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Gilmore Girls
Gilmore girls title screen.jpg
FormatFamily drama
Comedy-drama
Created byAmy Sherman-Palladino
StarringLauren Graham
Alexis Bledel
Melissa McCarthy
Keiko Agena
Yanic Truesdale
Scott Patterson
Kelly Bishop
Edward Herrmann
Liza Weil
Jared Padalecki
Milo Ventimiglia
Sean Gunn
Chris Eigeman
Matt Czuchry
Opening theme"Where You Lead" lyrics by Toni Stern and music by Carole King, re-recorded for Gilmore Girls by Carole King and Louise Goffin
Composer(s)Sam Phillips
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons7
No. of episodes153 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)Amy Sherman-Palladino
Daniel Palladino
David S. Rosenthal
Gavin Polone
Producer(s)Lauren Graham
Patricia Fass Palmer
Helen Pai
Mel Efros
Jenji Kohan
Location(s)Burbank, California
Beverly Hills, California
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
CinematographyMichael A. Price
John C. Flinn III
Running time45 minutes
Production company(s)Dorothy Parker Drank Here Productions
Hofflund/Polone
Warner Bros. Television
DistributorWarner Bros. Television Distribution
Broadcast
Original channelThe WB (2000–2006)
the CW (2006–2007)
Picture formatSeasons 1–3:
480i (Standard Definition)
Seasons 4–7:
1080i (HDTV)
Original runOctober 5, 2000 (2000-10-05) – May 15, 2007 (2007-05-15)
External links
Official Website
 
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Gilmore Girls
Gilmore girls title screen.jpg
FormatFamily drama
Comedy-drama
Created byAmy Sherman-Palladino
StarringLauren Graham
Alexis Bledel
Melissa McCarthy
Keiko Agena
Yanic Truesdale
Scott Patterson
Kelly Bishop
Edward Herrmann
Liza Weil
Jared Padalecki
Milo Ventimiglia
Sean Gunn
Chris Eigeman
Matt Czuchry
Opening theme"Where You Lead" lyrics by Toni Stern and music by Carole King, re-recorded for Gilmore Girls by Carole King and Louise Goffin
Composer(s)Sam Phillips
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons7
No. of episodes153 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)Amy Sherman-Palladino
Daniel Palladino
David S. Rosenthal
Gavin Polone
Producer(s)Lauren Graham
Patricia Fass Palmer
Helen Pai
Mel Efros
Jenji Kohan
Location(s)Burbank, California
Beverly Hills, California
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
CinematographyMichael A. Price
John C. Flinn III
Running time45 minutes
Production company(s)Dorothy Parker Drank Here Productions
Hofflund/Polone
Warner Bros. Television
DistributorWarner Bros. Television Distribution
Broadcast
Original channelThe WB (2000–2006)
the CW (2006–2007)
Picture formatSeasons 1–3:
480i (Standard Definition)
Seasons 4–7:
1080i (HDTV)
Original runOctober 5, 2000 (2000-10-05) – May 15, 2007 (2007-05-15)
External links
Official Website

Gilmore Girls is an American comedy-drama series created by Amy Sherman-Palladino, starring Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel. On October 5, 2000, the series debuted on the WB to widespread critical acclaim [1] and remained a tent-pole to the WB until it was cancelled in its seventh season, ending on May 15, 2007 on the CW.[2] The entire series has been released on DVD, as well as on iTunes.

The show follows single mother Lorelai Gilmore (Graham) and her daughter, also named Lorelai but who prefers to be called Rory (Bledel), living in the fictional town of Stars Hollow, Connecticut. This is a town filled with colorful characters,which is located approximately 30 minutes from Hartford, Connecticut.[3] Ambition, education, and work constitute part of the series' central concerns, telling Lorelai's story from pregnant teen runaway and high school dropout to co-owner and manager of the Dragonfly Inn. Rory's transition from public school to the prestigious Chilton is similarly followed, exploring her ambition to study at an Ivy League college and to become a foreign correspondent. The show's social commentary manifests most clearly in Lorelai's difficult relationship with her wealthy, appearance-obsessed parents, Emily and Richard Gilmore, and in the interactions between the students at Chilton, and later, Yale University.

