The wait is over! “Gilmore Girls” fans don’t have to wait one more minute for the Netflix revival, “A Year in the Life,” which premiered on November 25. The series originally ran for more than 150 episodes from 2000 to 2007, while the revival consists of four 90-minute episodes, all ready for immediate binging. As of this writing the miniseries has scored 74 on MetaCritic and 83% freshness on Rotten Tomatoes,
The four episodes of “Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life” represent the four seasons of the year: winter, spring, summer and fall. We’re reintroduced to the close-knit mother-daughter pair of Lorelai (Lauren Graham) and Rory (Alexis Bledel), along with Lorelai’s mother Emily (Kelly Bishop) and myriad familiar faces in their town, Stars Hollow. It delivers a “sweetly satisfying and powerfully emotional rush” for longtime fans of the show — “I laughed, I cried, I immediately wanted another helping.”
So let’s hope awards voters will finally take notice. Graham earned one Golden Globe nomination and two SAG bids, and the series won a single Emmy (Best Non-Prosthetic Makeup in 2004) on its only nomination. “Gilmore Girls” originally aired on the WB and CW networks, which were mostly invisible to awards groups. But Netflix has proven to be an awards favorite, so perhaps the acclaimed revival will finally earn the show some hardware.
Check out some of the reviews below, and join the discussion in our forums.
Matt Roush (TV Guide Magazine): “Ever known a special someone who comes back into your life after years of absence, and when you reconnect, it’s as if no time has passed at all? That’s the sweetly satisfying and powerfully emotional rush any ‘Gilmore Girls’ fan is bound to experience when gorging on the post-Thanksgiving feast of ‘A Year in the Life,’ a blissful four-part reunion cooked up by the show’s creator, Amy Sherman-Palladino.”
Willa Paskin (Slate): “The show champions not only boundaryless mother-daughter relationships, but fast-talking dames mating with taciturn men, loud hats, well-made bad musicals, and hellaciously civic-minded American towns. I’m not objectively convinced of the virtues of any of these things, but when ‘Gilmore Girls’ is working its magic, it can be pretty persuasive.”
Janice Page (Boston Globe): “Episode four is vintage ‘GG,’ an untamed, highly emotional ride that delivers incisive cultural commentary, rich introspection, and poignant moments that are no less valid just because they’re covered in Cheez Whiz. I laughed, I cried, I immediately wanted another helping.”
Ken Tucker (Yahoo!): “Was it worth the wait? I think the proper question is: Will fans be satisfied? Having seen all four episodes, I cannot imagine the answer will be anything but ‘Yes.’ Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel deliver the show’s trademark fast-paced intricate dialogue with no sign of strain. And every character you hope will show up, shows up.”
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