YMMV / Gilmore Girls

  • Acceptable Targets:
    • People who listen to Top 40 Music. The only time that type of music was played was either when they needed actual music for a party scene or the network forced a track onto the show as Product Placement, and the few other times (when Nickelback made its way into the "Wedding in Paris" promo, for instance), it was only in network promos and not the actual episode.
    • Quite often, upper-class people are the butt of jokes.
  • Alternate Character Interpretation:
    • Richard and Emily: judgmental, meddling and manipulative parents who only care about appearances and money? Or the Only Sane People of the whole Gilmore Clan.
    • Is Lorelai an immature, flighty parent, or a Bunny-Ears Lawyer-like Mother when it comes to her parenting style?
  • Award Snub: Seriously how in the name of all that is fast-paced and witty did Lauren Graham NOT win any acting awards for her work on this show? To be fair, she did get a Golden Globe nomination... But that Emmy gold should have been hers! Blame both the WB/CW's lousy award campaigning department and the Emmy committee, whose elderly membership probably thought that the WB/CW was solely the home of Acapulco Heat, trash Talk Shows and sitcom reruns (its block of Aaron Spelling Narm like 7th Heaven and Charmed didn't help either), and was to be avoided at all costs. The show did receive one Emmy nomination, for makeup.
  • Base Breaker:
    • Logan. A Jerk with a Heart of Gold, Troubled, but Cute Prince Charming? Or an entitled, self-centered douchebag who does nothing but drag Rory down with him?
    • Rory in later seasons. Particularly after she slept with a married man, stole a boat, dropped out of school, moved in with her grandparents, joined the DAR, and didn't speak to her mother for months.
    • Jess. Jerkass who treated everyone, including Rory, like dirt? Or does his Hilariously Abusive Childhood and Ambiguous Disorder offer an explanation for his behavior?
    • Christopher. Charming, likable guy who made some mistakes in his past but is genuinely trying to make up for them? Or whiny Man Child who the show forgives for all but abandoning Lorelai when they were teens.
  • Big Lipped Alligator Moment: Quite a few throughout the show.
    • "I just had a dream that Madeline Albright was my mother."
    • Logan, Colin, and Finn's interruption of Rory's class in "Not As Cute As Pushkin".
    • Lorelai's weird dream in "The Real Paul Anka".
  • Creator's Pet: April. When Rory entered the college phase, some fans began to reminisce about the old days when she was still an adorable innocent. The producers picked up on this and voila! She was meant to take up the mantle as the brainy but cute know-it-all who could give the adults a run for their money.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
  • Fanon Discontinuity: Amy Sherman-Palladino's contract ended before she got a chance to execute the way she envisioned the series to end, and many fans choose to ignore the existence of anything after the end of season six (some disregard everything from the point April shows up). She has said some season seven plots will be blended into the revival since some parts have to be maintained for continuity, but probably the worst of it will be handwaved or never mentioned again.
  • Fridge Brilliance: In a Season One episode "Rory's Dance", Rory and Dean leave a Chilton party early, and then spend time walking around Stars Hollow before they accidentally fall asleep in Miss Patty's studio. When Rory returns home the next morning, an angry Emily believes Rory and Dean slept together on Patty's yoga mats. Fast forward to the first episode of Season Five, "Say Goodbye to Daisy Miller", and guess where they have sex for the second time?
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: Lorelai delivers a preemptive speech about how upper class youth feel entitled to everything and can do anything they want. Rory steals a yacht at the end of season 5 and isn't on speaking terms with her mother for about half a season.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: In a season 3 episode, Lorelai eavesdrops on a conversation Rory has with Paris where she reveals that she never slept with Dean, nor had done so with Jess yet, making Lorelai proudly say to herself how she "got the good kid." Come the season 4 finale, Rory sleeps with Dean while the latter is married to someone else, greatly upsetting Lorelai and having to listen to Rory childishly attempt to excuse the ordeal.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • In season 1, "Kiss and tell", Lorelai thinks Rory has "killer blue eyes". Five years later, Alexis Bledel is in Sin City, where almost everything is black and white, except for her eyes, which shine bright blue.
    • In "Keg! Max!", Brian suggests the band be named "The We". This is three years before the Nintendo Wii.
