Gilmore Girls is back with heart, wit, and so much Stars Hollow nostalgia

In a world that is ever-changing, it’s nice to have a hometown full of fond memories to go back to, like the one Gilmore Girls provides. Thanks, Netflix.

A sneak peek at adult Rory in Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life | Netflix

Some things never change.

Back in your hometown, you drive down the same street you once learned to ride your bike on. Memories of childhood flood you. You finger the books on your bookshelves, but still believe nothing beats an afternoon with Anne of Green Gables. And when it comes to television, nothing brings you back to slouching on the couch with girlfriends like an episode of Gilmore Girls.

If you’re anything like me, you likely squealed with glee at the Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life trailer that released just this week. And if this little snippet of Stars Hollow is any indication, I doubt we’ll be disappointed.

The music is just the same: why build a soundtrack to Justin Bieber’s “Love Yourself” when a late nineties Sarah McLaughlin tune will do just fine? In fact, better than fine. I wouldn’t have it any other way. And the scene is exactly as you might imagine, with “Lorelai” (Lauren Graham) and “Rory” (Alexis Bledel) at the kitchen table, drinking coffee and eating Pop-Tarts. Their go-to diet.

“Do you think Amy Schumer would like me?” Lorelai asks aloud, staring dreamily into the distance.

“No,” a grown-up Rory quickly answers.

Then—defying the technological age of the original show (with real answering machines and dial-up), and proving that some things really do change—Rory proceeds to Google on her phone, then come up with reasons why Amy Schumer would not like her mother. (In case you’re wondering, Amy Schumer did tweet, “I would love her!” in reply to the same question posed by Vulture, an entertainment news service).

Because when it comes to the familiar, sometimes we crave the things we know will never change, like those fast-talking, junk-food eating, lovable Gilmore ladies. If you’re like me, the trailer instantly reminded you why the show is so good in the first place: we crave the unbeatable witty banter between the mother-daughter duo, just as we crave the wholesomeness for which the show is known: “Oh, the sweet, sweet innocent writers for Gilmore Girls…” one fan tweeted.

We crave Luke’s Diner. We crave the painful tradition of family dinners every Friday night, (and when the show releases, we’ll be sure to feel a pained withdrawal for the beloved “Richard Gilmore” (Edward Herrman), who passed away in 2014). And we crave knowing what happened to the love interests of our favorite single mom and her teenage daughter. Will “Luke Danes” (Scott Patterson) finally be Lorelai’s forever, without the off-again, on-again drama that came with the first seven seasons of the show? Will Rory get together again with the bad boy we all hated to love (or loved to dislike, depending on whether you were a “Dean” girl or not), “Jess Mariano” (Milo Ventimiglia)?

Luke and Lorelai … together again?
Oh, Emily. How we’ve missed you.
The gang’s all here! Expect an appearance from Babette, Gypsy and more.
The three things we can guarantee about the new season? Coffee. Coffee. Coffee.
What visit to Stars Hollow would be complete without a town meeting?
Could this be a Friday night dinner scene? We’ll have a martini and all three Gilmore women please, straight up.

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But most of all, this cult classic reminds us of what we want out of our own mother and daughter relationships. We want fierce loyalty and we want honesty. We want meaningless conversations about nothing in particular, and we want gut-wrenching, ugly-cry dialogue, all while we walk down Main Street.

This maternal pair gave us permission to be messy, to delight in the things that never change, and to be our most authentic selves in any relationship. And isn’t that what we most crave with our mamas and our little girls, too?

Whether you never missed an episode when it first aired, or whether, like me, you binge-watched it twelve years later, hear me when I say: It’s not too late to jump on the Gilmore Girls bandwagon. Come November 25th, four ninety-minute episodes are sure to take us back to familiar territory: to slouching on the couch with girlfriends, and catching up on the lives of all our favorite characters.

So, please, don’t bother me then—I’ve got a coffee date with Lorelai and Rory!

Cara Meredith
Cara Meredith

Cara Meredith is a writer and speaker from the San Francisco Bay area, a member of the Redbud Writers Guild, and co-host of Shalom in the City’s monthly book club podcast. She holds a masters of theology from the Fuller Seminary. Cara and her husband, James, try to dance nightly and live life to the fullest with their two young sons.

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