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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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Raincoats and Recipes is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Gilmore Girls Episodes
Raincoats and Recipes Episode: 22, Season: Gilmore Girls Season 4

Original Airing: May 18 2004

Momentous changes are in the air as: the Dragonfly Inn approaches opening day by having a shakedown weekend; Rory and Dean take a major step forward in their relationship, to Lorelai's dismay; ...more
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They Shoot Gilmores, Don... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Gilmore Girls Episodes
They Shoot Gilmores, Don't They? Episode: 7, Season: Gilmore Girls Season 3

Original Airing: Nov 12 2002

Lorelai is determined to win the Stars Hollow Dance Marathon and wrest the trophy from four-time champion Kirk, but has trouble getting a partner until she finally convinces Rory to help her ...more
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Last Week Fights, This W... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Gilmore Girls Episodes
Episode: 21, Season: Gilmore Girls Season 4

Original Airing: May 11 2004

As Stars Hollow prepares for the Renaissance-themed wedding of Liz and T.J., Kirk feels slighted when Miss Patty chooses someone else as the maypole dance captain; Lorelai discovers an equine ...more
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Those Are Strings, Pinoc... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Gilmore Girls Episodes
Episode: 22, Season: Gilmore Girls Season 3

Original Airing: May 20 2003

Rory finally learns her mother can't afford to buy the Dragonfly Inn since financial aid for Yale didn't come through. She decides to take matters into her own hands with a quick visit to her ...more
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A-Tisket, A-Tasket is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Gilmore Girls Episodes
A-Tisket, A-Tasket Episode: 13, Season: Gilmore Girls Season 2

Original Airing: Feb 05 2002

The annual Stars Hollow charity picnic basket lunch auction sparks controversies among couples throughout town; Jess outbids Dean for Rory's basket, causing Dean and Rory to quarrel when Rory ...more
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Written in the Stars is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Gilmore Girls Episodes
Written in the Stars Episode: 3, Season: Gilmore Girls Season 5

Original Airing: Oct 05 2004

Luke and Lorelai go on their official first date at a restaurant owned by old friends of Luke's parents. Luke reminds Lorelai of how they met, shows her a horoscope she gave him for good luck ...more
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Pilot is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Gilmore Girls Episodes
Episode: 1, Season: Gilmore Girls Season 1

Original Airing: Oct 05 2000

Rory is accepted into an elite prep school, which leaves her mother to deal with the large fee associated with her attendance. Lorelai is forced to ask her wealthy and snotty parents, who accept ...more
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The Lorelais' First Day ... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Gilmore Girls Episodes
The Lorelais' First Day at Yale Episode: 2, Season: Gilmore Girls Season 4

Original Airing: Sep 30 2003

While Luke is willing to lend Lorelai his truck to help Rory move into her dorm, he's not too thrilled when the project turns out to take all day to accommodate Lorelai's last minute shopping ...more
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A Deep-Fried Korean Than... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Gilmore Girls Episodes
A Deep-Fried Korean Thanksgiving Episode: 9, Season: Gilmore Girls Season 3

Original Airing: Nov 26 2002

It's Thanksgiving, and Lorelai and Rory have dinner at four different places: the Kim's, where Lane has managed to get Dave invited and Lorelai is forced to eat tofurkey; Luke's, where Luke and ...more
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Wedding Bell Blues is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Gilmore Girls Episodes
Wedding Bell Blues Episode: 13, Season: Gilmore Girls Season 5

Original Airing: Feb 08 2005

Emily and Richard renew their vows in front of 100's of their closest friends with Lorelai as Emily's Maid of Honor, and Rory as Richard's Best Man. Luke gets in a fight with Christopher over ...more
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Rory's Birthday Parties ... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Gilmore Girls Episodes
Episode: 6, Season: Gilmore Girls Season 1

Original Airing: Nov 09 2000

It's Rory's birthday, and her grandmother and mother each plan a party representative of their respective styles; Emily's elegant party so discomfits Rory that they argue; to make peace, Emily ...more
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Kiss and Tell is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Gilmore Girls Episodes
Kiss and Tell Episode: 7, Season: Gilmore Girls Season 1

Original Airing: Nov 16 2000

Dean gives Rory her first kiss; fearful of her mother's disapproval, Rory decides not to tell Lorelai for a little while; Lorelai gets stressed when she hears about the kiss from Mrs. Kim ...more
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I Can't Get Started is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Gilmore Girls Episodes
I Can't Get Started Episode: 22, Season: Gilmore Girls Season 2

