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[[caption-width-right:320:Life is short. Talk fast.]]

Anchor series of TheWB, airing from 2000 to 2007. Roughly equal parts TeenDrama and romantic comedy.

The titular Gilmore girls are, more or less, two sides of the same coin. Mother Lorelai ([[Series/{{Parenthood}} Lauren Graham]]) was born to privilege, but saw her education cut short by a TeenPregnancy. Despite pressure from her parents Emily (Kelly Bishop) and Richard (Edward Herrmann), and a proposal from the erstwhile father Christopher (David Sutcliffe), the 16-year-old Lorelai chose to strike out on her own, moving to Stars Hollow, CT as a single mother. Daughter Rory (Creator/AlexisBledel), despite having been born in comparative poverty, is a gifted student. Both women are intelligent, witty, cynical, cute, and comically dysfunctional when it comes to men.

The show starts when 16-year-old Rory is admitted into the prestigious Chilton Academy for high school. Lorelai, who now runs the Independence Inn with the help of her best friend, chef Sookie St. James (Creator/MelissaMcCarthy), can't afford it... so she does the worst thing a fiercely independent woman could do, and asks her parents. Emily and Richard agree to finance their granddaughter's education, but only at the cost of Friday-night family dinners. The result is a mother-daughter drama, contrasting the DifferentAsNightAndDay relationship between Lorelai and Emily with the {{Heterosexual Life Partners}}hip of Lorelai and Rory.

The main characters are complemented by a strong ensemble in the townsfolk of Stars Hollow, including an assortment of quirky {{Nosy Neighbor}}s: town selectman Taylor, who rules with an iron fist; Kirk, [[TheFool the village idiot]] who has dabbled in hundreds of professions; and, of course, the {{Love Interest}}s. Both Gilmore girls play the "AllGirlsWantBadBoys" trope quite straight; Rory's father, Christopher Hayden, is of the IdleRich, and Lorelai's other major romance, Luke Danes (Scott Patterson), owns the town diner and struggles with anger and communication issues. Rory, meanwhile, shuffles between Dean Forester (Creator/JaredPadalecki), Jess Mariano (Creator/MiloVentimiglia) and Logan Huntzberger (Matt Czuchry), each with their issues and instabilities.

What really sets ''Gilmore Girls'' apart from other shows of its type is the heavy use of clever, fast-paced wordplay. Really fast. Think Creator/AaronSorkin [[ThisIsYourPremiseOnDrugs on crystal meth]] and {{Seinfeldian Conversation}}s. The show also seems to take a particular interest in music. In addition to a number of music-obsessed characters, numerous musicians--including Sebastian Bach and Carole King--have held recurring guest roles. Others, like Paul Anka and Sparks, have had cameos or guest spots. (King also provided the theme tune, "Where You Lead," re-recording it with--of course--her own daughter Louise Goffin.)

The show, like many popular properties, suffered its share of ExecutiveMeddling. After the sixth season, contract disputes resulted in the departure of the creators and showrunners, CreatorCouple Amy Sherman-Palladino and Daniel Palladino. (They had begged for a larger writing staff--something the studio was obliged to hire after they were let go.) After the seventh, the show was canceled, without a real ending. On October 19, 2015, {{Netflix}} announced that it has closed a deal with Warner Brothers to release a limited series revival, entitled titled ''Gilmore Girls: A Year In The Life''. This six-hour, four-episode mini-series was released on November 25, 2016. Basically every actor who was or had ever been important to the show expressed an interest in returning, though many (particularly Milo Ventimiglia, Jared Padalecki, Liza Weil, Melissa [=McCarthy=] and [[Series/SwitchedAtBirth Vanessa Marano]]) had very limited screentime due to the compressed narrative and their own commitments to other projects. All episodes were written and directed by the Palladinos, and included the specific four words with which Amy had intended to close the original show with.

Now has a [[Characters/GilmoreGirls character sheet]]. Character-specific tropes should go there.

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!!''Gilmore Girls'' provides examples of:
[[folder: The original series]]
* AbortedArc:
** One of the most notable was the lawsuit Jason brought up against the Gilmores. It was a major development in the plot, but once it served its purpose of getting Richard his job back and breaking Lorelai and Jason up, it was never mentioned again.
** Or Jackson being voted Town Selectman, ousting Taylor. He campaigned hard and managed to win the election, then immediately regretted it. It gets mentioned maybe twice more, then Taylor's back to the job with absolutely no warning.
** Or Rory getting a job at the Stamford Eagle Gazette right before going back to Yale. This is never mentioned again.
* ActuallyPrettyFunny: Jess deduces that Rory actually does find his prank outside Doose's Market funny after she finishes yelling at him.
-->'''Jess''': So, did you at least think it was funny?\\
'''Rory''': ''[fails to keep a straight face]'' That is so not the point!\\
'''Jess''': Yeah, you thought it was funny.
* AllGirlsWantBadBoys:
** Rory and Jess. Jess smoked, stole things, and generally caused mischief in Stars Hollow, and encouraged Rory to take more risks. The trope is played with though, as Jess's intelligence, love of reading and wit was the main thing that attracted her, while his bad boy lack of dependability and poor communication led to them breaking up. They also had a hard time to get over themselves especially Jess, he loses his bad boy aspects later on and WordOfGod revealed that if the series had continued for one more season, Rory would have ended up back together with him, seeing as he was ultimately the one who complemented her the best.
** Later, Rory and Logan. Logan was a wealthy party animal and womanizer who took Rory out drinking, pulling crazy stunts and got her into trouble when they stole a boat, (which was her idea but he supported it). However, Logan did mature and their relationship managed to last 2 and half seasons, and [[spoiler:ended only in the penultimate episode of the series, when Rory turns down Logan's marriage proposal.]]
* AlphaBitch: Francine "Francie" Jarvis, leader of the Puffs, Chilton's "secret" sorority; recruits Rory (and in turn, Paris) for the club. In season 3, she's the senior class president, often clashing with both Paris and Rory.
* AmbiguouslyGay: Viewers perceive Michel as such, though he is not intended to be gay. Though he has an obsession with Celine Dion, maintains an overly-close 'gal pal' relationship with his mother and worries about his carb intake, Amy Sherman often says in the scripts he does this for the ladies. He is intended to be a dandy. When venting his frustrations toward Tobin, the night desk clerk, he insults him for his homosexuality. It's subtle, but it's there, and that's what makes it even funnier. We occasionally see members of his family, they're all like that. The simplest explanation for newcomers is that he's not gay, he's just French.
** [[GodNeverSaidThat Well, the script mentioned his interest]] in "the ladies" exactly ''once'', and he was at a [[DragQueen drag club]] for Lorelai's bachelorette party at the time. In season one he speaks amorously to someone on the phone and explains that he has a date, but the gender is never clarified. Chances are we'll [[ShrugOfGod never know.]]
** [[spoiler: Confirmed as of ''A Year in the Life'']]
* AmicableExes:
** Lorelai and Christopher, most of the time. While it's clear that Christopher still has feelings for Lorelai and they do try to make an adult attempt at their relationship, the disastrous marriage that followed became a indication for both of them that it was never going to work out. At the end of the series, they managed to be civil at Rory's graduation.
** Rory and Dean in season 3. Subverted in that while he puts this facade up in front of her, he never got over it and attempts to try to win her back by threatening Jess, the boyfriend who replaced him. [[spoiler: They're on genuinely good terms during the revival.]]
** Rory and Jess in season 6 and the revival. He's still on good terms with her and they share a drink in Stars Hollow while she assesses the state of her career. [[spoiler:They haven't had contact since 2012. He gives her the idea to write a memoir about Lorelai and herself, but it's strongly implied from the last shot of him leaving the Gilmore house, that he's still not over her.]]
** Also [[spoiler:Lorelai and Jason Stiles]] during the revival.
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: At a town meeting where the citizens of Stars Hollow list the crimes that Jess might have done, Lorelai pipes in at the end.
--> '''Lorelai''': I heard he controls the weather and wrote the screenplay to ''Glitter''!
** After being told by Rory that she's going to a movie with Dean and Lane: "Nothing sexual, violent, or French!"
* TheArtifact: Luke's diner still has a large sign that says "Williams Hardware" on it (with a small one that says "Luke's"), in addition to the shelves and other remnants from his father's hardware store.
* ArtisticLicenseGeography: In "Like Mother, Like Daughter", Lorelai says that the quickest way to get from Stars Hollow to Hartford involves taking I-5. The RealLife Interstate 5 runs from all the way from the Canadian border in Washington State to the Mexican border in California, meaning that it's on the opposite side of the country from Stars Hollow.
* AsLongAsItSoundsForeign: When Paris is talking to her Portuguese nanny on the phone, what she says is mostly correct, although she says "[[GratuitousSpanish mucho]] mac and cheese" at one point, probably due to RuleOfFunny.
* ArtisticLicenseLaw: Luke's lawyer, due to RuleOfDrama, tells Luke there's no way he'll get partial custody of April because the court would slant heavily in favor of the existing situation being in the best interest of the child, and it didn't matter that the situation existed only because Anna hadn't bothered to tell him he had a daughter. The courts in Connecticut do give preference to existing custody arrangements that have been decided by ''previous agreement or court decision.'' There was no previous agreement and no previous court decision. So in fact, Anna's actions did matter.
* TheBGrade: Paris gets an A-minus on a science test and forces Rory to have an emergency study session with her.
--> '''Paris''': All I had to do was [[MisplacedADecimalPoint move a decimal point]], and none of this would have happened.
** Inverted when Rory received an A in Asher Fleming's course and believed she only got it due to favouritism.
* BackToSchool: Lorelai is working toward her AA in Business degree in the first two seasons. She graduates in season 2, and the degree is referred to as an AA in season 3.
* BareYourMidriff: Meticulously averted. The show's costume designer, Valerie Campbell, [[http://hellogiggles.com/one-rule-gilmore-girls/ stated]] that Amy Sherman-Palladino strictly enforced a "no bare midriffs" rule for the female characters, to the point where it was responsible for Lorelai and Rory's shared character tic of constantly pulling at the bottom of their shirts (Alexis Bledel and Lauren Graham did that to avoid exposing skin). This was done partly for authenticity's sake (the show averted ItsAlwaysSpring, and Connecticut winters are very cold), and partly as a backlash against fashion trends in the early '00s, a time when crop tops and low-waisted pants for women were in fashion.
* BehindTheBlack: Paris is hiding to the left while having Madeleine ask Rory for her PSAT scores.
* BelligerentSexualTension: Paris and Doyle, although Rory and Jess and Rory and Logan were milder forms.
** Luke and Lorelai in early seasons. Emily, Rachel and Sookie confronted either one of them (or both) rather often about it, but they kept denying it and a lot of their interaction consisted of teasing or berating each other.
* BestWoman: Rory acts as best "man" when her grandparents renew their vows. She even wore a nice pantsuit.
* BetaCouple: Sookie and Jackson, possibly the Gilmore grandparents. Interestingly, both Lorelai and Rory would mirror each other's couplehood and act as the mutual BetaCouple to each other.
** Lane and Zach also fill this role.
** Paris and Doyle filled that role in later seasons, helped by Doyle being played by Danny Strong.
* BetterThanSex: In a Season One episode, Miss Patty tells Rory that the plums in Doose's Market are better than sex.
* BettyAndVeronica: Wow, do the writers love this trope. With Rory alone, we have:
** Dean (B) vs. Tristan (V), Dean vs Jess. Dean vs Logan. Marty vs Logan. Jess vs Logan. And in ''every one'' except Dean vs Tristan, Rory went with the Veronica. Sheesh, are the writers trying to tell us something? Logan eventually gets compared to each of Rory's romantic interests, except for Tristan. And Logan can be seen as a more developed version of Tristan.
** Luke plays Betty to most of Lorelai's love interests: Max in Season 1, Jason in Season 4 and Christopher throughout the series. He survives better than Rory's Bettys though.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: On the very rare occasions Rory loses her temper you don't want to be in the blast zone.
* BigEater:
** An InformedAttribute for both of the Gilmores. We see plenty of food on-screen, but [[TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodSandwich they never eat much of it, and often have to leave Luke's less than a minute after sitting down.]]
