Gilmore Girls is an American comedy-drama television series, created by Amy Sherman-Palladino and starring Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel. The show debuted on October 5, 2000, on The WB and became a flagship series for the network. Gilmore Girls originally ran for seven seasons, the final season moving to The CW and ending its run on May 15, 2007.
Gilmore Girls Season 1
Rory has a difficult time settling in at Chilton, struggling to match the demands of private school and attracting the fury of classmate Paris Geller, her academic rival. She meets her first boyfriend, Dean, but the pair break up when Rory doesn’t reciprocate his, “I love you”.
She is also pursued by arrogant Chilton student Tristan, but she has little interest in his advances. After being romantically pursued by Rory’s teacher, Max Medina, Lorelai decides with a conflicted heart to give the relationship a chance. This dynamic creates some tension between Lorelai and Rory. At the same time, Lorelai harbors a close friendship with the local diner owner Luke Danes, and several people comment on their mutual attraction—but Lorelai is in denial and Luke doesn’t act on it. Rory’s father, Christopher Hayden, returns and also wants to be with Lorelai but she tells him he is too immature for family life.
All the while, Lorelai struggles to adjust to having her parents in her life on a regular basis. Emily and Richard enjoy developing a relationship with their granddaughter, but also realize how much they have missed. The season ends with Rory reuniting with Dean, and Max proposing to Lorelai.
Gilmore Girls Season 2
Lorelai accepts Max’s proposal but realizes shortly before the wedding that it doesn’t feel right and they break up. She and Sookie get excited about opening their own business at the dilapidated Dragonfly Inn but the owner refuses to sell. Sookie gets engaged to Jackson Belleville, a local farmer.
Luke’s teenage nephew, Jess Mariano, comes to live under his care. Jess is sullen and angry with everyone apart from Rory. The two strike up a friendship, causing jealousy in Dean. Lorelai is disapproving of their closeness, labeling Jess as a bad influence, especially when they are in a car accident which leads to a blow-up with Luke. Richard announces that he has retired but soon becomes bored and sets up his own insurance company.
Christopher appears to have his life together and Lorelai decides to reunite with him. But at Sookie’s wedding, Christopher learns that his recently estranged fiancée is pregnant and decides to return to her, leaving Lorelai heartbroken. Meanwhile, Rory impulsively kisses Jess.
Gilmore Girls Season 3
Rory’s attraction to Jess grows stronger, and she gets jealous when he teases her with a new girlfriend. Dean can’t ignore what is going on and eventually ends their relationship. Rory and Jess immediately become a couple. Meanwhile, she and Paris spend the year as Student Body Presidents at Chilton and both submit applications to Harvard University.
Paris is devastated when she doesn’t get in. Rory is accepted but decides to attend Yale University instead, much to Emily and Richard’s delight. The Independence Inn is badly damaged in a fire, but Lorelai and Sookie are able to buy the Dragonfly when its elderly owner dies. Jess pressures Rory to have sex with him, which leads to a fight between Dean and Jess. Luke begins dating a lawyer named Nicole.
Lane Kim, Rory’s best friend, starts a band called Hep Alien and tries to convince her strict mother to let her date the guitarist, Dave while keeping the band secret. As the season ends, Jess abruptly leaves Stars Hollow to track down his estranged father in California, and Rory graduates high school as valedictorian.
Gilmore Girls Season 4
Rory starts her college education at Yale, with Paris – now a friend – as her roommate. Both start working for the Yale Daily News. Rory is surprised when Dean quickly marries his new girlfriend.
The pair grow closer again over the season, leading Rory to turn down Jess when he returns and declares his love. Lorelai spends the season renovating the Dragonfly Inn in preparation for its opening, along with Sookie and their colleague Michel.
She also begins a relationship with Richard’s new business partner, Jason Stiles, which she keeps secret from her parents. Lane’s mother learns about Hep Alien and throws her out of the house.
Sookie and Jackson have a son. Lorelai and Jason break up after Jason sue Richard for leaving their partnership and Lorelai sides with her father. Emily feels neglected by Richard and the two separate, with Richard moving into the pool house. Luke and Nicole elope during a cruise, but quickly decide to divorce.
Towards the end of the season, Luke accepts that he is in love with Lorelai and begins wooing her. The pair finally kiss on the Dragonfly’s opening night, while Rory loses her virginity to a married Dean.
