“Gilmore Girls” aired 153 episodes over the course of its seven seasons on the air (2000-2007). The show had so many classic episodes, but which were the best? Scroll through the gallery above to see my top 10 as we await the Netflix revival, “Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life.”
“Gilmore Girls” tells the story of a mother, Lorelai Gilmore (Lauren Graham) who got pregnant at 16 and left her wealthy parents, Richard (Edward Hermann) and Emily (Kelly Bishop), to begin a new life in Stars Hollow. But when her daughter Rory (Alexis Bledel) gets into a prestigious private school, she needs the help of her parents, and they agree only if they can have a weekly Friday night dinner.
Currently our forum posters are also debating what the top episodes are:
BamaEd selects “The Lorelais’ First Day at Yale” from season four among the best, calling it “perfect ‘Gilmore Girl’ time. Funny, sweet, and a great microcosm of their relationship.”
Courtney Smith highlights another season four installment, “Last Week Fights, This Week Tights,” which is “such a beautiful episode for Luke (Scott Patterson) and Lorelai. It has such a whimsical feel, and then there is the heartbreaking Jess (Milo Ventimiglia) and Rory scene at the end.”
Kevin Dillon picks “There’s the Rub” from season two among the best: “I love this one because it plays to the Lorelai/Emily relationship in the best way possible at a spa. This also cements Rory and Paris (Liza Weil) as friends.”
The following episodes didn’t make my top 10, but they deserve honorable mentions:
“Pilot” (Season 1, Episode 1): The episode that introduced us to the closest mother and daughter in television history.
“Rory’s Birthday Parties” (Season 1, Episode 6): Rory is miserable at a party hosted by her grandparents. Then at the party Lorelai throws, Emily realizes she doesn’t know her daughter at all.
“They Shoot Gilmores, Don’t They?” (Season 3, Episode 7): Some of the best episodes showcase the eccentric individuals who call Stars Hollow home. No episode showcased the townspeople better than the 24-hour dance marathon that ended with Rory and Dean breaking up while Kirk (Sean Gunn) took a victory lap to the “Rocky” theme.
“Dear Emily and Richard” (Season 3, Episode 13): Largely a flashback episode where we learn more of Lorelai’s backstory.
“The Incredible Shrinking Lorelais” (Season 4, Episode 14): Unable to get ahold of each other, Lorelai and Rory cannot function with the stress in their lives.
“Raincoats and Recipes” (Season 4, Episode 22): Lorelai’s Dragonfly Inn opens and she kisses Luke. And Rory reconnects with her married ex-boyfriend Dean (Jared Padalecki), ending with them sleeping together.
“A House is Not a Home” (Season 5, Episode 22): After Lorelai won’t allow Rory to take time off from Yale, Rory turns to her grandparents, who agree to let her move in with them, ending season five with the inseparable mother-daughter relationship severed.
“Bon Voyage” (Season 7, Episode 22): The series finale of “Gilmore Girls” ends with Rory off to cover Barack Obama’s first presidential campaign, with the town throwing her a party and Luke and Lorelai reconnecting.
New episodes of “Gilmore Girls” drop November 25 on Netflix. In the meantime, please enjoy our top 10 list above.
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