Gilmore Girls

Gilmore Girls
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Created byAmy Sherman-Palladino
Opening theme"Where You Lead" by Carole King and Louise Goffin
Composer(s)Sam Phillips
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons7
No. of episodes153 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)Amy Sherman-Palladino
Daniel Palladino
Gavin Polone
David S. Rosenthal
Production location(s)Burbank, California
CinematographyMichael A. Price
John C. Flinn III
Camera setupSingle-camera
Running time39–45 minutes
Production company(s)Dorothy Parker Drank Here Productions
Warner Bros. Television
DistributorWarner Bros. Television Distribution
Original networkThe WB (2000–06)
The CW (2006–07)
Picture format480i (SDTV, original run for seasons 1-3)
1080i/1080p (HDTV) (original run for seasons 4-7 and full series for digital release)
2160p (UHD) (A Year In the Life)
Original releaseOctober 5, 2000 (2000-10-05) –
May 15, 2007 (2007-05-15)
Followed byWebsite

Gilmore Girls is an American comedy-drama television series, created by Amy Sherman-Palladino starring Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel. The show debuted on October 5, 2000, on The WB and became a flagship series for the network. Gilmore Girls originally ran for seven seasons, with the final season moving to The CW, and ended its run on May 15, 2007.

The show's main focus is on the relationship between single mother Lorelai Gilmore and her daughter Rory, who live in Stars Hollow, Connecticut, a small fictional town filled with colorful characters. The series explores issues of family, romance, education, friendship, disappointment, and ambition, along with generational divides and social class, the latter themes manifesting through Lorelai's difficult relationship with her high society parents, Emily and Richard, and Rory's experiences at an elite high school and later on at Yale University.

Sherman-Palladino, who served as showrunner for the majority of the series, infused Gilmore Girls with distinctive fast-paced dialogue filled with pop culture references. After season six, when the series moved to its new network, Sherman-Palladino left the show and was replaced by David S. Rosenthal for the final season. The series was produced and distributed by Warner Bros. Television and filmed on the studio's lot in Burbank, California.

Television critics praised Gilmore Girls for its witty dialogue, cross-generational appeal, and effective mix of humor and drama. It never drew large ratings but was a relative success for The WB, peaking during season five as the network's second most-popular show. The series has been in daily syndication since 2004, while a growing and dedicated fandom has led to its status as a cult classic. Since coming off the air, Gilmore Girls has been cited in TV (The Book) and Time magazine as one of the 100 greatest television shows of all time.[1][2] In 2016, the main cast and Sherman-Palladino returned for a four-part miniseries revival titled Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life, which streamed on Netflix.


The series has two protagonists: witty "thirty-something" mother Lorelai Gilmore and her intellectual teenage daughter Rory. Their backstory is established early in the show: Lorelai grew up in Hartford with her old money parents, Richard and Emily, but always felt stifled by this environment. She accidentally became pregnant at age sixteen and left home a year later to raise Rory in the close-knit town of Stars Hollow. Lorelai found work and shelter at the Independence Inn, where she eventually progressed from maid to executive manager. Lorelai and Rory develop a very close relationship, living like best friends, and Lorelai is proud of the independent life she has forged away from her parents. In the pilot episode, she is forced to go to them for financial aid when Rory is admitted to Chilton Preparatory School, but she cannot afford the tuition fees. Emily and Richard agree to provide a loan, so long as the girls join them every Friday night for dinner. This sets up the show's primary conflict, as the Gilmores are forced to face their differences and complicated past. The contrasting mother–daughter relationships of Emily–Lorelai and Lorelai–Rory become a defining theme of the show. Series creator Amy Sherman-Palladino has summarized the core of Gilmore Girls:

I think the theme was always family and connection. I always felt like the underlying thing about Gilmore was that, if you happened to be born into a family that doesn't really understand you, go out and make your own. That's what Lorelai did. She went out and she made her own family. The ironic twist in her life is that then this daughter that she created this half family for, likes the family that she left. It was a cycle of crazy family.[3]

The series also focuses on both girls' ambition: Rory to attend an Ivy League college and become a journalist, and Lorelai to open an inn with her best friend Sookie St. James. The romantic relationships of the protagonists are another key feature; throughout the series Lorelai has a "will-they-won't-they" dynamic with her friend, local diner owner Luke Danes, while also harboring unresolved feelings for Rory's father, Christopher Hayden. Lorelai also develops temporary feelings for Rory's English literature teacher, Max Medina and Jason "Digger" Stiles, who she has known since childhood. Rory has three boyfriends during the run of the show - local boy Dean Forrester, mysterious, well-read bad boy Jess Mariano, and wealthy charismatic Logan Huntzberger. The quirky townspeople of Stars Hollow are a constant presence. Along with series-long and season-long arcs, Gilmore Girls is also episodic in nature, with mini-plots within each episode - such as town festivals, issues at Lorelai's inn, or school projects of Rory's.

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