Netflix and chill? How about Gilmore Girls and chill!
I will freely admit to anyone that asks, Gilmore Girls is my favorite sitcom of all time. I guess some would call this a guilty pleasure. I am ok with that, I would also say that if you haven’t caught an episode of the show, give it a try… but go back to Season 1 (also available on Netflix). That is not to say that the new mini-series is not as good, just without going back to the beginning, the end doesn’t make as much sense.
The Gilmore Girls writers are brilliant and rivaled only by the delivery of those lines from Alexis Bledel and Lauren Graham. Sprinkle in some Edward Herrmann (RIP) and Kelly Bishop and you can’t go wrong. The witty banter between Lorelai and her daughter Rory is what dragged me into the show 17 years ago. At the time I said to my wife, “There is no way they can keep that up!” Boy did they prove me wrong. The show ran for 7 great seasons, every episode full of that legendary banter that dragged me in. It didn’t stop with the two female leads though. They extended the curious means of communication to pretty well the entirety of the cast. Including one Melissa McCarthy, I am not sure what she did before Gilmore Girls, but she sure nailed Sookie St. James.
Fast foward ten years and BAM, Netflix throws a mini-series together, managing to get all of the living cast back together. Rori and Lorelai fire it up without missing a beat. Enter “A Year in the Life”, which had roughly 6 million viewers, one of the top 3 premieres on Netflix in 2016.
The mini series was good, great in fact. All of the old story lines being revived with little hints here and there. The torrid love affair between Rory and her various boy toys blossomed anew. Old friends made appearances and new plot twists formed. In the spirit of not giving away the punchline, I will say that the ending of A Year in the Life left the story line wide open for another round of Girls. However at the same time, they could also leave it there and as a fan I would be satisfied with the closure, the story having come full circle!
I for one would be on board for more of the Girls, however I have to say again (hopefully to be proven wrong), how long can they keep it for?