10 years (minus 6 days) the world was introduced to the fast-talking, smart and witty Gilmore Girls.
Although the show ended three years ago in 2007, it still continues to be a huge part of many lives and a constant image on television screens across the US. This show carries a lot of resonance with me because I grew up with Rory. We were about the same age during the course of the show. Rory and I had a number of similarities:
1. Always carried a book with us
2. Pro and Con lists
3. On the student council at school
4. Taste in music, movies and books.
5. Continued our education after high school to an institution of higher learning.
6. Bottomless pit of a stomach – love of coffee/burgers and fries
Although I didn’t make it into an ivy league school, I am constantly inspired and motivated by this show and Rory Gilmore herself. Her desire to learn, to improve her skills to try something new keeps me on my toes, encourages me to do my best.
In celebration of the show, the characters and everything The Gilmore Girls stood for, this post is my ode to Gilmore.
We start with Lorelai and Rory Gilmore. The unbeatable mother-daughter team that makes every other mother-daughter combo pale in comparison. With their wit, their coffee fueled humor and charming demeanor, these two women show us that smart is cool, and smart is normal. I also love their caffeine addiction and junk-food/constant eating habits.
Richard and Emily Gilmore…do they even need an introduction? They were continually one of my favorite parts of the show. Their old-school elegance clashing with Lorelai’s modern ways of thinking always made for fun spats and dramatic fights.
- The average script for an episode of the show runs 75-80 pages, as opposed to 45-50 for a standard hour-long television show.
- Liza Weil originally auditioned for the role of Rory and didn’t get the part. The producers liked her so much that they wrote her the role of Paris Gellar.
- Luke wasn’t originally meant to be a series regular. He was in the pilot and once producers figured out the chemistry between him and Lorelai they extended his role in the show.
- In the beginning of the show, Kirk held a number of odd jobs with a number of names before the writers made him a frequent character by name of Kirk. In the pilot, his name was Mick and he showed up at Lorelai’s to install the DSL.
- Alexis Bledel (who plays Rory) hates coffee, even though her character loves it. She usually drinks tea inside of the coffee mugs.
- Scott Patterson (who plays Luke) used to be a major league pitcher for the Braves, and Dodgers among others before hanging up his cleats to take acting classes.
- Keiko Agena (Lane) is about 15 plus years older than Alexis Bledel, even though they play best friends of the same age on the show.
- Shameless self-plug for my Rory Gilmore Reading List.
- Gilmore Memories. A great site for episode recaps, trivia and show clips.
- The WB for new GG episodes uploaded every Monday.
- ABC Family for their in-depth Gilmore Girls show site.