** When they are ordering Chinese food, Richard is horrified by how much food they are ordering, saying it's way too much for 3 people. Lorelai explains that they usually get way too much on purpose, and it lasts them for the week; sure enough, they can often be seen checking the freshness of leftovers in the fridge, and occasionally [[ItCameFromTheFridge arguing whether they're still edible]].
* BigFancyHouse: Emily and Richard's home. Sookie is impressed when she and Lorelai do a job there for Emily.
--> '''Sookie''': This is Citizen Kane's house! Is there a moat?
** Same thing happens when Rory takes Lane to a Chilton party at Madeline's house, then Lane asks Rory whether her grandparents' house is just as big.
** The Huntzberger Mansion, home of Rory's rich boyfriend, Logan.
* BilingualDialogue: Kyon and Lane have an argument in Korean and English respectively when they first encounter each other.
* BlackSheep:
** Lorelai, at least in Hartford society.
** Logan, to the Huntzbergers.
* BookEnds:
** The TV show's pilot episode, credits, and finale all end with the same shot: Rory and Luke at Luke's Diner, the camera slowly zooming out. Likewise, the mini-series revival begins and ends with Rory and Lorelai chatting in the town gazebo.
** Paris appears in the second and penultimate episode.
** A specific example of season three: the first episode of the season starts with Lorelai having a dream of romantic undertones about Luke; the last episode of the same season has Luke having a similar dream about Lorelai.
* BookWorm: Rory and Jess. Rory's interest in Jess is piqued when they discover they share a mutual love of literature.
* BreakoutCharacter: Paris.
* BrickJoke: In the original series Paris is unable to remember Luke even though she meets him several times. In the revival she meets him, to be pleasantly surprised that ''he'' remembers ''her''... to which he responds that she is hard to forget.
* BrilliantButLazy:
** Jess. Reasonably Intelligent But Arrogant.
** Logan.
* BroodingBoyGentleGirl: {{Reconstructed}} with Jess and Rory. They set up this dynamic with sweethearted golden girl Rory encouraging brooding, town pariah Jess to open up about his issues and do more with his life. However in a cynical take on this trope he shuts her out and doesn't communicate causing them to break up. But he later returns having got his life together and matured, and acknowledged that he couldn't have done it without her support, so her influence did have an impact it just took a while.
* ButICantBePregnant: Sookie's third pregnancy. She was led to believe that Jackson had a vasectomy after her second child.
* ButtMonkey:
** Taylor is basically the town butt monkey of Stars Hollow and is even the butt monkey amongst his family. Shockingly enough, Lorelai seems to be the only person to have any sympathy for him.
** Kirk seems to be on the same path, but is actually somewhat likable. Rory tells Lorelai she should just let him win the dance contest because he has nothing going for him - he has no real career, no friends or girlfriend, no pets, and still lives with his mother . When he went on his first date with Lulu, he was shocked that the date went well and she stayed; most of his dates had him run out of conversation topics and the girl sneaking out of the bathroom window.
** Michel to Lorelai, Sookie and Rory.
* CaliforniaUniversity: Despite being a real university, [[UsefulNotes/IvyLeague Yale]] fits this trope as it keeps Rory and high school rival Paris close to each other and also close to Stars Hollow despite earlier indications that both girls were Harvard-bound. The switch from Harvard to the more-nearby Yale was justified by it being Richard Gilmore's alma mater.
* CassandraTruth: Lorelai tried to tell Richard and Emily that Logan's family was no good, but they just dismissed it, thinking she was being overdramatic and didn't like rich people. It takes them a while to realize she's right.
* CharacterFilibuster combined with ThatMakesMeFeelAngry, mostly in the last season.
** Toward the end of the series run, the fast, snappy dialogue that ''Gilmore Girls'' was famous for slouched into a ''Series/SeventhHeaven''-esque series of conversations in which all the main characters were having extended conversations with all the other main characters about exactly how they felt regarding everything, inverting the ShowDontTell principle.
* CharacterizationMarchesOn: Dean was originally written to have more indie tastes (he was a Nick Drake fan, for example), but then when Jess comes along, Dean gets recast as having more conventional tastes so that rival love interest Jess could provide contrast by being more cosmopolitan and intellectual, liking obscure books and music.
* ChekhovsGag:
** There was a RunningGag about Emily being unable to keep a maid, which became a plot point when she was sued for wrongful termination by one of her former maids.
** When she was a teen, Lorelai went into labor and went to the hospital by herself, leaving a note for her parents instead of telling them where she was. Emily complained about [[RefugeInAudacity how ridiculous is was that she just left a note]], and later in the episode, her parents find that Lorelai left another note when she ran away from home.
* ChekhovsGun:
** Jason kept asking Lorelai to go out with him, and, though she kept declining, set up a reservation at a restaurant, just in case she changed her mind. He also previously mentioned the fact that it would upset her mother if she went out with him, since Emily hated him. After having an argument with her mother, Lorelai decided to go on the date.
* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome:
** Lorelai's boyfriend Alex, which may have been due to Max showing up.
** Jason Stiles, Lorelai's season four boyfriend. He showed up in Stars Hollow and tried to get back together with Lorelai, but Sookie prank-called him, saying he had a problem at home, so he went back home. Lorelai and Luke became official that night, so Jason must have realized he didn't have a chance and moved on.
** Eventually happened to Dean, as well, who never really got a proper sendoff and just disappeared to make room for Logan and Rory's relationship. After breaking up with Rory, he showed up in a couple of scenes with Luke late in season 5, telling him that his relationship with Lorelai is doomed like his and Rory's.
* ClassTrip:
** Rory and Paris spend the summer before their senior year in Washington D.C. as part of student government.
** Luke chaperoned one of these from Connecticut to Philadelphia, allowing him to meet up with his nephew Jess, too.
* ClusterFBomb: Not actually f-bombs, but [[spoiler:Emily lets out quite a few "bullshit"s during one scene in the revival, in front of her DAR friends nonetheless. It's just as satisfying as it sounds.]]
* CockFight: Dean and Jess have it out in a party in season 3. Some episodes earlier have Jess trying to pick a fight with Dean, Dean trying to pick a fight with Jess, and Rory mistakenly believe that Jess' black eye was caused by Dean.
* ConspicuousConsumption: Emily's RetailTherapy as shown in "Scene in A Mall", where she just buys everything in a department store, while also buying many expensive things for Lorelai and Rory, including ''a globe that's actually just a store display'', due to going through problems related to Richard.
** Taken UpToEleven in one episode, where Emily is about to buy a ''private plane'', before Lorelai stops her.
-->'''Emily:''' Just let me buy my plane, Lorelai. Let me be frivolous and shallow, will you, please?
* CrazyCatLady:
** Lorelai is once worried she might became a crazy cat lady if she stays alone. She thinks that stray cats sense it when a woman lives on her own and that eventually they would find her house. One cat comes to her door and Lorelai brings her some food, but eventually she shoos her away.
** A not-single example is Babette, who is as obsessed with cats as she is with garden gnomes.
** Also - Kirk, for a brief moment on season 3. Rory comments that "Kirk has always been a cat person, he just never had a cat". Kirk, main CloudCuckoolander in a very nutty town, fits the trope down to a tee, except for being male.
-->'''Paris:'''What if he doesn't like me?\\
'''Rory:''' Then you'll find someone else.\\
'''Paris:''' What if there is no-one else?\\
'''Rory:''' Then you'll get a cat.
* CrazyJealousGuy:
** Dean towards Jess and Logan, and to Tristan before he was PutOnABus.
** Luke towards Christopher and vice versa. Luke says less about it, but is more likely to engage in fisticuffs.
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Most of the inhabitants of Stars Hollow.
** Lorelai is a mild case compared to her neighbors, though many find her to be eccentric.
** Babette is a major example.
** Kirk, who does the impossible and is deemed local weirdo in a town of full of weird like Stars Hollow.
* CrosscastRole: An InUniverse example. Paris plays Romeo to Rory's Juliet for a class project after Tristan -- who was supposed to be playing Romeo -- gets expelled at the last minute. Dean is... [[GirlOnGirlIsHot intrigued]].
-->'''Dean''': So, did you and Paris actually kiss, or was it, like, a stage thing?\\
'''Rory''': A lady never kisses and tells.
* CollapsedMidSpeech: Rory's grandfather has a heart attack and goes down in the middle of a lecture, but he makes it. This also happens off-screen to Asher Fleming during a Shakespeare class at Oxford ("He was doing [[Theatre/AMidsummerNightsDream Puck]], and then suddenly he wasn't"). This one sticks.
* ConvictedByPublicOpinion:
** In season 1, Lorelai angrily confronted Dean for breaking up with Rory, and Dean got angry as well, saying that it wasn't fair that everyone in town was mean to him without hearing his side of the story. Rory told her mother about the break-up, but didn't explain why it happened.
** Jess, who is summarily convicted for getting in a car accident and Rory's wrist being broken, despite the fact that anyone could have had an animal run out in front of them and swerved.
* CoordinatedClothes: In "Application Anxiety", Lorelai suggests to Rory that the siblings they just met are acting like they're together too much to just be brother and sister. Once they come back having changed their clothes, Lorelai notes to Rory that they're color-coordinated as further proof.
* CousinOliver: April, an especially grating version. She was perhaps an attempt at having a geekier version of Rory but she still ended up being a blatant HollywoodNerd.
* CuteBookworm: Jesse's adoptive sister, who hides in closets while reading.
* DeadpanSnarker: The list is a mile long but primarily Lorelai, Rory, Luke, Paris and Jess. It is after all a WorldOfSnark.
* DeadSparks: Some fans have opposed the Luke-Lorelai ship due to their lack of chemistry. (They have a point: Lauren Graham [[http://www.tvguide.com/news/lauren-graham-gilmore-38348/ isn't super fond of Luke Patterson]].)
* DeepFriedWhatever: Poor Sookie in the Thanksgiving episode. Jackson and his family get drunk and start deep-frying everything (one even suggests deep-frying a baby), and Sookie copes by getting absolutely trashed on margaritas. Luke notes at the end of the episode that he thinks saw flames erupting - they burned the lawn.
* DinnerAndAShow: Lampshaded by Lorelai when she and Rory arrive for Friday Night Dinner and they watch an argument between Richard and Emily.
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: Luke and Lorelai... [[Series/GeneralHospital seriously]]?
** Also, in an episode of season 1, Jackson catches Sookie looking at strawberries at the market, and gets mad that she is trying to buy produce from someone else. He confronts her about it, and she says she was desperate for it, since she wasn't getting any from him. He didn't have any strawberries good enough to give to her, so he tried to give her something else.
* DramaticallyMissingThePoint: Emily convinced Luke to get back together with Lorelai and just expected Lorelai to just forgive her and continue going to Friday night dinners again. She didn't understand that Lorelai was still angry about her breaking them up in the first place.
* DroppedABridgeOnHim: Asher Fleming has a very convenient heart attack between seasons 4 and 5.
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: In a couple of the early episodes there is a town mayor, played by David Huddleston. Taylor is one of the town selectmen but not as important as he later became.
** In the second episode, Sean Gunn plays a DSL installer named Mick, who Lorelai has never met before. In another early episode he brings swans to the inn and again, Lorelai has no idea who he is. It's not until the episode Cinnamon's Wake that his character is named Kirk but even then he does not know who Miss Patty is, while later on in the show it is well established that he has lived in Star's Hollow his whole life and used to take dance classes with Miss Patty.
** References are made several times to Lane's father--or parents, plural--through the first season, in the context of him clearly being alive and present in Lane's life. He is never seen for some reason, and eventually ceases to be mentioned.
** In the third episode, Richard's mother, the first Lorelai, is apparently dead, since she is described in the past tense.
* EasterEgg: Paris rants about a fellow Chilton student taking too much time to film her video yearbook segment towards the end of season three. Not too interesting a scene...until you look at the episode credits and realize that the girl is played by [[AnnoyingYoungerSibling Liza Weil's sister]].
* EatingLunchAlone:
** Rory was shown to prefer eating alone with her headphones and a good book. The headmaster of Chilton thought she wasn't being social enough and pushed her to reach out to her peers. HilarityEnsues.
** Kirk states that he used to eat lunch alone in school as well, causing Lorelai and Rory to immediately panic.
* EccentricTownsfolk: And how!
* EffeminateMisogynisticGuy: A possible interpretation of Michel.
* ElaborateUniversityHigh: Chilton for the first few seasons. It should be noted, the school is based on RealLife high school Choate, and in many respects the portrayal is fairly accurate.
