Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life

TV review by
Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media
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Fast-talking revival retains lots of original's charm.

Parents say

age 14+
Based on 11 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 13 reviews

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Positive Messages

Characters are generally kind to each other and sensitive to each other's feelings; mockery of a few characters heads into over-the-top territory, like when one character is so forgettable he winds up getting abandoned repeatedly. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Rory and Lorelai Gilmore are both responsible, hardworking, loving toward each other, and loving toward others. Their character quirks are cutesy: They like to gossip and drink coffee, and both tend toward the flighty. 


References to prostitution and sex. A married couple kisses in bed, fully clothed, while other characters have sex (no nudity). 


Cursing: "hell," "damn," "goddamn," "bulls--t," multiple repetitions of the word "crap." 


Near-constant pop-culture references, from vintage rock stars to lists of cheesy Lifetime movies. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

A man suggests that an energetic woman needs Xanax. A character drinks too much at a funeral and acts silly and sleepy. 

What parents need to know

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. 

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byAP P. July 16, 2017

Was not entertaining at all like the series

I expected a story with the wit and banter like the series--but I was sorely disappointed. I actually had to forward through some scenes since they were too bo... Continue reading
Adult Written byJoel E. June 28, 2017

Amazing show! Just the closure we needed.

Some uses of inappropriate language (s**t), and indirect sex. However, this show is definitely child safe!
Teen, 13 years old Written bykhanhi May 5, 2017

Love the Revival-- almost lives up to its name

I have watched all of "Gilmore Girls" seven seasons twice. And honestly, this revival kind of tore Rory apart, at the end of the series it is revealed... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byawesomr January 5, 2021

It wasn't as good but it was good to see our Gilmore girls again!

Usually sequels/revivals are not as good as the original and Gilmore girls was no different, but it was still really nice to get to see our Lorelai and Rory and... Continue reading

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. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • 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?

  • Rory and Lorelai have a very special way of communicating that works for their family. How does your family best communicate? Why do you think this is an important character strength?

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