Gilmore Girls is known for its fast-paced dialogue filled with pop-culture references. The show earned several award nominations, notably winning one Emmy Award. It was also critically acclaimed as it placed No. 32 on Entertainment Weekly's "New TV Classics" list,[4] and was listed as one of Time magazine's "All-TIME 100 TV Shows" in 2007.[2]

Production[edit]

Development[edit]

The show is set in the fictional town of Stars Hollow, Connecticut. Amy Sherman-Palladino, the show's creator, drew inspiration for Stars Hollow while she made a trip in Washington, Connecticut where she stayed in an inn, the Mayflower Inn, which she found beautiful. She was amazed at how the people of the town knew each other very well and by the next morning of her stay, the dialogue of the pilot was written. She explained: "If I can make people feel this much of what I felt walking around this fairy town, I thought that would be wonderful. [...] At the time I was there, it was beautiful, it was magical, and it was feeling of warmth and small-town camaraderie. . . . There was a longing for that in my own life, and I thought — that's something that I would really love to put out there."[5] The show's pace is inspired by Katharine Hepburn-Spencer Tracy films.[6]

The pilot episode of Gilmore Girls received financial support from the script development fund of the Family Friendly Programming Forum, which includes some of the nation's leading advertisers, making it one of the first network shows to reach the air with such funding.[7]

In 2003, the WB planned a spin-off called "Windward Circle," featuring character Jess Mariano, in which Jess gets to know his estranged father, Jimmy, and is befriended by California skateboarders. However, the network canceled the show before it aired, citing high production costs to shoot on location in Venice Beach.[8] Gilmore Girls Season 3 episode "Here Comes the Son" was effectively a backdoor pilot for the unaired spin-off.

Writing and filming[edit]

As signalled by its tagline "Life's short. Talk fast", Gilmore Girls is known for its fast-paced dialogue filled with pop-culture references.[9][10] Much of the dialogue is peppered with references to film, television shows, music, literature and celebrity culture. The relative obscurity of some of these allusions resulted in the production of "Gilmore-isms" booklets included by the WB in the DVD sets of the first four seasons.[11][12][13][14] Subtitled "The 411 on many of the show's witty and memorable wordplays and pop culture references", the booklets also contain comments from the show creators.

Gilmore Girls also relied on a master shot filming style, in which a scene is filmed to frame characters and their dialogue together within a long and uninterrupted, single take; often illustrated through another method regularly employed on the show, the walk and talk.[9] A special stage was made of plaster and celotex for the scenes during which Rory is at Yale, which were based on Calhoun College. Her visit at Yale to decide which university she should choose was filmed at Pomona College.[15]

Music[edit]

Iconic for its distinct musical score consisting of melodic "la-la's", Gilmore Girls' score was composed by singer-songwriter Sam Phillips throughout its entire run. For the score's instrumental arrangement, Phillips primarily used her own voice, an acoustic guitar, and on occasion included violin, drums, piano and electric guitar as well. In crafting the sound of the show, creator Amy Sherman Palladino requested the music to sound very connected to the girls themselves, almost like "an extension of their thoughts. And if they had music going in their head during a certain emotional thing in their life, if they were real people, this would be the music that was going on." Sherman-Palladino also stresses how "[she] thinks that is what elevated the show. Because [music] wasn’t a wasted element in the show. Everything was trying to say a little something, add a little something to it." [16]

Music also plays a large part in the show as a frequent topic of conversation between characters and in its appearance in scenes themselves.[17] The musical tastes of most of the main and recurring characters are revealed at some point, and the two leads have notoriously eclectic but discriminating tastes: Both mother and daughter dislike the "nondescript jazz" played at a babyshower, sculpt a snowman in Björk's image, and proclaim Metallica a "great band".[18]

In fact, the first conversation between Lorelai and Rory in the premiere episode, at Luke's Diner, involves the whereabouts of Macy Gray's debut album On How Life Is. Lorelai famously likes '80s music including the Bangles, XTC, and the Go-Go's, and her old bedroom at her parents' home has Duran Duran posters on the walls. Rory is often shown listening to alternative bands, like Pixies, Sonic Youth, Belle and Sebastian and Franz Ferdinand, and expresses her liking for P J Harvey and distaste for Smashing Pumpkins. Rory also swaps CDs with her mother, and credits her with introducing her to new books and music throughout her life in her address as Chilton's valedictorian.[19]

