I Waited Until Just Now to Watch 'Gilmore Girls', and Here’s What Happened

When my coworkers confronted me this week about a Snapchat I sent — a slo-moed zoom-in of my bedroom TV screen streaming the Gilmore Girls pilot from 2000 with the caption "I can’t believe I caved" — they were appalled. "I don’t think I understand… This is your FIRST time watching it?" one asked. "I don’t even know you!" another whispered resentfully. Despite the fact that we editors are all pretty "open" about our opinions (especially those TV-related) here in the SideReel Content Hole, apparently I had not been particularly vocal about my prior aversion to all things Gilmore. But here I am now, outed as the hater I am (or rather, was). And although my coworkers tried their best to reserve judgment, I could tell they’d never look at me the same way again. (Well, to be clear, T.J. did actually tell me verbatim that he’d never look at me the same way again, so there’s that.)

Back to my (former) hatred of Gilmore Girls: I don’t know where this distaste came from, exactly... I think maybe I half-heartedly tuned in mid-episode during the show’s original run and immediately dismissed their rapid-fire mother-daughter repartee as too "try-hard," not to mention nauseatingly cutesy for my taste. Or maybe it was because my college roommate used to make a habit of falling asleep while watching the full-season DVDs on her laptop and the theme song’s never-ending loop will forever haunt my nightmares. For whatever reason, over the past decade I’ve basically had zero interest in reconsidering my snap judgments and revisiting the world of Stars Hollow and its annoyingly witty residents... until now. Why now? I guess I’m just a sucker for a highly hyped TV revival and an easy binge-watching opportunity. Plus, I can’t help but see how excited everyone is over the upcoming four-part Netflix series, and I’m not immune to #FOMO. Also, I kind of OD'ed on Black Mirror last weekend and was in desperate need of some eye bleach, figuratively speaking.

So here I am, six episodes deep (Rory just had two birthday parties, received a comically out-dated iBook, and awkwardly held hands with Dean in the bushes) and I don’t find this show annoying at all. In fact, I like it. In fact, I want to go home RIGHT NOW and find out if Sookie and the quirky produce guy are ever going to make out in a bushel of perfectly ripened blueberries. In short, I WAS WRONG, OK?! I’ve deprived myself for years by writing off a show that (so far) seems pretty darn adorable and relatable despite the 16 years (ouch) that have passed since its debut season. Sure, now that I’m 30 and therefore much closer in age to Lorelai than to Rory, I’m sure I will have a much different first-time viewing experience than my then-teenaged peers did back when The WB was a thing. And I don’t necessarily think that’s bad, especially when the show seems to be holding up fairly well despite the passage of time, not counting Lorelai’s puzzling wardrobe choices. As T.J. keeps enviously pointing out to me, you can never relive your first viewing, so I’m choosing to savor it... by tweeting. And if you’d like to live vicariously through me, a reformed garbage person who has finally seen the light of Stars Hollow, you can read my better-late-than-never reactions as a first-time viewer by following me at @sidereelAlex:

...Now that I mention it, that’s probably the only way you’ll be able to contact me — I clearly have my work cut out for me if I’m going to catch up by Black Friday. See you at Luke’s!

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Oct 27, 2016 2:48PM EDT

The theme song is truly terrible.

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Oct 27, 2016 8:08PM EDT

Lol this was a delight to read! I love that you're live tweeting your reactions too. It's completely hilarious and makes me wonder if I missed out never watching Gilmore Girls.

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Oct 29, 2016 12:17PM EDT

My girlfriend watches GG religiously but, as you put it so aptly, I could never get over the nauseating cutesyness...after watching an episode I always felt like I had only eaten candy for a whole week. I can appreciate that it's perfect for people who dig that though.

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Nov 1, 2016 8:10AM EDT

I'm a fan. This is one of the few shows I've watched where you have t o pay very close attention to what is being said or you'll miss the hilarious, sometimes way out, sometimes thoughtful, and sometimes 'what was that' moments followed by your laughter. You can look at this show and say it's about girls, ew. You can give the show a chance and find out that if you're not well read, if you haven't paid attention to comedy timing and content...you're going to learn a lot and hear some of the most complicated, most intelligent quips and side bars in any show ever. The shows attraction for me is not the Andy Griffith's Mayberry kind of atmosphere that makes it a pretty wholesome watch compared to the utter crap on TV nowadays but the attraction is the brilliant script and humor found in every episode. Haters...back off.

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Meghan McTiernan
Nov 10, 2016 1:44PM EST

The only non-spoiler problem I had with this show (I watched it new and have binged it since) is that Rory's voice turns into this horrible higher pitched baby voice in the final seasons. Thankfully, she doesn't sound like that in the Seasons promo. Alexis Bledel doesn't sound like that anyway (in interviews and other films from the time, she sounded normal), so I wonder why she chose to do it that way.

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Nov 13, 2016 12:40PM EST

I have never watched but 4 episodes so far, and worked with people who were officially obsessed. I'm saving it for a really rainy binge watching weekend! I loved your article!

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