: A Year in The Life’ Netflix reboot and ‘millennial nostalgia’, the WB series still thrives
Still, the ongoing Gilmore obsession is surprising to many. The New York Times reported:
Few would have predicted in 2000 that Gilmore Girls would be so enduring. It was never a breakout hit during its seven-year run. It never found its way to a mass audience, was never nominated for a major Emmy, never received the gotta-watch-it buzz of other shows that arrived around the same moment.
However, in the years since Gilmore aired on The WB (and for season 7, The CW), ABC Family (now Freeform) started showing re-runs of the series in the afternoons. That’s how several millennials found their way to Stars Hollow. A few years ago, the whole series ended up on Netflix, too. Then, of course: A Year in the Life began streaming in 2016. Now, Gilmore Girls plays in syndication on UPTV.
Other things happening in Gilmore Girls fan culture — like the popular podcast Gilmore Guys, which began in 2015 — helped keep the love for the series alive as well. Per the Times:
“… through word of mouth, DVD sales, millennial nostalgia, and the power of Netflix, which greenlit the reboot in 2016 after first purchasing the streaming rights to the series, new fans, some of whom had not yet been born when the show premiered, discovered Lorelai and Rory.
Get lost in Stars Hollow this winter
Sure, Gilmore Girls lacks an air of realism — no one talks that fast, or can name that many movie characters off the top of their head. But sometimes, it’s nice to live in a world where that’s possible — even if only for 42 minutes.
During a global pandemic, it just feels good. The New York Times put it like so:
Gilmore Girls turned 20 while we were mostly hunkered down in our homes, separated and anxious, awaiting good news and the eventual return of community. For many fans, Stars Hollow has always been their happy place, and is only more so now.
John Stephens, who wrote for the series, explained why so many fans are returning to GG this year.
“… you can’t breathe, you can’t go outside and be with other people,” the Gilmore Girls alum told the publication. “The world can be a terrifying place, but in Stars Hollow, you can go there and the world is still this wonderful, lovely place.”