Yes, dear readers, it really has been a decade. It made immediate headlines at the beginning of the 2000-01 season as a critical smash, and did decent numbers during its first few weeks on the WB network. It eschewed any easy categories given it was not a traditional soap, nor a comedy, nor an episodic drama, though it maintained aspects of these genres throughout its seven year run.
So why the fuss? In these past ten years I have learned that people get it, or they don't. People love the fast paced banter, the rich characterization, the consistently witty dialogue, the abstract allusions to 19th century poets and bad 1980s films, the bizarre quirky rituals of the residents of Stars Hollow...or they don't.
I was drawn in from episode one, have all episodes on DVD, and am still amazed by the consistent quality of the show. I still notice psychological arcs that were played out over seven years that I did not register the first time. For instance, Lorelai started as a 32-year-old single mother of a teenage daughter who was terrified of a having a relationship of her own, working an inn, avoiding her parents, and addicted to coffee. She ended up a 39-year-old who could be an ally to her adult daughter, embrace relationships, accept her parents (somewhat), value her worth as a woman...and still drink too much coffee. Rori began as a 16-year-old girl who looked at the world with wide-eyed bewilderment, shy around boys, afraid she would not make it to make in the trenches like her role model Christine Amanpour. She ended up graduating Yale, confident in her journalistic skills, rejecting a marriage proposal, and going on the road with Barack Obama's 2007 campaign (and we saw how THAT ended up!).
So take some time to slow down today, enjoy a cup of coffee, appreciate the quirkiness in your town, avoid phone calls from parents, and watch a bad 80s movie with lots of pizza and licorice (just try not to run a stop light, steal a boat, or impulsively get married). Enjoy the memories and lessons from GILMORE GIRLS and then write those letters to get the reunion movie made!
For an added treat, enjoy this clip celebrating the GILMORE GIRLS religious connection to coffee:
What about you? Please feel free to share your favorite GILMORE GIRLS memories in the comments below!
Damon L. Jacobs is a Licensed Marriage Family Therapist seeing individuals, couples, and families in New York City at Mental Health Counseling & Marriage And Family Therapy Of New York. He is also the author of "Absolutely Should-less: The Secret to Living the Stress-Free Life You Deserve."