* EmbarrassingNickname:
** Jason "Digger" Stiles.
** Lorelai's camp nickname is "Umlauts." Apparently there was a problem with an unsteady canoe and an absent bra.
** Lorelai apparently once called Rory 'Droopy Drawers' as a baby.
--> '''Lorelai:''' That's right. Once you had these little Oshkosh cords and they were way too big. Once at the mall they fell right down to your knees and I said, "Whoa there, droopy drawers".
** Rory was called "Mary" when she first came to Chilton, mostly by Tristan. It refers to the Virgin Mary and that she is seen as a goody-goody.
** Luke had the nickname Butch in high school. Hes's not very happy when Lorelai finds out.
* EveryoneCanSeeIt:
** Luke and Lorelai, for the first four seasons.
*** Emily noticed Luke and Lorelai had a thing for each other within seconds of meeting him. She noticed the way they look at each other. When she repeatedly asked Lorelai if she had feelings for Luke, she eventually stopped saying no and admitted that she wasn't sure how she felt.
*** Max asked her if she dated Luke while they were broken up and thought she was lying when she denied it.
*** Jess even asks Lorelai point blank if she's sleeping with Luke. Granted, he was annoyed about other things and Lorelai's clumsy attempt to be friendly wasn't helping, but Jess has only been in town for a ''single day'' and even he assumed they were a couple, however crudely he said it. He also calls out Luke for not admitting his feelings for Lorelai and just doing whatever she asks instead.
*** Almost an ExaggeratedTrope - while picking the vibe by Lorelai's mother and some other outsiders, as well as the common knowledge on the matter by the pair's friends are plausible, the scene where Lorelai heading to tell Luke she's gotten engaged ''gets stalked by a large crowd of townspeople (most of them being not their close friends, but never to be seen again extras) curious what's going to happen like it's the hottest soap opera on TV'', is not. Also, after Lorelai accidentally walks down to the diner full of people, when dressed in Luke's shirt, after the sex for the first time, no one bats an eye, as if just the obvious has happened. Shortly after that it's revealed that it was perceived this way to the point that there was a town's meeting about "the union everyone had feared by a long time" (by Taylor's words) organized.
** Jess and Rory's feelings are also pretty obvious and frequently commented on during Season 2 and 3. Dean when dumping Rory--[[KickTheDog in front of the entire town]] (to be fair, "the entire town" was five or so half-asleep dance contestants and not many more and fully asleep observers)--because he's fed up with her blatant interest in Jess actually uses those very words.
* EveryoneWentToSchoolTogether: First Chilton and then Yale.
** Also happened with Luke and some other adults in Stars Hollow, since it's a small town.
* EvilMatriarch: Both Emily and her mother-in-law. Shira Huntzberger tries hard to be one, but comes off as more UpperClassTwit.
* ExactWords: When Jess first meets Rory, he says that he doesn't read much. When she asks him about it later, he says "What is much?" i.e. "much" can mean different things to different people.
* FakeGuestStar: "Special appearance by" Edward Herrmann. In at least 82 episodes.
* FanDisservice: Kirk is sometimes shirtless or partially nude. Not that Kirk is all that hideous from the neck up, but from the neck down... well, he's no buffed hunk. Though the actor himself has never mentioned his condition, the general consensus among fans is that Sean Gunn has pectus excavatum; which is literally a sunken chest. The fact that he was brave enough to go shirtless on a popular TV show seems like more of a TakeThat to the media's beauty standards more than anything else. Noted in-universe by Rory.
-->'''Lorelai''': So, how are you feeling?
-->'''Rory''': Haunted by the sight of Kirk's bare chest.
* FictionBusinessSavvy: Bedazzled first-aid kits.
* FightScene: Two over the course of the entire show. First was Jess vs. Dean (after Rory left Dean for Jess), when Dean thought Jess had just forced himself on an in-tears Rory upstairs at a party (he wanted to have sex, she didn't and got upset, and Jess was frustrated but ok with it and didn't pressure her). The second was between Chris and Luke (and the fans rejoiced). There's not even any dialogue in that scene, they just see each other across the square in the middle of the night and both seem to understand that it's time to beat the crap out of someone they really dislike (each was pretty pissed off about something else in their life right then). The fight ends wordlessly as well, with them just stalking off in opposite directions after trashing the town's Christmas scene, and neither ever talks to anyone else about it.
* [[FirstGirlWins First Guy Wins]]: Sort of between Dean and Jess. [[spoiler:Rory eventually hooks up with Jess, but since Dean broke it off with her as abruptly as he did, she never really got the chance to get over him. Eventually, Jess suddenly disappears after problems with school, causing Rory to lose her trust in him and miss the reliability she always had with Dean. Because of this, she rejects Jess' advances when he returns, and eventually sleeps with Dean [[YourCheatingHeart despite the latter being married at that point.]] However, after Dean has left his marriage, it doesn't take long before Rory remembers the lack of excitement Dean had eventually failed to offer her, and he ends up PutOnABus to make way for her relationship with Logan.]]
* FiveFiveFive: Luke's lawyer works at [[{{Pun}} Dewie, Cheetum and Howe]]. Their number is 555-5555. An [[LeaningOnTheFourthWall intentional trope]], as Luke hates lawyers and [[SarcasmMode was just messing with the guy]].
* {{Flanderization}}: Name someone who wasn't flanderized in the last two seasons of Gilmore Girls. Lauren Graham expressed her distaste for the way her character was being written in an early interview about the CW.
** Emily started out as controlling and ''somewhat'' snobby, but mostly old-fashioned and concerned about her daughter living "properly", not being a single mother and finding a husband. She even approved of Luke, recognized his feelings for Lorelai before her, and called them "a match made in Heaven". Cue Season 5, and she acts like a social class-obsessed stereotypical EvilMatriarch and makes ridiculous schemes to break Lorelai and Luke up to make space for Christopher. And fails to understand why her daughter could be possibly mad at her.
** Much like in ''Series/NorthernExposure'', the town folk went from being cute and quaint to ridiculously quirky for the sake of being quirky.
** Taken UpToEleven in ''A Year in the Life''
* FlatWhat: Rory to Pete from Pete's Pizzeria when he tells her that the [[BlatantLies world's biggest pizza]] she's having made for Lorelai's birthday has to be cheeseless after Kirk suffered [[AmusingInjuries a hot cheese incident]] when trying to put it on the pizza rack on his car.
* ForcedIntoTheirSundayBest: often, particularly Lorelai Sr.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: Lorelai and Sookie get into an argument in season 1, with Lorelai saying she doesn't want dating advice from someone who hasn't dated in a while. Sookie says that she has reasons for not dating, like not having time due to being at work [[CuteClumsyGirl and the hospital]], but seems to be unhappy about it. At the end of the episode, she asks Jackson out for the first time.
** In ''A Year in the Life'' revival, in the Spring episode, Paris mentions missing her last period as an aside. [[spoiler:And in the very last episode, Rory reveals that she's pregnant]].
** During the "Fall" episode, Rory asks her father Christopher if he ever objected to the fact that Lorelai raised their daughter by herself, and is mostly satisfied when he says it all worked out for the best. [[spoiler:She's going to have to do exactly this with her own child by (presumably) Logan, and Christopher, by way of GenerationXerox, is the closest she can get to actually getting Logan's permission to do so.]]
* ForgottenFallenFriend: Averted. Richard Gilmore was not able to return for the revival due to Edward Herrmann's AuthorExistenceFailure in December 2014. However, Richard is established to have outlived his actor by about eight months (he passed in August or September 2015[[note]]Using Luke and Lorelai's wedding date -- written on a sign as November 6, 2016 -- as a chronological reference point[[/note]]), and his absence casts a pall over much of the miniseries' events. His portrait also appears in basically every scene of the Gilmore residence, and he appears via PensieveFlashback archive footage.
* FreakyFridayFlip: Parodied.
-->'''Lorelai''': My life stinks. Hey, let's look into each other's eyes and say "I wish I were you" at exactly the same time - maybe we'll pull a Freaky Friday!
* FunnyBackgroundEvent: Lorelai and Rory discuss Dean and Rory's breakup...while Luke has Dean in a headlock [[http://i.imgur.com/htsObIU.png outside the diner.]]
* TheGadfly: Lorelai. It's her main coping mechanism when it comes to her parents. In season 3 she even admits this to her mother, and "teaches" her the trick so she could cope with Trix, her mother in law. As Lorelai later tells Rory, Emily has done it beautifully.
** One episode has Emily do it to Lorelai, who accused her of not being able to take a joke.
* GenerationXerox: Elements of Rory's life parallel those of Lorelai's:
** A quirky best friend with highly specific expertise (Sookie/Lane) as well as a VitriolicBestBuds relationship (Michel/Paris).
** A romantic relationship with a wealthy, carefree guy who is part of high society that is thrilling and grandly romantic but never seems to quite work out. [[spoiler: He also fathers her child.]] (Christopher/Logan).
** A grumpy, cynical guy with a temper who somehow understands her better than almost anyone. [[spoiler: He also never falls out of love with her, and is positioned to get the girl when the series ends.]] (Luke/Jess)
* GetOut: Lorelai does this to Emily the day after Rory's dance at Chilton when she doesn't come home and Emily says that she will turn out like Lorelai, pregnant at sixteen and throw her life away.
** Emily does this to Lorelai after Richard's funeral
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Occasionally.
** Rory complains that her ''mother'' invited Dean to have a date in their house with her ''mother''.
-->'''Lorelai''': Stop saying "mother" like that.
-->'''Rory''': Like what?
-->'''Lorelai''': Like there's supposed to be another word after it.
** Luke stops Lorelai from saying "Dirty!" when he mentions his toolbox.
** Logan enters Rory's dorm room [[EnterStageWindow through the window]] and as they begin to get intimate, Rory assures Logan that she wishes him to stay and he comments "Okay, because if you thought climbing in that window was hard..." just before the [[SexyDiscretionShot fade to black]]. Debate has raged among fans for years about whether he meant that leaving her mid-makeout would be ''difficult'' or, well, [[RagingStiffie something else]].
* TheGhost: Mr. Kim (Lane's dad), Al from Al's Pancake World, and Kirk's mother. [[spoiler: Mr. Kim finally appears in person in the 2016 revival miniseries.]]
* GirlPosse: Unusual, in that their leader, [[HollywoodNerd Paris]], is an AcademicAlphaBitch.
** Francine, a fellow Chilton classmate, led a more typical high school version.
* GlamorousSingleMother: If Lorelai ever suffered serious hardship having to drop plans for higher education to raise a child by herself as a teenager, the show gives little indication of it.
** At least on the show. Pre-series had Rory and Lorelai living in a potting shed at the Independence Inn until they bought their house. Lorelai only went to her wealthy parents as a last resort to pay for Chilton. By the beginning of the series, she's the manager of a successful inn, but it took her years to get there, as she originally started out as a maid and had to work her way up.
** One episode had Lorelai come in as a career day speaker at the local high school (after Rory was in college) where she gets ambushed by the girls in class who are far more interested in her infamous teen pregnancy and single motherhood. She's gets backed into a corner and outright states that she does ''not'' regret her past because it resulted in her amazing daughter. Later, when the mothers of these girls confront her on the street as if she had been extolling this trope as TruthInTelevision, Lorelai tries to be diplomatic. But when they cross the line (implying she should have told their daughters she regretted Rory) she goes full MamaBear on them.
** Averted with Liz, as Luke makes frequent comments about her poor choices in money-management, drugs, alcohol and men, and Jess's numerous issues and baggage are thanks to her neglectful and poor parenting.
** [[spoiler: Rory is poised to be one as of the last words of the revival.]]
* GoodGirlsAvoidAbortion: In the backstory (as shown in the flashbacks). Apparently, a 16-year-old Lorelai never even considered abortion although she didn't want to marry the father, having the baby meant she had to quit school, and it not unexpectedly turned living with her family into such a nightmare that she eventually ran away. It could be she simply left it too late - she was already "starting to show" by the time she realised she was pregnant. In a flashback, Christopher's father makes some oblique reference to " taking care of it", everyone in the room acts shocked and it's never brought up again. Interesting to note that Lorelai wasn't even in the room, so her opinion on the matter is never touched on.
* GoodOldWays: Luke. Runs a small diner out of his late father's hardware store, lives in the building's attic, and tends to be oblivious to/annoyed by Lorelai's constant pop culture references.