Rory's best friend Lane is a music enthusiast, and her list of musical influences runs to five pages when she writes her "drummer-seeks-rock-band" want ad, which included the Ramones and Jackson Browne.[20] Lane eventually forms her own band, Hep Alien, an anagram of the Gilmore Girls producer, Helen Pai's, name. The band plays rock with various influences, and Sebastian Bach, formerly of Skid Row, appears as Gil, Hep Alien's talented guitarist.

Various musical acts make guest appearances on the show, from the Bangles, Sonic Youth, the Sparks and the Shins to Carole King, who re-recorded her 1971 song "Where You Lead" (lyrics by Toni Stern) as a duet with her daughter Louise Goffin for the Gilmore Girls theme song. Grant-Lee Phillips appears in at least one episode per season as the town's troubadour, singing his own songs and covers.

Lorelai names her dog Paul Anka, who later appears in her dream sequence in the Season 6 episode 'The Real Paul Anka'. Though she only appears on-screen in one episode ("Partings", 6.22), much of the non-diegetic score is composed and performed by Sam Phillips. In 2002, a soundtrack to GG was released by Rhino Records, entitled Our Little Corner of the World: Music from Gilmore Girls. The CD booklet features anecdotes from show producers Amy Sherman-Palladino and Daniel Palladino about the large part music has played in their lives.

Change of network and cancellation[edit]

In April 2006, it was announced that Amy Sherman-Palladino and her husband Daniel could not come to an agreement with the CW, the new network that resulted from a merge between UPN and the WB. They said in an official statement: "Despite our best efforts to return and ensure the future of Gilmore Girls for years to come, we were unable to reach an agreement with the studio and are therefore leaving when our contracts expire at the end of this season. Our heartfelt thanks go out to our amazing cast, hard-working crew and loyal fans. We know that the story lines from this season will continue into the next, and that the integrity of the show will remain long after we leave Stars Hollow." David S. Rosenthal who had already worked on the show as a writer and producer, replaced them.[21][22]

On June 11, 2012, while being interviewed for her new show Bunheads, creator Amy Sherman-Palladino reflected on the contract dispute and her own departure in an interview with Vulture, saying: "It was a botched negotiation. It really was about the fact that I was working too much. I was going to be the crazy person who was locked in my house and never came out. I heard a lot of 'Amy doesn’t need a writing staff because she and [her husband] Dan Palladino write everything!' I thought, That’s a great mentality on your part, but if you want to keep the show going for two more years, let me hire more writers. By the way, all this shit we asked for? They had to do [it] anyway when we left. They hired this big writing staff and a producer-director onstage. That’s what bugged me the most. They wound up having to do what we'd asked for anyway, and I wasn’t there."[23]

On May 3, 2007, the CW announced that the series would not be renewed.[24][25] According to Variety, "Money was a key factor in the decision, with the parties involved not able to reach a deal on salaries for the main cast members. Other issues, such as number of episodes and production dates, may have also played a role".[26] Creator Amy Sherman-Palladino has expressed an interest in pursuing a Gilmore Girls film.[27][28] Lauren Graham has noted that a lot of fans "were disappointed with how it [the series] ended" and commented on the possibility of a follow-up movie.[29] On September 15, 2010, Lauren Graham told Vanity Fair that a Gilmore Girls movie is a definite possibility: "people with power, people who could actually make it happen, are talking about it."[30][31] She stated the same thing in March 2013 through her Twitter account in the wake of companion show Veronica Mars earning Kickstarter funding for their film, saying it would be Sherman-Palladino's call for a film.[32]

Cast[edit]

The season(s) during which each actor has been included in the main cast are marked in black. When a starring actor has also appeared as a guest star in other seasons, this is marked in gray, with the number of guest appearances noted in italics. A white square indicates the actor does not appear in the season.

