In 2015, rumors spread that Netflix would be reviving Gilmore Girls, the beloved WB (and later, CW) show about the close bond between caffeinated flibbertigibbet Lorelai Gilmore (Lauren Graham) and her studious daughter, Rory (Alexis Bledel). That news was confirmed in a January 2016 tweet from Graham. “It's time for me, and this jacket I stole in 2007, to return to work,” Graham wrote.
Fans of the series freaked out at a chance to finally get to return to Stars Hollow, nine years after their beloved dramedy went off the air. For many, Gilmore Girls’s return is also a chance to right many of the series’s biggest wrongs, after showrunner Amy Sherman-Palladino left the series following a contract dispute. She was replaced for the seventh season by producer David S. Rosenthal, and things just, well, weren’t the same.
If Sherman-Palladino wants to make things right with fans, she may have a lot to answer for. Here are the show’s nine biggest missteps.
Gilmore Girls has a bad habit of changing its characters throughout the course of the show. For a good example, look no further than Dean Forester (Jared Padalecki), the Windy City transplant who increasingly becomes an insufferable jerk. In the pilot, Dean relocates to Stars Hollow from Chicago, and he’s immediately coded as “hip” and “with it.” You know this because he’s wearing a leather jacket, has a cool '90s haircut (those bangs!), listens to Liz Phair, and reads Hunter S. Thompson. He’s no Stephen Hawking, but he’s hardly one of the kids from Gummo.
But by the beginning of season two, however, he may as well be enrolled in the Derek Zoolander School for Kids Who Can’t Read Good (and Want to Learn to Do Other Things Good Too). Rory is concerned he won’t get into a good school. He’s not smart enough to impress her grandfather. He develops an unhealthy rage streak. He starts speaking in grunts. By the time they hook up in the fifth season, Dean may as well be a Far Side cartoon.
If there’s a reason the art girls were a thing, it was to introduce the show’s poorest excuse at a love quadrangle - between Rory and Logan and Marty and Lucy. You might remember Marty (Wayne Wilcox), the naked dorm guy who develops an unrequited crush on Rory after she finds him passed out in the hall, as the sad puppy dog who follows Rory around, as if waiting to be put down by her lack of sexual interest. There’s never any doubt who Rory is going to choose (hint: his name rhymes with “Brogan”), and watching Marty repeatedly get friendzoned before turning into a sweaty ball of Ivy League spite is just depressing.