There is going to be a Gilmore Girls revival. If you’re a fan, I think you’ve known this for a while. What you may not know, because you haven’t known me for very long, is that I’m pretty much going insane with excitement by now.
These are the facts. There are going to be four new episodes of Gilmore Girls, and each one will be focussed on a season. So there’s going to be a summer episode, a fall episode, a winter episode and a spring episode, all of them 90 minutes long.
Most of the original cast of the show will be returning. Sadly, Edward Herrman died in 2014. He will be deeply missed. It also seems like Melissa McCarthy won’t be reprising her role as Sookie, because of a scheduling conflict. Apart from those two, expect to see the faces in the picture below again quite soon.
Of course, some of our favorite characters have changed quite a bit.
But I’m okay with that.
In all seriousness, I want to talk to you about what I’m hoping the Gilmore Girls revival will give us. I want to tell you why I think we desperately need Gilmore Girls in our lives, why you should watch it if you haven’t already, and why you should re-watch it if you have.
Firstly, Gilmore Girls passes the Bechdel Test with flying colors. You couldn’t dream up two women more independent than Lorelai and het daughter, Rory. They show a healthy interest in gentleman callers, when and if any gentleman callers appear on the scene. However, they are both characters in their own right. Looking for love, sure, but also looking to educate themselves on life and literature and where the best place is to get a pizza.
Secondly, Gilmore Girls puts an emphasis on the mother-daughter relationship that warms my heart. I have an excellent relationship with my mother, and we love and support each other in everything we do. In the past, I have always struggled to reconcile this real-life experience with what the media portrayed as family dynamics. Mothers on TV tend to be neurotic, boring, controlling or just plain weird. Think about it. Cersei Lannister (Game Of Thrones), Ellis Grey (Grey’s Anatomy), and Dorothy Walker (Jessica Jones). They are hardly the supportive maternal types you want helping you through adolescence towards womanhood.
Thirdly, the scripts rock. Dialogue and comic timing are the backbone of any successful TV show, and Gilmore Girls always manages to get these things just right. There’s always a hilarious punchline or sarcastic comment just around the corner. Coincidentally, did you know that because of the fast-paced dialogue, the show’s scripts were 10 to 15 pages longer than those of the average hour-long TV show? Yeah, the ladies talk that fast.
Last but not least, Gilmore Girls has one of the best sets of characters in the history of television. You may think that you’ll never love a character as much as you love Jon Snow, but obviously you’ve never seen Kirk. You may think that there’s no better squad than Chandler, Monica, Rachel, Joey, Ross and Phoebe, but you have yet to witness the bonds of friendship between Rory and Lane. You may think that all of the flirty feels you get from Mulder and Scully are the best romance you’ve ever seen, but wait until you see the way Luke looks at Lorelai. Now, go watch Gilmore Girls.