    • Jared Padalecki plays a character named Dean. Think about it for a second...
    • In "A Tisket, A Tasket", Lorelai snarks that Jess must have watched too many Sylvester Stallone movies. Milo Ventimiglia was cast as Stallone's son in Rocky Balboa.
    • Sookie claims in one episode to have friends in the CIA. When Lorelai expresses disbelief, Sookie admits that she meant the Culinary Institute of America, not the Central Intelligence Agency. In 2015, Melissa McCarthy portrayed a CIA agent (this time referring to the Central Intelligence Agency) in Spy.
  • Hollywood Homely: Paris apparently has skin problems, her chest wouldn't bring any male attention, her handsome boyfriend is her "lobotomy victim" and any guy interested in her would be blind. Liza Weil has great skin and is one of the bustiest females of the show, and remarks about her character's unattractiveness admittedly come from other girls, who hate her. It's rather clear that what makes her unpopular is her Insufferable Genius personality.
  • Les Yay:
    • Lorelai often teases Rory that other girls find her cute.
    • Paris lurks behind Rory's shadow so much in seven years (begging Rory to get her into the student sorority and be her student body vice-president, swinging things around at Yale so Rory must share a room with her, etc.) that she might as well be a Stalker with a Crush. Paris and Rory share a kiss on Spring Break (although it took place a month before sweeps in actuality). Way back in episode 2.9 ("Run Away, Little Boy"), Tristan and Rory are set to play Romeo and Juliet in a school project, and Tristan spends most of the episode taunting Dean about how he's going to be kissing Rory on stage; at the last moment, Tristan is sent to military school, and Paris takes over the role (but does not kiss Rory).
    • Lampshaded/parodied in a cutaway gag on Family Guy, where Lorelai and Rory exchange repartee before sharing a French kiss. (Daniel Palladino, the creator's husband, works on Family Guy as well.)
    • Madeline and Louise learn that they can manipulate boys by kissing each other during their freshman year of college.
  • Magnificent Bitch: Trix. Emily's skills in manipulating people sometimes get her into this territory as well, although when actually confronted with her mother-in-law, she stands no chance.
  • Moral Event Horizon:
  • Narm: A lot of the more emotional moments are undermined for some viewers by the Sam Phillips "la la la" or "pa pa pa" soundtrack under those scenes.
  • Romantic Plot Tumor: Rory and Dean in season 4. Because of having ended their relationship abruptly over Jess, it's established that they still have feelings for each other, but the amount of time and focus spent on their New Old Flame tension gets old fast, particularly as Dean serves no other purpose in the season but to be a generic Satellite Love Interest while Rory's character regresses to eventually cheating with a married man. Thankfully season 5 picks up the slacks somewhat as their newfound relationship is short lived and Rory finally moves on. Whether Logan was an improvement from Dean (or Jess) however is up for much heated debate, as mentioned below.
  • Ship-to-Ship Combat: Sweet Jesus, the arguments that erupted over which of Rory's three boyfriends were better for her still go on to this day. Any site that even mentions the show will have commenters arguing over Jess, Dean, or Logan, with some outliers for Tristan and Marty and quite a few passionate arguments for her to be with Paris. When one of Buzzfeed's staff threw their weight behind Logan, the comments predictably started arguing. And when it was announced that the show would be available on Netflix, even more articles sprang up debating which boyfriend was the best. Scott Patterson (Luke) apparently thought Dean was the right one. Milo Ventimiglia, when asked about his time on the show, seemed to prefer the Anchored Ship idea. Then at the Gilmore Girls reunion panel, Milo said he liked Dean while Jared and Matt liked Jess, and then Scott Patterson interjected that all three of them were crap. For those few who ship Marty and Rory, Tumblr has pretty much recast him in retrospect as Entitled to Have Her because he was a "nice guy" who Rory rejected; the season seven passive-aggressive version of his character really didn't help.
  • Shipping Bed Death: Luke and Lorelai spent four seasons as Just Friends and the most popular ship of the show, with most viewers dying to see them get together, but they just didn't work as a couple. The writers went on by literally shipping off Luke for several episodes, giving the couple forced conflicts and at best having the characters putting their engagement on-hold because of unrelated circumstances (such as Lorelai's conflict with Rory in Season Six), overall leaving the impression that the pair worked better as friends than in an actual relationship.
