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The Best Gilmore Girls Episodes

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List of the best Gilmore Girls episodes, as voted on by other fans of the series. With so many memorable episodes of the show, it's hard to trust just one person's opinion of what the top Gilmore Girls episodes of all time are. Your votes can help determine which episode is number one on this list, ultimately deciding which is the best and only leaving us to wonder who we would pick: Jess or Dean?

Fans of Gilmore Girls are extremely passionate about the show. You knew Melissa McCarthy back when she was Sookie. You fell in love with Dean and saw yourself in Rory. You hated Paris so, so much. Take a moment to remember your favorite Gilmore Girls episodes and the many wonderful stories that took place in Stars Hollow. After you've gone down memory lane, don't forget to check out these other shows like Gilmore Girls!

This list is made up of episodes like "They Shoot Gilmores, Don't They," "Keg! Max!" and "There's the Rub." What is the best Gilmore Girls episode of all time? Look below and find out. 

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    They Shoot Gilmores, Don't They?
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    They Shoot Gilmores, Don't They?

    Nov 12 2002

    SeasonGilmore Girls Season 3

    Episode Number7

    Lorelai is determined to win the Stars Hollow Dance Marathon and wrest the trophy from...
  • 2
    Last Week Fights, This Week Tights

    SeasonGilmore Girls Season 4

    Episode Number21

    As Stars Hollow prepares for the Renaissance-themed wedding of Liz and T.J., Kirk feels...
  • 3
    Raincoats and Recipes
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    Raincoats and Recipes

    May 18 2004

    SeasonGilmore Girls Season 4

    Episode Number22

    Momentous changes are in the air as: the Dragonfly Inn approaches opening day by having a...
  • 4
    Those Are Strings, Pinocchio

    SeasonGilmore Girls Season 3

    Episode Number22

    Rory finally learns her mother can't afford to buy the Dragonfly Inn since financial aid for...
  • 5
    Pilot
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    Pilot

    Oct 05 2000

    SeasonGilmore Girls Season 1

    Episode Number1

    Rory is accepted into an elite prep school, which leaves her mother to deal with the large fee... more on Wikipedia
  • 6
    A-Tisket, A-Tasket
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    35

    A-Tisket, A-Tasket

    Feb 05 2002

    SeasonGilmore Girls Season 2

    Episode Number13

    The annual Stars Hollow charity picnic basket lunch auction sparks controversies among couples...
  • 7
    Written in the Stars
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    30

    Written in the Stars

    Oct 05 2004

    SeasonGilmore Girls Season 5

    Episode Number3

    Luke and Lorelai go on their official first date at a restaurant owned by old friends of...
  • 8
    A Deep-Fried Korean Thanksgiving
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    A Deep-Fried Korean Thanksgiving

    Nov 26 2002

    SeasonGilmore Girls Season 3

    Episode Number9

    It's Thanksgiving, and Lorelai and Rory have dinner at four different places: the Kim's, where...
  • 9
    The Lorelais' First Day at Yale
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    The Lorelais' First Day at Yale

    Sep 30 2003

    SeasonGilmore Girls Season 4

    Episode Number2

    While Luke is willing to lend Lorelai his truck to help Rory move into her dorm, he's not too...
  • 10
    Wedding Bell Blues
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    Wedding Bell Blues

    Feb 08 2005

    SeasonGilmore Girls Season 5

    Episode Number13

    Emily and Richard renew their vows in front of 100's of their closest friends with Lorelai as...
  • 11
    Rory's Birthday Parties
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    SeasonGilmore Girls Season 1

    Episode Number6

    It's Rory's birthday, and her grandmother and mother each plan a party representative of their...
  • 12
    I Can't Get Started
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    I Can't Get Started

    May 21 2002

    SeasonGilmore Girls Season 2

    Episode Number22

    Sookie's wedding draws near, and both bride and groom are getting frazzled, to say nothing of...
  • 13
    Kiss and Tell
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    Kiss and Tell

    Nov 16 2000

    SeasonGilmore Girls Season 1

    Episode Number7

    Dean gives Rory her first kiss; fearful of her mother's disapproval, Rory decides not to tell...
  • 14
    Those Lazy-Hazy-Crazy Days
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    Those Lazy-Hazy-Crazy Days

    Sep 24 2002

    SeasonGilmore Girls Season 3

    Episode Number1

    Amidst her sadness about Christopher, Lorelai has an intriguing dream about Luke; Rory returns...
  • 15
    The Big One
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    The Big One

    Feb 25 2003

    SeasonGilmore Girls Season 3

    Episode Number16

    Rory and Paris compete for the honor of speaking at Chilton's Bicentennial; Sookie and Jackson...
  • 16
    I Get A Sidekick Out of You
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    I Get A Sidekick Out of You

    Apr 18 2006

    SeasonGilmore Girls Season 6

    Episode Number19

    Lane and Zack's wedding is coming up and since Luke is busy, Michel is Lorelai's first choice...
  • 17
    Rory's Dance
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    Rory's Dance

    Dec 20 2000

    SeasonGilmore Girls Season 1

    Episode Number9

    During dinner at her mother's, Lorelai finds out that not only is there a formal dance at...
  • 18
    There's the Rub
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    There's the Rub

    Apr 09 2002

    SeasonGilmore Girls Season 2

    Episode Number16

    When Emily and Lorelai go to a spa for a weekend of relaxation, Emily lets her hair down,...
  • 19
    Friday Night's Alright for Fighting
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    Friday Night's Alright for Fighting

    Jan 31 2006

    SeasonGilmore Girls Season 6

    Episode Number13

    Friday Night's Alright for Fighting is the name of an episode for the American comedy-drama...
  • 20
    Forgiveness and Stuff
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    26

    SeasonGilmore Girls Season 1

    Episode Number10

    Things are still chilly between Rory and Lorelai; Lane gives Rory advice about the right...
  • 21
    Keg! Max!
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    Keg! Max!

    Apr 29 2003

    SeasonGilmore Girls Season 3

    Episode Number19

    On their first free Friday night, Lorelai and Rory are at a loss over how to spend the...
  • 22
    Bon Voyage
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    Bon Voyage

    May 15 2007

    SeasonGilmore Girls Season 7

    Episode Number22

    Rory, in her pajamas, meets CNN journalist and her idol Christiane Amanpour. Although Lorelai...
  • 23
    The Party's Over
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    The Party's Over

    Nov 09 2004

    SeasonGilmore Girls Season 5

    Episode Number8

    After Emily discovers that Rory is seeing Dean again, she calls a temporary truce with Richard...
  • 24
    Ted Koppel's Big Night Out
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    Ted Koppel's Big Night Out

    Nov 18 2003

    SeasonGilmore Girls Season 4

    Episode Number9

    Rory and Paris have lunch at Yale with Richard, who introduces them to his friend, Professor...
  • 25
    Dear Emily and Richard
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    Dear Emily and Richard

    Feb 04 2003

    SeasonGilmore Girls Season 3

    Episode Number13

    Luke and Nicole have a successful first date; Jess and Dean trade verbal blows; Sherry goes...