* GoshDangItToHeck: Mostly played straight in the original run, very averted in the revival, which seemingly had more swearing than the entire original series. Justified, since the show is no longer on network TV.
* GossipyHens: Miss Patty and Babette. It's mentioned that nothing gets past them. Especially Patty, there have been times where people will tell her something if they want the news to travel fast.
* GrandparentalObliviousness: Richard and Emily had no idea for the longest time that Rory had been having sex with Logan while living in their pool house.
* HappyRain: At Rory's party in the series finale, it's pouring rain - and it's also one of the happiest moments in the show.
* HereWeGoAgain: Amy Sherman-Palladino's famous last four words of the show imply that there doesn't need to be a sequel; you can just start over again at Season 1.
-->[[spoiler:"Mom?"\\
"Yeah?"\\
"I'm pregnant."]]
* HeroicBSOD: Rory has one after Mitchum's evaluation of her, leading into most of the conflict for the sixth season.
* HeterosexualLifePartners:
** An odd case being that Lorelai and Rory are mother and daughter.
** Rory and Paris.
** Rory and Lane.
** Lorelai and Sookie, an inn manager and a supreme chef.
* HighSchool: Chilton, adhering to type mostly in that classes always seem to last exactly the length of one scene.
* HigherEducationIsForWomen:
** Rory was attracted to each of her three boyfriends because of their intelligence but they would disappoint her with their lack of interest in college. Even her college boyfriend.
** Subverted with Paris, who dated a Princeton man while still in high school, a college professor (no less) and one very avid college newspaper editor.
* HolidayVolunteering: One episode has Paris attempting to volunteer at a soup kitchen over Thanksgiving so she can put it on her college application, only to be told they don't need any more.
* HollywoodNerd:
** Paris and Rory.
** Lane and Dave.
*** This is played with a bit. All three girls are attractive but are incredibly awkward in situations with the opposite sex. One great example is Rory attempting to date casually in her freshman year of college and failing miserably. HilarityEnsues.
*** Rory in the early seasons is very awkward around other people. So much so that the school decides she needs to socialize more, or they won't recommend her for Harvard.
** April. Full stop.
* HollywoodNewEngland: The show takes place in a Connecticut where Hartford is a gleaming state capital and New Haven is the home of intellectuals with everyone being happy, while in real life Hartford has an incredible amount of problems, while Yale is contained within a literal Green Zone that can pretty much do whatever the heck it wants to fix crime-ridden New Haven, seeing as its citizens have given up on their government.
** In all fairness, Lorelai once describes New Haven to Rory by saying she should "take a look at the coffee pot tomorrow before I clean it."
** Rory and Paris actually live in an apartment in a crime-ridden neighborhood for some time while at Yale. At least until Rory moves into boyfriend Logan's ridiculously extravagant suite.
** Stars Hollow is mentioned as being right near New London, and about half an hour from New Haven. New London is almost an hour away from New Haven. Woodbridge is also frequently mentioned as a town near Stars Hollow. In real life, Woodbridge is a neighboring town to New Haven, making it probably much closer to Rory's school than Rory's home.
* HopelessSuitor: Marty for Rory, who didn't have any romantic feelings for him.
** Paul in ''A Year in the Life''. Though ostensibly Rory's boyfriend, he only appears in the first five minutes of the show, and there's a RunningGag where Gilmore characters keep forgetting he exists.
* HotForStudent: Asher Fleming. He has quite a reputation for this, having a new love interest every semester, but genuinely loves Paris.
* IfYouEverDoAnythingToHurtHer: Lorelai begins giving the speech to Dean, but he interrupts to tell her he knows what she's going to say. She then tells him that Rory is beloved by the whole town, and there would be nowhere to run if he broke her heart. Sure enough, when he breaks up with Rory, everyone in town hates him and [[BigBrotherInstinct Luke refuses to let him in the diner.]]
** When Kirk complains to Luke that he's feeling smothered by Lulu and plans to break up with her, Luke invokes this trope almost literally.
* IGotYouADrawer: Luke did this for Rachel once he decided to give her another chance.
* InJoke: Lane's band, not named onscreen until "Tippecanoe And Taylor Too," is called Hep Alien - an anagram of Helen Pai, one of the show's producers and pal of creator Amy Sherman-Palladino (and the woman on whom Lane is based).
* INeedAFreakingDrink:
** Emily when she's distressed.
--->'''Emily''': Richard! I need a gimlet!
** [[RunningGag Frequently]] Lorelai in order to get through the weekly Friday Night Dinners
* InnocentBlueEyes: Rory. Averted with [[TheCasanova Tristan]].
* ItTastesLikeFeet:
** Sookie and Lorelai just had a rather useless class about opening an inn and they reach a refreshment table, hoping to make up the admission fee in cookies. Sadly, they taste like feet.
** Sookie's cooking while in first months of pregnancy tends to suffer from said taste.
* IvyLeagueForEveryone: A rare justified example as the writers emphasize exactly how hard it is to get accepted into Harvard and Yale, with Paris participating in numerous extra-curriculars and charities to add to her application and Rory actually moving schools to improve her grades. Those who just don't work as hard don't go there--like Madeline and Louise. It's also acknowledged that kids at state schools like Stars Hollow High (Lane, Dean, Jess) don't have a fraction of the chance as students at schools like the wealthy, prestigious Chilton.
* IWarnedYou: Lorelai warns Rory whenever she can see that Richard and/or Emily are trying to manipulate her. Rory always says she knows and that she can handle it, but it always turns out worse than they expect it to be.
* JerkAss:
** Mitchum Huntzberger.
** Floyd Stiles (Jason's father).
** Francie, who outshines Paris as Chilton's primary AlphaBitch.
** Christopher's parents. They appeared in one early episode and were abysmal not only to Chris and Lorelai, but also to Rory. Richard almost got into a fight with Christopher's father for insulting Lorelai.
** Paris's mother, who also appeared on one episode.
* KarmaHoudini: Francie manipulates Paris and Rory into renewing their hostile attitude towards each other and is never seen again afterwards. Paris and Rory do eventually make up however.
** Liz neglected Jess growing up, filling his childhood with various horrible boyfriends, had vaguely-alluded to drug issues and eventually shipped him off to Luke's - including refusing to take him home for the holidays. While Jess is left with a ton of self-esteem issues and hated by everyone, Liz happily moves into Stars Hollow, Luke continually bails her and TJ out of their mistakes and even Lorelai - who ''loathed'' Jess - bonds with her like they're best friends and no one ever seriously calls her out on the damage she did.
* KissingCousins: The original Lorelai ("Trix")--our main character's grandmother and Rory's great-grandmother--had the maiden name of "Gilmore." She married her cousin. This {{squick}}s out the youngest Gilmores to no end.
* LateForSchool: Rory, on several occasions, more so at Chilton than at Yale. One notable episode had her running late because a deer hit her car. No, you didn't read that wrong.
* LikeAnOldMarriedCouple: Lane calls Rory and Jess "a sweet old agoraphobic couple" after she witnesses them snark at their movie night choices. Jess takes it as a compliment.
** Hilariously enough, Luke and Lorelai have the same dynamic, which amuses everyone else in town who witnesses it.
* LoveAtFirstSight: Dean and Rory. She is very smitten when she first sees him in the pilot. So much that she balks at transferring to Chilton. And he didn't even have a motorcycle.
* LoveTriangle:
** Rory, Dean and Jess - the classic [[TriangRelations type 7]] variation. While still with Dean, Rory develops feelings for Jess, who is also interested in her. She and Dean break up, and she hooks up with Jess.
** Later on in the series, with Jess out of the picture, Rory gets back together with the [[OopsIForgotIWasMarried married]] Dean. That created another triangle, somewhere between a 4 and a 7 - Rory and Dean hooking up with Lindsay, the forgotten wife, as the "spare".
** Lorelai, Luke and Christopher. Type 4. Lorelai is very happy with Luke, until Emily pushes Christopher, who just can't get over [[FirstLove Lorelai]], to Lorelai's direction. It ends badly.
** Luke had to deal with another one of those with [[EmbarassingNickname Digger Stiles]], who also made a point out trying to win Lorelai back when she and Luke were just getting started. Luckily, Digger struck out, and we got one of the best TheyDo [[BigDamnKiss moments]] ever.
** Another type 4 triangle was with Rory, Dean and Tristan, though it's hard to say if Tristan had actual feelings for Rory or if he just enjoyed the challenge. (Pre-series, there was a type 5 triangle revolving Tristan, when he was with the indifferent Summer, while Paris was pining for him).
** Paris was on the less dramatic end of a type 5 triangle when she started an affair with [[MayDecemberRomance professor Fleming]] while still with Jamie.
* LukeIAmYourFather: April finds out that Luke is her father through a DNA test she did for a school science fair.
* MamaBear: Do '''not''' get between Lorelai and Rory.
* ManipulativeBastard:
** Mitchum Huntzberger
** Floyd Stiles.
** Emily can be a manipulative bitch at times.
** Richard manipulated things so Jason would lose his job, which led to Jason and Lorelai breaking up. (That was the result of Jason's father putting Richard in jeopardy of losing a lot of money. Richard then manipulated things and backstabbed Jason, who had been loyal to him, so Jason got screwed rather than himself.)
** A "minor league" example: Francie. JerkAssWithAHeartOfGold also has her moments.
* MayDecemberRomance: Paris and professor Asher Fleming. While Paris did not make a secret of their relationship, when Asher died she was at pains to stress he did ''not'' [[DeathBySex go out with a bang]]:
-->'''Paris:''' No, this great man was not brought down by my vagina!
* MaybeEverAfter: The end of the revival implies the possibility that [[spoiler: Jess and Rory's story isn't over]], with the feelings very clear on one side.
* MeddlingParents:
** Mostly Lorelai's parents.
** Richard Gilmore's mother, also named Lorelai.
** Mrs. Kim, the strict Korean mother to Rory's best friend.
** Logan's parents.
** Floyd Stiles (Jason's father).
** Chris's parents.
* {{Metaphorgotten}}: In an early episode, Rory tells Lane she wants to give Dean a copy of Kafka's ''Metamorphosis'' as a present, but Lane says she should reconsider since he might take the gift the wrong way, comparing it to Dean giving Rory a football. She concludes by calling the present a "Czechoslovakian football".
* MilitarySchool: Where Tristan [[PutOnABus was exiled to]]. [[Series/OneTreeHill In North Carolina.]] Har har.
** Although, ''Series/OneTreeHill'' didn't start filming for over a year after Tristan left. The actor ''was'', however, leaving for Wilmington to guest star on ''Series/DawsonsCreek''.
* MoodDissonance: When Babette talked about finding her cat Cinnamon's dead body: They poked her to check if she was alive, and she fell off the couch, slid across the room on the freshly waxed floor, and crashed into a table, causing the vase on it to fall and break. When Lane hears hears about it from Rory, she asks "Did you laugh?" (Rory shook her head) and "Did you want to?" (Rory nodded).
* MoodWhiplash: Notably, the season 4 finale, which combines [[spoiler:Luke and Lorelai [[TheyDo finally getting together]] while also having Rory [[WhatTheHellHero sleep with a married Dean.]]]]
* MotorMouth: The scripts for each episode were usually twice the length of a standard script.
** Despite this, in "It Should've Been Lorelai", Paris is preparing for a school debate and thinks Rory doesn't talk fast enough.
* MsFanservice: Both Madeline and Louise seemed to fit the role, especially during college when they discovered that they can get boys to do what they want by kissing each other.
* MustHaveCaffeine: Lorelai and Rory live off of it. So much that Alexis Bledel, who played Rory, became sick of coffee. When Rory is drinking coffee onscreen, she is actually drinking cola or tea. When Richard retires, he notices that Emily drinks a lot of coffee as well, noting that she drank at least 3 cups of coffee every morning that week. When he visited Lorelai, he observed that she also had 3 cups of coffee that morning.
* NewTransferStudent:
** Rory transfer mid-year to Chilton. RealityEnsues in that it takes a lot of time and work for her to catch up on her assignments and start getting good grades.
** Dean moves to Stars Hollow in the first episode.
** Brad goes back and forth between Chilton, another school, and portraying Jack in the then revival of ''Theatre/IntoTheWoods''. This was a reference to the actor, Adam Wylie, who actually was playing Jack onstage in real life.
