Last weekend, when I was packing up my stuff to visit my family, I stuck season 5 of Gilmore Girls in my bag and explained to H., “Maybe Alex will want to watch a couple episodes with me.”
“What’s he sad about?” H. asked, and although I laughed at him…well, he kind of had a point. Gilmore Girls is a show for all seasons and moods, but it’s also the show I turn to when I’m feeling bummed, overwhelmed, or stressed out. I mean, I love Twin Peaks but I’m not going to watch a show about a girl who’s “dead…wrapped in plastic” when I’m feeling upset, you know? Also, please imagine me saying that quote while doing a terrible, terrible Jack Nance impression.
Gilmore Girls is just a feel good show. And you know what? Feeling good FEELS GOOD. I like it. I wish I could do it all the time. So if you’re feeling down in the proverbial dumps, bust out your DVDs (please tell me you have every season), get it from the library, find it on Amazon prime, or just look up some clips or poorly dubbed foreign versions on YouTube (please imagine me saying “on YouTube” while doing a terrible, terrible Mariah Carey in Touch My Body impression). Here’s why watching Gilmore Girls will always make you feel better.
1. Those credits.
Things start out all warm and sepia and they only go up from there. What makes you feel more comforted than Carole King’s velvety voice? Hopefully some fall foliage and clips of Lauren Graham comforting a crying Alexis Bledel, because that’s what you’re going to get here. Anyway, just watching the credits reminds me of all the times I’ve watched GG with my brother or with my friend Dan, and then I imagine both of them singing “any anywhere” and I feel better instantly.
2. Loralei went through so much.
Seriously. If Loralei Gilmore could get a job at a hotel at 15 and work her way up the ladder while raising a child…well, you can probably face your problems.
3. Rory’s clothes are bananas.
I mean, in the first couple of season they are bananas because they’re so bad. That time she went golfing with Edward Herrman and wore those billowing khakis? I can’t even deal with that. So that’s good for a laugh. But in later seasons, when Rory got all stylish, she started dressing really nicely, and that will just let you daydream about beautiful coats you want to have. How is Rory affording all this Anthropologie? Don’t worry about it. Not the point.
4. Something to laugh with and laugh at.
Last weekend, Alex brought up a good point: Gilmore Girls has the perfect blend of funny, well-written jokes and weirdly bad guest actors. My favorite shows and movies are the ones you can laugh at and make fun of, and you can totally do that with Gilmore Girls. Sometimes Loralei will say something hilarious that will crack you up, and sometimes Alexis Bledel will try to act and that will also crack you up. No insult to Alexis Bledel intended.
I dare you to watch the episode where Luke and Loralei get together for the first time and not feel better. Or the episodes where Jess is hardcore flirting with Rory. Or even the early ones with Dean, before he got all weird and creepy and grew that ugly facial hair.
6. You can pretend you’ll ever be as witty as Loralei.
Okay, so there’s an entire team of writers coming up with Loralei’s quips, but I still like to pretend that I could totally be that funny. And I feel everyone reading this has a little bit of Loralei in them, right? Like, I always say that H. is the Luke to my Loralei, because I talk too much, make a lot of references he doesn’t get, and do what you could call “bits.” Also he’s a real guys’ guy who builds me furniture and fixes things. So I make myself feel better by pretending I’m as pretty, resilient, and hilarious as a fictional character played by Lauren Graham. Is that weird? Probably. But I don’t care.
7. Stars Hollow could not be any more perfect.
I wish, so much, that Stars Hollow was real. The twinkle lights! The gazebo! The niche stores that somehow remain open! The ethnic diversity in such a small town! Everything about it is unrealistic and perfect. Y’all, I am from a small town, and while I love it, I will tell you that you won’t find Indian takeout or that many people who aren’t kind of bigoted. But that’s why Stars Hollow is so attractive…a small town with so much to do and so few assholes is the dream town I hope to find one day (and then spend the rest of my time convincing H. to move to).
8. The tunes.
That Sam Phillips soundtrack is the single most comforting thing in the entire world. In fact, I wanted to have “Love is Everywhere I Go” as either our first wedding dance or as the song I walked down the aisle to, but it didn’t work out and I had to be content with using it in our pre-ceremony mix. Here, watch a weird YouTube video set to “How to Dream.”
9. The end credits music.
Bum-bum, buh-dum-buh-buh-dum-bum! Do you feel better yet?
Need more Gilwhores (that what Lauren calls them every time she talks about them, which is often because our mutual love of GG is one of the cornerstones of our friendship)? Don’t worry! I wrote several other posts about them:
Things I’ve Learned from Gilmore Girls, Part 1
Things I’ve Learned from Gilmore Girls, Part 2
Gilmore Girls, Season 3, Episode 9: A Deep Fried Korean Thanksgiving
Things I Actually Don’t Like About Gilmore Girls
The Gilmore Girls Finale Was the Worst Finale Ever: A Reflection
I never realized I wrote so much about GG. Do you think I could be considered our nation’s foremost GG historian?