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  • Series Premiere Date: Oct 5, 2000
  • Season #: 1 , 2 , 3 , 4 , 5 , 6 , 7
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  • Starring: Sarah Michelle Gellar, Seth Green, Alyson Hannigan
  • Summary: Set in a storybook Connecticut town populated with an eclectic mix of everyday folks and lovable lunatics, Gilmore Girls is a humorous multigenerational series about friendship, family and the ties that bind. Thirtysomething Lorelai Gilmore (Lauren Graham) has made her share of mistakes in life, but she has been doing her best to see that her college-bound daughter - and best friend in the world - Rory (Alexis Bledel), doesn't follow in her footsteps. That may be easier said than done, considering that the two share the same interests, the same intellect, the same coffee addiction and the same eyes. Rory is more serious than Lorelai, but there are tendencies, especially in the love department, that clearly indicate she is her mother's daughter. From the beginning, this unique mother-daughter team has been growing up together. Lorelai was just Rory's age when she became pregnant and made the tough decision to raise her baby alone. Gilmore Girls was the first series to make it to air supported by the Family Friendly Forum's script development fund. An initiative between some of the nation's top advertisers and The WB, the program is intended to offer a greater array of compelling family programming on network television. The strong and loving mother-daughter relationship portrayed in Gilmore Girls reflects the growing reality of this new type of American family. Expand
  • Genre(s): Comedy, Drama
  • Creator: Joss Whedon, J. Michael Straczynski, Ann Donahue
  • Show Type: Ended
  • Season 1 premiere date: Oct 5, 2000
  • Episode Length: 60
  • Air Time: 08:00 PM
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 26
  2. Negative: 1 out of 26
  1. Reviewed by: Scott D. Pierce
    Jun 10, 2013
    100
    A wonderful hour that's fresh and funny. [4 Oct 2000, p.C08]
  2. Reviewed by: Diane Werts
    Jun 10, 2013
    100
    Hip, clever and hilarious...A sparkling little character study, quirky comedy, relationship drama and all-around delight. [5 Oct 2000, p.B43]
  3. Reviewed by: Mike Lipton
    Jun 27, 2013
    91
    The season's nicest surprise.
  4. Gilmore Girls is brimming with fine performances all around, but the keys, of course, are its two leads. The appealing Graham has endured her share of TV flops ("Townies," "MYOB" and "Conrad Bloom"), but now she appears to have the kind of material that will allow her comic talents to shine. Meanwhile, Bledel is a promising newcomer with an intriguing round face, expressive eyes and a gift for deadpan retorts. [5 Oct 2000, p.D01]
  5. Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Jun 10, 2013
    80
    It's edgier than "7th Heaven," but not so edgy that parents will be turned off. It also expands the definition of a family and realistically shows the complexity of intergenerational relationships. [5 Oct 2000, p.D-6]
  6. Reviewed by: Eric Mink
    Jun 10, 2013
    70
    Gilmore Girls occasionally feels a bit too glib for its own good, with pacing sometimes a tad frantic for a one-hour family drama. Those quibbles aside, it's a welcome addition to prime time, and one of the best of this fall's crop of new series. [4 Oct 2000, p.100]
  7. 37
    There's a lot going on with Gilmore Girls, and once the writers can sort it all out, they might find an interesting series in there somewhere. [5 Oct 2000, p.E-9]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Aug 2, 2012
    10
    9.9 - Gilmore Girls is an absolutely cozy, creative, witty, and endearing dramedy. Lauren Graham will have you cracking up, Alexis Bledel will have you on the brink of tears. It is TV at it's finest. The supporting cast is outstanding - the best I've ever seen. The writing and acting are incredible. The little world that this show creates should really exist so I can move there. I honestly cannot think of a cuter family show that you can snuggle up to and have a great time with. Excellent!!! Expand
  2. Jun 4, 2014
    7
    Not a bad show-good if you are tired and just want to curl up and watch something removed from real life. Not sure if it was made for adults or teens as the themes bounce back and forth between the two areas. Life in a small time has never been more fun. Expand