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People You Forgot Guest Starred on Gilmore Girls

To say that Gilmore Girls had a huge impact on pop culture would be an understatement. This little mother-daughter show built a strong and loyal following during its seven-year run, giving girls everywhere worthy role models to look up to. Heartwarming and witty, Gilmore Girls was more than a show, it was a religion. A fact made only more apparent when the series hit Netflix in late 2014: not only did the ability to binge-watch every episode appeal to die-hard fans, but Gilmore Girls also found a new and eager audience. Now with a revival in the works, nostalgia is running higher than ever… and no one is complaining.

But compelling storytelling wasn’t the only thing that made the show so charming. Stars Hollow was always a magical universe inhabited by quirky and memorable characters; Gilmore Girls wouldn’t have been the same without its strong cast. Besides the main players, the series launched the careers of now-household names like Melissa McCarthy, Liza Weil, Jared Padalecki, and Milo Ventimiglia. Moreover, fans were treated to a steady flow of brilliant Gilmore Girls cameos – made either by famous guest stars, or by up-and-comers who later went on to build impressive careers.

Between sipping coffee, munching on Pop-Tarts, and getting ready for a Cop Rock marathon, you'll definitely want to take a little walk down memory lane with this comprehensive list of Gilmore Girls guest stars. From beloved characters who showed up more than once to "blink and you’ll miss it" appearances, there's something for everyone. Take a look below to jog your memory and cram for your next "famous people on Gilmore Girls" quiz.