Getting by with the Gilmore Girls

I have a history of jumping in big on television series years after their lengthy runs have ended and all the related merch can only be found on the 50% rack at Marshall’s.  I did it with Sex and the City, with Breaking Bad and, now during this pandemic, Gilmore Girls.

To be clear, I’m not trying to suggest that Gilmore Girls is on the same level as the first two shows in terms of storyline and tension created, but it is, I think, just the right thing for me to be watching now.

Maybe you’re familiar with the plot line? A young, single mom and her teenage daughter work together to achieve their dreams, no matter how many times their dreams might change. The dialogue is fast and funny with a ton of cultural references and the fashion and interiors appeal to me.

But, there’s more to it than that.

As you might imagine, there’s something about the mother/daughter bond that I find incredible and this series has two such relationships, plus a bonus father/daughter situation. The connection between the primary mother and daughter (Lorelai and Rory) is so warm, open and supportive that I sometimes watch them as if they are speaking an entirely different language than the one I was raised speaking. It’s fascinating to see that level of closeness.

The relationship between the Gilmore girls holds an appeal, but what I most appreciate about this series are the romantic pairings experienced by Lorelai and Rory during the show’s run. Maybe it’s the isolating at home solo thing, but I’ve really enjoyed watching the Gilmores find their way through life as they date, fall in love and get their hearts broken.

Their relationships with men ring true. There are good guys, bad boys, dudes you just can’t figure out how to cut out of your life and those you wish more than anything you could truly allow in. Their mistakes, missteps and miserableness are all so relatable and familiar that I wish there was a way for me to just reach into the television and share a hug with these women. I feel it.

Witnessing their dating woes and joys has helped me to more graciously accept my own. I was surprised by how many of the situations depicted I could sincerely relate to – the choices about how much to reveal without invoking unnecessary suspicion or insecurity, the reality of dual perspectives, the yearning for things to be both settled and exciting.

I believe it’s the relatability, (old money aside), that makes Gilmore Girls a sweet treat, especially during this weird pause on life. It’s escapism at its most basic and fundamental. Watching Lorelai and Rory stumble and recover through their lives is an excellent antidote to feeling stuck in the house and essentially on hold.

I still have some episodes to get through before I’m finished with the series, but I have some ideas about where things might end up with these Gilmore Girls…

Which is funny, because I have no idea where my own personal life is going. But, as Lorelai Gilmore once said, “Reality has no place in our world,” and, at least right now, I’m going to have to agree with her.

I’m off to Stars Hollow, but before I go, tell me – what have you binged upon during this crisis?

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