* {{Nephewism}}: The reason Jess was created was to give Luke some backstory and family. So when he shows up in Stars Hollow, it's because his mother gave up on parenting him and decides to ship him over to her brother Luke's care, except that she never bothered to tell Luke until the day Jess arrived. Naturally, both uncle and nephew clash.
* NewOldFlame. Though it rarely holds:
** Christopher and Lorelai.
** Rory and Dean.
* NotSoDifferent:
** Lane and her mother. [[spoiler: At Lane's wedding, it turns out her mother has the same strained relationship with Lane's grandmother that Lane does with her.]]
** Lorelai and Emily. This, of course, upsets Lorelai on the occasions that she sees it. In a classic scene from season 2, Rory sees Emily and Lorelai in their nighttime beauty routine, which happens to be creepily identical. [[LittleMissSnarker She then notes]]: "Ladies and gentlemen... my future". Lorelai is mildly horrified and stops immediately. A few episodes later, it's shown that Emily drinks a lot of coffee as Lorelai and Rory do.
** When Rory complains about Lorelai being too stubborn[[note]]She refused to ask her parents for money for a termite problem[[/note]], Dean starts to say something, but stops himself. She realizes he meant to say that she is just as stubborn as her mother and agrees.
** Luke and Jess, for all their clashes, are actually quite [[http://www.bustle.com/articles/73490-7-ways-gilmore-girls-jess-mariano-luke-danes-are-basically-the-same-person similar]]. The titular Gilmore girls are their love interests, share similarly blunt personalities and communication problems, and had quiet ways of pulling off romantic gestures. And "A-Tisket, A-Tasket" paralleled both Gilmores' lunch dates.
** Overlapping with StrangeMindsThinkAlike, both Lorelai and Jess apparently share the same opinion on Indian food.
-->'''Lorelai''': Oh, you’re ordering the Indian food?\\
'''Rory''': Yup.\\
'''Lorelai''': Good, enjoy. Can you burn the house down afterward, ‘cause that’s the only way we’ll get the smell out.\\
''[later]''\\
'''Rory''': I don’t need a care package. I ordered food from Sandeep’s.\\
'''Jess''': Really? Planning on burning down the house afterwards?\\
'''Rory''': Jess.\\
'''Jess''': The only way to kill the smell.
** In ''A Year in the Life'', Lorelai decides [[spoiler:to take a page from ''Film/{{Wild}}'' and find herself]]. Luke thinks it's from the movie, but she insists it from the book because the book is a different experience from the film. When he complains about this to Jess, he asks Luke if it's the book or the film because the book is different.
* ObsessedAreTheListmakers: Rory and Paris are able to write up quite elaborate lists.
** Rory's love for Pro/con lists is actually a running gag in the series. It's how she decides to go to Yale.
** [[http://farm1.staticflickr.com/127/382480294_a7fa8d0f3e.jpg Remember]] the scene in [[KnightsOfTheOldRepublicIITheSithLords KoToR 2]], where the Sith holocrons clustered around Atris and drive her mad? Paris is prepared enough to [[RoomFullOfCrazy make her own.]]
* OldMoney:
** The Gilmores, or rather usually Emily, would like to let you know that their family is considered Connecticut old money, dating back to coming over on the ''Mayflower''. One of Lorelai's main contentions with her parents is that she would rather make her own money in life rather than relying on the Gilmore money. Rory appears to waver between the two perspectives, especially her Yale years.
** The Haydens, Christopher's family come from the same background which is a major reason Emily wants Lorelai and Christopher to make it work.
** The Huntzbergers are even more old money than the Gilmores and are portrayed as above the Gilmores' station, despite sharing social circles. (Not it stopped Richard and Emily from ripping Mitchum and Shira a new one when it came to defending Rory.)
* OneSteveLimit: {{Averted}}. The series has ''three'' characters named Lorelai Gilmore. Lorelai "Rory" Gilmore is named for her mother, Lorelai Victoria Gilmore, who is in turn named for ''her'' grandmother Lorelai "Trix"/"Lorelai I" Gilmore.
* OncePerEpisode: Lorelai or Rory will sit down with a plate full of food, [[TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodSandwich take one bite, get distracted, and abandon the food.]] Lorelai usually gets coffee and/or a burger each time she goes to Luke's.
* OneHeadTaller:
** Rory and Dean. Rory is rather tall, but her boyfriend Dean is ''very'' tall.
** Emily and Richard. Emily is a petite woman and Richard is impressively tall. (Kelly Bishop is 5'6", while Edward Herrmann is 6'5").
** Babette and Maury. They also fit ChubbyMamaSkinnyPapa, even though they are not parents, but they have pets. And gnomes.
* OneHourWorkWeek: Despite being the manager and the chef of the Independence Inn ([[spoiler: and later co-owners of the Dragonfly Inn]]), Lorelai and Sookie spend an ''awful'' lot of time out and about. {{Lampshaded}} by Luke when they have lunch in his diner in an early season one episode.
-->'''Luke:''' How do you guys get any work done?
* TheOner: almost OnceAnEpisode there's a long shot of at least a minute as characters spout off their MotorMouth dialogue. This isn't super-impressive compared to some of the other long shots on the page, but the fact that it happens so ''frequently'' speaks volumes about the cast and crew.
* OOCIsSeriousBusiness:
** When Rory was running late to school and couldn't take her English exam, The Headmaster told Lorelai that Rory threw a fit very similar to Lorelai's, and Lorelai was shocked and said it was unusual for her.
** When Lorelai and Rory argued in the first episode (she wanted to stay at her high school to be with Dean), Lorelai said it was the first time they had a big argument. They have arguments later on, but they're not that common. Whenever they got into very big arguments, Rory would be uncharacteristically mean and say hurtful things to Lorelai.
** Sookie and Lorelai had an argument in season 2, with Lorelai being reluctant to start their new inn and calling Sookie unreliable. Lorelai was afraid of leaving the Independence Inn, which she considered her home, and said that she and Sookie never fought. They also got into an argument in season 1, when Sookie told Lorelai that she only wanted to break up with Max because she was afraid of getting too close to him. Lorelai got really defensive and snapped at her, saying she didn't want relationship advice from someone who hadn't dated in a very long time.
** When Richard is under a lot of stress at work and close to being "phased out", he and Emily argue a lot, even in front of Lorelai and Rory. Lorelai says they never argue in front of other people.
** In season 2, Rory skipped school and accidentally missed Lorelai's graduation because she went to visit Jess in New York. When she apologizes about it profusely and wonders why she did something that was so unlike her, Lorelai told her she must have fallen in love with Jess.
** Discussed, when Rory got arrested for stealing the yacht with Logan and decided to drop out of school. Lorelai couldn't believe that someone who once grounded herself for returning a library book late, could have committed a felony, and someone who loved school and worked hard could just quit, so she knew she [[HeroicBSOD must have been really distressed]].
** During the revival, Lorelai finds Emily wearing a T-shirt and jeans and getting rid of most of her things. [[spoiler: Lorelai realizes how much her mother is clearly grieving and suggests that she go to therapy.]]
* OpenSecret: The Puffs are supposed to be a secret society/sorority, but all the students know about them. The Life and Death Brigade at Yale is also a secret society, and Rory writes a story about them for the school paper.
** Trix is aware that Emily keeps their gifts from her in the basement and only takes them out when she comes to visit.
* OppositesAttract:
** Played with, in terms of Town Princess Rory and Bad Boy Jess. The town is initially horrified they'd even talk to each other. However they are ultimately revealed to be BirdsOfAFeather with their shared passion for reading and alternative music.
** Luke and Lorelai, the couple that redefined SavvyGuyEnergeticGirl.
* OrangeBlueContrast: The series uses this colour scheme a lot, especially in its first season.
* OutOfGenreExperience: Rory meets Francine in a ParkingGarage in a scene that parodies several FilmNoir tropes.
* OutWithABang: [[ConversationalTroping conversed]] when Paris mentions that her paramour, aged professor Asher Fleming, has died between seasons.
--> "No, Rory. This great man was not brought down by my vagina!"
* OverthetopChristmasDecorations: In season 7, Lorelai and Rory celebrate Christmas in January because Rory spent the actual Christmas in London with her boyfriend Logan. They insist on a Christmas tree in every room and they decorate all their downstairs rooms with garlands. Christopher gets enormous stockings for the whole family, too.
* OutOfFocus: All over the place in "A Year In the Life" due to the actors' varying schedules. The only ones not to fall prey to it in one form or another are Lorelai, Rory, Luke, Emily, Taylor, Michel, Kirk and [[spoiler: Logan]]. Lane appears sporadically but doesn't get her own subplot, Paris only shows up in two episodes albeit with a sizable role, and Sookie and Jackson are both DemotedToExtra, with Sookie only appearing in the final episode.
* PairTheSmartOnes: Rory and Jess's mutual interests in literature and music drew them together. But Jess's personal issues drove them apart.
* ParentsWalkInAtTheWorstTime: Lorelai walks in on Rory and Jess making out on the couch in Jess and Luke's apartment. It's uncomfortable for all three of them, and Luke admitted that he set up a deliberate MomentKiller system of walking in every 10 minutes or so to make sure nothing gets past the kissing stage. In hindsight, that was fairly harmless. Lorelai and Christopher would end up walking in on Rory and Logan half-undressed. It sends Christopher into a rage at Logan.
** During the revival Lorelai tells a story about her father walking in on her and a high school boyfriend just after sex.
* ParentalHypocrisy: Lane's mom eventually found out that she was hiding her life away from her. How she found out was a mystery to us for a long while (how did she know to look under the floorboards?). Then, on Lane's wedding day, we find out that Mrs. Kim hid her life away from her mother under the floorboards, and still does to this day! And she needs to hide her lifestyle fast before her mother arrives for the wedding!
* PassThePopcorn: Lorelai and Rory show up to their weekly dinner with Lorelai's parents and walk into the middle of an argument.
-->'''Rory''': Wow, this is bad.\\
'''Lorelai''': I know. I wish we had popcorn.\\
'''Rory''': Mom!
* PayingInCoins: At one point, Rory is short on cash and has to pay for a coffee in coins. She winds up spilling them, and Logan stops to help her gather them up.
* PermaStubble: Luke is constantly on the brink of a beard, but manages to always look like he hasn't shaved in a couple of days.
* PoorlyDisguisedPilot: For an aborted spin-off about Rory's ex-boyfriend Jess moving to California and meeting his new family
* PregnancyScare: Lorelai has a sudden craving for fresh fruit, which hadn't happened since she was pregnant with Rory. She starts to think she might be pregnant by Luke but later finds out she is not. He never finds out about the scare.
* ProductPlacement:
** The season 4 episode "The Hobbit, the Sofa, and Digger Stiles features Lorelai and Sookie catering a child's Lord of the Rings style birthday party. A significant amount of the episode is set during the party, which has over-the-top themed decorations, notable nylon table cloths with the face of Orlando Bloom as Legolas printed on them. There is also a small clip from the movie shown in a scene where the kids attending the party are watching the movie together on the television.
** The sixth season episode ''I Get a Sidekick Out Of You'' which... well, as you can imagine, really concentrates on the Sidekick, a T-Mobile phone.
** April praises the wonders of Target when she convinces Luke to decorate his apartment. Cut to several scenes later, decorating with said Target merchandise and Luke (yes, the very same grumpy, corporate-hating, ''doesn't-give-a-damn'' Luke) marveling at their purchases with almost child-like wonder. Pick wall and proceed accordingly.
** The Aerie Girls as part of the CW's incredibly awful "content wrap" strategy which meant viewers had to peek in on these girls for three minutes instead of a non-offensive commercial break. These "real girls" were torn apart by the most vocal parts of the fandom for having about the most inane responses to the show, mostly involving the subject of their wish that Matt Czury was shirtless and Rory would be stupid to dump him. And all this? To sell underwear.
* PursueTheDreamJob: Lorelai and Sookie want to have their own hotel. They are seen working on it and they start their business in later seasons.
* PutOnABus:
** Jess, literally, but is CommutingOnABus, appearing for two to three episodes in season 4 and 6 and briefly in the revival.
** Tristan left for military school. The actor did a recurring role on ''Series/DawsonsCreek'' and starred in "One Tree Hill", both were filmed in Wilmington, North Carolina.
