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Gilmore Girls



Fun coming-of-age drama that's great for teens.
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Positive messages

Family relationships, female empowerment, making positive choices, learning, being true to one's self, acceptance. Class distinctions, waywardness sometimes addressed. Additional themes include communication, gratitude, and integrity.

Positive role models

Lorelai is independent, strong, a committed parent; Rory is smart, responsible, self-assured. 


Some occasional strong arguments. 


Some kissing, suggestive language; sex is implied, couples shown in bed.


Words like "ass," "bastard," "hell," "bitch," "damn." 

Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Adults occasionally drink cocktails, wine; underage drinking addressed. Excessive behavior is viewed negatively. 

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Gilmore Girls features a single mother raising the daughter she had as a teenager. Family dynamics, romance, relationship problems, and coming of age issues are frequent themes. There are some mature topics, too, including under age drinking and divorce, as well as some strong language ("bitch," "ass," etc.) and innuendo. However, the strong, empowered women and the positive messages they offer outweigh the iffy episode-to-episode content. Parents may want to watch with their older tweens and teens, since many of the events can serve as a starting point for some important conversations.

What's the story?

Set in the fictional New England town of Stars Hollow, Connecticut, GILMORE GIRLS (2000-2007) follows the relationship between a 32-year old single mom Lorelai (Lauren Graham) and her teen 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. When Rory is accepted to a prestigious private high school, Lorelai turns to her wealthy parents, Emily and Richard Gilmore (Kelly Bishop and Edward Herrmann) for financial help despite years of estrangement. The loan marks the beginning of a new family dynamic, and the start of Rory's high school adventures. As she studies, hangs out with friends like Lane Kim (Keiko Agena), Lorelai's life revolves around her daughter, her job, and friends like Sookie St. James (Melissa McCarthy) and coffee shop owner, Luke Danes (Scott Patterson). 

Is it any good?


The fun, quirky series mixes drama and comedy as it follows the mother-daughter duo negotiating friendship, romance, and family up until Rory graduates from college. Lorelai and Rory's glib conversations make their complex relationship seem more sister-like than parental, but the fiercely independent Lorelai never waivers in her commitment to her daughter regardless of her own romantic entanglements. While Rory is a typical teenager, her love of learning, lack of body issues, maturity, and overall decision-making process consistently makes her positive role model. 

Part of what makes the seven seasons of the Gilmore Girls so successful is the clever writing, which mixes pop culture and literary references, and which results in some fast-talking conversations that are delivered with artful ease. Yes, it has its share of soap-opera like moments, but what it also delivers is a lot of insight about growing up and dealing with the complications of life without being preachy. It is a television show that doesn't shy away from difficult issues, but approaches them in ways that are both relatable and empowering to young women. 


Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about Rory's decisions in Gilmore Girls. Is she self-aware, or does she make choices based on the influence of others? Does Lorelai's relationship with her own parents impact Rory's relationship with her grandparents? Does this change over the years? 

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

  • Gilmore Girls ran for seven seasons. What makes it such a popular series? Do you think new generations of viewers will find it entertaining? Are the themes presented still relevant today?

  • How do the characters in Gilmore Girls demonstrate communication, gratitude, and integrity? Why are those important character strengths?

TV details

Premiere date:October 5, 2000
Cast:Alexis Bledel, Lauren Graham, Scott Patterson
Networks:Freeform, CW
Character strengths:Communication, Gratitude, Integrity
TV rating:TV-14
Available on:DVD, Streaming

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Adult Written byRobbruin83 February 19, 2011

Perhaps thé perfect TV-series to get your child(ren) get acquainted with everything that might be called "life"

