Yes, I’m a guy, and yes, I love “Gilmore Girls.” I’ve never understood why that’s a rarity – after all, the mother-and-daughter title characters are both gorgeous women and the main dude on the show, Luke (Scott Patterson), is a backward-baseball-cap-wearing, restaurant-running man’s man.
“Gilmore Girls” Season 5 (2004-05, WB)– I can’t say Rory was entirely likable this season, but I did enjoy seeing the junior Gilmore girl squirm during the first day of her newspaper internship. No writing staff does “awkward” better. And the last 10 minutes of the season finale was both awe-inspiring and “aww”-inspiring. I loved how director Amy Sherman-Palladino lingered on Lauren Graham’s uncharacteristically speechless face at two key moments: First, when her parents wrest Rory from her; second, when she listens to Luke’s rant, inspiring the best “Will you marry me?” in recent TV memory.
“Gilmore Girls” Season 3 (2002-03, WB), episodes 1-5— Television’s elite show right now is “Gilmore Girls” (7 p.m. Tuesdays, WB), which packs more wit into an hour than any other show (drinking a ton of coffee does have its benefits). In a recent episode, Rory (Alexis Bledel) began to question her Harvard dream after a dinner with conveyor-belt academics who break into spontaneous quiz games at the table. Hilarious and sobering.
— John Hansen, “The Golden Age of TV is over (but at least we have ‘Firefly’),” NDSU Spectrum, Oct. 25, 2002
“Gilmore Girls” Season 2 (2001-02, WB), episodes 1-16 — “Gilmore Girls” (7 p.m. Tuesdays, WB) may be more a lot more chipper than “Once & Again,” but that’s not to say it’s less realistic. It’s just that Sherman-Palladino sees the world through a uniquely observant and humorous lens, which is why “Gilmore Girls” is currently the best show on TV. In this second season, Sherman-Palladino has taken the central strength of the show — the adorableness of Lorelai (Lauren Graham) and Rory (Alexis Bledel) — and shaken it up, as if challenging viewers to not love the title characters.
I’ve always been a fan of dark, depressing TV. But while I appreciate feeling cold and empty after an episode, such as this season’s “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” episode where Buffy’s mom dies, I’ve recently discovered that warmness and cuteness can be the traits of a good show as well.
1. “Atlanta” (Season 1, FX) – Donald Glover’s brainchild is a crazy mix of “Curb Your Enthusiasm”-esque wry observations (Earn’s inability to order a kids’ meal), envelope-pushing storytelling choices (the pundit roundtable parody) and outright horrific violence (Earn witnesses a murder, then moves on like it’s just another day in the ATL). It comes together as an on-point – albeit still crazy — portrait of being a dead-broke young adult on the backstreets of a collapsing American city.
Amy Sherman-Palladino and Daniel Palladino warmly invite fans back into Lorelai and Rory’s world in “Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life,” four 90-minute episodes that hit Netflix last week. I had always been satisfied with the seven seasons of “Gilmore Girls” (the cancellation of “Bunheads” after one season left a much bigger void), but by the end of these six hours, I realized that this bow was indeed needed to tie up the saga in a more perfect way.
The Fall 2016 season is Exhibit A in the case that TV is running low on original ideas: “MacGyver”(8 p.m. Fridays, CBS, Sept. 23) is a straight-up relaunch with a new cast, hoping to capture some of the popularity of the ’80s hit. Even though the movie franchise petered to a close 18 years ago with the fourth entry, “Lethal Weapon” (8 p.m. Wednesdays, Fox, Sept. 21) is coming to TV, complete with the movie’s logo flashed across the trailer every few seconds, apparently to bring up warm thoughts of the films.
Here are some movies and TV shows on my radar in the year ahead:
“The 5th Wave” (movie, Jan. 22) – Chloe Grace Moretz stars in this “Invasion of the Body Snatchers” riff. While the preview – as with most movies nowadays — gives too much away, this still looks like a compelling family survival drama amid an alien invasion. “It Follows” breakthrough star Maika Monroe is in the cast, too, and she’ll also be in the year’s other big alien film, “Independence Day: Resurgence” (see below).
“Gilmore Girls” Season 7 (2006-07, The CW) was maligned from the get-go by many viewers simply because Amy Sherman-Palladino and Dan Palladino weren’t involved anymore. To me, that makes new executive producer David S. Rosenthal’s accomplishment all the more impressive: The final season has that classic “Gilmore Girls” rhythm from start to finish despite having only two returning writers (Rosenthal and Rebecca Rand Kirshner).