Culture Comforts: Gilmore Girls

Every autumn there is always one show I repeatedly come back to, and that is Gilmore Girls. If you’re looking for an easy watch, I assure you this is it. From the moment the opening titles start, and the orangey hues of the autumn leaves of Stars Hollow hit the screen, immediately all my excitement for Halloween and Christmas comes out to play. There is something so seasonal about the show, so comforting and nostalgic, that it makes me just want to curl up in a ball under a blanket in bed and grab a huge mug of hot chocolate.  

The best thing about the show is how so little actually happens. Set in the tight knit community of Stars Hollow, the show follows Lorelai Gilmore and her teenage daughter Rory as they navigate friendships, family, and romance, as well as school, university, and the workplace. All of the problems the characters face are often mundane, but in the best way possible. When you don’t want to deal with your own issues, you can simply slip into the world of Gilmore Girls. I would much rather have to deal with Rory’s boy troubles than my own. Team Jess, Dean, or Logan? I love reigniting this debate every October (personally I’m with Huntzberger all the way, but you can decide for yourself). 

Arguably even better than the plot is the fashion. The show first aired in 2000, so the clothes are pretty iconic. I tend to find myself planning my next Y2K, Lorelai Gilmore-inspired outfit to wear in the Forum after watching an episode. She was rocking the leather blazer long before we all were.

— Rachel Holderness

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