An American comedy-drama series, Gilmore Girls, aired from October 2000 to May 2007. The series had seven seasons- six seasons aired on The WB, and the final season aired on The CW.
Amy Sherman-Palladino created the series, and it had 153 episodes. Upon its release, Gilmore Girls became the flagship series for The WB network.
Gilmore Girls has an ensemble cast of actors, with Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel playing the titular Gilmore Girls. Graham plays Lorelai Gilmore, and Bledel plays her daughter Rory Gilmore.
Gilmore Girls has Melissa McCarthy, Keiko Agena, Yanic Truesdale, Scott Patterson, Kelly Bishop, Edward Herrmann, Liza Weil, Jared Padalecki, Milo Ventimiglia, Sean Gunn, Chris Eigeman, and Matt Czuchry playing the main characters.
The show features actors like Liz Torres, Chad Michael Murray, Adam Brody, Arielle Kebbel, and Vanessa Marano, amongst others playing recurring roles.
The story of Gilmore Girls revolves around two primary characters- Lorelai and Rory Gilmore. Lorelai is a witty thirty-two-year-old mother of a teenage Rory.
The series also manages to establish Lorelai’s backstory. She is the daughter of wealthy parents, Emily and Richard, but she never liked her environment. Lorelai becomes pregnant at 16, delivers Rory, and moves to Stars Hollow, Connecticut, where she finds a maid’s job at the Independence Inn.
Lorelai and Rory have a very close-knit relationship; they are more like best friends than mother and daughter.
Following an incident involving the Gilmore family, the mother-daughter must attend Friday night dinners at the Gilmores. The mother-daughter interactions between Emily and Lorelai; and Lorelai and Rory form the series’ underlying theme.
Gilmore Girl also focuses on Lorelai and Rory’s romantic relationships and career aspirations. Apart from the Gilmore Girls, the series also focuses on the life of Rory’s best friend, Lane Kim.
The story also showcases the quirky people of Stars Hollow, with mini-plots like Rory’s school projects, problems at Lorelai’s inn, and festivals celebrated in the town.
Gilmore Girls has received critical acclaim for its compelling mix of drama and humor, witty dialogues, and cross-generational appeal.
Though Gilmore Girls didn’t fetch significant ratings for the network, it was a successful show on The WB network. The ratings for the series peaked during its fifth season, and it became the network’s second-most-popular show.
Gilmore Girls has achieved a 2000s American cult classic status.
The popularity of the initial series gave rise to a four-part miniseries that aired on Netflix and The CW. The four-part miniseries titled Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life was a revival of the Gilmore Girls.
Gilmore Girls received nominations at only a few significant award shows.
The series won an award in the Outstanding Makeup category at the 2004 Emmys.
The American Film Institute named Gilmore Girls among the ten best shows of 2002. It also received nominations at the TCA Awards in 2001, 2002, and 2005.
The series also received nominations at the Satellite Awards, the Teen Choice Awards, the Golden Globe Awards, and the Screen Actors Guild Awards,
In 2000, the Viewers for Quality Television honored the Gilmore Girls with a ‘seal of quality.’