This weekend when I sat down to “adult”, I had to make the tedious decision of what should play in the background as I do my work. There is one show in my mind that I could watch over and over again until the end of time; Gilmore Girls. These ladies became a regular in my life when I was in middle school and have continued to loyally follow this show to the present day. I remember coming home from school every day in a rush so I could grab a snack and relax in time for the Gilmores.
I watched this show all through middle school, high school, and even watched it while doing homework in college. I am so attached to this show that I took the entire weekend off when the revival was released. When I submitted my time off request for work my reason was “I will be too emotionally distraught from the Gilmore Girl’s revival to work until Monday.” I got approval for the time off, but I was slightly judged for needing an entire weekend to recover. My response to them was that I am an ugly crier. This article is dedicated to the three women who always make me laugh and taught me many life lessons.
Gilmore Girls premiered in 2000 and finished its 7th season in 2007 before being picked up by Netflix in 2017. Gilmore Girls follow the life of Lorelai and her daughter Rory, through the small town of Stars Hollow. Lorelai runs a quaint Inn located on the outskirts of town and Rory goes to a private school located in Hartford, CT. Lorelai ran away from home when she was younger and has a tattered relationship with both of her parents who have been in and out of her life. Melissa McCarthy plays the whimsical chef Sookie St. James and is one of the most memorable characters from the show.
The thing I love most is the comedic banter that Lorelai and Rory have in every episode. From the first episode, I fell in love with their wit and tried to shape my humor after theirs. Emily and Lorelai have a very tense relationship since they are two very different people. I absolutely love watching Lorelai respond to Emily, who is very proper, with sarcastic answers that Emily cannot handle. One of the most memorable scenes for me is when Lorelai calls Emily to cancel plans, but when Emily picks up Lorelai pretends that she is talking to the voicemail and cannot hear Emily. Of course, Emily thinks there is something wrong with her phone as Lorelai leaves her message and skillfully gets out of talking to Emily.
A Year in the Life
After waiting what felt like decades, Gilmore Girls released A year in the Life on Netflix. The season consists of four 90-minute episodes where we see all of our favorite characters once again! Before it was officially announced, Reddit was buzzing as fans were taking pictures of the set which was recently repainted. People were speculating that a revival was happening, but I do not think anyone was prepared for the beautiful story that they created. I do not know about all of you, but I have never loved Emily more than when she held a harpoon.
After I watched the season a few times, I read some articles about the creation of the revival and learned some interesting facts. A few of the actors and actresses who make an appearance in the revival are from a previous show that the actress, who plays Lorelai, was on. That is pretty cool! Melissa McCarthy almost did not end up on the season due to scheduling issues, but in the end, she able to make an appearance for one scene. There was a lot of chatter around Melissa as there are comments from her saying that she was not invited to the revival. I am still holding out hope for season 2, particularly with hope for more Melissa scenes, but either way, I am very pleased with the revival we did get.
The “Original” Pilot
Now, for those of you who are lifetime fans, have you watched the ORIGINAL pilot? If you have not seen it, I highly suggested you give it a gander. Melissa McCarthy was not originally cast as Sookie St. James, but instead, it was Alex Borstein. Alex could not get out of her contract with MADtv and had to give up the part, thus allowing Melissa to become the chef we all know and love. The original episode is very different and does not give me the homey feeling that I am used to with Gilmore Girls. Even the original font was different!
The other cast member who was not the same in the pilot was Dean! I may be biased, but the original actor was a little awkward and it was hard for me to watch him play this role. There were also a few other people who were cast and fired as Dean before the pilot was even filmed. I do wonder why there were so many people who had been in this role. Another fun fact… the actress who played Paris originally auditioned for Rory and they loved her so much they created Paris’s character with her in mind. Here is a link to the original pilot (which is very hard to find), but don’t say I did not warn you. It is very strange to see the Gilmores with this cast…
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