Emily Gilmore, Lorelai Gilmore, and Rory Gilmore from The Gilmore Girls
While Gilmore Girls reruns may be regulated to the ABC Family channel, I highly suggest watching the show. It’s rare for a show to portray a good relationship between a mother and daughter, but even more rare for there to be an entire family: Emily (grandma), Lorelai (mother), and Rory (daughter). Of course, this being a drama and all, their relationships change and flux. They don’t always see eye-to-eye, but you always know that they love and care for each other.
When the Gilmore Girls began, Lorelai was a single mother raising her daughter Rory in small town New England. Lorelai came from a rich family, but had rejected their wealth, and at 16-years-old, decided to raise her daughter on her own. However, in order to pay for Rory’s private high school, Lorelai must suck up her pride and ask her parents to help her financially. As part of their bargain, Lorelai and Rory must come to Emily and Richard’s home once a week for dinner.
As the show goes on, it’s clear that all three women need each other’s love and approval. (And Ricard’s as well, but that’s another meme…) While Lorelai and Rory’s relationship is certainly the heart and soul of the show — and the voice to all those witty pop culture references — all three women have a wonderful relationship. There are times when Emily and Rory united to convince Lorelai of something, and other times when Emily and Lorelai lean on each other to confront Rory. None of the three women are perfect or always right, but it’s clear that no matter their struggles with each other, they do love each other and they get their strength and their stubbornness from each other.
I love the moments when Lorelai throws Rory impromptu girls’ nights to cheer her up from school or a breakup. Or when Rory gives into her grandma Emily’s insistence on taking part in the Daughters of the Revolution. Or even when Lorelai indulges Emily, who wants to help her buy a house.
One of the main reasons to watch the Gilmore Girls is the wonderful relationships between the three generations of Gilmore women; buy Gilmore Girls: The Complete Series Collection.