** Dave (played by Adam Brody) left to go to college in California. Adam Brody began starring in "The O.C.", set in Orange County, California.
** Marty was set up as a very possible love interest for Rory and even given quite a bit of attention, but then got completely dropped in favour of Dean and Rory having an affair, and then for Logan. He did tell Rory that he didn't really want to be friends with her anymore because he had an unrequited crush on her, and became increasingly more uncomfortable around her once she started hanging out with Logan and his friends.
** Dean, and a somewhat infamous case at that. While it's great that in mid-2005 he went on to [[{{Series/Supernatural}} kick demon ass]], the writers never gave Jared Padalecki's character a proper send-off as already mentioned above. In fact, Dean is never heard from again after his final appearance in "To Let Live and Diorama"; so viewers are left to wonder if he left town, or if he stayed but decided to keep a very, very low profile. ''A Year in the Life'', while not giving a full explanation, reveals that [[spoiler: he's since moved out of state, remarried and has 3 kids with a fourth on the way. The reason he's back in Stars Hollow was because his kids got head lice and his wife told him to get out to avoid getting infected]]
** Sookie in "A Year In The Life" due to Creator/MelissaMcCarthy's superstar film career. She took a hiatus from the inn and moved to a farm in the woods with Jackson and the kids as part of an experimental food collective. [[spoiler: She does come BackForTheFinale though.]]
*** Liz and T.J. are also missing due to their actors not being called back, having accidentally joined a cult.
*** April is the most logical, now being a college student and only showing up briefly during "Summer"
* PurelyAestheticEra: Hoo boy, the Bracebridge Dinner. Characters keep insisting that it's an "authentic 19th-century" event, but then then make repeated references to "Old English" (which is more like 5th-12th century -- think ''Literature/{{Beowulf}}'') and then just sort of speak in [[EternalEnglish generic Shakespearean-type language]], with lots of "methinks" and "verily." Even more baffling because [[InsufferableGenius resident pedant]] Paris points out inaccuracies like the use of cubed ice and a server's modern wristwatch, but fails to notice the other stuff. Seems overall to be a ShrugOfGod, like so many details on this show.
* QuirkyTown
* RealSongThemeTune: Carole King and Louise Goffin -- King's daughter and a musician herself -- re-recorded "Where You Lead".
* RebelPrince: Logan.
** Also Lorelai.
** Colin is also implied to be one.
* RedOniBlueOni: Paris Gellar and Rory Gilmore.
* RelationshipUpgrade:
** Luke and Lorelai.
** Rory and Jess.
** Lane and Zach.
** Paris and Doyle.
** Sookie and Jackson.
* ReplacementGoldfish:
** Emily sees Rory as a new and improved Lorelai, and Lorelai repeatedly calls Emily on it, as early as the ''second'' episode. It's most obvious when Rory moves in with her grandparents. When Rory starts "rebelling" by getting her life back on track, Emily throw a verbatim "WesternAnimation/WaitTillYourFatherGetsHome" her way (referring to Rory's ''grand''father)
** Mrs. Kim gets one in the form of a Korean exchange student after Lane moves out to live with her band. Lane is jealous at first, but starts bonding with her and introducing her to junk food and television, things her mother forbids, and teaches her how to hide things from her.
** Paul Anka the dog was adopted by Lorelai during her estrangement from Rory. She treats him as if he's her second child and when he gets sick, she cries to Luke about being a poor mother, clearly referencing the strain in her and Rory's relationship.
* RhetoricalQuestionBlunder:
** Emily and Richard are having a fight while they, and Rory and Lorelai, are staying at the Independence Inn. Emily asks to spend the night in Lorelai and Rory's room, but then goes to the lobby and meets Richard, and they make up. The next morning:
--->'''Lorelai''': Hey, Mom. You didn't make it back to the room last night. Did you get lucky?\\
'''Emily''': Could you be any cruder?\\
'''Lorelai''': Yeah, I could be cruder. Hey, Mom. Did you get lai-\\
'''Rory''': [[CurseCutShort Thanks for coming!]]
** In "Tippecanoe and Taylor Too":
--->'''Lorelai:''' How many other Lorelai Gilmores do you know?\\
'''Taylor:''' Your daughter?\\
'''Lorelai:''' [[DiggingYourselfDeeper Yeah... bet ya don't know two, unless you knew my grandma!]]
* TheRival: Paris is this to Rory, though they eventually become close friends. Paris said that she needed Rory because, in addition to being her best friend, she challenged her to do better (as the only real competition she had) and without her she would have gotten lazy.
* RomanticFalseLead:
** Any of Luke's romantic interests.
** Christopher. He went on about he and Lorelai "belong together and everyone knows it".
** Jason Stiles, though his storyline was very much built into the elder Gilmores' before he was unceremoniously PutOnABus to make way for the Luke/Lorelai relationship.
* RooflessRenovation
* RunningGag:
** "Dirty!" which is essentially a classier version of "That's what she said." It is most often uttered by Lorelai, but Luke and Rory get their own moments, as well.
** Lorelai telling jokes that completely pass over the heads of people or leads to people taking her literally.
** Al's Pancake World, which was the never-seen competitor to Luke's served all kinds of cuisine from across the world, but never pancakes, a point made often by the Gilmores and the townspeople.
** Emily Gilmore's inability to keep a maid. It's pointed out to her at one point (and revealed that other people sometimes snicker about it behind her back) so she tries to ''not'' fire her current maid (whose blundering and poor performance become a running gag for the episode until Emily gives up and just fires her anyway). [[spoiler: Averted in the revival. Emily not only keeps the same maid for at least a year, but lets her entire family move in and brings them with her when she moves to Nantucket.]]
** [[spoiler:Rory's completely forgettable and dull boyfriend, Paul, that ''even she forgets'' that she's been with for two years. She keeps trying to break up with him and fails, only for Paul to do it over text in the final scenes of the revival.]]
* SavvyGuyEnergeticGirl:
** Luke and Lorelai, who pretty much own the trope. She's a {{Chatterbox}}, while Luke is a laconic DeadpanSnarker with a rather pessimistic approach to life.
** {{CloudCuckoolander}} Babette and Murray, her very cool husband.
** Jackson and Sookie.
** Paris' first two relationships on the show were failed attempts at this. Jamie couldn't keep up, and was dumped for [[SilverFox Asher Fleming]]. Asher has such a hard time keeping up it literally killed him.
* SayingTooMuch: At Emily and Richard's vow renewal ceremony, Christopher, who by that time was drunk and angry, let it slip that Emily is the reason why he came to try and get back together with Lorelai.
* SexyShirtSwitch: Lorelai wore Luke's plaid shirts when she stayed the night at his place.
* ShippingTorpedo: Emily loves doing this to boyfriends she considers 'unsuitable' for Lorelai and Rory. She tries to break up Luke and Lorelai by bullying him and pushing Christopher back into the picture. (They split up temporarily but get back together soon after).
** She pulls a similar trick with Rory and Dean by introducing Rory to "better prospects" (including [[{{SpoiledBrat}} Logan]]). This time she succeeds. When Dean realized he couldn't fit into her world, he broke up with her.
* SchoolNewspaperNewsHound: Rory herself, working for both the Chilton's paper and the Yale Daily News. But much more so are Paris and Doyle. To a lesser extent, Logan.
* SchoolPlay: A memorable episode shows an elementary school production of ''Theatre/FiddlerOnTheRoof''... with Kirk as the lead.
** An early episode had Rory and Paris perform Act Five from ''Theatre/RomeoAndJuliet'' at Chilton. Rory was Juliet and Paris had to play Romeo herself, much to her chagrin. Brad was supposed to be Romeo, but he got such stage fright Paris had to take over. And that's only after Tristan backed out of the role due to being sent to military school.
* SchoolUniformsAreTheNewBlack: Rory is seen very often in her Chilton outfit, even when she's lounging around Stars Hollow and presumably has had time to change.
** Rory agreed to let her roommate Tana borrow something to wear for the first party of the year at Yale. Tana winds up wearing Rory's Chilton uniform, which Lorelai had packed as a joke.
** Rory even uses her Chilton skirt for a Tarantino-themed costume party while in college (she goes as [[{{Joshikousei}} Gogo]] from ''Film/KillBill'').
* ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney:
** Logan repeatedly. When he and Rory get into trouble with the law, he suggested to Lorelai to get help from his father's lawyers since they have practice.
** {{Defied}} by the judge who sentenced Rory when she agreed to a plea bargain. She said she was sick of spoiled rich kids getting off easy because of their parents, so she gave her 300 hours of community service to complete within six months and 1 year of probation with the option of having her record expunged after 5 years.
** [[spoiler: Colin in ''A Year in the Life.'' Buying a tango club just to prevent them from playing tango music ever again.]]
* ScienceFair: April discovers Luke is her dad while doing an elaborate project for the high school's science fair, testing the genetic material of three potential fathers.
* SecretRelationship: Lane had a lot of those - Dave really went an extra mile on that one, and pretended to be really mean to her in front of their bandmates. In order to hide that specific relationship from her mother, she pretended to date Yung Chu (who was using her to hide his relationship with his secret Japanese girlfriend). Earlier, she had a secret relationship with Henry, who broke up with her when he got sick of all the effort and not being able to go out on a real date with her.
** [[spoiler: Rory and Logan in ''A Year in the Life.'' He's engaged and she's ostensibly with Paul, but they have a no-strings-attached arrangement whenever she's in London]]
* SeinfeldianConversation: [[HilarityEnsues This happens with delightful frequency]].
* ShipperOnDeck:
** Richard and Emily for Christopher/Lorelai, even when it's clear the pair aren't going to work.
** Richard and Emily remained strongly supportive of Rory/Logan, especially since the Huntzbergers were in a higher social tier than the Gilmores and could elevate them to a more desirable social status.
** Lorelai pushed heavily for Rory to stay with Dean, long after it was obvious she had feelings for Jess.
** Rory, Jess, Sookie and seemingly the whole of Stars Hollow for Luke/Lorelai.
** Jess also supported Luke and Nicole when he picked up on Luke's crush.
** While most oppose Rory and Jess's relationship, a deleted scene reveals Paris was on board and Luke was supportive initially.
** Amazingly, Emily, Richard and Lorelai ''all'' like Rory/Marty.
* ShipToShipCombat: Several in-universe examples.
** Rory's boyfriends seem to be a free for everyone to chip in, with Lorelai shipping Rory/Dean while Luke likes Rory/Jess, and Emily and Richard oppose both and jump on the Rory/Logan ship (engineering Rory and Dean breaking up in the process).
** Emily and Richard support Lorelai/Christopher, but Rory prefers Lorelai/Luke, and is furious when her grandmother breaks them up.
* ShoutOut: The writers seem to love namedropping classic literature or film into their scripts. There is even a virtual [[http://www.listchallenges.com/rory-gilmore-reading-challenge Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge.]]]
* ShutUpKiss: Rory and Jess's first kiss was a variation. Jess returns to Stars Hollow and finds Rory at a pond at the Independence Inn. In shock over seeing him back in town and after an awkward greeting, Rory pulls him into a kiss. Once they broke away, she realizes what she just did and runs away from him, leaving Jess looking a bit confused.
** Luke and Lorelai's BigDamnKiss was a play on that.
* SilentOffer: Lorelai is receiving a loan from Luke and insists on writing numbers for a payment plan on a scrap of paper and passing it across the counter to Luke despite the fact that this seems to agitate him. When they finally come to an agreement, Lorelai writes one last thing which is apparently "Thank you," because Luke answers "You're welcome."
* SmallReferencePools: Averted. Besides commonly seen Shout Outs, this show referenced obscure works and people as well. Some viewers might fail to understand references to ''Film/DuckSoup'' or ''Creator/AleksandrSolzhenitsyn''. And what other American TV show would have a character (Paris) admit to having had a crush on British politician Neil Kinnock?
* SmugSnake: '''Logan''' and his mother [[UpperClassTwit Shira]]
* SnarkToSnarkCombat[=/=]WorldOfSnark: It's the Gilmore and Stars Hollow way of life.
* SpecialGuest: The late author Norman Mailer, of all people.
* SpeechCentricWork: The fast-paced, quirky Creator/AaronSorkin-esque dialogue which formed the backbone of every episode was the show's primary distinguishing characteristic.
* SpySpeak: Parodied.
-->'''Emily''': I need a hat rack.\\
'''Lorelai''': The fish flies at night!
