Gilmore Girls: Season 1 (2000 - 2001)


Season 1
Gilmore Girls

Critics Consensus

Warm, cozy, and quirky, Gilmore Girls's two lead characters make the show a standout pick-me-up in the family-friendly genre.



Critic Ratings: 13


Audience Score

User Ratings: 201
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Air date: Oct 5, 2000
Air date: Oct 12, 2000
Air date: Oct 19, 2000
Air date: Oct 26, 2000
Air date: Nov 2, 2000
Air date: Nov 9, 2000
Air date: Nov 16, 2000
Air date: Dec 14, 2000
Air date: Dec 20, 2000
Air date: Dec 21, 2000
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Lorelai, 32 years old, has always done things her way. Raised in a world of money and cotillions, she was wilder than the other girls. Pregnant at age 16, she chose her own path, and, in true style, walked with flawless posture right out the door.


Lauren Graham
as Lorelai Gilmore
Alexis Bledel
as Rory Gilmore
Kelly Bishop
as Emily Gilmore
Keiko Agena
as Lane Kim
Edward Herrmann
as Richard Gilmore
Melissa McCarthy
as Sookie St. James
Yanic Truesdale
as Michel Gerard
Liz Torres
as Miss Patty
Jared Padalecki
as Dean Forester
Liza Weil
as Paris Geller
Scott Cohen
as Max Medina
Chad Michael Murray
as Tristin Dugray
Sally Struthers
as Babette Dell
Michael Winters
as Taylor Doose
David Huddleston
as Harrison Porter
David Sutcliffe
as Christopher Haden
Marion Ross
as Lorelai `Trix' Gilmore
Dakin Matthews
as Headmaster Charleston
Emily Kuroda
as Mrs. Kim
Nick Chinlund
as Ian Jack
Teal Redmann
as Louise Grant
Jackson Douglas
as Jackson Belleville
Shelly Cole
as Madeline Lynn
Ashley Cohen
as Jessica
Sean Gunn
as Kirk Gleason
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Critic Reviews for Gilmore Girls Season 1

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (8)

Gilmore Girls occasionally feels a bit too glib for its own good, with pacing sometimes a tad frantic for a one-hour family drama. Those quibbles aside, it's a welcome addition to prime time, and one of the best of this fall's crop of new series.

Sep 19, 2018 | Full Review…

One of the best things about Gilmore Girls is that even small characters reappear throughout the show's run, giving a true sense of continuity to the storytelling and reality to the setting as a quirky, warm and interesting place to live.

Sep 19, 2018 | Full Review…

Not quite a misfire, there was still a lot to like about Summer. I'm not sure if writers were wedded to the idea of all four episodes running 90 minutes each, but this one would have worked better at just an hour.

Oct 7, 2019 | Full Review…

All I can say is the Gilmores are back, and in series-best form.

Nov 3, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

"Gilmore Girls" deserves a look from anyone who appreciates quality drama laced with humor. And I bet a lot of "West Wing" viewers fall into that category.

Apr 24, 2018 | Full Review…

The girls have a marvelous rapport and a teasing ease with each other, at times like dear siblings or best friends, and that chemistry centers the show even when the scripted complications get a little absurd...

Aug 13, 2016 | Full Review…

The pilot just gives us the basics, but this heady poultice is already brewing away.

Sep 19, 2018 | Full Review…
Top Critic

An amusing, highly promising light drama from the WB about mother-daughter bonding that is tender, warm and loving in a natural way without heaping on the schmaltz.

Sep 19, 2018 | Full Review…

There is potential here, particularly in the mother-daughter relationship between 32-year-old Lorelai and 16-year-old Rory, who could develop a real bond if they'd stop zinging one-liners for a few minutes.

Sep 19, 2018 | Full Review…

As a premise for a television series, this one isn't half bad. But the real test is the characters, and Gilmore Girls may make it on that score, too.

Sep 19, 2018 | Full Review…

Gilmore Girls is a genuine gem in the making, a family-friendly hour burdened by neither trite cliche nor precocious pablum.

Sep 19, 2018 | Full Review…

Such a nice surprise: A sharply written show about a mother-daughter relationship filled with vibrant emotions instead of cheap sarcasm.

Sep 18, 2018 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Gilmore Girls: Season 1

