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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 as well.
  • 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. Likewise, is Lorelai an immature, flighty parent, or a Bunny Ears Mother when it comes to her parenting style? And of course everyone's milage always varies when it comes to how self-absorbed and Sue-like both Rory and Lorelai (but especially Rory) come off.
    • Indeed, some of Richard and Emily's behavior towards Lorelai can be seen as borderline abusive. Emily never seems to run out of cutting remarks to make towards Lorelai and - on the rare occasion Richard and Lorelai have an actual conversation - he's not much better. Both of them rarely let Lorelai forget how much they disapprove of her and how much of a disappointment she is to them. Yet they wonder why Lorelai is hesitant to tell them anything or let them in on her life.
      Lorelai (sarcastically describing Friday Night Dinner): Friday Night Dinners, cocktails, Mozart, mind games — good times!
      • The truth is probably somewhere in the middle for all characters. Lorelai can be immature sometimes, Rory can be spoiled sometimes, and Richard and Emily do show that they love and respect their daughter sometimes. Part of the series' charm is exactly that: the characters act like real people, not like sitcom characters.
  • 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?
  • 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".
  • Canon Sue: Many fans consider both Lorelai and Rory (especially Rory) to have shades of this.
  • 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.
    • Rory, either for being a Dude Magnet, rarely making mistakes, or simply being more successful than her peers. In the early seasons, she was a socially awkward bookworm who eventually broke out of her shell and adjusted to Chilton. The college seasons made her inexplicably popular with her peers somehow.
      • Also,especially in the early seasons the writers had a tendency for portraying her as the sympathetic one even after she treated people who care about her (most egregiously Dean) awfully. Though admittedly, she didn't act this way too often.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: Kirk
  • 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).
  • 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 Take That 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 Wii". This is three years before the Nintendo Wii.
  • 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). This was foreshadowed 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: Many saw Rory's season-five breakdown as this (started dating the wealthy and irresponsible Logan despite his family's rudeness to her; freaked out over Mitchum's reasonable critique of her work and stole a yacht; got arrested; dropped out of Yale, moved in with her grandparents, stopped speaking to Lorelai and joined the DAR) — not to mention the whole "slept with a married man" thing in season four — as this. She managed to undo it all, however: she made up with her mother, got a great job, re-enrolled in Yale, (somehow) graduated on time and then got an even more awesome job on Obama's campaign trail.
  • Narm: A lot of the more emotional moments are severely undermined by those ridiculous female vocals that play over them. They're not even singing words, just "la la la" or "pa pa pa".
  • 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 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 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: We're supposed to see Lorelai's parents as uptight, judgmental rich people, but they are often right about her irresponsibility.
    • We're also supposed to think Mitchum is a heartless monster for telling Rory "[she] don't got it" to make it as a journalist, except that 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.
      • 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 for Operation Jealousy when he 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 Rory to come back and take care of her.
    • To be fair 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 somthing so petty) would be utterly devestating.
    • Rory dropping out of school and having a full on Heroic BSOD because her boyfriend's dad 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 Charlston, 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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