* StalkerWithACrush: Marty borders on this with Rory, especially in [[SeasonalRot season seven]], and fully embraces it with Lucy, which (somehow) works, at least temporarily:
-->'''Lucy''' ''(describing how they met)'': He stalked me.... I was playing Portia in ''TheMerchantOfVenice'' at the Rep, and every night, I see this guy in the front row -- same seat, same intense gaze. And after the fifth show, I went up to him and I said, "next time I see you, you better bring flowers or have a knife and stab me." And...
-->'''Marty:''' The next time I saw her, I had daisies and a butter knife.
* StarCrossedLovers: Arguably Rory and Jess: Their initial attraction is clouded by the presence of Dean and even when they begin a relationship, it is plagued by the town's disapproval and Jess's own issues. He then runs away after failing school, leaving Rory heartbroken and relationship-less for almost a year. (A long time in Gilmore land). After several aborted declarations of love, Jess returns to find Rory back with Dean, leaving HIM heartbroken. He then remakes himself and returns again, as an accomplished author and publisher ready to redeem past mistakes, only by now RORY is a mess and with Logan. After he convinces her to 'fix' her life, they kiss for a final time only for her to decide to stay with Logan instead, causing Lit fans to lose all patience with the writers.
** Also Lorelai and Christopher's epic "timing" problems throughout the first few seasons.
* StealingFromTheHotel: Lorelai works as a hotel manager. Michel, also an employee at the Independence Inn, spends one episode worrying that a pair of people who had stolen from them a while ago. He insists that Lorelai let him check their suitcases.
** In an earlier episode, Lorelai decides that her bonding moment with Emily is going to be stealing the robes Emily loves from a spa they were staying at. Emily apparently tried to sneak it back when she wasn't looking.
* StudentCouncilPresident: Paris.
* SupremeChef: Sookie. She's so obsessed with cooking and baking that she has minor meltdowns when someone other than her does the cooking or baking. Case in point? She drinks herself into a tizzy when Jackson revealed that his Thanksgiving plans for their turkey was to deep-fry it...along with a lot of other things.
* SuspiciouslySpecificDenial: In "A Tale of Poes and Fire", to a couple that just arrived at the Independence Inn.
-->'''Lorelai''': Let me assure you, there are no human body parts buried in the floor of your room to keep you awake tonight.
* SustainedMisunderstanding: Lorelai does this several times on purpose.
--> '''Emily:''' [So] you were on the phone…\\
''' Richard:''' Long distance.\\
''' Lorelai:''' God?\\
''' Richard:''' London.\\
''' Lorelai:''' God lives in London?\\
''' Richard:''' My mother lives in London.\\
''' Lorelai:''' Your mother is God?\\
''' Richard:''' Lorelai… \\
''' Lorelai:''' So, God is a woman.\\
''' Richard:''' Lorelai…\\
''' Lorelai:''' And a relative! That's so cool. I am gonna totally ask for favors.\\
''' Richard:''' Make her stop.\\
'''Rory:''' Oh, that I could.
* SwansASwimming: Luke doesn't believe that Jess was attacked by a swan, so Jess convinces him to come with him to the park where the swan was swimming. They fail to combat it (with a ladle of all things) as the swan in question just swims by and ignores them.
* SweetTooth: Combine this with being {{Big Eater}}s and you have the Lorelais' eating habits. When they have movie night, they eat a bunch of junk food, mostly sweet stuff. In one episode when they are walking around town with Max and Dean, they run off to get ice cream cones.
* TalkingInYourSleep: Rory and Paris share a hotel room during a summer internship in Washington, and Rory discovers that Paris has a tendency to say things like "[[UsefulNotes/BillClinton I did not have sexual relations with that woman]]" in her sleep.
* TastesLikePurple: Emily commissions a [[UmbrellaDrink pink drink]] to commemorate Rory's 21st birthday party. Luke takes a sip and says "[[RealMenHateSugar it tasted really pink... like drinking a My Little Pony]]."
* TeenPregnancy:
** Lorelai in hers.
** Rory is the product of one (specifically, Lorelai's).
** Jess was the product of one.
* ThatsWhatSheSaid: Sookie and Lorelai say it in regards to a massive house Lorelai is contemplating buying.
* ThoseTwoGuys:
** Madeline and Louise.
** Finn and Colin.
** Rory's "artsy" friends, Olivia and Lucy from the final season, who are better known as Madeline and Louise Lite. Their personalities are pretty identical, although the latter two are arguably more annoying.
** For a while (and before Dave is PutOnABus), Zach and Brian were this.
** To a lesser extent, Patty and Babette.
* ThreeSuccessfulGenerations: Rory harbours a long-held dream to study at Harvard University and become a journalist, Lorelai's legacy is her daughter Rory and the goal of owning her own Inn that she's been working toward for twenty years, and Emily invests in Rory's education and seeks to bring her into their lifestyle.
* TimeSkip: The Netflix miniseries will take place in the present day, about nine years after the final season. It's also established that Richard passed away about six months prior and Emily's story is her learning how to deal with the grief.
** There are several time skips within each episode, too.
* TitleDrop: Christopher does it in season 1 episode "''That Damn Donna Reed''".
-->'''Christopher:''' Well, my folks are back in Connecticut, so I'm here to see them and on the way I thought I'd stop by and surprise the ''Gilmore Girls''.
** [[spoiler: Done in ''A Year in the Life'' with the title of Rory's manuscript]]
* TroubledButCute: Jess, a [[AllGirlsWantBadBoys bad boy]] with a [[BookWorm soft side]].
* TruthInTelevision: Jess being attacked by a swan is played for laughs...except [[http://jezebel.com/useful-info-swans-are-vicious-and-mean-and-will-destro-1613433677 swans really are that vicious]] and will totally attack people. They're dangerous, to the point that rowing teams will cancel a meet if there's a swan in the way.
* UncannyFamilyResemblance: Richard's cousin Marilyn looks exactly like Lorelai I.
* UnluckyChildhoodFriend: Christopher and Lorelai. To their defense, [[TeenPregnancy it did get complicated]]. He asked Lorelai to marry him in season 1, but she saw him as being too irresponsible.
* UptownGirl: Lorelai for Luke. Even though Lorelai has run away from her wealthy background, her parent's mistreatment of working class, blue-collar Luke is enough to break them up for a while. They work through it and agree avoid her parents as much as possible.
** Likewise Dean struggles with Rory falling into the high society lifestyle. Again [[{{ShippingTorpedo}} Richard and Emily highlight this to try and split them up - and succeed better than their Luke/Lorelai attempt]].
** This is also one of the (many) obstacles Rory and Jess face, as she's headed for a bright Ivy League future, while he doesn't even graduate high school and basically becomes a bum in Seasons 4 and 5. Even when he comes back as a successful SelfMadeMan, she's completely entrenched in [[{{IdleRich}} Logan's]] upper-class world, much to his distaste.
* VisitByDivorcedDad: Though Lorelai and Christopher were never married, he starts showing up more frequently after the first season because he wanted to have a larger role in Rory's life.
* VitriolicBestBuds
** Rory and Paris
** Luke and Jess
* WackyParentSeriousChild: The titular characters. Also - the jaded, self-sufficient Jess with both his flighty, unreliable parents when they appear.
* WhamEpisode:
** Season 1's "Christopher Returns". As [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin the name implies]], Rory's dad Christopher, as well as Rory's estranged paternal grandparents, appears for the first time, and the result is one of the most [[MoodWhiplash dramatic and darkest]] episodes of the series. It's revealed that Christopher is not as successful as Richard seems to think; Richard and Rory's paternal grandfather nearly come to blows over Lorelai; Richard reveals his deep disappointment and embarrassment to Lorelai; Emily, with uncharacteristic tenderness, assures Rory none of this is her fault; Lorelai and Christopher sleep together on a balcony; and, finally, Christopher asks Lorelai to marry him, and Lorelai tells him to leave.
** Season 5's "A House Is Not A Home" has [[spoiler: a dejected Rory decide to quit Yale, give up on being a journalist, and move in with her grandparents. Also, Lorelai asks Luke to marry her.]]
* WhamLine: "A House Is Not A Home" ends on a pretty big one:
-->'''Lorelai:''' [[spoiler: Luke, will you marry me?]]\\
'''Luke:''' ''(stunned)'' What?
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Lorelai briefly dates a guy named Alex in season 3 and they seem to hit it off, but he eventually disappears and it's never mentioned what happened.
** Poor Jason simply disappears from the story after suffering a bad HumiliationConga, it's never mentioned what happened to him and no one seems to care.
** To a lesser extent, this also occurs in ''A Year In The Life'', though it's more forgivable due to need to, essentially, do an entire season's worth of story in a quarter of the time. Most particularly, Paris has the beginnings of a character arc in the summer, but never re-appears after that season.
* WhatTheHellHero: Mitchum Huntzberger verbally rips into Rory after she demands to know why he is sending Logan to London. He is quick to point out that Logan needs to grow up and stop partying and so does Rory.
** Jess, of all people, gives one of these to Rory to point out the complete mess she's made of her life in season 6.
* WhereEverybodyKnowsYourFlame: Lorelai's bachelorette party in season two is held at a drag club.
* WhereTheresAWillTheresAStickyNote: Emily and Richard Gilmore ask Lorelai and Rory to put Post-It notes on anything they'd like to inherit in one first season episode.
* WillTheyOrWontThey: Especially Luke, but also all the rest of Lorelai and Rory's love interests. With one exception, they ''always'' do. [[spoiler:This particular plot point was established in the first episode and did not resolve until the final scenes of the series finale. Much like Ross and Rachel, it literally could not have been dragged any further.]]
** The town considered the relationship with Luke a constant source of entertainment. [[spoiler:They finally marry in "Fall", with Rory, Lane, and Michel as their witnesses.]]
** Rory and Jess during Season 2. [[spoiler: They do but break up at the end of Season 3. Come and go, during Season 4 and 6 as Jess reappears a few times, leaving the question of them dangling]].
* WritersCannotDoMath: In the original run, it is established that Lorelai was born in April/May 1968, and Rory in October 1984. In the first part of the revival, it is stated twice that Rory is now thirty-two, putting us in the winter of 2016-17, with the remaining three parts taking place in 2017; however, Richard, who died four months before part one starts, has the year 2015 engraved in his headstone, in which case Rory would be thirty-one. (May or may not double as ArtisticLicenseMath, to make Rory the same age as Lorelai the first time we saw her.)
* YankTheDogsChain: Just when it seems like Trix and Emily are about to have a nice moment together, Trix manages to ruin it by sending the maid to tell Emily how to make tea. Whenever Lorelai starts getting along with one of her parents, something always manages to start them arguing again.
* YourCheatingHeart: Rory is a cheater. [[ProtagonistCenteredMorality Regardless of those actions]], she's portrayed as the series' "good girl". Other characters are unfaithful as well.
** Rory first cheats on Dean by impulsively kissing Jess.
** Dean, who cheats on his wife Lindsay with Rory. Lindsay is devastated, and Dean too. Rory is called out on it by Lorelai. Rory accused Lorelai of being hypocritical because she started a relationship with Christopher while he was on a break with Sherry.
** Rory kisses Jess again when she's in a relationship with Logan. Ironically, she has never cheated on or slept with Jess.
** Logan slept with a girl (or girls) when Rory thought they were dating, but his understanding was that they were casual. She forgave him. By the time they'd had the big fight they weren't 'casual' any more, and he was happy with referring to her as his girlfriend (which surprised his sister as he was not that kind of person, not up until then at least). His excuse was more of a 'we were on a break' type.
*** [[spoiler:And in the revival, they're having a full-on affair. He's engaged to a French heiress named Odette and she's dating a man named Paul, but he's so boring that even ''she'' forgot she's been with him for two years. Rory breaks it off when she starts to realize that their affair is no longer sustainable, and in the end, Paul breaks up with her over text.]]
** Paris started her relationship with Asher while she was still with Jamie. She just stopped talking to Jamie, hoping he would "take a hint", and ignored him when he came to visit, but eventually broke up with him over the phone.
** Lorelai kissed Max when she was dating Alex.
** Richard was engaged to Pennilynn Lott when he started dating Emily.
** Lorelai sleeping with Christopher in the season 6 finale is arguably this, considering that it was still ambiguous whether she and Luke had broken up at that point.
