Your guide to 'Gilmore': What to know before the debut of Thursday's new Netflix episodes
For this Gilmore Girls superfan, the release on Thursday of four new mini-movies called Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life is surreal. I watched the show when it originally aired from 2000-20007, but have spent the past decade rewatching and rewatching. I had the DVDs before the old episodes came to Netflix in 2014, when it seemed like the rest of the world outside of Gilmore's strong but small cult fanbase started paying attention to the savvy family dramedy.
For me, a storyteller who adores pop culture, the show means comfort. I have it on in the background when I'm cleaning, or cooking. It's what I watch when I don't feel like watching anything, but need a life distraction. I can't tell you many times I have tried and failed to start watching Mr. Robot because all I really wanted to do was watch the Gilmore episode where Rory goes to college.
I'm watching the revival at midnight Thursday with my brother, who got me the DVDs and who may be the only man who supports my position firmly on Team Jess. To prepare, I'm rewatching my favorite season, 3, this week. If you're bingeing A Year in the Life this Thanksgiving weekend, consider the following your Guide to Gilmore, a comprehensive primer of best episodes, top quotes and tips for how to watch amid the frenzy of turkey and family.
Consider this impassioned plea about why the show is worth your time, then feel free to argue with my opinions on the show's top 10 episodes or let us know what you think about Gilmore fan Caitlin O'Conner's top quotes.
If you've done your due diligence and rewatched the show, get into Gilmore Guys, the podcast in which two guys talk about the Girls. It's gotten even better and more high-profile since our 2015 write-up; the hosts even made it into the new episodes as background extras.
And check out our tips for when exactly is the best time to watch A Year in the Life, especially if you are conflicted about neglecting family members this weekend so you can get your fix of Rory and Lorelai. Sounds like a very Gilmore problem to have.