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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.

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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Last Week Fights, This Week Ti... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Gilmore Girls Episodes
Last Week Fights, This Week Tights 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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Raincoats and Recipes is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Gilmore Girls Episodes
Raincoats and Recipes 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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Those Are Strings, Pinocchio is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Gilmore Girls Episodes
Those Are Strings, Pinocchio 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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They Shoot Gilmores, Don't The... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Gilmore Girls Episodes
They Shoot Gilmores, Don't They? 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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Written in the Stars is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Gilmore Girls Episodes
Written in the Stars 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) 6 on the list The Best Gilmore Girls Episodes
Pilot 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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A-Tisket, A-Tasket is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Gilmore Girls Episodes
A-Tisket, A-Tasket 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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The Lorelais' First Day at Yal... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Gilmore Girls Episodes
The Lorelais' First Day at Yale 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 Thanksgivi... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Gilmore Girls Episodes
A Deep-Fried Korean Thanksgiving 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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Rory's Birthday Parties is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Gilmore Girls Episodes
Rory's Birthday Parties 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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Wedding Bell Blues is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Gilmore Girls Episodes
Wedding Bell Blues 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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Kiss and Tell is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Gilmore Girls Episodes
Kiss and Tell 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 Get A Sidekick Out of You is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Gilmore Girls Episodes
I Get A Sidekick Out of You 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 Days is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Gilmore Girls Episodes
Those Lazy-Hazy-Crazy Days 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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I Can't Get Started is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Gilmore Girls Episodes
I Can't Get Started 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) 16 on the list The Best Gilmore Girls Episodes
The Big One 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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Rory's Dance is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Gilmore Girls Episodes
Rory's Dance 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 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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Forgiveness and Stuff is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Gilmore Girls Episodes
Forgiveness and Stuff 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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Bon Voyage is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Gilmore Girls Episodes
Bon Voyage 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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Ballrooms and Biscotti is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Gilmore Girls Episodes
Ballrooms and Biscotti Sep 23 2003 Lorelai and Rory return from their whirlwind tour of Europe; Taylor and Luke have it out over the new soda shop; a very pregnant Sookie updates Lorelai on the latest baby news; Taylor doesn't ...more

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Ted Koppel's Big Night Out is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Gilmore Girls Episodes
Ted Koppel's Big Night Out 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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Friday Night's Alright for Fig... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Gilmore Girls Episodes
Friday Night's Alright for Fighting Jan 31 2006 Friday Night's Alright for Fighting is the name of an episode for the American comedy-drama series Gilmore Girls.

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Dear Emily and Richard is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Gilmore Girls Episodes
Dear Emily and Richard 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

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The Party's Over is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Gilmore Girls Episodes
The Party's Over 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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Keg! Max! is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Gilmore Girls Episodes
Keg! Max! 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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Sadie, Sadie is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Gilmore Girls Episodes
Sadie, Sadie Oct 09 2001 Lane freaks out when her parents buy her a one-way ticket to Korea for the summer; Luke gives Lorelai a lot to think about when she tells him about Max's proposal; Lorelai finally says ...more

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The Breakup, Part 2 is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Gilmore Girls Episodes
The Breakup, Part 2 Mar 15 2001 Rory decides to engage in a flurry of activity to avoid thinking about Dean, despite Lorelai's advice to wallow; Lorelai runs interference as the residents of Stars Hollow reach out to console ...more

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Teach Me Tonight is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Gilmore Girls Episodes
Teach Me Tonight Apr 30 2002 Lorelai's complaint about Taylor's choice for ""Movie in the Square Night"" lands her the responsibility for picking the evening's entertainment, but her enthusiasm for the ...more

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Unto The Breach is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Gilmore Girls Episodes
Unto The Breach May 08 2007 On the eve of Rory's graduation, Emily and Richard throw her a party and perform a song in her honor. At the party, Lorelai and Christopher are reunited for the first time since their ...more

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Twenty-One is the Loneliest Nu... is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Gilmore Girls Episodes
Twenty-One is the Loneliest Number Oct 25 2005 Lorelai refuses to listen to Richard's plan to bribe Rory into resuming school, saying that Rory has to want to go back on her own. Both Rory and Lorelai are saddened by the fact that their ...more

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A House Is Not a Home is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Gilmore Girls Episodes
A House Is Not a Home May 17 2005 Lorelai picks Rory up from the police station and takes her home. Rory explains that the boat theft was not Logan's idea and Lorelai should not blame him. Logan finds out that his father upset ...more

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Red Light on the Wedding Night is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Gilmore Girls Episodes
Red Light on the Wedding Night Oct 16 2001 Lorelai, Sookie, Emily, Michel, and Rory go to a drag club for Lorelai's bachelorette party; Emily regales the group with stories about the week before her wedding, some of which give Lorelai ...more