    • To be fair, Luke and Lorelai's relationship was pretty well-received initially and popular when they were actually together throughout Season 5 and the first half of Season 6, plus fans were happy when they got engaged. It was only when the writers threw in the angst of Luke lying about April, Lorelai sleeping with Chris and their break up during Season 7 that people turned on the relationship. It was more the pair worked well as friends and a couple, just not as exes.
  • So Okay, It's Average: Unfortunately for many, the series finale, which felt more like a Fix Fic. By then, many fans had already abandoned the show altogether. Even at the reunion the entire cast agreed that outside of Rory's 'wide open future', it pretty much failed as closure on all counts (and counts as the only time in real life Kelly Bishop and Liza Weil expressed any frustration at Warner Bros. for the abrupt end).
  • Special Effect Failure:
    • The season 3 episode where Lorelai's birthday is celebrated has Rory arranging for the "world's largest pizza" to be made (that ends up being Hartford's biggest pizza instead.) When the giant pizza is being lowered to the ground by a crane machine, the image is very obviously photoshopped.
    • Sometimes the snow in winter episodes looks rather fake.
  • Strawman Has a Point:
    • Viewers are supposed to see Lorelai's parents as uptight, judgmental rich people, but they are sometimes right about her irresponsibility. She's a grown-ass woman who absolutely has the right to make her own mistakes without her parents butting in.
    • Mitchum is presented as a heartless monster for telling Rory "[she] don't got it" to make it as a journalist, except that some would say he's completely right. As was pointed out in the episode itself, Mitchum determined that she wouldn't be able to make it as a journalist and that she would be better suited as someone's assistant, yet we're never given the impression that Rory was anything more than an assistant at the newspaper. His main issue seemed to be that she showed little initiative, sitting there quietly taking notes instead of jumping in with her ideas. So...she couldn't learn to do that? Gilmore Girls is set in a universe where a person can't think to themselves, "Last time, holding back didn't do me any favors, so now I'm going to be more assertive"? And can you blame an unpaid intern for thinking that her place is to keep quiet, listen, and learn instead of acting like she's got all the answers? The fact is, a lot of interns in real life would get slapped down for the kind of initiative Mitchum apparently wanted Rory to show. (She'd make a helluva an editor however... (especially for book editing versus journalistic editing) or book reviewer.)
    • Rory rips into a ballerina for a horrible performance in the Yale newspaper. Richard supports it because Rory would be doing the ballerina a favor since she can now pursue a different career. This is completely forgotten when Mitchum essentially tells the same thing to Rory. Likely Truth in Television, as it's common for a grandparent (or parent) to want better treatment for their grandchild (or child) from others than they expect toward non-relatives. And Richard adored Rory.
    • Lorelai is supposed to be wrong when she dismisses Logan as being the kind of irresponsible guy who gets drunk with his fratboy friends, then the next morning skydives wearing a stupid costume, which is merely the way he's getting to the next stupid stunt he's going to do... a season later, Logan turns out to apparently be planning to do just that.
    • Dean, when giving Rory a rather well deserved What the Hell, Hero? speech over her stringing him along and using him for Operation Jealousy when she likes Jess. Not very gentlemanly, dumping her in public? Well, yeah. Justified? Well, yeah.
  • Wangst:
    • When Luke and Lorelai break up in 'Say Something', Lorelai takes to her bed for at least two days and cries like a child, even needing her daughter Rory to come back and take care of her. However, this is Luke her best friend of the last 10 + years, and who she had feelings for almost as long but held off admitting it because she didn't want to risk them breaking up. Having that fall apart (especially over something so petty) would be utterly devestating.
    • Rory dropping out of school and having a full on Heroic BSOD because her boyfriend's dad (aka super important media personality) told her that she didn't have what it takes to be a journalist. Wut? Especially irritating as in the first season she had hoards of people (Paris, Headmaster Charleston, Madeline and Louise, Tristan, Max, even Lorelai) doubting her ability to manage at Chilton. Despite the odds she insisted she could manage and worked her way up. The difference in her reaction speaks volumes about how Rory's character regressed.

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