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9 Reasons Why Gilmore Girls is the Perfect Show to Cheer You Up

gilmore girls dance marathon
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.

I feel better just looking at this.

I feel better just looking at this.

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.

Seriously, she wore this terrible outfit/hairstyle combo and made it out alive.

She wore this terrible outfit/hairstyle combo and made it out alive.

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.
Damn, girl, ya look good.

Damn, girl, ya look good.

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'm sorry, okay?! Fine, I take it back.

I’m sorry, okay?! Fine, I take it back.

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.

My heart can barely even take it when Luke doesn't wear a hat.

My heart can barely even take it when Luke doesn’t wear a hat.

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.

Our relationship, summed up in one GIF.

Our relationship, summed up in one GIF.

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).

I just want to spend Fall here.

I just want to spend Fall here.

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?

Lady Show: Best Friends Forever

I’m typically late-to-the-game on most things. Best Friends Forever was no exception. Alex has been telling me to watch this show forever (as has the entire internet), but I was always like, “Whatever, I’m too cool for your recommendations!” Or something like that.

In celebration of my last day at my job, I decided to watch the pilot of Best Friends Forever (don’t ever say I don’t know how to party). Immediately, I loved this show and knew it was made for me. Unfortunately, it’s already been cancelled because television makes no sense.

The show was made by and stars the fabulous and hilarious Jessica St. Clair and Lennon Parham. In the pilot alone, there’s an extended scene about Steel Magnolias that features an impression of Sally Field and my new favorite abbreviation, Steely Mags. And it only gets better from there! The show’s very funny, but it also has a lot to say about friendship, romantic relationships, and how the two co-exist. And, of course, there’s nothing I’d rather watch that an honest but funny portrayal of female friendships. Steely Mags has nothing on Best Friends Forever.

You can watch the show on NBC’s website, and I hope you go do so immediately. I’ve watched 4 of 6 episodes, and I’m already getting so sad there won’t be any more. My boyfriend (who loves New Girl, was iffy on The Mindy Project, and doesn’t like Happy Endings, to give you an idea of his taste) loves Best Friends Forever almost as much as I do, and he is, as you may have guessed, a dude. So please don’t think I’m recommending a show with only female appeal. Best Friends Forever is for all of us, and it’s exponentially better than any other comedies I like. Jessica St. Clair and Lennon Parham are actually comedians, not just “actresses who are hot and in a comedy,” and I laugh at just about everything they say.

I love everything I recommend on the blog, but I really love this. Funny ladies, you guys! It doesn’t get any better!

Three’s Company is the Best Show on TV

Freaks and Geeks is one of my favorite shows of all time, mostly because Lindsay Weir is the most realistic depiction I’ve ever seen of a teenage girl. I felt like Lindsay Weir every single day from the time I was 13 to the time I was 20, and I still feel like her a lot of days. This scene from F&G doesn’t feature Lindsay (or Kim, the baddest bitch you’ll ever meet), but it does feature I line that someone in my family says just about everyday: “Three’s Company is the best show on TV!” If you don’t know why we say it so much, then you don’t know how often Three’s Company comes up in conversation.

Important Friday Night Lights News

News broke yesterday that Zach Gilford, a.k.a. Matt Saracen, is engaged. This news deeply upset MTV, so much so that they wrote this breathless article lamenting his unavailability. But not to worry! They also did a little research and found out the relationship statuses of the other Friday Night Lights dudes.

Smash, Jason Street, and Tim Riggins are all single. So I guess if you run into them somewhere, go for it? This was a great, chartiable service from MTV, but I think they dropped the ball. I mean, what about the characters we really care about? Are they single??

Landry/Jesse Plemons:

I think he has a girlfriend, but I don’t know. It was kind of hard to tell. MTV News made it look so easy, but there’s just not much information about Jesse Plemons on the web.

Buddy Garrity/Brad Leland

Married, BOO.

Coach Taylor/Kyle Chandler:

Of course he is married. Have you seen him? Give me a break.