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Gilmore Girls: A Fun Chick Flick of a Show

I remember when “Gilmore Girls” was in its last few seasons on the CW. I was in high school at the time, and it was one of the first shows that I ever watched weekly as it aired. Eventually I gave up on watching it back then, because of the terrible plot directions of the sixth season. I never had seen all of the earlier episodes in order, just some of them as re-runs. So years later, when I found that it was on Netflix, I decided to give it a proper watch.

Premise

In case you have somehow never heard of this gem, let me describe it: A young-looking, fast-quipping, independent single mom raises a super bookishly smart teenage daughter to adulthood. And they have drama with boys, drama with grandparents/parents, and drama with their tiny storybook New England town neighbors.

It might not sound that spectacular, but…

Oh the witty banter!
The dialogue in this show is absolutely top-notch. Sometimes, their jokes are so quick you almost miss them; and occasionally, it’s a joke based on some pop culture reference you don’t connect with. But mostly, their conversations are hilarious, fun, and feel very real.

And the characters…

These people are just fun. From the quirky neighbors, to the stuffy-rich grandparents/parents, to the two lovable main women themselves, all are well-developed and real.

One of the main core conflicts of the show is centered around the opposition between the nature of Lorelai (the mom) and her stuffy, rich parents. She wants to be nothing like them, hates that she should ever need them for anything… and is suddenly beholden to them for Rory’s (the daughter) smarty-pants private school tuition. And thus begins seven seasons of fun.

Moral Issues

So, I do definitely remember that part of the reason I gave up on the show when it was airing weekly was that both Lorelai and Rory were becoming kind of slutty. After watching the series in its entirety, I see that it wasn’t a problem that started in that sixth season but actually much earlier. Are they really terrible? No. But there are definitely times where sex and sleeping around are treated pretty casually. Conversely, though, there are at least some instances in this show (such as when Rory eventually loses her virginity and Lorelai is surprisingly disturbed, for example) where the issue is actually treated kind of seriously and, while not necessarily given the weight that we as Catholics might like to see, it’s at least not always just portrayed as some casual everyday thing.

What troubled me a bit more is actually an issue inherent in one of the show’s main conflicts. It’s kind of subtle, but the conflict between Lorelai and her parents is often at its core a conflict between conservatism and an “anything goes” mentality, with Lorelai being the “anything goes” and her stuffy parents being conservatism. It’s not always that cut and dry, but sometimes it’s what their conflicts amount to. And of course, we can’t help but love the character of Lorelai, while her parents are often absurd in their quest to keep up proper appearances; so here we are, kind of rooting against the people with conservative moral values… But again, this is only a subtle undercurrent of the show and not necessarily a huge component.

So the moral issues to be aware of are: some occasional language, perhaps the rare sexual dialogue, some (mostly implied) sexual encounters, and then that kind of troubling underlying bent toward moral looseness.

Overall

This show really is quite fun. For the most part, it’s pretty clean, though it definitely becomes more risque in the later seasons. But by and large it is a fairly good option for a light, girl-centric watch.

Now, for the somewhat unsatisfying mini-series continuation… Review coming soon!


10 thoughts on “Gilmore Girls: A Fun Chick Flick of a Show

  1. great post, got you off the assoc catholic women bloggers 🙂 I have watch some of the gilmore girl… shut off my tv, watch oh a few things on my brothers … peace, blessings

  2. I agree the show has positive aspects and is fun to watch. There is really nothing “Catholic” or even Christian about the plot. It’s obvious that the Gillmores didn’t practice any faith and that was probably why Loreli never really found love in her early life at home. She always seems to be searching for a better way. The lack of moral guidance and teaching is evident throughout the show. They are at the mercy of whatever excites them and satisfies their ravenous appetites. There’s no inner peace to be found in Stars Hallow. Sometimes a series can get a message across by showing us what is lacking. We can learn as much from bad examples as we can from good ones.

  3. I myself loved the show. What I thought was ironic was that Rory has a Planned Parenthood poster in her bedroom. You would think that given her situation, she would be pro life.

  4. I love the show and rewatch it once a year. I found the reboot to be very …. I don’t know, unsatisfying I guess. Rory annoys me now. But I love the jokes and the relationships and the small town life and the coffee 🙂

  5. I also enjoyed the series, but I had the same issues with it.

    Personally, I started getting really annoyed with Rory. I initially thought she was a strong, intelligent young woman, but her flaws went from making her realistic to making her unlikable.

    1. Exactly. It was so good in the beginning, but after a while I just wanted to smack her.

  6. I never got into GG, but know it had a cult following. I’m so glad you explained it concisely for those of us who missed the boat!

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