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Parents need to know that Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life is a four-episode revival of the popular comedy about a mother and daughter who navigate life together with lots of conversation and coffee. Cursing includes "hell," "damn," "goddamn," "b---t," "bulls--t" and multiple uses of "crap." Expect jokes about and references to sex -- a woman talks about losing her virginity at a party; a married couple kisses in bed, fully clothed. A man jokes about an energetic woman needing Xanax; characters drink too much at a funeral and act sloppy and sleepy.
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What's the story?
Nine years after popular network series Gilmore Girls ended, GILMORE GIRLS: A YEAR IN THE LIFE picks back up with Lorelai (Lauren Graham) and Rory (Alexis Bledel). Lorelai is still happily living in the tiny oddball town of Stars Hollow, Connecticut, still running the inn that's kept her in coffee all these years, still married to diner owner and operator Luke Danes (Scott Patterson). Rory is working on getting a journalism career together, even though, as Luke says, print is dead, and as her grandmother Emily (Kelly Bishop) says, it's odd that she's a 33-year-old woman without a permanent address. Dozens of the characters whom fans remember from the network show, from Melissa McCarthy's Sookie to Jared Padalecki as Rory's ex, also return to cause mayhem that Rory and Lorelai can only handle with a few good, long conversations over two steaming mugs of joe.
Is it any good?
Fans can breathe a sigh of relief: Lorelai and Rory are the same as they ever were in this limited-edition return of the much-beloved series. They'll know from the very first lines of the very first episode of Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life. "Hey!" says Rory. "That's how you look when you get off a plane?" says Lorelai. "You've been stuffed in a glorified tin can for seven hours, surrounded by people with consumption, diptheria, scabies, hummus dip, rabid dogs." Pause for huge breath before moving on to Broadway showtune references, a home remedy for pimples, and a Gwyneth Paltrow zinger.
Stars Hollow is the same, too. Though Luke is currently giving out fake passwords to the W-Fi that doesn't exist in his diner, the tiny town is still as cutesy as ever, with sweetly lit-up Christmas decorations, pet pigs, a town father obsessed with replacing septic systems with sewers, a small-town newspaper, and citizens who spit out pop culture references like machine-gun fire. The cynical might find it a cesspool of Prairie Home Companion-like twee, but the already charmed will be warmed by the prospect of sitting down and spending a few more hours with their favorite hyperliterate (and just plain hyper) mother-and-daughter pair -- as well as delighted by how many characters, major and minor, have been coaxed to return.
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Families can talk about why Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life was made. What's the appeal of reboots and revivals? Which others of your favorite shows do you wish would make a comeback?
Do the characters on Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life talk and act like actual people? Is that deliberate? Is real life funny, or is it funnier to exaggerate speech and actions?
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