Lauren Graham (left) as Lorelai Gilmore and Alexis Bledel (right) as Rory Gilmore.

The news that Gilmore Girls is coming back for a new series (rumours say this autumn) on Netflix is such welcome news, and got me thinking about how Gilmore Girls is such a wonderful show about the complicated but ultimately positive relationships women share with their family and friends.

The show ran from 2000 – 2007, and across the seven years showed the close relationship between Lorelai (Lauren Graham) and Rory Gilmore (Alexis Bledel). Lorelai had Rory when she was 16 years old and ran away from home so she could bring her up away from her controlling parents. The series starts with Lorelai getting back in touch with her (rich) parents to ask them to pay for Rory’s private education at Chilton, to give her the best chance of getting into Harvard.¬†In exchange Emily and Richard request Friday night dinner every week. This is the beginning of Rory‚Äôs relationship with her grandparents, and we see the relationship between Lorelai and her parents begin to repair (with many bumps along the way).

While family is undoubtedly the heart of the show, there are some important female friendships in the Gilmores’ lives. Rory’s closest friend is Lane, and while they both go on to lead very different lives with Rory going to Yale and pursuing a career in journalism and Lane finding her passion through music, drumming in a band and eventually marrying another member of the band and having twin boys, they always remain true friends.¬†Rory has a much more complex relationship with her friend Paris, who she meets at Chilton, the pair were often competing with each other, for valedictorian, a place at Harvard (thought they both end up going to Yale) among other things. However once Paris lowers her guard the pair do become friends and are there to support the other one even when they don‚Äôt agree with their choices, like when Paris has an affair with her professor.

Lorelai’s closest friend is Sookie, the chef at the inn Lorelai manages. This friendship turns into a business partnership when they decided to open their own inn together: The Dragonfly Inn. While at times this puts a strain on their relationship, as Sookie relies on Lorelai to be the more business minded and organised one, they ultimately create a successful business and their friendship remains strong.

The new series title has been confirmed as Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life, and hopefully we won’t have to wait too long to see our favourite mother daughter duo back on our screens!

-Danielle Triggs
Junior Girl
Girl Museum Inc.

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