What parents need to know
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."
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?