The “Gilmore Girls” was a popular TV series that ran from October 2000 to May 2007. Despite it having ended over 7 years ago, fans continue to watch Gilmore Girls episodes online like it was going out of fashion (obviously it’s not!).
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The Gilmore Girls
Debuting in 2000 on the fledgling WB network, the Gilmore Girls is an hour-long comedic drama that focuses on the mother-daughter pairing of single mom Lorelai and her precocious teenaged daughter Rory. The pair lives in Stars Hollow, Connecticut, a quirky small town where Lorelai co-owns and runs a bed and breakfast called the Dragonfly Inn. The show explores Rory’s life in private school and Lorelai’s tumultuous relationship with her wealthy parents. It is known for its fast-paced dialogue and bevy of pop culture references.
The Gilmore Girls was critically acclaimed throughout its run and has since achieved status as a cult hit. It was named on Entertainment Weekly’s list of New TV Classics as well as Time Magazine’s list of 100 Best TV Shows of All Time. The show received several awards over its run, including an American Film Institute Award and two Viewers For Quality Television Awards, and was named New Program of the Year during its debut season by the Television Critics Association.
How the Gilmore Girls started
Lorelai became pregnant with Rory as a high school student and, to the chagrin of her appearance-obsessed parents, dropped out of high school to raise the child. While her boyfriend pressured her to get an abortion, her parents insisted that the couple marry. Lorelai refused and left home after the birth, retreating to Stars Hollow where she got a job as a hotel maid, living on the grounds and working her way up to manager and through college while she raised her daughter.
The Main Cast and Characters
One of the titular Gilmore Girls, is played by actress Lauren Graham. Before winning this breakout role, Graham starred in several failed sitcoms (Townies and Lush Life), and also had guest roles on several successful shows, including Seinfeld, Caroline in the City, and Third Rock from the Sun. Read More
Lorelai’s daughter and the show’s other lead, is played by Alexis Bledel. This was Bledel’s first major role, though she had a small uncredited part in the 1998 film Rushmore. During her tenure as Rory, Bledel also cultivated a career in film, with parts in hits like Tuck Everlasting, Sin City, and the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants and its sequel. She won several Teen Choice Awards over the years for her portrayal of Rory. Read More
Melissa played Sookie St. James, Lorelai’s wacky best friend and co-owner of the Dragonfly Inn, as well as the executive chef of the restaurant where Lorelai got her start in Stars Hollow. While she had several small film roles before Gilmore Girls, the show was her breakout role. Today, McCarthy is perhaps the most successful Gilmore Girls alumna. Read More
Keiko played the role of Lane Kim, Rory’s best friend and a lifelong Stars Hollow Native. The character of Kim is portrayed as rebellious yet successful, the daughter of strict Korean parents. Agena, a Japanese actress, was 27 when she portrayed the teenager and previously appeared on Felicity, Beverly Hills 90210, and ER. Read More
Scott starred in the show as Luke Danes, owner of the Stars Hollow fixture Luke’s Diner and sometime love interest of Lorelai. Patterson had various TV guest roles before starring in Gilmore Girls, including in shows such as Seinfeld, Will and Grace, and Silk Stalkings. Read More
Kelly plays Emily Gilmore, Lorelai’s disapproving mother. The actress had an extensive career before landing Gilmore Girls, including roles in feature films Dirty Dancing and Private Parts and television shows Law and Order and Murphy Brown, as well as a variety of soap opera parts.
Lorelai’s father, Richard, was played by Edward Herrmann. The actor is best known for his Emmy-award winning performance as Franklin Delano Roosevelt in two 1970s television movies, and had an extensive film and voiceover career long before Gilmore Girls. Read More
The Creator and Head Writer
Gilmore Girls was created, written, and directed by Amy Sherman-Palladino. She started her career as a staff writer on the classic 1980s sitcom Roseanne, and worked on several other projects before pitching Gilmore Girls to network executives in the late 1990s. Her writer/producer husband, Daniel Palladino, also had a heavy hand in the show’s writing and directing duties. Read More…
Gilmore Girls Reunion and Movie
Since the show ended, there have been many rumors of a potential Gilmore Girls feature film. Lauren Graham has publicly stated that she will participate if Amy Sherman-Palladino, the original creator, is involved. These rumors heated up in 2013, when TV show Veronica Mars debuted a feature film after a successful fan-fueled Kickstarter campaign.
Sherman-Palladino was not involved in the final season of the show, and has long stated that she would have ended it differently, but has not publicly stated what that ending would be. Fans hold out hope that they will get to see this much-awaited vision in a feature film. Read More…
Where are they now?
Since Gilmore Girls ended, Graham is perhaps best known for her starring role on another hit dramedy, NBC’s Parenthood (on which she also plays a single mother). She also had roles in feature films Evan Almighty, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, and It’s Kind of a Funny Story.
Bledel has pursued a career in independent film since her Gilmore Girls days, with roles in small films including The Good Guy, The Conspirator, and Violet and Daisy. She also had a recurring role in the AMC series Mad Men; in 2014, she married her Mad Men costar Vincent Kartheiser.
McCarthy is the most well-known star to come from Gilmore Girls, with huge film roles over the past few years in Bridesmaids, Identity Thief, and Tammy as well as a titular role in the hit sitcom Mike and Molly. McCarthy won an Emmy Award for her Mike and Molly role in 2011, and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress as well as a Critics Choice Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award for her work in Bridesmaids.
Agena had a major feature film role in 2011’s Transformers: Dark of the Moon, as well as many TV appearances since the end of Gilmore Girls. Notable guest roles included spots on Shameless, Scandal, and House.
In addition to his work on Canadian TV and film, Truesdale owns a spin studio called SpinEnergie in Montreal.
Patterson is best known post Gilmore Girls for his work in the horror franchise Saw; he starred in the fifth, sixth, and seventh films in the series. Patterson has also appeared on 90210 and CSI: Miami.
Bishop has since appeared on Law and Order: SVU, Army Wives, and The Good Wife.
Herrmann has had character roles in various films and television shows since 2007, including Intolerable Cruelty, The Aviator, Grey’s Anatomy, 30 Rock, and Law and Order.
Padalecki, in addition to his role on Supernatural, has starred in feature films that include House of Wax, Friday the 13th, and New York Minute.
Ventimiglia had a starring role on the hit show Heroes for several years post-Gilmore Girls fame. He also appeared in the feature films Grown Ups 2, Rocky Balboa, and That’s My Boy.
Czuchry appeared on both Veronica Mars and Friday Night Lights and has now been a series regular on The Good Wife since 2009.
In 2006, Sherman-Palladino left the Gilmore Girls team after she was unable to come to a contract agreement with new network The CW. She has since been involved in two failed television projects: The Return of Jezebel James and Bunheads.