The (Real-Life) Guys Who Love Gilmore Girls


What’s the deal with guys liking Gilmore Girls? The show primarily centers on a mother and daughter who are best friends, features strong coming-of-age elements together with romantic entanglements and dealing with family issues.

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From these, you wouldn’t think it would initially attract much of a traditional male following but even now, 8 years after the show finished, there are not one, but  two ongoing podcasts where guys enthuse, re-watch and share their feelings about the show. Gilmore Guys – who scored the Scott Patterson interview earlier this week – and the previously featured Gilmore Girls Boys. And there’s of course, written largely by me who is, last time I checked, a dude.

Yep, still a dude.  And we’re not the only ones.

This Reddit stream of consciousness is a Gilmore Girls-specific response to the question : ‘Males of Reddit, what’s your most girly secret?’

Comments include:

Thorspint: As a man, with a beard, a love of engines and beer. I love Gilmore Girls.

greebytime: I used to tell my then girlfriend, now wife, that I liked it because of the ripping dialogue but really…at least somewhat, it was because the two lead actresses are white hot.

crookedparadigm: Alexis Bleidel is stupid hot. [sic]

So guys – and I know we have a decent number of male readers – what is it that makes you a Gilmore-lovin’ Guy? How is it different from other shows? Are you a closeted Gilmore fan? Do you feel like there’s a stigma about liking the show or do you just not care? If it’s any help, I believe sharing your geeky loves (and hates) with the world is the quickest way to weed out the riff-raff and find your kindred spirits.

For me, I love Gilmore Girls because it makes no apologies. It’s funny AND smart and I like a bit of both in all my art – which includes movies, TV shows, flickbooks or whatever. I can’t remember if I’ve said this before but Gilmore Girls fits my standard of art becoming sublime: Where nothing added or taken away would make it any better.

I’m the same with people, come to think of it. I like a bit of smart in my funny, a bit of funny in my smart.

Penny for your thoughts?  And girls – what would you think of a guy who liked Gilmore Girls?

Pics c/o TheWB



Rich originally began contributing to GIlmore News as 'Dairyman' in 2013, a reference to the character Dairyman Dick in Tess of the D'Urbervilles, (call me Rich). Here in the UK we were late to the Gilmore party and I don't remember what made me watch my first episode - the one where Lorelai picks Rory up from the police station after she and Logan steal a yacht - but I remember watching it again immediately. And then again. Thankfully, the next show was on the next day and I watched that one three times too. And then the boat one again. I couldn't believe the dialogue was so quick and so funny and I pretended to myself that I was only watching it so I could figure out who I was more keen on - the mom or the daughter. I swore that Aaron Sorkin must have been involved but I couldn't find his name attached anywhere, even on the internet. So I watched and loved and laughed and cried and the day after the series finale, they ran the entire show from the beginning again and Rory turned into a baby so then I was all about Lorelai. Lauren Graham is astonishing ("Mother: Breathtaking") and the show was - and is - lightning in a bottle. It's a treasure for those who watch and get swept up in it, like I did and like the readers of Gilmore News. It's heartbreak and chicken soup, family dysfunction and blind optimism, lighthearted romanticism and balls-out brilliant. Thanks to Arieanna and for letting me squat and allowing my inner Gilmore Geek out for air. I worry how it would otherwise manifest.

4 thoughts on “The (Real-Life) Guys Who Love Gilmore Girls

  • May 26, 2015 at 3:10 pm

    Why Gilmore Girls?? Cause intelligence, humor, attractiveness, and a somewhat exagerated but mostly believable storyline knows no demographic. And of course for those of us who have been around awhile the best qualities of the girls remind us favorably of people we have been fortunate enough to know over our lifetimes.

  • May 27, 2015 at 1:02 pm

    To me the show succeeds on multiple levels and that is what sets it apart from anything else I have ever watched. The cast is enthralling but as I’ve found with shows like Parenthood, a great cast is not enough. Probably the most important thing to me is that the show found a way to stay funny whether the storylines were serious or ridiculous. I don’t need more drama in my life but yet the plot kept me wondering what would happen next. The comedy gives it replay value that few other shows and basically no other dramas have.

  • May 28, 2015 at 11:53 am

    Lauren graham is sexy smart and silly. Three things every man is looking for in a woman. Luke is the ultimate man every guy wants to be. He looks like superman knows how to fix anything. Cook like a chief. Cool as silk and smart. Stars hollow is were every guy would love to live. Charming. Stress free. Community. Quirky friendly town folk.


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