Gilmore Girls: Season 1 (2000 - 2001)

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Gilmore Girls

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

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Critic Ratings: 25

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User Ratings: 232

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Episodes

Air date: Oct 5, 2000

When Rory gets accepted to a fancy prep school, Lorelia is forced to humble herself and ask her mother for help in paying the tuition.

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Air date: Oct 12, 2000

A T-shirt, shorts and cowboy boots clad Lorelai accompanies Rory on her first day at school, drawing disapproving stares from the other mothers and from Lorelai's own mother, Emily. Lorelai and Emily argue over money for Rory.

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Air date: Oct 19, 2000

When Richard and Rory form an instant bond during a wonderful day of golf, Lorelai feels left out and finds it difficult to observe Rory's emotional connection with Emily and Richard, knowing that she herself lacks the same intimacy.

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Air date: Oct 26, 2000

Rory has trouble getting good grades at her new school. Lorelai becomes interested in Rory's handsome teacher.

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Air date: Nov 2, 2000

Lorelai forgets to tell Rory that she has a date with Rory's teacher Max. Rory has a new crush.

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Air date: Nov 9, 2000

Rory gets upset at Emily, who plans a formal birthday party for her but feels that Rory is being ungrateful when Rory reveals that she would not like to have a formal birthday party. However, Lorelai's party for Rory is a success.

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Air date: Nov 16, 2000

Rory decides not to tell her mother that she and Dean have kissed. Lorelai takes the liberty of inviting Dean over, and Rory is embarrassed by her mother's actions.

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Air date: Dec 14, 2000

Lorelai shares a wonderful day with Max while Rory is snowed in at her grandparents home. Lane misses Rory and comes to visit.

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Air date: Dec 20, 2000

Rory turns down two boys' offers to take her to a school dance and instead chooses to go with Dean. Dean gets into conflict with the two jealous boys, who were rejected by Rory. Dean and Rory fall asleep together inside of Miss Patty's dance studio. When they wake up, Rory rushes home, only to hear her mother and grandmother in a passionate argument about Rory ending up like her mother.

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Air date: Dec 21, 2000

Richard collapses at the Gilmores' Christmas party. Dean assures Lorelai that nothing improper happened on the night he and Rory fell asleep together. Lorelai and Luke seem to be more attracted to each other.

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Tv Season Info

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.

Cast

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
Teal Redmann
as Louise Grant
Meagen Fay
as Arlene
Jackson Douglas
as Jackson Belleville
Shelly Cole
as Madeline Lynn
Ashley Cohen
as Jessica
Sean Gunn
as Kirk Gleason
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News & Interviews for Gilmore Girls: Season 1

Critic Reviews for Gilmore Girls Season 1

All Critics (25) | Top Critics (14)

"Gilmore Girls" is a well-drawn tale of single-motherhood that stops short of being mushy.

Mar 9, 2020 | Full Review…

The comedy is diverting enough, but the poignant drama makes Gilmore Girls special. This series may not fit conventional expectations for family drama, but the show succeeds on that turf anyway.

Mar 9, 2020 | Full Review…

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…

Where most of the new shows I've been forced to sit through lately do just about everything wrong, "Gilmore Girls" gets most of the fundamentals right, especially the acting and writing.

Mar 9, 2020 | Full Review…

Self-consciously precious at times, "Gilmore Girls" is lifted by dynamics between mother and daughter.

Mar 9, 2020 | Full Review…

Ordinarily, I frown on the mother-and-daughter-as-friends premise, but in this case, I tolerate it because a third mother -- Lorelai's mother -- is included in the mix, giving the show an interesting, three-way look at mother-daughter relationships.

Mar 9, 2020 | Full Review…

The writing constantly walks the line of clever and 'look at me, I'm being clever'. Doubletalk and witty dialogue permeate every sentence, and the result is sort of a 'Mamet for women'.

Mar 9, 2020 | Rating: 5/10 | Full Review…

Is it churlish to suggest that one of the most beloved and popular dramas currently on television is really kind of dull?

Mar 9, 2020 | Full Review…

Yes, it has its share of soap-opera like moments, but what it also delivers is a lot of insight about growing up and dealing with the complications of life without being preachy.

Mar 9, 2020 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

It is smart, it is funny and it is morally uplifting.

Mar 9, 2020 | Full Review…

The writing is good throughout - witty, but not drawing-room witty - and provides abundantly the small moments which, compounded, create a reality.

Mar 9, 2020 | Full Review…

It's a cheerful drama with great wit and a bold spirit.

Mar 9, 2020 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Gilmore Girls: Season 1

  • 5d ago
    My fiancee is addicted to this show. It's so bad that I can't even listen to it in the background. The most Monotone acting of all time.
  • May 06, 2020
    Great show!! Watched the whole thing in two months while quarantining :) Lorelai is pretty annoying and rude, but you get used to her after awhile. You should watch it if you love cheesy, romanitc, funny, shows.
  • Apr 26, 2020
    It's a good thing. It's good. It's good. It's actually really good. Shut up
  • Mar 14, 2020
    I think I was supposed to love this more than I do. It's fine. Maybe I waited too long and it's a bit dated now? I'm not sure why it's not catnip for me like for many in the same demographic. Oh well. It's fine, it's good. Plenty more TV to watch.
  • Mar 11, 2020
    Love love love this season of Gilmore Girls! Quick-paced, witty, charming, hilarious, and strangely comforting, this is a must see!
  • Feb 08, 2020
    Too much dialogue and annoying characters much bad references
  • Nov 02, 2019
    I loved Gilmore Girls! It's so real and you feel so connected to everything. It shows the most perfect mother and daughter relationship. The way the small town is like a small family.. Its beautiful.. I loved how it ended as well. Couldn't be more perfect
  • 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.!)

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