More Than Family
In 2000, The WB television network introduced the world to the Gilmore girls. Set in the small town of Stars Hollow, Connecticut, Gilmore Girls is a charming television drama that tells the story of a single mother, Lorelai Gilmore, and her teenage daughter, Rory, as they navigate their way through the shifting tides of day-to-day life. Lorelai and Rory's relationship is one built out of friendship as much as it is based on maternal love, which allows for more drama and depth than most family shows. Lorelai played by Lauren Graham is a relatable character because she has built up her life from nothing since she got pregnant and left home. In her first television role Alexis Bledel, Rory, showed depth in her character and was relatable to many teens who watched the show. Rory gets thrust into the prestigious school Chilton that her grandparents pay for in return Rory and her mother must go to family dinner every Friday night. This starts conflict because Lorelai hasn’t had a good relationship with her parents since she got pregnant with Rory at sixteen. Richard and Emily Gilmore, Rory’s grandparents, played by Edward Herrmann and Kelly Bishop are rich and are not afraid to flaunt their wealth around. This ensures a lot of conflict between them and Lorelai because she doesn’t want any of their money and nothing to do with them. Rory’s best friend Lane, Keiko Agnea, is a Korean American who just want to play rock-n-roll, but her mother is stuck in her Korean ways and wants Lane to go to church and find a nice Korean boy to marry someday. Once Rory graduated Chilton she goes to Yale, her grandfather’s alma mater. Lorelai is not happy about this because she thinks Rory is picking her grandparents over her mother. At Yale, Rory aspires to be a journalist and has tough times on the Yale newspaper team. Gilmore Girls started out as an alternative show to watch when all of the sexual innuendo ridden television shows were not what people wanted to...
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