Stars Hollow or bust! Gilmore Girls is back for one season this November!
Netflix, our lord and savior and provider of such awesome shows as Orange is the New Black and new favorite Stranger Things, is getting ready to knock another one out of the park with a revival of one of our all-time favorite shows: Gilmore Girls.
If you’re between the ages of 24 and 40, you’ve likely seen at least one episode, and possibly (hopefully) are as jazzed as we are for the four new episodes. Each 90-minute episode takes place over the course of a season (thus: A Year in the Life) and I guarantee you that if you’re a fan of the show, you’ll be sobbing the whole time. Sobbing into your black coffee and all over your plate of Pop-Tarts (to tide you over until the pizza comes).
We’ve dug up some other favorite shows from when we were growing up and decided that they also needed the Gilmore Girls revival treatment. First on the list…
Just over twelve years ago on a May evening, a lot of people sat around the television and were very sad, because the decade-long saga of the Friends series had come to an end. Friends was a lot of people’s go-to show for the majority of the 90s and early aughts: put six twenty-somethings in a few trendy NYC apartments and add a splash of drama and a few heaping scoops of awkwardness and comedic timing, and you’ve got the recipe for one of the most iconic shows ever. We’d love a reboot, a remake, or a movie…but sadly all of our sources say it won’t happen.
Vee: I loooooved this show. I still do. Phoebe was always my favorite character because she was ridiculous and we have roughly the same level of skill with guitar. I’ve been binge watching it on Netflix lately. I remember I used to sit down with my mom and watch it all the time—we were big fans of Joey, especially the early years when he was still cute. Also, that picture makes me want a milkshake, like right now.
Annika: What can’t Friends teach us? The show’s ability to mix real world drama and goofy, behind closed doors hilarity would make it a great reboot. Everything in Friends is totally relatable, from the endless quest to find the job, to navigating the dating world. The characters mesh so well together, making their experiences seem real… And if a reboot were to happen, the same kind of chemistry between actors HAS to be present for it to work well. I loved Friends because I felt like they were my friends. I would get mad at them for making stupid decisions, cry with them with they were hurt, and laugh with them… all the time. When it was all over, I felt like a piece of me was missing… Please bring Friends back!
The Charmed Ones use their combined power to protect innocent lives from evil beings like warlocks and demons, all the while trying to maintain normal lives in San Francisco. Each sister has different magical powers, and they grow and evolve over the course of the show. It was just the right dose of intriguing and a bit scary, and its first episode had a record-breaking 7.7 million viewers (a personal best for the WB – remember the WB?). All of the actors from the show are apparently very eager to do a reboot…and apparently CBS is in the process of developing one with the original cast. What?!
Vee: A reboot would be great! This show was like, my super girl-power show, even though it fell back on a couple of tired and vaguely sexist old tropes (namely: All Abusers Are Male). I wanted to be a witch and fight evil so bad. Spoiler/confession: I cried like a little baby when Prue died. And I had a huuuuuuuge crush on Piper.
Annika: Charmed paved the way for a resurgence of witches in new shows like The Originals, and Witches of East End. My two favorite things about Charmed were their totally badass house, and the relationship between the sisters. Just like in any family, they had their little spats (sometimes not so little…), but their love for one another always won over. As an only child, Charmed made me really wish I had some siblings to have adventures with… It’s okay though… Living vicariously through Piper Halliwell wasn’t so bad.
Buffy + Angel (1997-2003 and 1999-2004, respectively)
Buffy was an ass-kickingly awesome show about a totally normal high school girl who discovers her destiny, which is to be a vampire slayer…because she comes from a long line of vampire slayers. Slayers are called to battle against demons, vampires, and other crazy forces of darkness. Angel (a spinoff) detailed the ongoing struggles of Angel, a vampire whose soul was restored to him by gypsies as a punishment for the murder of one of their own. Oh, and both shows were created and produced by Joss Whedon (RIP Firefly, gone too soon). Apparently there’s a remake headed our way, but Mr. Whedon isn’t involved and neither are any of the original cast, so viewer beware: quality is not guaranteed!
