Spoiler Alert: Stop right here if you don't want to know the plot lines of Netflix's Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life.
Diehard fans of Gilmore Girls only have to wait one more week for the cult show's big Netflix revival, but television and pop culture critics are already sharing their thoughts on the miniseries. See a roundup of the best ones below, which range from unsatisfied to thrilled.
- Variety compared it to "a platter of powdered donuts and extra-crispy french fries": "Everything 'Gilmore Girls' tries to pack in — the wit, the whimsy, the pop-culture references, the family conflict, the perfectly calibrated insults, the set pieces that go on a bit too long — can feel pretty pummeling at a 90-minute running time. The show is sometimes too overstuffed for its own good."
- Entertainment Weekly gave it a B+: "It provides a welcome dose of hilarious and humane escapism that satisfies like a nostalgia trip even while subverting it. It tells a story about grief and change, rootlessness and restlessness. The show is basically a reboot about the struggle of rebooting."
- Vulture said: "But there’s something about the sameness of Stars Hollow that feels less quaint in A Year in the Life than it did during the run of the series. The town, some of its inhabitants, and even those who live a few miles away, like Lorelai’s parents, were always pretty tethered to the traditional. Given their disdain for snobbery and their appreciation of the quirky, Lorelai and Rory often acted as a counterpoint to all that, although even their fixation on old films and TV shows was, in some ways, an endorsement of the past over the present. But even mother and daughter, at times, come across as more judgmental and petty than they did before. (They make some unnecessary fat jokes, for example, that should be beneath their characters.)"
- E! Online made note of the characters' consistency: "Lorelai and Emily's relationship is still in tact, yet fractured. In fact, Graham and Bishop are at the top of their games and slip back into their roles so easily, you can't tell it's been nearly 10 years since the show ended its original run. Bishop and Graham shoulder the meaty emotional arcs of the series with ease. Dear TV Academy voters—please finally take note of Gilmore Girls."
- USA Today had a balanced review: "As always, Gilmore is not without its frustrations, which means that those who always found the constant babble and the flights of fancy unbearably twee will continue to do so. There are plots that just peter out, abruptly change course, or get lost in some eye-roll-inducing diversion. Even the combined gifts of Christian Borle and Sutton Fostercan't quite excuse a musical sequence that defies belief and owes far too much toChristopher Guest's parody Waiting for Guffman and Borle’s own Something Rotten. Yet for every misstep, there’s a moment from Graham or Bledel that makes you laugh or breaks your heart, or that cuts through the cuteness to ring absolutely true."
- THR said this: "The tears are plentiful, because the grief at Herrmann's death has inspired the writers and elevated the actors. Graham and Bishop are particularly excellent when they get to butt heads over honoring Richard's legacy, both Emmy-snubbed actresses bucking for recognition now that Gilmore Girls will find itself in movie/miniseries awards category. Graham has to make the most of her scenes with Bishop and Bledel, because the Lorelai-Luke relationship is mostly limp, albeit partially intentionally. Similarly, Bledel is hamstrung by the arrested development the writers built into Rory's college tenure. It made sense that Rory regressed into rebellion in later seasons after beginning as wise-beyond-her-years, but it was also frustrating and it's even more frustrating now, all these years later."
But no matter what the critics say, the Gilmore Girls fandom remains stronger than ever. Even Jimmy Fallon professed his love for the show last night by sharing his favorite characters other than Lorelai and Rory Gilmore: Taylor, Luke and Paris Geller. "Paris is smart, she's got the brains, but she's having a tough time right now, and I'm a little concerned," he told the cheering audience.
Look out for Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life on Netflix on Nov. 25. If you're still excited about the premiere by the end of this article, then keep the excitement going by reading the first page of the reboot script (don't worry, there aren't any spoilers). While you're at it, view these wacko posters and check out the latest trailer with a tee-rocking Emily.
Below, watch pop singer Colette Carr reveal her Gilmore Girls obsession and other acts share their favorite things with Fuse: