4 Reasons I Have A Love-Hate Relationship With "Gilmore Girls"

4 Reasons I Have A Love-Hate Relationship With "Gilmore Girls"

I need coffee by the vat.

Ever since I arrived at college two years ago, Gilmore Girls has been my go-to comfort TV show. While it's taken me half of my college career to complete the series (not including the revival), the show is still my television equivalent of hot mac-and-cheese in a bread bowl. This is not to say, however, that it's a perfect show. For as many things that I love about the show, there is always a storyline that seems like a desperate ploy for new drama and romance. So without further ado, here are five horrible things about Gilmore Girls, followed by five wonderful things about Gilmore Girls.

1. How on Earth do they eat so much?

I entirely believe that it is impossible to watch Gilmore Girls without a snack, mainly because Lorelai and Rory are continually eating combinations of Chinese takeout, candy, ice cream, chips, and anything else their hearts desire. While this is all fun to watch, their perfect skin and toned physiques are lies I tell you, lies. There's nothing worse than vegging out with a bag of chips while watching beautiful women do the same thing with no consequences. But....

I love that they eat so much.

The Gilmore women may have unrealistic looks, but seeing women who eat and don't care who's watching is a wonderful anomaly in the world of entertainment. I'm so tired of watching coiffed, toned women picking at their little salads and complaining about how sore they are from the gym. While there's certainly balance to be had, seeing women enjoy a burger without worrying is always appreciated.

2. Taylor Doose.

For those of you who aren't up on your Gilmore Girls characters, Taylor Doose is the WORST. He is the human equivalent of a bossy, rude, uncompassionate, wet mop. He is always a downer, and any scene with him in it automatically makes me cringe. But...

The members of Stars Hollow are some of the best people.

Most of the Stars Hollow townspeople are wonderful, caring neighbors. Miss Patty is always good for a snarky comment, and Babette's antics are some of my favorites, not to mention the comedic genius that is Kirk. Honestly, one of the greatest things about Gilmore Girls is the character development of the entire town, not just the two main women.

3. Lorelai and her mother are the worst.

They both treat each other terribly. Yes, Emily Gilmore is overbearing and controlling and frequently horrible, but that's no excuse for Lorelai's treatment of her. After Richard's heart attack, Lorelai berates her mother for trying to take care of the details, and that scene always breaks my heart. During any heartbreak or chaos in the family, those two are always at each other's throats, and by the seventh season, I was tired of both of them. Nevertheless...

The families of Gilmore Girls always stick together.

The families in Stars Hollow are some of the most realistic and beautiful characters on television. Sookie and Jackson always care for each other, and Babette and her husband are the cutest (weirdest?) couple in Stars Hollow. While it might be an unpopular opinion, I also love Lane and Zack's development throughout the series. Don't @ me.

4. Rory.

Okay, here's my most unpopular opinion: Rory Gilmore is spoiled and annoying. I began to realize this when she slept with Dean (her MARRIED ex-boyfriend), and the final straw was when she gave up on college just because her boyfriend's dad gave her an unfavorable review. She spent her whole life being told she was perfect, and when one man said he didn't think she could be a successful journalist she dropped out of Yale. And this was after her grandparents spent time, money, and a huge amount of effort to get her there! But I digress, because...

Rory is also the best.

I wish I watched Gilmore Girls when I was younger. As a girl who grew up loving books, organization, and school supplies, seeing that character represented on TV would have been so empowering. Rory's dedication to her work and her unwillingness to compromise are two of her best qualities and watching her go through the same life stages as me has been an encouraging (if sometimes frustrating) experience.

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A Playlist From The iPod Of A Middle Schooler In 2007

I will always love you, Akon.

Something happened today that I never thought in a million years would happen. I opened up a drawer at my parents' house and I found my pink, 4th generation iPod Nano. I had not seen this thing since I graduated from the 8th grade, and the headphones have not left my ears since I pulled it out of that drawer. It's funny to me how music can take you back. You listen to a song and suddenly you're wearing a pair of gauchos, sitting on the bleachers in a gym somewhere, avoiding boys at all cost at your seventh grade dance. So if you were around in 2007 and feel like reminiscing, here is a playlist straight from the iPod of a middle schooler in 2007.

