Entertainment The Best Gilmore Girls Episodes  

Reference
5k votes 444 voters 36.3k views 174 items

List Rules Vote for your favorite Gilmore Girls episodes, no matter how popular they are.

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.
Ranker may collect a commission from links on this page. Prices & inventory are accurate as of publish date.
list ordered by

1
204 28
Raincoats and Recipes is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Gilmore Girls Episodes
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

2
181 23
Last Week Fights, This Week Ti... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Gilmore Girls Episodes
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

3
187 33
They Shoot Gilmores, Don't The... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Gilmore Girls Episodes
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

4
148 22
Written in the Stars is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Gilmore Girls Episodes
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

5
165 29
Those Are Strings, Pinocchio is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Gilmore Girls Episodes
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

6
136 24
Pilot is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Gilmore Girls Episodes
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

7
137 28
A-Tisket, A-Tasket is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Gilmore Girls Episodes
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

8
126 27
A Deep-Fried Korean Thanksgivi... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Gilmore Girls Episodes
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

9
136 33
The Lorelais' First Day at Yal... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Gilmore Girls Episodes
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

10
114 29
Wedding Bell Blues is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Gilmore Girls Episodes
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

11
102 24
Rory's Birthday Parties is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Gilmore Girls Episodes
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

12
103 32
Kiss and Tell is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Gilmore Girls Episodes
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

13
92 26
I Get A Sidekick Out of You is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Gilmore Girls Episodes
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

14
78 20
Those Lazy-Hazy-Crazy Days is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Gilmore Girls Episodes
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

15
84 26
I Can't Get Started is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Gilmore Girls Episodes
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

16
87 28
The Big One is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Gilmore Girls Episodes
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

17
88 33
There's the Rub is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Gilmore Girls Episodes
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

18
89 35
Rory's Dance is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Gilmore Girls Episodes
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

19
74 26
Friday Night's Alright for Fig... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Gilmore Girls Episodes
Jan 31 2006
Friday Night's Alright for Fighting is the name of an episode for the American comedy-drama series Gilmore Girls.

20
71 24
Forgiveness and Stuff is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Gilmore Girls Episodes
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

21
67 23
Ballrooms and Biscotti is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Gilmore Girls Episodes
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

22
72 27
Ted Koppel's Big Night Out is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Gilmore Girls Episodes
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

23
93 43
Bon Voyage is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Gilmore Girls Episodes
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

24
75 31
The Party's Over is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Gilmore Girls Episodes
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

25
70 30
Keg! Max! is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Gilmore Girls Episodes
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