Lorelai Gilmore played by Lauren Graham
Rory Gilmore played by Alexis Bledel

Main cast[edit]

ActorCharacterAppearances
S 1S 2S 3S 4S 5S 6S 7
Lauren GrahamLorelai Gilmore
Alexis BledelRory Gilmore
Melissa McCarthySookie St. James
Keiko AgenaLane Kim
Yanic TruesdaleMichel Gerard
Scott PattersonLuke Danes
Kelly BishopEmily Gilmore
Edward HerrmannRichard Gilmore

Additional main cast[edit]

The following characters have been promoted to main character status since season 2. All additional main cast are only credited in episodes in which they appear.

ActorCharacterAppearances
S 1S 2S 3S 4S 5S 6S 7
Liza WeilParis Geller11
Jared PadaleckiDean Forester1489
Milo VentimigliaJess Mariano42
Sean Gunn*Kirk Gleason916
Chris EigemanJason Stiles
Matt CzuchryLogan Huntzberger18

* In the second episode of Season One ('The Lorelais' First Day at Chilton'), Sean Gunn played a character named "Mick", who worked for a telephone company as a DSL installer. Gunn did not return as Mick, but was given a part as Kirk. Also in the beginning of season one "Mick" or "Kirk" was new to Stars Hollow, not knowing who Miss Patty was, but later is known to have grown up in Stars Hollow, like when he talks about having books knocked out of his hands at as a seventh grader by Luke.

Recurring cast[edit]

ActorCharacterAppearances
S 1S 2S 3S 4S 5S 6S 7
Emily KurodaMrs. Kim
Liz TorresMiss Patty
Jackson DouglasJackson Belleville
Sally StruthersBabette Dell
Ted RooneyMorey Dell
Michael WintersTaylor Doose
Teal RedmannLouise Grant
Shelly ColeMadeline Lynn
Chad Michael MurrayTristan DuGrey
Scott CohenMax Medina
David SutcliffeChristopher Hayden
Adam BrodyDave Rygalski
John CabreraBrian Fuller
Todd LoweZach Van Gerbig
Sebastian BachGil
Danny StrongDoyle McMaster
Wayne WilcoxMarty
Kathleen WilhoiteLiz Danes
Michael DeLuiseT J
Gregg HenryMitchum Huntzberger
Vanessa MaranoApril Nardini
Sherilyn Fenn*Anna Nardini

* In the twenty-first episode of Season Three ("Here Comes the Son"), Sherilyn Fenn played a character named "Sasha", the girlfriend of Jess Mariano's estranged father. Fenn did not return as Sasha, but was given a part as Luke's daughter's mother, Anna Nardini, in seasons six and seven.[33]

Episodes[edit]

Premise[edit]

The pilot of Gilmore Girls sets up the premise of the show and a number of its recurrent themes as we learn that Lorelai became pregnant with Rory at age sixteen, but chose not to marry the father, Christopher Hayden. Instead, she leaves her disappointed parents in Hartford, Connecticut for Stars Hollow, and has had only irregular contact with them ever since. Later episodes reveal that Lorelai and the infant Rory were taken in by Mia, owner of the Independence Inn, where Lorelai eventually progressed from maid to executive manager. In the pilot, Rory, who is about to turn sixteen, has been accepted to Chilton Preparatory School in order to pursue her dream of studying at Harvard University. Lorelai, unable to afford Chilton's tuition, strikes a bargain with her parents for a loan to cover the tuition in exchange for an agreement that every Friday night she and Rory will join Emily and Richard for dinner at the senior Gilmores'.

The tensions between Lorelai and her parents are central to the series, and the close relationship Rory develops with her grandparents serves to underscore the choices Lorelai made at Rory's age to leave their privileged world and follow her own path. Which path Rory chooses and whether she re-enters that world is similarly explored.

Lorelai's romantic life[edit]

Lorelai's various romantic entanglements also play a role in the show from the start. Her first relationship involves Max Medina (Scott Cohen), Rory's English teacher, who becomes briefly engaged to Lorelai. She also has short relationships with a divorced man named Alex (Billy Burke) and her father's business partner and childhood friend Jason Stiles (Chris Eigeman), with whom she breaks up after Jason and her father have a falling out in their business. She also has an on-again-off-again relationship with Rory's father, Christopher (David Sutcliffe), which becomes even more complicated after Chris and his girlfriend Sherry have a daughter, Georgia (Gigi).