Original Airing: May 21 2002

Sookie's wedding draws near, and both bride and groom are getting frazzled, to say nothing of Michel, who Lorelai has placed in charge of the preparations at the Inn. Lorelai finally relents and ...more
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The Big One is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Gilmore Girls Episodes
The Big One Episode: 16, Season: Gilmore Girls Season 3

Original Airing: Feb 25 2003

Rory and Paris compete for the honor of speaking at Chilton's Bicentennial; Sookie and Jackson get some very good life (and diaper) changing news; Paris and Rory reconcile; Lorelai runs into Max ...more
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I Get A Sidekick Out of ... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Gilmore Girls Episodes
I Get A Sidekick Out of You Episode: 19, Season: Gilmore Girls Season 6

Original Airing: Apr 18 2006

Lane and Zack's wedding is coming up and since Luke is busy, Michel is Lorelai's first choice as a date for Lane and Zack's wedding, but he gets Celine Dion tickets and bails. Rory suggests that ...more
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Those Lazy-Hazy-Crazy Da... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Gilmore Girls Episodes
Those Lazy-Hazy-Crazy Days Episode: 1, Season: Gilmore Girls Season 3

Original Airing: Sep 24 2002

Amidst her sadness about Christopher, Lorelai has an intriguing dream about Luke; Rory returns from Washington to realize that she still may have feelings for Jess, but a chance encounter at the ...more
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Rory's Dance is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Gilmore Girls Episodes
Episode: 9, Season: Gilmore Girls Season 1

Original Airing: Dec 20 2000

During dinner at her mother's, Lorelai finds out that not only is there a formal dance at Chilton, but that Rory doesn't want to go. On the way home, Lorelai convinces Rory that she needs to ...more
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There's the Rub is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Gilmore Girls Episodes
There's the Rub Episode: 16, Season: Gilmore Girls Season 2

Original Airing: Apr 09 2002

When Emily and Lorelai go to a spa for a weekend of relaxation, Emily lets her hair down, kicks up her heels and ends up bonding with Lorelai in a way that only her daughter could inspire. ...more
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Bon Voyage is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Gilmore Girls Episodes
Episode: 22, Season: Gilmore Girls Season 7

Original Airing: May 15 2007

Rory, in her pajamas, meets CNN journalist and her idol Christiane Amanpour. Although Lorelai and Rory have planned a crazy roller coaster tour for the summer, Rory must postpone their trip when ...more
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Friday Night's Alright f... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Gilmore Girls Episodes
Friday Night's Alright for Fighting Episode: 13, Season: Gilmore Girls Season 6

Original Airing: Jan 31 2006

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Keg! Max! is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Gilmore Girls Episodes
Keg! Max! Episode: 19, Season: Gilmore Girls Season 3

Original Airing: Apr 29 2003

On their first free Friday night, Lorelai and Rory are at a loss over how to spend the evening, while Emily and Richard cavort at the party they're hosting; Lorelai is appointed Grad Night ...more
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Forgiveness and Stuff is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Gilmore Girls Episodes
Episode: 10, Season: Gilmore Girls Season 1

Original Airing: Dec 21 2000

Things are still chilly between Rory and Lorelai; Lane gives Rory advice about the right Christmas gift for Dean; Emily and Lorelai have a tiff about Christmas dinner, leaving Rory to go by ...more
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The Party's Over is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Gilmore Girls Episodes
The Party's Over Episode: 8, Season: Gilmore Girls Season 5

Original Airing: Nov 09 2004

After Emily discovers that Rory is seeing Dean again, she calls a temporary truce with Richard so that they can jointly host a Yale alumni party whose express purpose is to find a suitable match ...more
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Ted Koppel's Big Night O... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Gilmore Girls Episodes
Ted Koppel's Big Night Out Episode: 9, Season: Gilmore Girls Season 4

Original Airing: Nov 18 2003

Rory and Paris have lunch at Yale with Richard, who introduces them to his friend, Professor Asher Fleming; during Friday night dinner at the Gilmore residence, Lorelai asks for an invitation to ...more
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Dear Emily and Richard ... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Gilmore Girls Episodes
Dear Emily and Richard Episode: 13, Season: Gilmore Girls Season 3

Original Airing: Feb 04 2003

Luke and Nicole have a successful first date; Jess and Dean trade verbal blows; Sherry goes into labor with only Lorelai and Rory for company; Lorelai reminisces about her pregnancy and Rory's ...more