Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life officially debuts on November 25th, with all four 90-minute episodes of the revival hitting Netflix at 12:01am PST. There have been some early previews of the Winter (first) episode. And there have been some media previews of the whole series. I’ve purposefully stayed away from it, because I want to form my own impressions, not those of others. But I couldn’t resist for long. I’ve skimmed a few of them to find the praise, without the spoilers.
Now, I’m still 100% staying away from the spoilers. I don’t want to see them and I don’t want to pass them along. There’s one thing to make guesses, it’s another to read things “for sure.” So, with that in mind, I just wanted to pass along some of the snippets of praise. More joy for Gilmore Girls is always good, right?
Ausiello, who is just as diehard a fan as I am, says the revival is “everything” he wanted it to be, “and so much more” with a “satisfying conclusion.” He mentions some mega cameos that are coming, which I knew from my interviews with others. I can’t wait to see who they are!
Elle says the revival is full of “heartbreak, laughter, and surprise,” though the review hints at more spoilers than most of you would appreciate. Just saying.
EW says Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life is a “welcome dose of hilarious and humane escapism” telling “a story about grief and change, rootlessness and restlessness,” then goes into likely too much detail about each episode. I didn’t read it, but it looked detailed.
Hollywood Reporter notes we should gloss over the mix of current and held-onto pop culture references and dynamics, since they don’t matter to the show, but the review doesn’t have a lot of meat to it. Lots of whining about little things, oddly enough.
Variety says the revival is like “comfort food” and it came back “at its best,” although there are some sub-plots that perhaps go on too long (others seem to agree on this). Particular praise is given to Lauren Graham and Kelly Bishop. Warning, hints at plot lines.
Uproot says the revival is “kind of a mess,” but in a good way? This one was more critical of small stuff, yet positive overall, but I decided to stop reading it.
The Washington Post says the revival is not perfect, but we’ll still love it. They do suggest that binge watching may amplify some of the negative character traits in beloved characters that have always been there but are more apparent when watched for 6 hours.
E! suggests we pay attention to Lauren Graham and Kelly Bishop who “shoulder the meaty emotional arcs of the series with ease,” and hopefully earn them an Emmy (ok, that’s me talking). I also love that the author suggests we revisit Stars Hollow again soon. I agree!
Vulture says the revival feels good, “at least some of the time,” but mirrors the confusion I’m seeing throughout reviews as to why more hasn’t changed for the characters. The sameness is both cute and confusing.
There are other reviews. Mostly positive. Some confusingly negative. But I’m going to leave us in a happy place, ok?