However, Lorelai's relationship with local diner owner Luke Danes (Scott Patterson) is a constant throughout: It is a playful, close friendship until the end of Season 4, when the two finally become romantically involved. Lorelai's disapproving parents encourage Christopher to win Lorelai back, which results in a brief breakup between Lorelai and Luke. Despite this, at the end of Season 5, Luke and Lorelai become engaged. They split at the end of Season 6 when Luke discovers that he has a 12-year old daughter, April (Vanessa Marano). After Luke doesn't respond to Lorelai's ultimatum to elope, she spends the night with Christopher. In Season 7, Lorelai and Christopher impulsively get married on a trip to France. But after Christopher realizes that Luke and Lorelai still have feelings for one another, they end their marriage. In the final episode of the final season, Luke and Lorelai reconcile after Luke organizes a town farewell party for the graduating Rory. The final scene of the series mirrors the final scene of the first episode, with Lorelai and Rory eating in the diner and Luke behind the counter.

Rory's romantic life[edit]

As with Lorelai's, Rory's romantic attractions also run throughout the show.

Rory meets Dean Forester (Jared Padalecki) in the first episode of the series. The two maintain a relationship for nearly two-and-a-half years, with Rory rejecting advances from Chilton classmate Tristan Dugray (Chad Michael Murray) all the while. Rory and Dean break up briefly on their three-month anniversary date because Rory can't reciprocate Dean's feelings after he professes his love for her.[34] Dean and Rory get back together in the end of Season 1.[35] Rory and Dean break up again after Rory falls for the troubled Jess Mariano (Milo Ventimiglia), Luke's nephew, whom Luke has taken in. Although Jess is reviled by the rest of the town, Rory's deep-seated connection with him is undeniable, and she finds that the two share interests in music and literature and maintain a special understanding of each other throughout the series. There is some anger and unresolved feelings between them a year after their break up, but they become on friendly terms years later, when Jess attributes Rory's confidence in him for getting his life on track.

After Jess leaves town unannounced, Rory reunites with a now-married Dean, which ultimately ends Dean's marriage and creates a short-lived rift between Rory and her mother. Rory and Dean break up when he decides he can't compete with her life at Yale and her new Yale friends, including Logan Huntzberger (Matt Czuchry), whom Rory eventually starts dating. A negative performance review from Logan's publisher father on Rory's future as a journalist causes Rory to temporarily quit Yale, become estranged from her mother, and live with her grandparents. At the wedding of Logan's sister, Rory learns that while the two were on a break months before, Logan had sex with most of his sister's bridesmaids, and she is disgusted at his shocking behavior. Rory moves in with driven, compulsive classmate Paris Geller, but Logan convinces Rory to come back to the apartment that they shared. For Rory's final year at Yale, the couple is in a long-distance relationship due to Logan working for his father's company in London. Eventually Rory graduates Yale, and Logan proposes to her, asking that she move to Silicon Valley with him. Rory reluctantly refuses his offer because she wants to pursue her journalism career and they break up, with Logan saying that it is marriage or nothing.

Rory's friends[edit]

Rory's friendships with long-time best friend Lane Kim (Keiko Agena), a second-generation Korean American from a strict Christian home, and Paris Geller (Liza Weil), a friend/rival at both Chilton and Yale, play strongly in the show. Although she shares a close bond with the two, they do not appear to get along with one another. At the end of the Season 6, Lane marries Hep Alien band-mate Zach van Gerbig (Todd Lowe), a sweet, slightly clumsy rocker. At the beginning of the Season 7, Lane discovers that she is unexpectedly pregnant and gives birth to twins (Kwan and Steve) later in the season. Also in Season 7, Paris is accepted to Harvard Medical School (Harvard is the school she has wanted to go to for years, as her family are all alumni, but was rejected for undergraduate studies in Season 3). In Season 4, Doyle McMaster (Danny Strong) storms onto the show as the Yale Daily News editor. He and Paris start dating in Season 5, after Paris's relationship with a much older Professor Asher Fleming (Michael York) ends with Fleming's sudden death.

