YMMV / Gilmore Girls

  • Abandon Shipping: The revival miraculously managed to put a lot of people off both Rory/Logan and Rory/Jess, the longest-standing ship war in the fandom. Rory/Logan lost a lot of sympathy thanks to the pair cheating on their respective boyfriend and fiancee, while a big reaction to Jess - who retained his character development - was that he deserves better than the now unlikable Rory and shouldn't still be pining after his high school girlfriend. There's also of unity on all the characters deserving better than the writing they got regardless of shipping.
  • 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.
    • Millenials, as of A Year in the Life. Between Lorelai's digs about trigger warnings and the Thirty Something Gang, it's clear the show doesn't think much of this generation.
  • 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?
    • Is Rory a sweet, doe-eyed innocent or a spoiled and manipulative brat? A Year in the Life hits the viewer with Protagonist-Centered Morality so hard, that it's hard not to lean towards the latter: this time she's having an affair with an engaged man, while also cheating on her own boyfriend, who is apparently such as a Disposable FiancÚ that it's supposed to be funny, and unlike in the original series this time nobody even attempts to call her out on this. Her professional attitude is not much better, making it weirdly satisfying when an interviewer catches her unprepared and (coincidentally) calls her a loser girl. One article even makes a case for her being an all out sociopath: [1]
      • Possibly explained by The Reveal that Rory is writing a book entitled "Gilmore Girls." It's possible that the show has been her book all along, making her an Unreliable Narrator when portraying herself.
    • Jess and his feelings for Rory after his Longing Look at the end of A Year In the Life. Has he genuinely been pining for her for years or did seeing her again just bring up feelings of nostalgia that weren't a big deal? Alternatively, given Rory's behaviour and her taking a level in jerkass, was Jess just sad that the old Rory was gone and finally letting go of who she used to be?
  • 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-Breaking Character:
    • 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? A Year In The Life which has his lose all of Season 7 development and cheat on his fiancee with Rory leans more towards the second interpretation.
    • Jess. Jerkass who treated everyone, including Rory, like dirt? Or does his Hilariously Abusive Childhood and Ambiguous Disorder offer an explanation for his behavior? The Jerkass interpretation is less popular as of A Year In The Life, as he's actually retained his Season 6 character development, has his life/career together and manages to be more mature than Rory, Luke and Lorelai put together most of the time.
    • 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 cannot get himself together and/or step out gracefully of Lorelai's life when he's clearly making it worse. After Rory goes to see him and tells him about Lorelai's wedding, he tells her that he's learned his lesson about staying away.
    • Rory after A Year In The Life Is she a normal 30-something going through a mid-life crisis and her failing career and vagabond existence justifies her poor decision like having an affair with Logan? Or is she just a selfish, entitled brat who barely bothered with her career in the first place and has a history of cheating? There's also the problem that in the original series, a lot of fans viewed Rory in s5-7 (who partied with Logan and stole yachts) as wildly out of character compared to studious, sweet Rory of s1-4 but the revival suggests that's who she's really become.
  • 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".
    • The Stars Hollow Musical in A Year in the Life. And the weird Alice in Wonderland themed diversion with the Life and Death Brigade.
  • Broken Base: Regarding Jess's Longing Look at Rory at the end of A Year In The Life, indicating he might have feelings for her. Some fans are hopeful that Rory/Jess might get a happy ending after all and think they could be great together now he's matured from the original series. Others - including a lot of former Jess/Rory fans - don't like the implication that Jess is still pining for her and thinks he deserves better than Rory, given how her character has regressed. A final group still don't like Jess or Jess/Rory at all, and would prefer Rory with someone else (like Logan) or for her to stay single.
  • Counterpart Comparison: Within the series itself, some people have gotten to compare Rory's boyfriends to Lorelai's (main three) in terms of both relationships, personalities and appearances. That is, Dean resembles Max, Jess resembles Luke and Logan resembles Christopher. The revival only adds fodder to those parallels. Dean is now a figure of Rory's past, a nice guy who just wasn't meant to be. Jess is Just Friends with her, offering her advice and support when needed and the end suggests that he still has romantic interest in her. Logan, by Lorelai's words is "the man [Rory] just cannot quit" and however many fans may loathe it, the most likely candidate for being Rory's child father.
  • 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:
  • Ending Aversion: The final four words in A Year in the Life caused most, if not all of the fandom to scream in anger, especially the implications that foreshadowed it.
  • 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.
    • Judging by fan reactions, A Year in the Life may also have this result in some corners of the fandom.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple: Rory/Jess still appears to be the most popular pairing, at least on tumblr. The most the ending gives them is a Maybe Ever After as Jess is implied to still be pining for her the same way Luke did with Lorelai.
    • There have also been a lot of jokes about shipping Rory/Therapy or Rory/Getting Her Life Together, after her downward spiral in the revival.
  • "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.
    • When Sookie and Jackson are on their first (somewhat disastrous date), Lorelai comments that she'll wear blue to the wedding. Two seasons later...
  • Harsher in Hindsight:
    • In the Season 2 finale, Lorelai says "Guess who's in the midst of breaking up?" Rory replies "Brad and Jen?" Fast forward a couple of years...
