Gilmore Girls: It’s a religion, a lifestyle

Published: November 1, 2016

“So it’s a show? It’s a lifetime. It’s a religion.”

I’m sitting here, pausing and playing season seven’s last episode of Gilmore Girls because I don’t want it to end.

The trailer for the Gilmore Girls Revival is out! And I can’t contain myself. Lorelai (Lauren Graham) is back and she wants coffee coffee coffee. And I want the new season now now now.

So let’s break it down:

The girls are still eating pop tarts, Luke (Scott Patterson) is still trying to get them to eat real food, and Stars Hollow is, as always, quirky as ever.

Sally Struthers, Liz Torres, Alexis Bledel, and Lauren Graham in Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life (2016)
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Witty jokes, laughter that aches, nostalgia that kills – it’s all there because the girls are finally back. They’re older, probably not wiser (Rory and Lorelai are lost, confused, but happy from what we know so far.)

Alexis Bledel and Lauren Graham in Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life (2016)
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One question though, why is Kirk (Sean Gunn) at Friday night dinner?

The girls’ ability to consume food still surprises me. The speed at which Lorelai and Rory (Alexis Bledel) talk, still amuses me. Taylor (Michael Winters) still annoys the hell outta me.

Kelly Bishop in Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life (2016)
Photo: IMDb

And Emily Gilmore (Kelly Bishop) is the queen of sass in JEANS! What is happening?

Jess is back in Stars Hollow, from the two second clip we get out of him. I think we all want to know who Rory is going to end up with. Logan (Matt Czuchry)? Jess (Milo Ventmiglia)? (We don’t care about Dean, let’s be honest.)

It’s almost as if Stars Hollow was frozen in time all these years, just waiting to be revived. Chords of Where you lead are slowly strumming in the background and my nostalgia is heightening. There’s nothing I love more than the girls constant need for coffee, and their talking speed. Isn’t that why we all watch the show anyway? (Okay, I lied, there’s totally more.)

Alexis Bledel, Lauren Graham, and Scott Patterson in Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life (2016)
Photo: Imdb

How many TV shows are out there, telling you it’s okay for a woman to be alone? That a woman can raise a family herself, and create a life outside the confines of her societal paradigm? Not many, I’ll tell you. Lorelai makes you realise that you can be alone and alright with that. It doesn’t matter as long as you’ve got food.

Growing up, Gilmore Girls always seemed like a safe space away from everything in my life, but now (after having re-watched the show ten times) I’ve realised that it’s about powerful women, teaching little girls all over the world how to be strong.

Alexis Bledel and Lauren Graham in Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life (2016)
Photo: Imdb

The Gilmore girls are always in and out of relationships because they don’t need male presence to justify or reiterate their worth – and that’s the best part of the show.

All the women on the show are brave and unafraid of anyone around them (with the exception of Lane, aka Keiko Agena, and Mrs Kim, aka Emily Kuroda, which changed too). Lorelai, Rory, Paris (Liza Weil), Emily – all these women can teach young girls that self-worth is important. I mean, Lorelai proposed to Luke!

So this November 25th, I hope A Year in the Life teaches all the little girls out there that it’s good to dream about independence. That like Rory, its okay to choose yourself. It taught me that, and I will make sure to teach all the little girls in my life the same.

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Maheen Humayun

Maheen Humayun

The writer studied Literature and Creative Writing from John Cabot University in Rome. She is the author of the novella Special. She is currently a sub-editor at Tribune. She blogs at and tweets @MaheenHumayun

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