Reception[edit]

Critical response[edit]

Graham's performance was highly praised by critics and earned several nominations for "Best Actress".
Bledel's performance was highly praised by critics.

Upon arrival, Gilmore Girls was lauded for its distinct dialogue infused style par creator Amy Sherman-Palladino, the strength of the dynamic familial themes, and the performances of its cast, particularly leading star Lauren Graham. In the San Francisco Chronicle review of the first season, John Carman says: "It's cross-generational, warm-the-cockles viewing, and it's a terrific show. Can this really be the WB, niche broadcaster to horny mall rats?"[36] Newsday says in reviewing the show "The way in which Gilmore Girls digs lightly but firmly into deep-seated emotion is as magical as the way Lorelai's yellow dream daisies end up scattered all over their town. We weekly wish we were there."[37] In the Orlando Sentinel review of the second season premiere, critic Hal Boedeker writes "Series creator Amy Sherman-Palladino writes clever dialogue and ingratiating comedy, but she also knows how to do bittersweet drama. That Gilmore Girls is a touching comedy is also a tribute to the actors, led by the luminous Graham. The Gilmore family is one television clan worth knowing, and that can't be said too often these days.[38] The A.V. Club included in November 2009 the episode "They Shoot Gilmores, Don’t They?" on its list of the best TV episodes of the decade.[39]

Ken Tucker from Entertainment Weekly rated the seasons one to six "A" and the last season "C". He wrote that Lorelai and Rory Gilmore combined with "Sherman-Palladino's protean gift for cultural references in some cross between Mystery Science Theater 3000 and Ulysses," made you live each week in "an old world with a fresh coat of words." He described the last season as "a death-blow season [which] was more accurately Gilmore Ghosts, as the exhausted actors bumped into the furniture searching for their departed souls and smart punchlines" but concluded the previous seasons were "six seasons of magnificent mixed emotions, with performances as shaded as a spot under a Stars Hollow elm tree."[40]

Gilmore Girls was listed as one of Time magazine's "All-TIME 100 TV Shows."[2] Entertainment Weekly put it on its end-of-the-decade, "best-of" list, saying, "Thank you, fast-talking Lorelai and Rory Gilmore, for suggesting moms and teenage daughters really can get along—all it takes is love, patience, and copious quantities of coffee."[41]

Alan Sepinwall included the show in his "Best of the 00s in Comedies" list, saying: "It got on the air thanks in part to a coalition of advertisers looking for family-friendly programming, and "Gilmore" offered up an unconventional but enormously appealing family: mom Lorelai Gilmore (Lauren Graham) and teen daughter Rory (Alexis Bledel), so close in age that they often seemed more like sisters, plus the wealthy parents (Kelly Bishop and Edward Herrmann) Lorelai split from after getting pregnant at 16. As the quippy, pop culture-quoting younger Gilmores were forced to reconnect with their repressed elders, creator Amy Sherman-Palladino got plenty of laughs and tears out of the generational divide, and out of showing the family Lorelai created for herself and her daughter in the idealized, Norman Rockwell-esque town of Stars Hollow. At its best, Gilmore Girls was pure, concentrated happiness."[42]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Gilmore Girls received an American Film Institute Award and two Viewers For Quality Television Awards, and was named New Program of the Year by the Television Critics Association. The show won an Emmy for its only nomination: 2004's Outstanding Makeup for a Series for the episode "The Festival of Living Art". The show's actors have received many awards for their work on the series. Graham won two Family Television Awards, and she won Teen Choice Award for Best TV Mom twice. Alexis Bledel won a Young Artist Award and a Family Television Award. The series also won a Family Television Award for New Series, and was named Best Family TV Drama Series by the Young Artist Awards.

