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10 Shows Like 'Gilmore Girls' to Watch Next

It's been 15 years and we're still not tired of re-watching 'Gilmore Girls,' but here are a few shows to stream between binge sessions.
by Allison Bowsher — 
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From left to right: Alexis Bledel and Lauren Graham in 'Gilmore Girls'

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On May 15, Gilmore Girls fans will celebrate the 15th anniversary of the finale of the beloved Amy Sherman-Palladino series. But for many fans, they've likely spent the past decade and a half celebrating the show by watching and rewatching the adventures of teen-mom Lorelai Gilmore (Lauren Graham) and her teenage daughter Rory Gilmore (Alexis Bledel). Thanks to streaming, the mid-sized series that ran for seven seasons from 2000 to 2007 has gained a massive new audience — one that helped get a four-part followup miniseries made for Netflix in 2016.

Gilmore Girls (Metascore: 78) centers on Graham and Bledel's characters, but the show is beautifully fleshed out with an impressive ensemble that includes residents of the small fictional New Haven town called Stars Hollow, as well as Rory's classmates at her prep school and later Yale, and Lorelai's parents Richard Gilmore (Edward Hermann) and Emily Gilmore (Kelly Bishop).

There is a lot that makes Gilmore Girls so special, including its impressive lineup of newcomers (including Melissa McCarthy and Milo Ventimiglia), its charming sets, and its examination of the class differences between Stars Hollow and the upper-class society of the elder Gilmores. But it is creator and writer Sherman-Palladino's rapid-fire, pop culture-laden dialogue that packs the series with touching and hilarious moments. While Sherman-Palladino does take some liberties (Rory and Lorelai's food intake and lack of exercise probably should have killed them off by Season 2), the series has continued to draw in new fans with continued hope for more reboots and revivals.

Want more Gilmore Girls-like series for your streaming needs? Pour a giant cup of coffee from Luke's Diner and check out these 10 shows to watch next, ranked by Metascore.


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Claire Danes in 'My So-Called Life'

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My So-Called Life

Metascore: 92
Best for: Fans of brooding teenagers with substance
Where to watch:

, Google Play, , iTunes,
Seasons: 1

Although its run was cut short after only one season, My So-Called Life made a big impact on TV history thanks to its realistic portrayal of teen issues and its refusal to shy away from taboo topics, including drugs, abuse, and sexual identity. The series has a much darker tone than Gilmore Girls, but fans of coming-of-age stories, strong-willed mothers, and crushing on the bad boy at school (Jared Leto as Jordan Catalano would have totally ditched school with Ventimiglia's Jess) will find a favorite new show to binge in My So-Called Life.

"Easily the best show about the teen experience TV has yet produced."  Liam Lacey, The Globe and Mail


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From left to right: Ramona Young and Maitreyi Ramakrishnan in 'Never Have I Ever'

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Never Have I Ever

Metascore: 80
Best for: Anyone who has dealt with grief and knows laughter is (one of) the best medicines
Where to watch: Netflix
Seasons: 2 (so far)

Based loosely on the childhood of series co-creator Mindy Kaling, Never Have I Ever explores the intricacies of grief and adolescents. Maitreyi Ramakrishnan stars as high schooler Devi, who is navigating the chaotic waters of high school while also dealing with the sudden death of her father. Much of Gilmore Girls centers on Lorelai's strained relationship with her mother and in Never Have I Ever, Devi and her mother Nalini (Poorna Jagannathan) also frequently find themselves at odds. Also like in Gilmore Girls, love lives on Never Have I Ever are integral to the story, for both Devi and later in the show Nalini as well. It is written with humor, heart, and an entertaining dose of silliness that Gilmore Girls fans will appreciate.