1. "Bad Day" — Daniel Powter

2. "Hips Don't Lie" — Shakira ft. Wyclef Jean

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3. "Unwritten" — Natasha Bedingfield

4. "Run It!" — Chris Brown

5. "Girlfriend" — Avril Lavigne

6. "Move Along" — All-American Rejects

7. "Fergalicious" — Fergie

8. "Every Time We Touch" — Cascada

9. "Ms. New Booty" — Bubba Sparxxx

10. "Chain Hang Low" — Jibbs

11. "Smack That" — Akon ft. Eminem

12. "Waiting on the World to Change" — John Mayer

13. "Stupid Girls" — Pink

14. "Irreplaceable" — Beyonce

15. "Umbrella" — Rihanna ft. Jay-Z

16. "Don't Matter" — Akon

17. "Party Like A Rockstar" — Shop Boyz

18. "This Is Why I'm Hot" — Mims

19. "Beautiful Girls" — Sean Kingston

20. "Bartender" — T-Pain

21. "Pop, Lock and Drop It" — Huey

22. "Wait For You" — Elliot Yamin

23. "Lips Of An Angel" — Hinder

24. "Face Down" — Red Jumpsuit Apparatus

25. "Chasing Cars" — Snow Patrol

26. "No One" — Alicia Keys

27. "Cyclone" — Baby Bash ft. T-Pain

28. "Crank That" — Soulja Boy

29. "Kiss Kiss" — Chris Brown

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30. "Lip Gloss" — Lil' Mama

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My AP Environmental Science Class' Cookie Mining Experiment Shows Why Capitalism Is Destroying The Planet

Who cares about the environment with profits this high?


With the AP exams in May approaching quickly, my AP Environmental Science class has wasted no time in jumping right into labs. To demonstrate the damage to the environment done by strip mining, we were instructed to remove the chocolate chips from cookies.

The experiment in itself was rather simple. We profited from fully or partially extracted chips ($8 for a full piece and $4 for a partial) and lost from buying tools, using time and area and incurring fines.

This might seem simplistic, but it showcased the nature of disastrous fossil fuel companies.

We were fined a $1 per minute we spent mining. It cost $4 per tool we bought (either tweezers or paper clips) and 50 cents for every square centimeter of cookie we mined.

Despite the seemingly overbearing charges compared to the sole way to profit, it was actually really easy to profit.

If we found even a partial chocolate chip per minute, that's $3 profit or utilization elsewhere. Tools were an investment that could be made up each with a partial chip, and clearly we were able to find much, much more than just one partial chip per tool.

Perhaps the most disproportionally easiest thing to get around were the fines. We were liable to be fined for habitat destruction, dangerous mining conditions with faulty tools, clutter, mess and noise level. No one in the class got fined for noise level nor faulty tools, but we got hit with habitat destruction and clutter, both of which added up to a mere $6.

We managed to avoid higher fines by deceiving our teacher by pushing together the broken cookie landscapes and swiping away the majority of our mess before being examined for fining purposes. This was amidst all of our cookies being broken into at least three portions.

After finding many, many chips, despite the costs of mining, we profited over $100. We earned a Franklin for destroying our sugary environment.

We weren't even the worst group.

It was kind of funny the situations other groups simulated to their cookies. We were meant to represent strip mining, but one group decided to represent mountaintop removal. Mountaintop removal is where companies go to extract resources from the tops of mountains via explosions to literally blow the tops off. This group did this by literally pulverizing their cookies to bits and pieces with their fists.

They incurred the maximum fine of $45. They didn't profit $100, however.

They profited over $500 dollars.

In the context of our environmental science class, these situations were anywhere from funny to satisfying. In the context of the real world, however, the consequences are devastating our environment.

Without even mentioning the current trajectory we're on approaching a near irreversible global temperature increase even if we took drastic measures this moment, mining and fracking is literally destroying ecosystems.

We think of earthquakes as creating mass amounts of sudden movement and unholy deep trenches as they fracture our crust. With dangerous mining habits, we do this ourselves.

Bigger companies not even related to mining end up destroying the planet and even hundreds of thousands of lives. ExxonMobil, BP? Still thriving in business after serial oil spills over the course of their operation. Purdue Pharma, the company who has misled the medical community for decades about the effects of OxyContin and its potential for abuse, is still running and ruining multitudes more lives every single day.

Did these companies receive fines? Yes.

But their business model is too profitable to make the fines have just about any effect upon their operation.

In our cookie mining simulation, we found that completely obliterating the landscape was much more profitable than being careful and walking on eggshells around the laws. Large, too-big-to-fail companies have held the future of our planet in their greedy paws and have likewise pulverized our environment, soon enough to be unable to return from.

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