Ratings[edit]

The show was not a ratings success initially, airing in the tough Thursday 8pm/7pm Central time slot dominated by Survivor and Friends in its first season.[citation needed] When it moved to Tuesday, its ratings surpassed its time slot competitor, popular series Buffy the Vampire Slayer, which moved to the United Paramount Network (UPN) but retained the same time slot. It became The WB's third-highest-rated show.[43] In its fifth season, Gilmore Girls became The WB's second-most-watched prime time show, with viewer numbers that grew by double digits in all major demographics.[44]

The following list details the seasonal rankings (based on average total viewers per episode) of Gilmore Girls in the United States. The show rated first in the 18–25 demographic for women and second for men throughout the first four seasons. Each U.S. network television season starts in late September and ends in late May, which coincides with the completion of May sweeps.[citation needed]

SeasonTV seasonBroadcast networkRankingViewers (in millions)
12000–2001The WB#1263.6[45]
22001–2002The WB#1215.2[46]
32002–2003The WB#1215.2[47]
42003–2004The WB#1574.1[48]
52004–2005The WB#1104.8[49]
62005–2006The WB#1194.5[50]
72006–2007The CW#1293.7[51]

Broadcast history[edit]

Gilmore Girls's first season commenced in the Thursday 8pm/7pm Central time slot, as a lead in for Charmed.[52] Renewed for a second season, the show was relocated on Tuesdays 8pm/7pm, the time slot of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, which transferred to UPN, and served as a lead-in for Smallville.[53] In its syndicated release in the United States, the show airs on the ABC Family Channel, and from 2009-2013, aired in weekend timeslots on their sister network SOAPnet, which closed at the start of 2014. First season reruns aired on Monday nights from March until May 2001 while Roswell was on hiatus. An additional run of the first season aired in summer of 2002 on Sunday nights under the title Gilmore Girls Beginnings, and was one of two shows on The WB to give the Beginnings in its title for reruns (the other being 7th Heaven).

In the United Kingdom Gilmore Girls was initially screened on Nickelodeon from 2003. It remains the only hour-long series to air thereon to date. Only the first three seasons were shown, with episodes edited for content and some, like "The Big One," dropped entirely. The series was subsequently picked up by the Hallmark Channel, which gave UK premieres to Seasons 4 and 5, and E4, which continues to show all seven seasons in rotation, with occasional cuts to render it suitable for its early time slot. On 16 January 2012, Gilmore Girls aired its final episode on UK Channel E4. All seven seasons are now being aired, unedited, on 5*.

In Brazil and Mexico, the show premiered in November 5, 2000 on Warner Channel. Then it was shown Boomerang across Latin America.

DVD releases[edit]

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has released all seven seasons of Gilmore Girls on DVD in region 1, 2, 4. All seasons are available for digital download on the iTunes Store, Amazon.com and other digital sales websites. Seasons 4 through 7 are also available in HD on iTunes Store.

