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TV Series Review

Life's short. Talk fast.

For seven seasons (2000-2007), that tagline fit the Gilmore Girls pop-saturated, rapid-fire dialogue to the proverbial T. While most hour-long scripts run, at most, 60 pages, The WB's little-watched but much-loved dramedy saw its scripts land in 78-page territory, each packed with so many pop culture references and "Gilmore-isms" that The WB published booklets detailing them. (Ah, those halcyon days before everyone had the internet in their pockets.)

The series lost its creator, Amy Sherman-Palladino, in 2006 when the show was folded into The WB's successor, The CW, and lasted just one more season. Even at its height, Gilmore Girls was never watched by much more than 5 million people—a pittance back when shows like CSI were drawing five times that and more.

But nothing ever really dies in these nostalgia-driven days—especially if your fans holler long and loud enough. Now, Lorelai and Rory Gilmore are back drinking coffee in Stars Hollow, Conn., talking about love and life and dropping obscure Lord of the Rings references—this time on Netflix. Of course.

Pour a Cup and Sit a Spell

Netflix has become America's nostalgia network these days, serving up everything from sweeping historical dramas (The Get Down, The Crown), '80s-esque sci-fi homages (Stranger Things) reheated cheesy sitcoms (Fuller House) and even revamped animated kids' fare (Voltron, Popples). Perhaps it was only a matter of time before Gilmore Girls, which has aged surprisingly well and still boasts a robust, passionate fan base, joined the retro party.

But this version of Gilmore Girls (released in its entirety Nov. 25) is more miniseries than sequel. It's called Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life, and it's split into four episodes each roughly 90 minutes long. Mini-movies, essentially. While the dialogue is as snappy as ever, even Stars Hollow has to accept the occasional change.

Can You Go Home Again?

Rory has long since graduated from Yale and is now a freelance writer, traveling the world in search of great stories. And perhaps she has a boyfriend in every port of call. She certainly has one in London, despite dating a fella named Paul at home.

And Stars Hollow is still home—emotionally if not literally. Rory renews old acquaintances. She visits her icy grandmother, Emily, who's still mourning her recently passed husband. And she spends a great deal of her time, naturally, with her mother Lorelai.

"How long has it been?" Lorelai asks Rory in the opening episode, hugging her.

"Feels like years," Rory says.

But while Rory enjoys her life gallivanting around the globe, she's also somewhat adrift. And as she returns again and again to visit Stars Hollow, the place begins to feel more like her literal home, too, almost as if she's the avatar for every Gilmore Girls fan who never wanted to leave.

Burning Tongues

Gilmore Girls has always presented its share of content difficulties. Lorelai had Rory when she was an unmarried 16-year-old, and the romantic relationships of both mother and daughter could and can turn sexual in a drumbeat. Rory juggles boyfriends whom she's obviously sleeping with, and Lorelai sometimes recounts her own carnal hijinks in discomforting detail. References to bits of sensitive anatomy walk alongside the occasional ogle. The Gilmore girls—along with most everyone else in Stars Hollow and beyond—are not above quaffing the occasional Scotch or dropping the occasional profanity.

But paradoxically, that content goes in hand with the show's strongest asset: its relentless, stay-on-your-toes dialogue.

This show can feel, literally, like all talk. For the most part we don't see any scenes of tawdry romance; we only hear about them afterward. Discussion is often (but not always) wrapped in euphemism and asides. And it flies by so fast that by the time you decipher what they're actually talking about, they're onto something else: a reference to Rachael Ray or The Mysteries of Laura, for instance. Yes, Rory says "crap," but it's just one of about 15 bazillion words that cascade from her mouth so rapidly that it feels a bit like a leaf in a waterfall.

This is not to excuse any of the content, of course. It's here, and you can't avoid it. But the fact that there's also so much else woven into the non-stop dialogue (the wit, the references, the clever asides), and the fact that the show has such a sweet, heartening relationship at its core (the sincere, strong relationship between mother and daughter), does ameliorate those concerns at least a bit.

Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life feels a little like that sweet, funny friend whom you enjoy having coffee with but wouldn't necessarily leave your kids with for the weekend.

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Gilmore Girls: Nov. 25, 2016 "Winter"



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Lauren Graham as Lorelai Gilmore; Alexis Bledel as Rory Gilmore; Scott Patterson as Luke Danes; Kelly Bishop as Emily Gilmore; Yanic Truesdale as Michel Gerard; Keiko Agena as Lane Kim; Liza Weil as paris Geller; Sean Gunn as Kirk Gleason; Alex Kingston as Naomi Shropshire; Rose Abdoo as Berta






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Paul Asay

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