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[[folder: 2016 Revival: A Year in the Life]]
* AbortedArc: Nothing is said of the ending of season 7 where Rory went on a trip to cover Obama's presidential campaign for a magazine, which should certainly have opened some doors for her. Alexis Bledel herself was disappointed that after 9 years, Rory had nothing to make of her career.
** ''Winter'' and ''Spring'' start off a Paris storyline indicating that, like Rory, she's suffering from a mid-life crisis and hinting at possibly reconciling with Doyle. That's how her arc ends.
* AmbiguousEnding: Not quite to the level of ''Series/TheSopranos'', but still up there. After the final four words, there are several possible outcomes:
** 1. [[spoiler:DownerEnding. HistoryRepeats as Rory becomes a single mother, trapped in the same CycleOfHurting both Lorelai ''and'' Emily tried to help her break out of. To find out what happens to Rory, one can more-or-less just rewatch the series, with Lauren Graham playing Rory this time and Scott Patterson playing Jess.]]
** 2. [[spoiler:SurprisinglyHappyEnding. While Rory becomes a single mother, her and Lorelai's first love has always been Stars Hollow itself, so having to stay there is scarcely a FateWorseThanDeath. Plus, Jess is waiting in the wings. And we get to rewatch the series!]]
** 3. [[spoiler:EarnYourHappyEnding. Rory, having managed to delay {{Glamorous Single Mother}}hood for an additional 16 years compared to her mother (and 10 years longer compared to what Amy Sherman-Palladino originally planned), may be able to avoid the same mistakes Lorelei did.]]
** 4. [[spoiler:SequelHook. In her [[https://www.amazon.com/Talking-Fast-Can-Gilmore-Everything/dp/0425285170 recently-published book]], Lauren Graham reports that she asked Amy point-blank whether follow-up material is being planned. Points against: ASP had always meant to end the show this way; what we've been told about Rory is, theoretically, everything we need to know. Points for: ASP's response was a ShrugOfGod.]]
* AmicableExes:
** [[spoiler:Lorelai and Jason Stiles]].
** Rory and Jess. He's still on good terms with her and they share a drink in Stars Hollow while she assesses the state of her career. [[spoiler:They haven't had contact since 2012. He gives her the idea to write a memoir about Lorelai and herself. Later, it's strongly implied from the last shot of him leaving the Gilmore house, that he's still not over her.]]
** Rory and Dean. They hug, they laugh, they politely ask each other about what they're doing and discuss Dean's sister's whereabouts. There's a brief moment of awkwardness but they get over it rather swiftly.
* BookEnds:
** [[spoiler:On a meta-narrative level, the event that kicks off the show as a whole is Lorelai becoming a GlamorousSingleMother. The very last lines of the revival indicate that Rory is about to follow in her footsteps.]]
** In the first episode of the original series, Rory and Dean bond over ''Moby Dick''. The last episode of the revival shows Emily working in a nautical museum, telling a group of horrified children how whales got hunted and killed in that time period.
* ClusterFBomb: Not actually f-bombs, but [[spoiler:Emily lets out quite a few "bullshit"s during one scene in the revival, in front of her DAR friends nonetheless. It's just as satisfying as it sounds.]]
* {{Cult}}: The main reason Jess shows back up in town in ''A Year in the Life'' was that Liz and T.J. somehow got themselves roped into an six million-year membership with a vegetable-growing cult, thinking it was a co-op, so Luke enlists his help in trying to bail them out. Luckily for them, the cult thought Liz and T.J. were ''[[TooSpicyForYogSothoth too weird for them]]'' and kicked them out.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: During the "Fall" episode, Rory asks her biological father Christopher if he ever objected to the fact that Lorelai raised their daughter by herself, and is mostly satisfied when he says it all worked out for the best. [[spoiler:She's going to have to do exactly this with her own child by Logan, and Christopher, by way of GenerationXerox, is the closest she can get to actually getting Logan's permission to do so.]]
* ForgottenFallenFriend: Subverted. Richard Gilmore was not able to return for the revival due to Edward Herrmann's AuthorExistenceFailure in December 2014. However, Richard is established to have outlived his actor by about eight months (he passed in August or September 2015[[note]]Using Luke and Lorelai's wedding date -- written on a sign as November 6, 2016 -- as a chronological reference point[[/note]]), and his absence casts a pall over much of the miniseries' events. His portrait also appears in basically every scene of the Gilmore residence, and archive footage allows him to appears in PensieveFlashback.
* FunnyForeigner: Berta, Emily's new housekeeper, is clearly PlayedForLaughs, with Berta's dialogue requiring translation and with no other characters being able to identify what language she speaks. In fairness, ''Emily'' actually takes to her despite the language barrier -- the final shots of the show suggest that the elder Gilmore has adopted Berta and her family in all but name -- but the show's portrayal of them has been a sore point to some viewers, especially when compared to the (comparatively) nuanced Korean characters we got from the original run.
* GenerationXerox: Pushed even further than the original show. Paris leads a busy life and lets her children be looked after by a nanny. Logan ended up in his father's company. [[spoiler:Rory ends up single, job-less and pregnant with what is implied to be his child, whom she has a relationship with similarly to Lorelai and Christopher. Jess is implied to still be pining for Rory like Luke did with Lorelai.]] Some fans found the revival to be more of a tragedy than anything thanks to all of it.
* GetOut: Emily to Lorelai after Richard's funeral.
* TheGhost: Subverted. Lane's dad Mr. Kim finally makes a cameo.
* GlamorousSingleMother: [[spoiler: Rory is poised to be one as of the last words of the revival.]]
* GoshDangItToHeck: As noted in "ClusterFBomb" above, finally averted, which seemingly had more swearing than the entire original series. Justified, since the show is no longer on network TV.
* InformedFlaw: Rory's boyfriend Paul is allegedly so boring that even she forgets he exists, but he just seems like a perfectly friendly, outgoing guy who makes pretty decent conversation despite everyone's rudeness.
* IWasQuiteALooker: Miss Celine, apparently, was attractive enough in her younger days to flirt with Creator/EliWallach and Creator/EliaKazan.
* JerkassHasAPoint: Mitchum's criticism in the original series that Rory didn't have what it takes to make it as a journalist. He was harsh, but the revival shows she's struggling as a freelancer, apparently hasn't had a steady journalism job in years, is terrible at chasing stories (including ''falling asleep'' while interviewing a source), and is pretty unprofessional (sleeping with another source, having three different phones and not even preparing for an interview). It's hard not to think she should have taken his advice and investigated other career paths.
** Ironically, Mitchum himself may have had a change of heart, as he offers to help set Rory up with the leadership of ''Conde Nast''.
* [[LastGirlWins Last Guy Wins]]: The revival actually doesn't have a stereotypical RomanceArc for Rory, but as of its end, only one of her three major love interests is still single ([[spoiler:Jess]]), so she either ends up with him or with some random stranger who the audience might not have met [[AfterTheEnd and possibly never will]].
* LeftHanging: The ending with the reveal that [[spoiler:Rory's pregnant]]. There's also the implication that [[spoiler:Jess still has feelings for her.]]
** Paris' and Doyle's divorce is not final yet (nor is the possibility of them working out their differences or not ... nothing's mentioned, simple as that), and it's never revealled who wrote the nasty letter to Emily.
* MaybeEverAfter: The end of the revival implies the possibility that [[spoiler: Jess and Rory's story isn't over]], with the feelings very clear on one side.
* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: During the revival, Lorelai finds Emily wearing a T-shirt and jeans and getting rid of most of her things. [[spoiler: Lorelai realizes how much her mother is clearly grieving and suggests that she go to therapy.]]
* OutOfFocus: All over the place due to the actors' varying schedules. The only ones not to fall prey to it in one form or another are Lorelai, Rory, Luke, Emily, Taylor, Michel, Kirk and [[spoiler: Logan]]. Lane appears sporadically but doesn't get her own subplot, Paris dominates the first half of the year but is completely absent from the second half, and Sookie, Jackson and Dean are all DemotedToExtra, with about eight minutes' screen time between the three of them.
* ParentsWalkInAtTheWorstTime: Lorelai at one point tells a story about her father walking in on her and a high school boyfriend just after sex.
* PerpetualPoverty: Rory, despite having no stable job, no credit, and even ''no underwear'', drives a recent-model Prius, always flies back and forth between Stars Hollow and London, and also seems to never worry about finding a place to stay, as she can always stay at Paris's in New York, Lane's, her grandmother's, Logan's in London (he even at one time gives her a key to his family's house in Maine), and at her old home in Stars Hollow.
* PutOnABus:
** Sookie, due to Creator/MelissaMcCarthy's superstar film career. She took a hiatus from the inn and moved to a farm in the woods with Jackson and the kids as part of an experimental food collective, and appears in only one scene towards the very end of the revival. (The {{Doylist}} explanation is that there was a failure in communication between the ''GG'' crew and Melissa [=McCarthy=]'s people, who never told her that Stars Hollow had called. Subsequently, Amy Sherman-Palladino announced in a very clear and public manner that the cast and crew were willing to drop everything and make time for [=McCarthy=] if she could swing by. Sookie's scene looks like it required a bit more preparation than that, so everything seems to have worked out in the end.)
** Liz and T.J. are TheGhost due to their actors not being called back, having accidentally joined a cult.
** April is the most logical, now being a college student and only showing up briefly during "Summer". (Despite ''not'' being Series/SwitchedAtBirth, April is somehow ''more'' socially awkward than Bay Kennish.)
* RememberTheNewGuy: Inverted. Rory's boyfriend Paul has been in her life for a year (but is new to the show) and thus is someone people logically should remember, but no one seems to recall having met him.
* TheReveal: Michel spend the entire original show as AmbiguouslyGay. The first episode of the revival has him casually mention being married to a man.
* RunningGag: Emily's inability to keep a maid is finally averted this time around. Emily not only keeps the same maid for at least a year, but lets her entire family move in and brings them with her when she moves to Nantucket.
** Everyone, including Rory, forgetting that her boyfriend Paul exists which was distinctly unamusing for most viewers.
* ShoutOut: When the characters are at a town meeting discussing Stars Hollow's first gay parade, a man mentions that his only companion will be his dog "Sherlock". Babette misses the detail about it being a dog and questions "Sherlock's gay?!" which was likely a nod to the [[Series/{{Sherlock}} BBC series]] where Sherlock being gay is a popular fan theory.
* StrangeMindsThinkAlike:
** When Kirk runs into the Gilmore house panicking about [[spoiler:ruining the wedding decorations]] and tries to go upstairs to throw up, he complains that the downstairs bathroom hurts his knees when Luke forbids him. Jess and Lorelai separately concur, although since it is Kirk, they're probably more aware of his quirks than Luke is.
** They also separately insist that film and book versions of ''Wild'' are totally different experiences.
* TakeThat: The revival doesn't hesitate to take a couple of digs at modern entertainment: Lorelai calls Rory's boyfriend Paul as forgettable as the Marvel movies, and later, Paris reveals that she broke things off with Doyle because he's a screenwriter now, commenting "Have you ''seen'' the movies lately?"
* TimeSkip: The revival takes place in the present day, about nine years after the final season. It's also established that Richard passed away about six months prior; Emily's arc is her learning how to deal with the grief.
** There are long time skips between each episode, too.
* TitleDrop: Done with Rory's manuscript.
* TrueCompanions: When Jess drops in on Rory, they're able to rekindle their friendship within seconds; they're so close that they don't even have to go through the formalities of hugs and oh-hi-how-have-you-been. At least, that's one interpretation; other fans have complained that he got completely shafted on the romance front.
* WhamLine: The final four words:
--->[[spoiler: '''Rory:''' Mom.]]
--->[[spoiler: '''Lorelai:''' Yeah?]]
--->[[spoiler: '''Rory:''' I'm pregnant.]]
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse:
** Paris has the beginnings of a character arc in the summer, but never re-appears after that season.
** Paul. Though ostensibly Rory's boyfriend, he only appears in the first five minutes of the show, and there's a RunningGag where Gilmore characters keep forgetting he exists.
* YourCheatingHeart: [[spoiler:Rory and Logan are having a full-on affair. He's engaged to a French heiress named Odette and she's dating a man named Paul, but he's so boring that even ''she'' forgot she's been with him for two years. Rory breaks it off with Logan when she starts to realize that their affair is no longer sustainable, and in the end, Paul breaks up with her over text.]]

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