"That makes this series a comedy that's also an incredible exploration of grief. It's not the first comedy to manage that feat, but it's a hell of a peak to climb, and the air up there is rarified."  Allison Shoemaker, RogerEbert.com


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Rachel Brosnahan in 'The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel'

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The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Metascore: 78
Best for: Fans of comedy, costumes, period pieces, New York City, and deli sandwiches
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Seasons: 4 (so far)

Gilmore Girls toys with the line between PG and R-rated humor, but Sherman-Palladino and Daniel Palladino finally get to unleash their adult-only content with Midge Maisel (Rachel Brosnahan) in their Amazon Prime Video comedy. They continue to display their affinity for pop culture references in The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, this time traveling back to New York City in the 1950s to focus on an upper-class Jewish housewife (Brosnahan) who embarks on a career as a stand-up comedian after her husband admits to an affair. An award show darling with three Golden Globes and 15 Emmys so far, viewers can come for the on-brand fast-paced dialogue and feminist undertones, but stay for the history lessons, beautiful costumes, and so, so many Gilmore Girls actors as guest stars.

"Bursting with old-fashioned charm, Maisel is shot in the style of Woody Allen's nostalgic comedies, with a jazzy soundtrack of old standards and an eye for the beautiful chaos that is life in the Big Apple." — Dave Nemetz, TV Line


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From left to right: Kelly Bishop and Sutton Foster in 'Bunheads'

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Bunheads

Metascore: 74
Best for: Viewers who like a little silliness mixed in with dance drama
Where to watch:

, fuboTV, Google Play, , iTunes
Seasons: 1

Sherman-Palladino's Bunheads only lasted one season, but it wasn't due to a lack of quality material. The series centers on former ballerina/bunhead Michelle Flowers, played by Tony-winner Sutton Foster, who ends up in Las Vegas as a showgirl. Frustrated with her career, Michelle marries Hubbell (Alan Ruck), a fan, and follows him to his small town (the California version of Stars Hollow). After Hubbell's sudden death, Michelle decides to stick around and help Hubbell's mother run her ballet academy. Like Maisel, Bunheads features Sherman-Palladino's brilliant and fast-paced dialogue and plenty of familiar GG faces, including Liza WeilTodd LoweSean Gunn, and Bishop, who stars as Hubbell's mother.

"Bunheads is so unexpected and charming that watching the premiere feels like the first time you ever saw, say, Six Feet Under. It just feels like nothing else you've seen on TV." — Linda Stasi, New York Post


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From left to right: Anna Faris, Sadie Calvano, and Allison Janney in 'Mom'

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Mom

Metascore: 69
Best for: Fans of sitcoms that resonate with a wide range of viewers
Where to watch:

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Seasons: 8

Mom sees Gilmore Girl's teen mom storyline and raises them a second. The Chuck Lorre sitcom stars Allison Janney as Bonnie, a mostly absentee mom who is now trying to get sober and be there for her adult daughter Christy (Anna Faris). Christy, who also struggles with addiction, became a mom in her teens and learns in the show's pilot episode that her teen daughter is pregnant. The Emmy-winning series tackles heavy topics with a big dose of humor, shining a light on strained mother-daughter dynamics and substance abuse. Told with a lot of love and laughter, Bonnie and Christy definitely aren't Lorelai and Rory, but we could see them all hanging out together. As the seasons go on, the show expands to more heavily feature the colorful characters of their support group, too.

"A contemporary, cozily familiar, modestly exceptional little show that is all the more impactful because it has the simple, intrinsically meaningful grace of its one syllable title." — Mitchel Broussard, We Got This Covered


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From left to right: Peter Gallagher, Adam Brody, and Ben McKenzie in 'The O.C.'

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The O.C.

Metascore: 67
Best for: Indie-music lovers and beach babes
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Seasons: 4

Forget Teams Jess, Dean (Jared Padalecki), and Logan (Matt Czuchry), many Gilmore Girls fans are Team Dave Ragowski (Adam Brody). Arguably Gilmore Girls' best boyfriend, he may have left Stars Hollow too early, but Dave walked so Seth Cohen could run. Along with Peter GallagherKelly Rowan, and Ben McKenzie, Brody stars in a series that has enough pop culture references, battles between the upper and lower class, and family drama (mom's dating their daughter's exes, besties becoming their friend's stepmom, etc.) to make Lorelai and Rory proud. Plus, there is plenty of coffee being consumed and love for all things East Coast, at least on the Cohen side. Sandy (Gallagher) and Seth would love Stars Hollow.

