Editor’s note: We updated the graphic and gave Willie a mug from Luke’s Diner.
Autumn is brewing, and there’s no better way to spend a crisp fall day than strolling around Stars Hollow’s gazebo with a cup of Luke’s world-famous coffee. That is, if Stars Hollow was a real place. Enjoy the next-best thing by curling up and watching “Gilmore Girls” on Netflix as the leaves turn and the air gets chilly.
Gilmore Girls, produced by Amy Sherman-Palladino, is a quintessential autumn show. Though some of the early-2000s pop culture references admittedly go over my head, the seven-season show is still perfectly binge-worthy. Follow Lauren Graham as Lorelai Gilmore and a young Alexis Bledel as Rory Gilmore as they navigate relationships and seek meaning in a world that is seemingly against them.
Lorelai and Rory are a mother-daughter pair. Lorelai, who found herself pregnant at 16 years old, left her wealthy New England parents to raise her young daughter in the charming, small east coast town known as Stars Hollow. The show follows Rory, a top student and avid reader, as she first learns the ins and outs of private high school and later seeks her greater purpose as she studies at Yale. Lorelai’s story plays out as she runs the town’s inn and saves up to buy and renovate her own. The two storylines intertwine in each episode in unique and surprising ways.
The girls’ interactions are always hilarious — they constantly crack dry jokes and play off of each other’s quips. The show is so fast-paced and the humor so pointed and witty you can’t help but laugh out loud.
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Perhaps the most underrated parts of the show are the interactions between the Gilmore girls and Stars Hollow’s quirky characters. Sookie, played by Melissa McCarthy, is Lorelai’s best friend and never fails to entertain. Paris, Rory’s frenemy and competition in school, is a constant source of comedic relief with her intense and matter-of-fact personality. One of my favorite characters is Luke, who runs the local diner and is hopelessly in love with Lorelai. All I want as summer turns into fall is a hot cup of coffee from Luke’s diner.
What really makes Gilmore Girls the perfect fall show? There are many series on Netflix I’d classify as binge-worthy, but the uplifting and positive nature of the show is what sets Gilmore Girls apart. I’ve become endeared to the characters and the small-town charm. The autumns in little Stars Hollow are beautiful, and the colors of the New England trees are transformative.
If I could live inside any TV show, this would be it.