Never Seen the Show? Here Are the Basics
30-Second Overview: Lorelai had a kid at 16 (oops), Rory, and ran away from her wealthy family in Hartford, CT, to a small town. Rory is bound for an Ivy League school, reads every book ever, is generally beloved by the small town, and has amazing skin. Lorelai and Rory talk incredibly fast, dropping dozens of pop culture references per episode. They draw a strange mix of characters to them as they move through the world, causing some trouble along the way.
It's the Show Women Need Right Now: Sure, there are a lot of skinny scarves, baby doll tees, and a soundtrack of literal la-la-la-ing, but newcomers should not dismiss Gilmore Girls as a seven-season-long chick flick. The strong cast of female leads and supporting characters are some of the smartest, funniest, most ferociously brave women we've seen on TV. Considering the relatively small age gap between them, Lorelai and Rory have a healthy, honest mother-daughter relationship. Lorelai and her own mother, Emily, however, have a far tenser dynamic as they slowly work to rebuild past rifts. As quirky as Gilmore Girls is, the show deftly navigates the nuances of family politics, and the relationships are heartbreaking and realistic.
Lorelai Gilmore Was the Ultimate Low-Key Aughts Style Icon
Lorelai Gilmore's personal style ran the gamut over Gilmore Girls' seven seasons. Her outfits ranged from the more traditional working-mom-in-Connecticut thing, with turtlenecks, pencil skirts, and leather blazers, to the more youthful "I'm not a regular mom, I'm a cool mom" look of jeans and baby doll tees.
What she did to accessorize these outfits, however, is what made Lorelai a fashion legend. To put it simply, Lorelai loved accessories. Like, loved accessories. Whether she wore a hat—any hat! bucket hats, bright hats, knit hats indoors—a bandana, a skinny scarf (oh, the countless skinny scarves), or an endlessly long necklace, Lorelai added a dose of her big personality to every look. But there is one Lorelai-approved accessory we can always get behind: the cup of coffee that never seemed to leave her hands.
You'll Have to Pick Your #Team
Lorelai has her share of suitors, but it's Rory's three main boyfriends who have ignited the biggest debates among viewers. As you've likely gathered from social media, most fans fall into one of three camps: Team Dean, Team Jess, and Team Logan. Each is dreamy in his own way. Each is flawed in his own way. Each shows Rory things about herself she didn't know.
The Guy: Dean
His Signature Look: Floppy hair and a grocery store stock boy apron.
Why You Might Root for Him: Dean is Rory's first boyfriend. Though not particularly ambitious, he's polite and makes for a decent, clean-cut high school sweetheart. He loves that Rory loves books, though he does not love books himself.
The Guy: Jess
His Signature Look: A James Dean moto jacket with a Kerouac-level disregard for authority.
Why You Might Root for Him: Consider Jess the typical bad boy, with an intellectual twist. His voracious reading tendencies help him keep up with Rory, and his rebel-without-a-cause vibe throws just a bit more passion into their relationship.
The Guy: Logan
His Signature Look: Trust fund duds and an adventurous streak.
Why You Might Root for Him: OK, Logan seems like the worst at first (after all, he is one spoiled dude), but he never fails to encourage Rory to chase her dreams of being a journalist. He's supportive of Rory's career, and pushes her just a little out of her comfort zone sometimes—in a good way.