Gilmore Girls

Common Sense Media says

A coming-of-age drama that's great for teen girls.





What parents need to know

Positive messages

The show embraces diversity, learning, and acceptance and stresses the importance of family relationships.

Positive role models

Rory is a responsible teen-turned-young woman, and she and her mother have a relatably loving-but-complex relationship.

Not applicable

Some kissing and suggestive language, sex is implied off-screen, couples shown in bed together.


Words like "ass," "bastard," "hell," "bitch," "damn," and the like are used fairly frequently.


Lots of pop culture references.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Adults occasionally drink cocktails; excessive behavior is met with negative consequences. Some episodes address underage drinking.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that, thanks to its potential to stimulate relevant conversation, they would benefit from watching this show with their teens. One of the two central characters is a single mother raising the daughter she had as a teenager. Themes of class, tenacity, and family dynamics are common threads. The program delivers positive messages about diversity and learning. Characters of all races, shapes, and sizes are positively represented. All of these positives outweigh any iffy episode-to-episode content, which is why we rate this show "on."

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

GILMORE GIRLS follows the relationship between single mom Lorelai (Lauren Graham) and her daughter Rory (Alexis Bledel), who act more like best friends than mother and daughter. They live in the fictional town of Stars Hollow, Connecticut, where Lorelai runs an inn. Lorelai's parents, Emily and Richard Gilmore (Kelly Bishop and Edward Herrmann), have a central role in their granddaughter Rory's life -- often to Lorelai's annoyance.

Is it any good?


Gilmore Girls has made significant strides as an intelligent, well-written program featuring strong female leads and a diverse cast. The show has won considerable praise from critics and male and female viewers of all ages. Chock full of pop culture and literary references, the material is exceptionally clever.

Tweens and teens alike will gain great insight from the lead characters. Rory loves and respects her family, reads for fun, and has the body of a normal teen. She makes mistakes and learns from them and is the kind of girl parents have been clamoring for on television for years. But everything isn't always so starry in Stars Hollow. The series touches on a number of mature and real-life circumstances, including underage drinking, the celebration of waywardness, divorce, first loves, first times, single-parenting, and friendship.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about Rory's decisions. Is she self-aware, or does she make choices based on the influence of others?

  • How does Lorelai's relationship with her own parents impact Rory's relationship with her grandparents?

  • What positive aspects are there to the show's central mother-daughter relationship? Are there any negative aspects?

TV details

Cast:Alexis Bledel, Lauren Graham, Scott Patterson
Networks:ABC Family, CW
TV rating:TV-14
Available on:DVD, Streaming

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  • ON: Content is age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • PAUSE: Know your child; some content may not be right for some kids.
  • OFF: Not age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • NOT FOR KIDS: Not appropriate for kids of any age.

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Learning ratings

  • Best: Really engaging; great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging; good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging; good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging; OK learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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Written byAnonymous December 21, 2010

e.g. Perfect for older kids, but not tweens

A good show but there are a few parts in cars where it gets a little racy
What other families should know
Too much sex
Great messages
Great role models
Teen, 15 years old Written byFromATeenGirlsEyes January 21, 2010

Starts out perfect for tweens, and then grows up with your teen

I started watching this show after school while doing my homework when I was around 12. This show had a huge effect on me. Whenever I felt like there was no way I could get along with the adults in my life, this show was always there to guide me back to believing that our lives were not that different after all. This was one show that I could sit around with my parents and watch, without them complaining about, poor acting, dialog, or just sheer stupidity. The two main characters were actually very big role models for myself, and guided me to try my best in school (such as Rori) but also try to have a good attitude towards life itself. The first seasons I think are great for younger girls. Some of the later ones are a bit more adult, but I grew up while watching this show, so it adjusted with my maturity.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Great messages
Great role models
Teen, 16 years old Written byLoreleilover March 15, 2011

A classic tv show for the ages

One of the best tv shows ever, very very smart, funny, and often very moving. Brilliant writing, acting. Original characters.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Kid, 12 years old August 14, 2010


About 2 minutes into the first episode i saw, i was hooked for life. If your looking for a show to watch with your daughter/or even your husband for that matter, Gilmore Girls is a must watch show. It's a wonderful show about a mother a daughter who battle there wat through love, heartbreaks, and life. But no matter what happens they will always be best friends and will stick together in the end. Gilmore Girls better be number one on you must see list,


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