The Complete First Season[11]
Set detailsSpecial features
  • 21 episodes
  • 6-disc set
  • 1.33:1 aspect ratio
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish and French
  • English (Dolby Digital 2 0 Surround)
  • Additional scenes
    • "Love and War and Snow"
    • "Forgiveness and Stuff"
    • "Emily in Wonderland"
  • "Welcome to the Gilmore Girls" — Making-of Documentary of the First Season
  • "Gilmorisms Montage"
  • Gilmore Goodies & Gossip: On-Screen Factoids — "Rory's Dance"
  • "Guide to Gilmorisms" booklet
Release dates
North AmericaUnited KingdomContinental EuropeNorwayAustralia
May 4, 2004February 6, 2006November 16, 2005November 16, 2005April 5, 2006
The Complete Second Season[12]
Set detailsSpecial features
  • 22 episodes
  • 6-disc set
  • 1.33:1 aspect ratio
  • Subtitles: English
  • English (Dolby Digital 2 0 Surround)
  • Additional scenes
    • "Sadie, Sadie"
    • "Presenting Lorelai Gilmore"
    • "There's the Rub"
    • "I Can't Get Started"
  • "A Film by Kirk"
  • "International Success" featurette
  • Gilmore Goodies & Gossip: On-Screen Factoids — "A-Tisket, A-Tasket"
  • "Who Wants to Argue" shouting matches
  • "Guide to Gilmorisms" booklet
Release dates
North AmericaUnited KingdomContinental EuropeNorwayAustralia
December 7, 2004March 13, 2006March 15, 2006March 8, 2006April 5, 2006
'The Complete Third Season[13]
Set detailsSpecial features
  • 22 episodes
  • 6-disc set
  • 1.33:1 aspect ratio
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish and French
  • English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Additional scenes
    • "Swan Song"
    • "Say Goodnight, Gracie"
    • "Those Are Strings, Pinocchio"
  • All Grown Up: a Documentary with the Cast about their Childhood Experiences
  • Who Wants to Fall in Love: a Montage of the Best "Love Moments" from Season 3
  • Our Favorite '80s: the Cast and Crew Show off their Favorite '80s Dance Moves
  • "Guide to Gilmorisms" booklet
Release dates
North AmericaUnited KingdomContinental EuropeNorwayAustralia
May 3, 2005July 17, 2006April 12, 2006June 28, 2006July 5, 2006
The Complete Fourth Season[14]
Set detailsSpecial features
  • 22 episodes
  • 6-disc set
  • 1.33:1 aspect ratio
  • 1.78:1 aspect ratio (international)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish and French
  • English (Dolby Digital 2 0 Surround)
  • Additional scenes
    • "Ballrooms and Biscotti"
    • "The Reigning Lorelai"
  • Who Wants to Get Together: A Montage of Season Four's Most Romantic Moments
  • Gilmore Goodies & Gossip: On-Screen Factoids — "Girls in Bikinis, Boys Doin' the Twist"
  • Stars Hollow Challenge Trivia Game
  • "Guide to Gilmorisms" booklet
Release dates
North AmericaUnited KingdomContinental EuropeNorwayAustralia
September 27, 2005July 27, 2009June 14, 2006November 15, 2006July 5, 2006
The Complete Fifth Season'[54]
Set detailsSpecial features
  • 22 episodes
  • 6-disc set
  • 1.33:1 aspect ratio
  • 1.78:1 aspect ratio (international)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish and French
  • English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Commentary by: Amy Sherman-Palladino and Dan Palladino on "You Jump, I Jump, Jack"
  • Gilmore Girls Turns 100 – Featurette on the 100th episode
  • Behind-the-Scenes of the 100th episode
  • Who Wants to Talk Gilmore? The Season's Wittiest Wordplay Moments
  • "Guide to Gilmorisms" booklet (available online only)
Release dates
North AmericaUnited KingdomContinental EuropeNorwayAustralia
December 13, 2005January 18, 2010August 16, 2006January 24, 2007September 6, 2006
The Complete Sixth Season[55]
Set detailsSpecial features
  • 22 episodes
  • 6-disc set
  • 1.33:1 aspect ratio
  • 1.78:1 aspect ratio (international)
  • Subtitles: Spanish and French
  • English (Dolby Digital 2 0 Surround)
  • None
Release dates
North AmericaUnited KingdomContinental EuropeNorwayAustralia
September 19, 2006April 19, 2010January 10, 2007May 25, 2007February 6, 2007
The Complete Seventh Season[56]
Set detailsSpecial features
  • 22 episodes
  • 6-disc set
  • 1.33:1 aspect ratio
  • 1.78:1 aspect ratio (international)
  • Subtitles: English
  • English (Dolby Digital 5 1 Surround)
  • Additional scene
    • "The Great Stink"
  • Gilmore Fashionistas
  • A Best Friend's Peek Inside the Gilmore Girls with Keiko Agena
  • Kirk's Town Tours
  • Who Wants to Talk Boys – Season Montage
Release dates
North AmericaUnited KingdomContinental EuropeNorwayAustralia
November 13, 2007August 30, 2010November 25, 2007November 14, 2007April 9, 2008
The Complete Series
Set detailsSpecial features
  • 153 episodes
  • 42-disc set
  • 1.33:1 aspect ratio
  • 1.78:1 aspect ratio (seasons 4-7; international)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish and French
  • English (Dolby Digital 2 0 Surround)
  • Same bonus features as the individual season sets
  • Complete "Guide to Gilmorisms" booklet
  • Episode guide with pictures
Release dates
North AmericaUnited KingdomContinental EuropeBrazilAustralia
November 13, 2007October 12, 2008November 28, 2007April 24, 2009[57]April 9, 2008

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