Netflix made a lot of 20-something dreams come true this week with the release of Gilmore Girls on it's streaming service.
If you're not a fan of Gilmore Girls, you're nuts! If you've never watched an episode, what are you waiting for? This show was smart, dynamic and entertaining. But what I loved most were the three main characters (personally, I'm a Lorelai fan more than Rory, and have always been a staunch supporter of Emily) -they are real women who have ups and downs just like every other woman. And because of their varying ages (at the beginning of the series, Rory is 16, Lorelai is 32 and Emily is in her 60's), every woman can find a way to connect with at least one Gilmore girl emotion.
The release of Gilmore Girls on Netflix has brought out numerous positive blogs and comments - basically reiterating that this is a fantastic show. One in particular caught my eye last night - When Paris Met Rory: TV's Last Great Teenage-Girl Friendship. Originally published in the Atlantic by Shirley Li, this piece highlighted the unique qualities of a life-changing friendship and the impact that female relationships have. I spent the evening thinking about my teen friendships and all those women added to my life.
Watching empowered, smart and accomplished women on television is becoming more of a reality - which is fantastic. Olivia Pope on Scandal, Alicia Florrick on The Good Wife, Leslie Knope on Parks and Recreation - but in the late 1990's/early 2000's there were Lorelai, Rory and Emily Gilmore, who taught us about making your own choices, valuing friendships above all else, and keeping families close.
Here is an example of the family dynamic that had me engrossed for years
And if you needed further incentives, a yet-to-be-discovered Melissa McCarthy was a series regular, playing Sookie, Lorelai's best friend and award-winning chef. This is my favorite scene from the entire series: Sookie drunk!
*Take a look at this article fro BuzzFeed: 293 Thoughts I Had While Watching "Gilmore Girls" For The First Time. A nice trip down memory lane for Gilmore Girls fans and a helpful tool for newbies!