Annika: High kicks, over the top make-up, the “Scooby Gang”, Sarah Michelle Gellar, the absolutely tragic end to Tara and Willow’s beautiful relationship…. Nearly 20 years since it first aired, and we’re still doing the re-watch. Personally, it was the nightmare inducing horror that really got me hooked on Buffy. Who can forget the episode featuring “The Gentlemen”, who stole everyone’s voices for a whole 30 minutes of the episode? Buffy Summers was a girl we all looked up to; she was fierce, intelligent, funny, a bad-ass fighting machine, and wise beyond her years. I think girls today really need a role-model like her in their lives, and with what’s been going on in the world lately, the “not all demons are evil” theme in Angel really needs some revisiting…
Vee: Alyson Hannigan (Willow) was my favorite, because she was essentially me: bookish, nerdy, and not as outgoing as my best friend. I also totally had a thing for her. Suuuuuper adorable. Suuuuuper jealous that Tara got her. I’m pretty sure this was the first on-screen same sex kiss I ever saw. Kind of groundbreaking, considering it was back in 2000-2001. And yes, Annika, The Gentlemen scared the crap out of me.
Okay, so, like, the show was kind of bad…we want a remake of the movie more than the show, if we’re being honest. Cher in the movie was witty and brave, and played by the fantastic Alicia Silverstone. In the show, she was replaced by someone named Rachel Blanchard, whose closest similarity to Silverstone was that she was blonde and leggy. And the character of Cher wasn’t witty in the show, she was just dumb. The original Clueless movie (that the show was based off of) was so much better: it had Paul Rudd, better actors, and Dionne and Cher’s outfits were always funky and super coordinated. The movie also was rife with little exchanges like this:
Murray: “Woman, lend me five dollas!”
Dionne: “Murray, I have asked you repeatedly to not call me ‘woman’.”
Murray: “Excuse me. ‘Ms. Dionne’.”
Murray: “Okay, but, street slang is an increasingly valid form of expression. Most of the feminine pronouns do have mocking, but not necessarily misogynistic undertones.”
Vee: The movie was great, the show was horrible. If Clueless the movie was Jane Austen, Clueless the TV show was Stephanie Meyer, but with less nuance. I distinctly remember that after I first saw the movie, I went out and begged my mom to buy me platform shoes and all these weird, plaid, matchy outfits. Don’t get any ideas…all photo evidence has been destroyed.
Annika: Unlike movies that came before and after, like Heathers and Mean Girls, Clueless was surprisingly gentle and sweet-natured. Cher may have been a little bratty, but she was never a bitch… I think teens these days need a little more of that from their high school TV dramas. If it were rebooted, I would hope it would still be set in the 90’s so that iconic fashion and music of the day can be featured like it was in the motion picture. Much like Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Cher taught us that being nice to people was cool, as was working hard for good grades, and standing up for what you believe in. Also, being a total fashionista didn’t hurt.
Sabrina the Teenage Witch (1996-2003)
This show had it all: a talking cat, orange 90s lipstick, strangely high hair, platform shoes, an arch nemesis named Libby. And a closet door that led to another dimension. Sabrina was a high school girl just like any other, until her 16th birthday, when she found out she was a witch. Then everything goes sideways and she has to navigate high school while being a novice witch.
Vee: After Gilmore Girls, this one is probably my favorite. For some reason, I related to Sabrina: liked but not popular, friendly, always making that same face she’s making in the picture up there. And Harvey (played by Nate Richert) was really cute in a 90s teen crush sort of way. Don’t Google him, he looks weird in 2016 and everything you thought was real will crumble before your very eyes. I’m not being dramatic: bald. Goatee.
Annika: Way before Harry Potter, The Magicians, and Witches of East End, there was Sabrina Spellman and her wacky aunts. I feel like this show would make an amazing reboot… mostly because of all its teachable moments for young adults and teens. Sabrina made it feel okay to be different and that image isn’t everything. The show also featured a tight knit, loving family, who all embraced one another’s differences and unique qualities. Sabrina taught us how to be a good friend, how to treat others with respect (even if they are your mortal frenemy… AKA Libby), and that it’s important to work hard for the things you want in life.