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We've Got Magic to Do is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Gilmore Girls Episodes
We've Got Magic to Do Oct 11 2005 Lorelai needs Richard's help with her insurance after a small fire at the Dragonfly Inn and uses the occasion to talk to him about the fact that he didn't manage to get Rory back into Yale. ...more

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Tick, Tick, Tick, Boom! is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Gilmore Girls Episodes
Tick, Tick, Tick, Boom! Apr 20 2004 Luke makes a bigger fuss than Davey when Sookie and Jackson bring their son into the diner; all of Stars Hollow is amused when Taylor returns from his Caribbean cruise with a drastic change in ...more

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Say Goodnight, Gracie is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Gilmore Girls Episodes
Say Goodnight, Gracie May 06 2003 Fran Weston dies and Lorelei and Sookie try to buy the Dragonfly Inn; Rory and Jess try approaching each other but fail to talk; Dean tells Rory that he's engaged to Lindsay; Mrs. Kim agrees to ...more

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Christopher Returns is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Gilmore Girls Episodes
Christopher Returns Mar 01 2001 Wanting to play a greater role in Rory's life, Christopher settles in for his visit and lets Rory give him the grand tour of Stars Hollow. When his parents arrive in Hartford for a visit, Emily ...more

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But Not as Cute as Pushkin is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Gilmore Girls Episodes
But Not as Cute as Pushkin Nov 30 2004 Miss Patty celebrates forty years in show business on the same day that Luke mourns his father's death; Terrence's urging Paris to get on with her life prompts her to try speed dating, where she ...more

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The Deer Hunters is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Gilmore Girls Episodes
The Deer Hunters Season 1 Episode 4: Rory has trouble getting good grades at her new school. Lorelai becomes interested in Rory's handsome teacher.

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The Real Paul Anka is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Gilmore Girls Episodes
The Real Paul Anka Apr 11 2006 The Real Paul Anka is the name of an episode for the American comedy-drama series Gilmore Girls.

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The Lorelais' First Day at... is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Gilmore Girls Episodes
The Lorelais' First Day at Chilton Season 1 Episode 2: A T-shirt, shorts and cowboy boots clad Lorelai accompanies Rory on her first day at school, drawing disapproving stares from the other mothers and from Lorelai's own mother, Emily.

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Luke Can See Her Face is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Gilmore Girls Episodes
Luke Can See Her Face Season 4 Episode 20: Depressed over the failure of his marriage, Luke resorts to a self-help tape and suddenly realizes that he already knows who his soul mate is.

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You've Been Gilmored is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Gilmore Girls Episodes
You've Been Gilmored Season 6 Episode 14: Wanting to get to know her future son-in-law better, Emily asks Lorelai to invite Luke over for dinner. In order to avoid an argument, Lorelai purposely fails to mention that the wedding has been postponed.

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Raincoats & Recipes is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Gilmore Girls Episodes
Raincoats & Recipes Season 4 Episode 22: Lorelai suspects that Luke's intentions towards her have become serious, but she doesn't have time to dwell on the situation as she prepares for the opening of the Dragonfly Inn by inviting friends and family to a test run.

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I Get a Sidekick out of You is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Gilmore Girls Episodes
I Get a Sidekick out of You Season 6 Episode 19: On the night before Lane and Zach get married, Lorelai and Rory's plans for a bachelorette party go awry, as do the plans made by Zach's buddies, so the two groups end up together for a makeshift party in a vacant parking lot.

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Say Something is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Gilmore Girls Episodes
Say Something Season 5 Episode 14: After the disastrous scene at her parents' marriage recommitment ceremony, Lorelai begs Luke not to give up on their relationship. However, Luke's decision that he needs time alone leaves Lorelai devastated.

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Lorelai Out of Water is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Gilmore Girls Episodes
Lorelai Out of Water Season 3 Episode 12: After surprising herself by agreeing to go on a fishing date with her new beau, Alex (BILLY BURKE), Lorelai asks Luke for a lesson in fishing techniques.

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Afterboom is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Gilmore Girls Episodes
Afterboom Season 4 Episode 19: When Jason reveals that he is no longer in business with Richard, Lorelai has an ugly confrontation with her father about his treatment of Jason. Later, after an extremely uncomfortable Friday night family dinner, Lorelai and Rory spy on Emily and make a shocking discovery about the state of the elder Gilmores' marriage. Meanwhile, Luke tells Lorelai that he and Nicole are getting a divorce.

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Tick, Tick, Tick Boom is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Gilmore Girls Episodes
Tick, Tick, Tick Boom Season 4 Episode 18: Jason's father, Floyd, sues Jason and Richard for taking his clients. Floyd also reveals that Jason and Lorelai have been dating secretly for months.

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In the Clamor and the Clangor is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Gilmore Girls Episodes
In the Clamor and the Clangor Season 4 Episode 11: Lorelai is upset to find out that Luke has gotten an apartment with Nicole in another town in Connecticut. However, when Lorelai realizes he is reluctant to move, she admits to him that she doesn't want him to leave Stars Hollow.