Over 12 years ago on May 15, 2007, we lost one of the best shows that ever was, or will be, on TV—Gilmore Girls.
From the perfectly casted actors and actresses, to the beautiful setting, and amazing scripts, Gilmore Girls entertained the masses. It made people laugh, cry, cheer, hope, dream, and fall in love.
For Christmas one year, the Hubs surprised me with the entire series in this ultimate box set and every so often, I get in the mood for a marathon. I don’t know how many times I’ve watched the entire seven seasons, but I’m guessing the number is in the teens or twenties.
I can’t help it, I love the show. I get caught up in the small-town life and start dreaming of a life lived in Stars Hollow. Even though the set was in Los Angeles at the Warner Bros studio in the back lot, the recreation of the beautiful seasons of Connecticut just makes me want to move there.
I’d love to own The Dragonfly Inn, manage The Independence Inn, or at least stay in one of them for an extended vacation, soaking in town around me. I’d love to eat every day at either Luke’s Diner, Al’s Pancake World, Weston’s Bakery, Teriyaki Joe’s, Antonioli’s Restaurant, or Taylor Doose’s Old Fashioned Soda Shoppe. I’d love to attend town meetings at Miss Patty’s Dance Studio and have Morey and Babette for neighbors. I’d love to read all those books that Rory talks about and go through the college life at Yale (well, at Rory’s Yale, not really the real one. I’d fail all my classes for sure!). I’d love to live in Lorelai’s house with the peach tile backsplash and countertops, her O’Keefe and Merritt stove in the kitchen, the mismatched furniture, the elegantly dressed mannequin in the living room, and little TV they watched all those movies on.
No matter how many times see the series, and no matter how many times I tell myself I have the DVD’s, that I can watch them whenever I want, over and over again, I’m still crushed as I watch the last few minutes of the very last episode. I miss the show more than any other show ever taken off the air.
Sure, the logical side of me says that they couldn’t have continued it for years and years. But, certainly, they could have kept it for a least another year or two…or several. I wanted to see Luke and Lorelai finally get married. I wanted to see her relationship with her parents continue to get better, and I wanted…well, I just wanted more. I know it’s just a TV show and the characters and town aren’t real.
Maybe they aren’t. But, still, I’d love to live there.