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Gilmore Girls Season One

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Gilmore Girls Season One

 (2000 2001)

 by Elizabeth 1/20/05

I remember making fun of my friend when she admitted that she watched Gilmore Girls. However, that was before I gave it a chance. Now it is one of the shows I regularly watch (the other ones being Scrubs & CSI).

Gilmore Girls reminds me of a cleaner version of Sex and the City. The show features single mom Lorelai Gilmore (Lauren Graham) and her teenage daughter, Rory (Alexis Bledel). Lorelai and Rory cope with the same emotional ups and downs, including Lorelai's overbearing, old-money parents and the joys and frustrations of the male gender. So, yes, this is a show about girls, but it's more than that. It features fascinating characters and snappy dialogue. Each episode is also written to incorporate many pop culture references.  More importantly, though, it is obvious that the writers understand how people work.

In Season One, Lorelai turns to her parents for help with monetary issues.  She can't afford a private school that has been impressed her daughter. This leads to an agreement with her parents, that in exchange for the money that she needs, she has to become part of their life again. Lorelai and her parents live very different lives, and she is more than shocked when Rory gets close to her grandparents. Don't get me wrong, this show isn't all about family problems. Rory is a teenager, so there are the typical coming-of-age stories included, such as when she gets her first boyfriend and no one approves.

The actors (especially Graham and Bledel) deserve props for their wonderful acting abilities. In a single episode, you can watch as Lorelai transforms from best friend, to mother, to responsible innkeeper. Since the show focuses on the mother - daughter relationship so much. it would be silly not to write about it. There are times when watching that one wonders if Bledel and Graham are truly related in real life. Bledel acts like what anyone would think a 16-yearold Graham would be like.

The rest of the cast is just as memorable. There is Luke (Scott Patterson), who owns a diner and has a crush on Lorelai. He's gruff and not at all like Lorelai; one even begins to wonder if he knows he has feelings for her because he has buried them so deeply. Lorelai's parents (Emily Bishop and Edward Hermann) do an amazing job portraying the nagging parents who, when it comes right down to it, love their daughter.

The entire cast of characters - everyone from Babbette to Kirk to Michel and Sookie - are extreme caricatures of life in a small town. They show true emotion and that draws fans of all ages to the show.

The only complaint I have with the Season One DVD set are the special features. I would have liked to see some outtakes; however, the booklet guide included for each episode was very handy. The special features that are included are a handful of deleted scenes; a mini-documentary with some revealing insights from the show's creator, cast, and crew; and some scenes from various episodes edited together in a piece that tries to capture the "essence" of what makes the show what it is. I would have thought that there would have been more in-depth interviews, but sadly, I was wrong. Overall it is a great disk set, marred only by what wasn't included as opposed to what was.

All in all, even though this is show about girls on the WB. it is good. (I'm not generally a 7th Heaven type of person.) There is enough witty banter in this show to, at times, make you laugh out loud. Just like in real life situations, things don't always turn out for the best, and that is refreshing to see.

This show really is for everyone, and I really encourage everyone to check this show out. You won't be disappointed, I promise.


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