      • In the same episode, Paris runs for student council president. Does a smart, competent candidate who's unlikeable enough to lose sound eerily familiar?
    • In Season 3, Lorelai goes on a bad date. Their next date is supposed to be a Bowie concert; Lorelai cancels saying she'll see Bowie "On his next farewell tour." Sigh.
    • 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.
    • Made even worse by A Year In The Life, where Rory is willingly sleeping with an engaged Logan while herself having a boyfriend she considers 'too forgettable' to actually break up with, and apparently ends up pregnant with Logan's child.
    • The season one episode where Richard suffers a heart attack and Emily demands he won't die before she does becomes this after Edward Herrman's death in 2014. It's been confirmed his character died with him in the revival as well.
    • Mitchum telling Rory "she doesn't have it" as a journalist in Season 5, completely devastating her. A Year In The Life proves he was more than right as her journalism career is stuck in a rut and despite being a freelancer she makes little effort to chase any stories.
  • Heartwarming in Hindsight: In A Year in the Life, Rory is 32, the same age Lorelai was at the beginning of the original series. In a meta sense she's even older as Lauren Graham was 33 at the filming of the pilot and Alexis Bledel is currently 35.
  • 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.
    • Sookie also has a line in Season 2, where she makes fun of one of Lorelai's wannabe suitors for watching Ghostbusters over 100 times.
  • 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.
  • Hype Backlash: A Year In The Life suffers from this. After the lacklustre ending of the original show there were high hopes leading up to the revival's release, excitement over all the returning cast and anticipation that Amy Sherman Palladino would fix the mistakes of the last few seasons. However the four episodes have been met with mixed to poor reviews, a lot of fans are furious at the ending, even more have turned on Rory's character altogether and the Palladino-less Season 7 doesn't seem nearly as bad in retrospect.
  • Just Here for Godzilla: More of a reaction to A Year in the Life than preparation for it, but the revival had the majority of viewers finding Rory to be a full-blown Designated Hero for her infidelity and self-entitlement issues and thus only enjoyed the episodes for Lorelai and Emily's storylines, or only Emily's (with the added dosages of Kirk).
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Only the Creator Does It Right:
    • This show is practically the poster child for this trope, with the marked difference between Amy Sherman-Palladino's auteur style on the show versus season 7 following her departure.
    • Subverted by A Year In The Life where ASP has full control, but the reactions have been mixed to bad, with many even praising the series finale over the events of AYITL, especially the ending and the Famous Last Four Words.
  • 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.
    • The Logan/Rory affair in the revival, which made both characters look horribly unlikable and barely offered any insight as to why they were cheating on their significant others rather than properly getting together.
  • The Scrappy: April. For many of the reasons, mainly the fact that she's introduced as Luke's long-lost daughter and his handling of the situation is what drove a wedge into the Luke and Lorelai relationship in seasons 6 and 7, April is the most hated character in the fandom.
  • Seasonal Rot: The last three seasons come under a lot of criticism. Season 5 was criticized for Rory becoming more unlikable (sleeping with Dean while married in the S4 finale and their pointless rehashed relationship, then her becoming much more entitled and stealing a yacht after meeting Logan). Season 6 had the unpopular Rory/Lorelai argument, dividing the fanbase, and the utterly loathed plotline of April turning up purely to break Luke and Lorelai up. Then Season 7 lost Amy Sherman-Palladino altogether, had Luke and Lorelai separated for most of it and the hated Lorelai/Christopher marriage.
  • 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 original 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 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
  • Take That, Scrappy!: April in A Year In The Life is a pretentious MIT graduate who says she 'only watches German silent films' and acts, in general, like an overly-entitled hipster. Of course, when she's alone with Rory, she has a full blown panic attack and was faking the whole pretentiousness in order to fit in at MIT.
  • Unfortunate Implications: The original show was not considered perfect in the representation department either, but A Year in the Life has been considered even worse in its treatment of homosexuals and POC, added to Rory and Lorelai spending the opening scene of "Summer" making blatant fun of overweight people. This article in particular sums the issues up.
  • Unintentionally Unsympathetic:
    • Rory and Logan in A Year In The Life as they have an ongoing affair while she has a boyfriend and he's engaged. The show plays it like they have some star-crossed lovers-thing going on even though they could get together in a minute if they wanted to, as Logan never explains why he has to marry his fiancee and the only reason Rory hasn't broken up with her boyfriend is she keeps forgetting he exists.
    • Also Rory regarding her career: yes it sucks that her journalism dream isn't going the way she wanted it to, but it is a very tough field and she's apparently spent the last ten years floating around cherry picking whatever articles interest her, complains about being "broke" despite her inheritance from her grandparents and makes little effort to get steady work. When she has an actual meeting for a job she comes in totally unprepared and then starts insulting the woman when they don't hire her.
  • 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 B.S.O.D. 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.
    • Rory's freakout on the phone to the CEO of Sandee Says when she isn't hired. Considering how unprepared she was, it wasn't surprising that she got rejected. She apparently didn't learn from the "You don't have it" that Mitchum gave her.
    • Rory being so hurt that Logan wants her to stay in a hotel like a good mistress she is, because his fiancee is in the town really can make eyes roll.

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