Rejoice, "Gilmore Girls" fans. Your favorite fast-talking, small-town, mother-daughter CW classic arrives on Netflix on October 1 for your viewing pleasure. Prepare to watch the story of Lorelai and Rory Gilmore whenever you feel like it.
There are 7 seasons of "Gilmore Girls" to get through and if you have the time perhaps you'll start from the beginning and follow the magic through the end. But if you want to skip to the very best or know which episodes to look out for, we've got you covered.
Here are 11 essential "Gilmore Girls" episodes you should check out:
"Kiss and Tell" (Season 1, Episode 7)
This episode is major because it's all about Rory's first kiss with new kid and future boyfriend Dean, of course. But it's also special because Dean hangs out at Rory's with her mom for the first time. Here we get to see what it's like for an outsider to get to be a part of the club that is the Lorelai Gilmore household -- a place where pizza, classic movies, gossip, and witty banter is sacred. Also, the kissing.
"Rory's Dance" (Season 1, Episode 9)
While the Stars Hollow Gilmore home is typically a pleasant place to hang and binge on junk food, there's still room for family drama sometimes. This episode features an emotionally-charged exchange between Rory and Lorelai after Rory spends the night with Dean at Ms. Patty's studio. Even though she says nothing happened, Lorelei has trouble trusting her because of her own rocky teenage past. Oh, momma Emily Gilmore also happens to be there when Rory returns, making the moment that much harder to deal with for Lorelai.
"Sadie, Sadie" (Season 2, Episode 1)
This is the one where Lorelai accepts Max's proposal. She's gonna be a Sadie! (See above.) Plus, Dean comes over to Friday family dinner and gets a taste of Emily and Richard's difficult ways.
"I Can't Get Started" (Season 2, Episode 22)
It's Sookie and Jackson's wedding day! But it's also time for Rory to choose between Dean and bad boy Jess. Well, she kisses Jess and if you're a Jess fan, then you should probably watch this episode on repeat. This one will also make your heart sink into your stomach because after Lorelai reunites with Christopher she finds out -- dun dun dun -- his girlfriend is pregnant.
"They Shoot Gilmore, Don't They?" (Season 3, Episode 7)
What a doozy. This one all goes down during the Stars Hollow Dance-a-thon, which has Rory and Lorelai all dressed up in old-timey '40s costume to top off all the drama. Dean breaks up with Rory in front of everyone when he realizes she loves Jess and we see real heartbreak for Rory, despite her feelings for Jess.
"Dear Emily and Richard" (Season 3, Episode 13)
'80s flashback time! This episode is essential viewing because we get to see the events surrounding Rory's birth and what exactly went down between 16-year-old Lorelei, her parents, and Christopher.
"The Big One" (Season 3, Episode 16)
Yay for Rory, who get into three Ivy Leagues, including her dream school, Harvard. But her driven pal Paris gets rejected, resulting in a wacked-out public meltdown at Chilton's bi-centennial where Paris admits she lost her virginity. Don't blame your lack of college acceptances on sex, Paris! Oh -- Max and Lorelei reunite in this one too...
"The Lorelais First Day At Yale" (Season 4, Episode 1)
Leave it Lorelei to save the day. This episode has TV's coolest mom joining Rory and her dormmates on their first night at college doing what she does best -- making friends, ordering tons of food, and being generally awesome. We can't say we would want our own mother chilling with us in that coming-of-age situation, but this is Lorelai Gilmore we're talking about.
"Raincoats and Recipes" (Season 4, Episode 22)
So, this is kind of a big deal because Rory decides to sleep with Dean, who happens to be married... But it's also a big deal because Luke and Lorelai! The Dragonfly goes through a test run and the two of them finally kiss. It all ends when Lorelai comes home to find Rory (or "the other woman") and she is NOT pleased.
"Written In the Stars" (Season 5, Episode 3)
More Luke and Lorelai goodness that we can't get enough of. We get to see Luke's sensitive side as he shows Lorelai a horoscope he kept that she gave him when they first met. Aww. This is also where Rory meets her new longtime boyfriend, Logan Huntzberger.
"Gilmore Girls Only" (Season 7, Episode 17)
Emily tags along with Lorelai and Rory as they road trip to North Carolina to attend a wedding for Mia, the former owner of the Independence Inn who helped raise Rory as a young child. This episode we get to see a vulnerable, albeit rude, Emily who clearly feels upset about missing on part of her granddaughter's life. Fortunately the family gets in a little bonding time once Lorelai begins to understand her feelings. It might be entertaining to watch the two older Gilmores at odds, but we certainly do love it when they find some common mother/daughter ground.
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