I have to be honest: the moment I decided to review this brill TV-series, I reckoned it to be fit for ány age. But when I came to think of it deeper, I really came up with the notion that perhaps only teens from 11+ (give or take a year or two, depending on how mature your child(ren) is (are)) can fully appreciate this show. Again, being honest: I reckon this show as not containing things that might shock your child(ren). In fact, in a certain way, all is life-like, but without the sharp edge. Every parent knows that sooner or later his/her child learns about the birds and the bees, and so many other things that may qualify as "that's life". This show might be thé source of all of that for your child. Because it not only shows the nice, fine, and pleasant aspects of it all, it also shows that, like everything, all comes with good ánd bad, thus showing the consequences of it all. For almost everything major happening in this show, there's a balance of 'pro vs. anti', which creates an opening for you and your child(ren) to debate about it, share eachothers thoughts. Below are some topics of the show, followed by the storyline it involves with, and concluding with my review of Talk About concerning that topic. * Religion | Storyline: Lane Kim (Rory's best friend) doesn't believe in anything but music, while her mother is a very strict Korean christian, all of which make Lane turne out to be a very creative girl involving hiding everything; from CDs to (potential) relationships, and from lavalamps to her dreams. | Talk About: how do you see religion, and how does your child(ren) see it? Is there room for personal views, eventhough they may not be the same? * Virginity | Storyline: Rory's friend/rival Paris confesses to her that she lost her virginity, and reckoned it great but weird at the same time. Rory, after Paris asked for her experience, confesses that, although in her second relationship (first being Dean, second being Jess), she's still a virgin, because she doesn't feel 'ready yet'. In a later season, however, she looses her virginity to Dean, who is, at that time, married with another girl. It wasn't a secret, though, that they both still loved eachother, eventhough they were in other relationships. With both situations, the 'no glove, no love' (i.e. do it safe) is emphasised. | Talk About: what does it mean to have sex, and loose your virginity? Is it OK to have sex with someone who loves you, and you love him/her, eventhough one of the involved persons is already committed? Is there a 'wrong vs. right' in such a situation? What may be defined as being 'the right person'? * Pregnancy | Storyline: Lorelai, unmarried, had her child (Rory) when she was a teen. | Talk About: if having sex, what kind of consequences does it may have? * Virginity part 2 | Storyline: Lane Kim falls in love with a bandmate of hers. Eventhough she loves to try everything her mother told her not to, she remains virgin until she is married with this guy from her band, which turned out to be 'the one' for her. She didn't like sex (on her honeymoon), though, and she even praises her mother for making sex sound so wrong, for 'it is'. She turns out to be pregnant of twins, eventhough she used a (discount Mexican), though. | Talk About: this might be THE opportunity to speak about condoms and pregnancy in general; are they safe (enough)? If having sex, what are the basic steps to make it safe? And if something happens, is it something that your child(ren) can say to you? * Relationships | Storyline: Lorelai seems to runaway from the relationships she has with men. | Talk About: is a relationship scary? Why is it/isn't it something to runaway for? Again: what may be defined as 'the right person'? * Family | Storyline: Lorelai has many ups and downs with her parents, and although she and Rory are mostly girlfriends first and parent-child later, they also have some highs and lows during the 7 seasons. Another example is Lane Kim; coming from a strict Korean family, during the seasons she and her mother get estranged from one another, though they ultimately seem to share a relationship nearly as close as Lorelai and Rory seem to have, being able to talk with eachother as full-grown adults.| Talk About: what does family mean? Is there a point in which you and your child(ren) can see eachother as fully-grown adults/human beings?What might mark that point? Is everyone allowed to have his/her own ideas? * Social status | Storyline: The parents of Lorelai, Richard & Emily Gilmore, are of a certain high-class society, which is something that Lorelai just wanted to escape, because of its many rules and etiquette. In later years, she does her best to be 'working-class', for 'high-class' stands for strings and etiquette, and 'working-class' stands for indepence. | Talk About: what are the social classes in society? Are there many differences? Is a certain social class happier or unhappier, or even better off/ not better off than another? Are there simularities in how social classes experience life? And there are many other topics in this show that create a great opening for you and your child(ren) to talk about! My reason for giving it an "On for 11+" rating: there are so many references in this show (from film to music, and from TV-series to TV-personalities), that even many adults don't understand it all. However, the topics in this show should be seen by 11+ children, for it gives them a (for parents) safe glipmse of the teenyears that are ahead of them. I also would like to mention, though, that it depends per child; if a child is 10, but very mature for his/her age, then he/she might like it, but if a child is 13, but not as ready, than I would hold it of just a bit. It does, however, involves the objective common sense of a parent.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Parent of a 10 year old Written byshertoo May 7, 2011
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,