"It flickers with longing and resentment, vulnerability and rejection, temptation and moral erosion. It is totally absorbing television." — Glenn Garvin, The Miami Herald


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'Atypical'

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Atypical

Metascore: 66
Best for: Fans of dramedies that represent characters not often seen on TV
Where to watch: Netflix
Seasons: 4

Atypical centers on the Gardners, a middle-class nuclear family that includes 18-year-old Sam (Keir Gilchrist), who is on the autism spectrum, and his younger teenager sister Casey (Brigette Lundy-Paine), a track star who is questioning her sexual identity. While Sam and Casey have a deep understanding of one another, the pair experience friction in their respective relationships with their parents, including overprotective mom Elsa (Jennifer Jason Leigh) and their well-meaning father Doug (Michael Rapaport). Everyday issues put a strain on the Gardeners' marriage, and the struggles within the family dynamic, including clashes between mothers and daughters and teens entering their adult phase, will be appreciated by Gilmore Girls fans.

"The series is as compassionate as it is snarky, pairing a deep understanding about everyday life on the spectrum with a sense of humor rarely found in productions that deal with autism."  Lorraine Ali, Los Angeles Times


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From left to right: Erika Christensen and Lauren Graham in 'Parenthood'

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Parenthood

Metascore: 64
Best for: Anyone who likes a cathartic ugly-cry
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Seasons: 6

Based on the 1989 film of the same name, Parenthood boasts an impressive ensemble cast that includes Ray RomanoCraig T. NelsonErika Christensen and Gilmore Girls' own Graham, to name a few. Centering on the Braverman family in Berkley, Calif., Parenthood touches on many of the same themes of Gilmore Girls, including dating as an adult, difficult family dynamics, and not living up to parental expectations. But the series also goes deeper, to tackle serious subject matters, including substance abuse and mental health.

"Parenthood shows a funny, affecting, distinctive voice that you'll want to keep listening to." — James Poniewozik, Time


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James Van Der Beek and Katie Holmes in 'Dawson's Creek'

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Dawson's Creek

Metascore: 62
Best for: Expanding your vocabulary and seeing A-listers in their first acting jobs
Where to watch: 

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Seasons: 6

TV viewers looking for early 2000s nostalgia will enjoy a trip to the fictional town of Capeside in Dawson's Creek, which overlaps with Gilmore Girls' timeline (Dawson's Creek aired from 1998 until 2003) and features the same affinity for cargo pants, strappy dresses, and cordless phones. Dawson's (James Van Der Beek) knowledge of films would make him the ideal movie night partner for the Gilmore girls, while Joey's (Katie Holmes) back and forth between the middle and lower class would give her and Lorelai a lot to talk about over coffee. Teenage love triangles, strained relationships with parents, stress over post-secondary academics, an extensive vocabulary for every character, and a love of showcasing all four seasons are just some of the overlapping sections on the Gilmore Girls and Dawson's Creek Venn diagram.

"The show's acting is, under the circumstances, amazing." — Sarah D. Bunting, Vulture


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'Ginny & Georgia'

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Ginny & Georgia

Metascore: 62
Best for: Fans of deceptively deep dramas
Where to watch: Netflix
Seasons: 1 (so far)

A plot based on a beautiful and cool 30-year-old woman raising her teen daughter is automatically going to draw comparisons to Gilmore Girls and giving Ginny & Georgia a double 'G' title feels almost too on the nose, but the series does an admirable job of differentiating itself from the cult favorite Sherman-Palladino show. Brianne Howey stars as Georgina, a woman on the run from her dark past who is trying to make a brighter future for her kids, including 15-year-old Ginny (Antonia Gentry) and 9-year-old Austin (Diesel La Torraca). Rooted with dark undertones, Ginny & Georgia answers the question, "What if Lorelai and Rory were constantly at odds, had no support system, and were running from the cops?"

"The show remains immensely watchable ... because of the quick pace, a seamless blend of genres, and Howey's engaging performance as a cunning and ruthless but sympathetic woman who — despite what her daughter might think — is still very much in the process of figuring things out herself." — Kaitlin Thomas, Paste