Gilmore Girls

is returning this weekend and for fans, it's been a long time coming - particularly as it might be just what 2016 needs.

This year has sent us reeling from earthquakes, shootings, celebrity deaths and one of the most controversial presidential elections in US history and even entertainment has taken a dark turn with the likes of Game of Thrones and The Walking Dead putting a focus on death and dark dealings.

Gilmore Girls is the opposite of all of that.


This is the show that once spent way too long talking about the words "Oy" and "poodle", before coming up with one of pop cultures most bizarre catch phrases: "Oy with the poodles already".

The show which not only made an entire episode out of a small-town dance marathon, but managed to make it it one of the most iconic episodes of all seven seasons.

In early reviews, critics rubbished Netflix's reboot of the popular show saying it was presenting more of the same and had failed to evolve.

But perhaps that familiarity is what we need. No, it's neither gritty nor controversial and won't invoke any sort of existential thinking or fan theorising, but what Gilmore Girls is, is warm.

Scott Patterson, Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel in a scene from Gilmore Girls: A Year In The Life. Photo / Netflix
Scott Patterson, Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel in a scene from Gilmore Girls: A Year In The Life. Photo / Netflix

We can listen to their fast-talking rambling about coffee and junk food and men, sit in on the town meetings and check in on the crazy characters from around Stars Hollow.

The major difference now is the cast and characters are moving on from the death of Edward Herrmann, who played Rory's lovable grandfather, Richard Gilmore.

Herrman added a much-needed dose of stable male energy to the show and a note of propriety that often eluded the other characters. Now, we see his wife Emily - known for her scathingly judgmental nature - struggling to navigate life as a widow.

But aside from the loss of Herrmann, Gilmore Girls is a show where the biggest drama is a break up or feeling lost in life and losing a pair of lucky underwear, and where a witty one-liner and a cup of coffee can fix just about anything.

Buckle in for Emily's sharp clap-backs, an answer about which boy Rory ends up with, what becomes of Lorelai and Luke, what's bugging Taylor, how Lane's kids are doing and everything else you miss about this wonderfully warm-hearted show.

The Low Down:


Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life


November 25