Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life

TV review by Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 14+

Fast-talking revival retains lots of original's charm.

Parents say

age 14+

Based on 11 reviews

Kids say

age 13+

Based on 15 reviews

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age 18+

Huge Disappointment

It is hugely disappointing to see Rory’s life basically fall apart in this revival of what was an up-lifting, family-oriented program featuring strong female characters who were going places. Rory’s path is on a downward spiral, partially due to some tough luck but mostly because of her unwise and downright foolish choices. The cheating, lies, and casual sex are normalized in the story. it is really sad to watch Rory sink so low when she has so much potential. I don’t know what the writers were thinking when they decided to take the revival in this pathetic direction. The show could have been such an amazing inspiration about achieving one’s dreams and overcoming challenges, but it is so disheartening to watch Rory make these sad choices. I love the characters and settings, and I appreciate the strong dynamics between Lorelei and Emily. But Rory’s thread is just so depressing, and disappointing considering her character had so much potential to achieve great things. I would not recommend this revival for kids under 17-18.

This title has:

Too much sex
age 13+

It’s such a good show

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models

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