Gilmore Girls Season 5
Lorelai and Luke start a relationship. Emily and Richard – who reunite and renew their wedding vow – disapprove and Emily interferes by telling Christopher to try to win her back. Luke feels overwhelmed, resulting in a brief separation between him and Lorelai and a rift between Lorelai and Emily.
Rory tries to have another relationship with Dean, now separated from his wife after she found out about the affair, but it soon ends when he realizes how different their lives are. She falls for Logan Huntzberger, a wealthy playboy Yale student whose parents think she is beneath him.
Lane and Paris both start relationships: the former with her bandmate Zack, the latter with Yale Daily News editor Doyle. Sookie has a daughter. Rory gets an internship at Logan’s father’s newspaper but is deflated when he tells her she “doesn’t have it.” Rory lashes out due to this and she and Logan are arrested for stealing a yacht, after which Rory announces that she is quitting Yale and moves in with her grandparents at their pool house. When Lorelai sees how supportive Luke is over the situation, she asks him to marry her.
Gilmore Girls Season 6
Lorelai is devastated by Rory’s actions but insists that she can’t force her back to Yale: it’s a decision Rory must make for herself. Mother and daughter don’t speak for six months.
Rory has to complete community service and Emily gets her a job with the DAR. Richard becomes concerned but eventually, after encouragement from Jess, Rory returns to Yale and reunites with Lorelai. She replaces Paris as editor of the Yale Daily News, which causes issues in their friendship, and after a short separation from Logan, the relationship gets serious.
Rory is crushed when Logan’s father sends him to work in London. Hep Alien disband then come back together; Lane and Zack get married. Lorelai plans a wedding with Luke, but things get difficult when Luke learns that he has a 12-year-old daughter named April. He starts building a relationship with her but keeps Lorelai separate. Lorelai tries to accept this but eventually snaps and issues him an ultimatum. When he doesn’t agree to elope, Lorelai goes to Christopher for comfort.
Gilmore Girls Season 7
Lorelai and Luke officially split when she tells him she slept with Christopher. Before much time has passed, Christopher convinces Lorelai to try a relationship. Christopher receives a letter from Sherry Tinsdale. Sherry is Christopher’s ex-girlfriend and the mother of his second child, Georgia.
The letter states she wants to be a part of Georgia’s life again and requests that she spend time with her in Paris. Lorelai and Christopher decide to go with Georgia to get her settled. The pair spontaneously marry during the trip in Paris, but Lorelai soon accepts that it isn’t right and they split amicably.
Luke has a custody battle over April, after her mother moves them to New Mexico, and wins the right to see her during holidays. Lane and Zack have twins, and Sookie becomes pregnant again. Rory completes her final year of college. She and Logan spend half the season in a long-distance relationship until he eventually moves back to New York. He proposes, but Rory says that she wants to keep her options open, which leads to their separation.
She panics about what she will do after graduating; following some rejection, she gets a job reporting on the Barack Obama campaign trail. Stars Hollow throws a surprise goodbye party for Rory. When Lorelai finds out that Luke organized it, the pair reconcile with a kiss.
Lorelai promises Emily that she will continue attending Friday Night Dinners. Before Lorelai and Rory have to say goodbye, they have one last breakfast at Luke’s Diner.
Gilmore Girls A Year in the Life
Nine years after the end of the original series, Netflix produced a Gilmore Girls revival miniseries. Rory is struggling in her journalism career and having a no-strings-attached, secret affair with Logan in London, while technically having a boyfriend named Paul that she often forgets about.
While Logan is engaged to be married, the two of them can’t seem to stay apart. Lorelai and Luke live together but are still having communication problems. Richard has recently died of a heart attack, which causes tension between Lorelai and Emily, and they end up in joint therapy.
Lorelai starts to question her life, so travels to California with intentions to hike the Pacific Crest Trail, where she has an epiphany: she fixes the rift with Emily by recounting a happy story about Richard, and goes home to propose to Luke. Emily decides to sell the Gilmore mansion and move to Nantucket, where she starts working in a museum. After encouragement from Jess, Rory decides to write a book about her life called “Gilmore Girls”. After Luke and Lorelai marry, Rory tells her mom that she is pregnant.