In these current times, rife with unrest, uncertainty and the most odious of political machinations (the UK parliament is like a soap opera at the moment. If it was a soap opera it would be gripping; as a government it's kind of terrifying), I find myself looking for rainbows amongst the storms and clouds. This has long been my nature - I love to find the reasons to celebrate, the uplifting asides, the moments of joy - and by doing so these propel me through the tougher times.
When I read earlier this week that Netflix was adding all seven seasons of Gilmore Girls to their platform in all territories from today (except in China, it turns out), I was delighted. I'm a longtime fan of Lorelai, Rory, Luke, Lane, Richard, Sookie and Emily (life goals), as well as the rest of the characters, and my little boxset of all seven series has been watched and rewatched several times. I'm so glad that Netflix has added all the existing episodes to their roster, and cannot wait for the new special episodes when they arrive. With that in mind, here are my 7 reasons why Gilmore Girls is a series to treasure....through the medium of gifs.
1. Bookworms are represented beautifully.
Rory Gilmore is right up there on the list of bookworms of brilliance with Hermione Granger and Jo March for me. Her voracious reading and the obsession with books are good for the soul!
2. The Gilmore ladies love their coffee. Excellent stuff.
3. The Friday realness. A lot of shows for this demographic show endless partying and a vast array of solo cups. I know the Friday nights of my teenage years were more about pizza and movies!
4. The supporting cast is fantastic. Whether it's Sookie being all warm and ditsy, Luke being the kind curmudgeon, or Paris being....Paris, I love how the writers create a real and vivid world filled with so many unique and interesting characters.
5. The family feels are exquisite. The central realtionship between Rory and Lorelai, and the relationship beween Richard and Emily and the 'girls' is so well handled and rich - some shows have a tendency to make familial realtionships very black and white; with Gilmore Girls we get to see the shades of grey.
6. Lost-ness. I love the capacity that Gilmore Girls has to let their characters fail, and then to flail a bit while they find a new route, idea or challenge. This is often how life is, and I love that the show allows its characters the growth that failure or being a little lost can bring.
7. The relationships- in much the same way that the show creates a real family, the friendships and realtionships in the show are very real too. People fall out, make up, disagree, grow, break up...but in a way that feels so relatable.
There are so many other things I could mention - the fashion, the pop culture, the quotes, the theme song, the movies....but ultimately (as is so often the case) the show itself says it best:
Happy Friday! Or rather, Happy Gilmore Girls Day!