Originally aired in 2000, Gilmore Girls has been listed as one of Time Magazine’s All-Time 100 TV Shows and won of a series of awards, including an Emmy. It stopped airing in 2007, but thanks to the series’ fans and the power of social media, a revival show is here.
Since the noughties, we’ve seen a bit of a trend in networks bringing back shows that have been cancelled, from Futurama to 24 and from Arrested Development to Full House. The time came for the GG revival in 2015. During a cast reunion at the ATX Festival in Texas, the creators of the show realized how much of a fan base of the Gilmore Girls there still was – and how eager they were for a continuation of the series. A series which, by the way, saw the characters drink a total of 503 cups of coffee in its seven seasons. Yes, someone actually counted.
Gilmore Girls returned as a new Netflix series titled Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life. Now in her early 30s, Rory travels the world as a freelance journalist. The coffee-obsessed daughter of the coffee-obsessed mother ends up writing a book about their life, while the family gets together to mourn the death of Richard Gilmore, Rory’s grandfather and husband of Emily Gilmore. The Girls already had traveled a bit in the original series, with one of our favorite trips being to Paris in season 7. The revival sees Rory hopping on a plane to London and living in New York, and probably missing the free coffee refills at Luke’s. We could easily imagine her looking for the best coffee deals around the world, and she’d find out thanks to a survey conducted by Couponbox that a Starbucks coffee is $0.53 more expensive in London than in New York.
In the new season, characters and loose ends from the show’s past are revisited. The Netflix series is comprised of four episodes which go by the respective names of the four seasons, and premiered on Netflix on 25th of November. In just 9 years, much has changed in the world, and much has changed in the Girls’ lives. Some things are constant though, and one of them is their legendary love for coffee. The new show takes the opportunity to set new coffee trends (do you know the difference between a ‘wet cap’ and a ‘dry cap’?) and comment on the ongoing ones (apparently, Lorelai doesn’t like the almond and coconut milk trend). Another thing that has changed in these years is the way marketing is done: In order to promote the new show, Netflix transformed cafes across America for just one morning into Luke’s Diner, the quintessential location of the original show, also providing free coffee.
By the way, fans are already complaining that the actors are not holding their coffee cups in a convincing way.
Actors carrying around obviously empty coffee cups are one of my pet peeves. I’m looking at you, #GilmoreGirls.
— gentlyfalling (@gentlyfalling1) November 28, 2016
The original series was Alexis Bledel’s first major role, and Lauren Graham took it upon herself to help her during the first season. Careful watchers have spotted her arm around Graham a lot, which was evidence of that support. It also helped their on-screen mother/daughter chemistry, of course. Since then, Bledel has gone on to star in films such as 2005’s The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants and 2009’s Post Grad.
If you’re even a bit of a fan of the original series, it’s worth looking into the 4-part revival show. Oh, and if you’re wondering about those cups of joe, at least Lauren Graham claims they’re not empty.