  • Nov 06, 2016
    Quirky and fun, Gilmore Girls is a lighthearted family comedy that delivers an impressive first season. Developed by former Roseanne writer Amy Sherman-Palladino, the show follows a mother and daughter, Lorelai and Rory Gilmore, who live in a small New-England town called Stars Hallow; and when Rory gets accepted to a prestigious private school Lorelai most seek help from her estranged parents. Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel are perfectly cast as the leads and give tremendous performances. In fact the entire cast is quite good and has great chemistry together. And the show's trademark fast-paced, quippy dialog is rather clever and has a certain charm to it. Still, the series can get a little too farcical at times. Season 1 of Gilmore Girls, while it has its problems, is an incredibly entertaining and touching show about family and growing-up.
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  • May 10, 2018
    “Gilmore Girls”, released in 2000 is an hour-long dramedy following an early-30’s mother and her 16-year old daughter living in the small town of Stars Hollow, Connecticut. Overall, the program made me feel carefree. There’s a lightheartedness to the show that makes it very easy to watch. As much as they delve into the characters’ histories and conflicts, they do so in a way that makes you feel as if you’re watching two people argue over what to do for the evening, as opposed to a decades long feud. I found myself enjoying the acting, especially that of Melissa McCarthy as Sookie. Of all of the characters, Sookie was the one who felt to have more dimension and was by far my favorite to watch. The characters as a whole are incredibly enjoyable. Their flippant approach to life and their day-to-day make the show very easy to watch, though not something that I would find myself getting emotionally invested in. The story centers around a Lorelai, a 30-something mother whose 16-year-old daughter Rory gets accepted into a prestigious high school. Finding herself unable to come up with the funds for said school, Lorelai makes the grand effort to suck up her pride and ask for her wealthy parent’s help. But alas, there is a catch, the ladies are required to attend a weekly dinner with the parents, Emily and Richard, and keep them involved in their lives. On the one hand, I can see a lot of potential for future episodes. There’s enough of a set up that the show has a lot of different directions that it can go in. However, the set up in some ways is also not quite enough to really harness an audience in. I feel that there’s potential to be invested in the characters over time, but there’s not quite enough for me to be excited about the next episode. I would probably continue to watch to give it a chance for a few episodes, and then go from there.
  • Apr 19, 2018
    brilliant! such an amazing feel good series, they start with a bang, from series 6 it gets a bit worse (do not watch the 2016 series) absolutely love these in the first few series
  • Nov 01, 2017
    This is one of the last shows I'd have expected to like, let alone love this much! The only reason it's not higher on my top TV shows list, is because I've only seen one season. But, I'm pretty confident I will like at least one more season, if not a majority of the seasons! This is definitely the series I've given the most 10/10 episodes too! The only ones that come close (that have three or more episodes rated 10/10) are Powerless, A Series of Unfortunate Events, HitRECord on TV, 24, and Rick and Morty! (There are a handful of other shows that I've given one or two 10/10 ratings to episodes!) This series has pretty much everything I'd like to see in a show. Everything is perfect, especially the wonderfully outstanding performances from everyone, with the standouts being Alexis Bledel and Lauren Graham, (obviously!) The humor is pretty much always spot on, as well as the writing, especially when it's from solely the creator! (Most of the ones written by only her are my favorites!) There is so much more I could say, but I'm going to try and keep it (this review) short! I really can't find too many, or any, flaws with this! I'd highly recommend at least this first season, I'm excited for more, especially the next season, and I'm hoping that I at least like this next second season, because then that's a third of the show that I like! (Unless you want to count the Netflix mini-series, then it'd be a fourth. But I personally wouldn't, and I'm not too sure that you would either!) Also, the finale this season was pretty great too! One thing I'm not hugely for, but not completely against! (I was going to write/type "Also, this seasons finale", but it didn't seem right, the S at the end.!)
  • Sep 21, 2017
    Came to this late - finding it witty, smart, esoteric, delightful.
  • Nov 29, 2016
    Thought it was a great start to the series!
  • Nov 17, 2016
    Gilmore Girls establishes itself early on as a dynamic TV show with charming small town antics and witty dialogue.
  • Jan 03, 2015
    While the show is funny and addicting, and I know you're tired of hearing "witty", it relapses into endless reference. The pop culture references, the daughter who is like me in that she like journalism: these were the things that kept me hooked, but the fast and furious dialogue needs to be toned down for some especially clippy quips that really stand out. But that's not really the part that bothers me. I don't think it's boring either like I did when I was younger (you just have to be interested in intellectual banter), but I didn't like how it shoves opinions down your throat. The show teaches young people not only to like certain bands that would make you seem cool or the mother and daughter's certainly bad taste in movies and tv but it contains liberal propaganda. While this review says nothing about my views, it's not good to show young people who are undecided about their beliefs; I know many-a-10-year-old would watch this. The characterization, for what it has credit, is very quirky and slower shows like these (with faster dialogue) tend to spend most of the time developing this, but the mother especially sends the wrong message to preteens to adults. She is raised in a rich world, privileged but unappreciative, the typical American teenager who hates her mom. This show would make other countries with actual family values frown on us. Lorelai, the mom who had her Ivy league and much more mature daughter at 16 has as much petty first world drama as her snobby mother. It's understandable why they are both so much alike and hate each other because they are headstrong, but there relationship doesn't grow very much throughout the show. While the grandmother (Lorelai's mom) is a snob and not used to handling Lorelai's situation, she is still generous and tries harder to form a relationship. Sometimes Emily (Lorelai's mom) is smothering to Lorelai's independent spirit but Lorelai also proves to be too spoiled to the already needy young Americans. She shirks at foreign food and acts very culturally biased to the Asian family who is supposed to represent the Gilmore Girls' opposite by gawking at tofu. The Asian family is supposed to represent the strict values in the show, but we are not rooting for them although the Korean daughter, Lane, is feisty and independent---she, rather, prefers the white bread version of feminism itself. Maybe this show tries purposefully and purposely to be offensive to be funny since it was written by Daniel Palladino who also wrote family guy, but it doesn't come over well in this feel-good, family show.
  • Nov 03, 2014
    A A funny, and touching show.
  • Mar 13, 2014
    better than i thought

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