Hurst Hot Take: Gilmore Girls is the ultimate comfort show for the colder autumn days


Victoria McGinty, Managing editor

With the cold air finally making an appearance again, the leaves changing colors and indoor days becoming the norm again, it’s officially fall. While many love the fall for all of the above, most millennials look forward to autumn for another reason– “Gilmore Girls” binging season. This time of year is the ideal setting to curl up with a good blanket, some hot coffee and Netflix. We all have our comfort shows. but there is something so unique when pairing Autumn and “Gilmore Girls;” both radiate comfort like no other. “Gilmore Girls” was a popular television series on the CW from 2000 to 2007.The pilot was welcomed to the homes of Americans on Oct. 5, 2000 and has been a cultural phenomenon ever since. This series follows the lives of mother-daughter duo Lorelai and Rory Gilmore living in the small fictitious town of Stars Hollow, Connecticut.

The premise of the show follows the Gilmore duo and their daily lives in Stars Hollow surrounded by witty friends and neighbors. One of the central icons of “Gilmore Girls” is Luke’s Diner, a place in the center of town where Rory and Lorelai can be found sipping endless cups of coffee and terrorizing Luke, the owner of the diner. Outside of Stars Hollow, in Hartford, live Lorelai’s estranged wealthy parents, Richard and Emily, whom Lorelai left behind at sixteen following the birth of Rory. Lorelai, however, reunites with her parents when Rory needs money for a revered private school in the pilot episode. This creates a series-long resentment between the eldest Gilmores and Lorelai due to their extensive history and unstable relationship.

One outstanding characteristic of “Gilmore Girls” is that Rory is incredibly intelligent and dreams of becoming a renowned journalist. In her high school, Chilton, Rory dreams of attending Harvard and studying journalism. While things do not go according to plan, the series sees her grow into herself and learn how to deal with the challenges of life. The show also focuses on both Lorelai and Rory’s relationships with their neighbors, the other Gilmores and love interests.

Aside from the plot, “Gilmore Girls” gained popularity for two distinct reasons. Firstly, fans love the witty banter and endless pop culture references within the dialogue. The show is specifically known for the quick-paced cadence of the Gilmores’ speech and iconic one-liners. Secondly, people love to fight over the three major relationships Rory has throughout the series. These include her first boyfriend Dean, the sweet yet, somewhat jealous boyfriend; Jess, Luke’s nephew and Stars Hollow’s resident bad boy; and Logan, the wealthy ivy-league boy. (I’m personally team Dean and will happily argue about it, but I digress.)

“Gilmore Girls” is the perfect show to watch if you need cheering up because it is witty, the characters are the perfect mix of relatable and outrageous and the show overall radiates comfort like no other. So if you are stuck inside on a rainy day this autumn, log onto your Netflix account and binge this 2000s cult classic. I promise you won’t be disappointed. Well, unless you watch the 2016 revival “A Year in the Life,” then I can promise you’ll become disappointed after that. But, if you are looking for something to do on a colder day; curl up get cozy and spend some time in Stars Hollow with Rory and the gang. “Gilmore Girls” is a show like no other and I can only hope it becomes your comfort show the same way it has become mine. Happy streaming, Lakers!