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Gilmore Girls: Season 1 (2000)

Lauren Graham , Alexis Bledel , Adam Nimoy , Alan Myerson  |  Unrated |  DVD
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  • Actors: Lauren Graham, Alexis Bledel, Keiko Agena, Scott Patterson, Yanic Truesdale
  • Directors: Adam Nimoy, Alan Myerson, Amy Sherman-Palladino, Arlene Sanford, Bethany Rooney
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 6
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: WB Television Network, The
  • DVD Release Date: May 4, 2004
  • Run Time: 922 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (408 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001CCXZW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,751 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Gilmore Girls: Season 1" on IMDb

Special Features

  • All 21 episodes including the pilot on six discs
  • "Welcome to the Gilmore Girls" - making-of documentary of the first season
  • Gilmore-isms - montage
  • Gilmore Goodies & Gossip - fan facts viewing mode on one episode
  • Additional scenes

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People often mistake Independence Inn's manager, headstrong single mom Lorelai Gilmore (Lauren Graham) and her equally willful teenage daughter, Rory (Alexis Bledel) for sisters. Lorelai and Rory cope with the same emotional ups and downs, including Lorelai's overbearing, old-money parents and the joys and frustrations of the male gender. But when Rory's attention turns from dreams of private school and Harvard to thoughts of boys and adolescent self-reliance, single mom Lorelai begins noticing more of her own rebellious youth-only 16 years ago-in Rory. This heartfelt, humorous drama appeals to young and old alike with its blend of traditional family issues and hip, contemporary attitude. Reacquaint yourselves with television's most appealing mother-daughter duo in this collectible six-disc DVD set, which contains all 21 episodes from the first season including the pilot episode.

Gilmore Girls has been honored with an AFI Award and two Viewers for Quality Television Awards, and it was named New Program of the Year by the Television Critics Association. Series star Lauren Graham ("Townies," "NewsRadio," and "Bad Santa") was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series and received two consecutive nominations for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series from the Screen Actors Guild. Graham has also won two Family Television Awards. In addition, series star Alexis Bledel ("Tuck Everlasting") has won a Young Artist Award and a Family Television Award. The series, Gilmore Girls, won a Family Television Award for New Series and was named Best Family TV Drama Series by the Young Artist Awards, which also honored series star Keiko Agena in the supporting young actress category.

Gilmore Girls is the first series to make it to air supported by the Family Friendly Forum's Script Development Fund. An initiative between some of the nation's top advertisers and The WB, the program is intended to offer a greater array of compelling family programming on network television. The strong, loving, mother-daughter relationship portrayed in Gilmore Girls reflects the growing reality of this new type of American family.

A very atypical mother-daughter relationship is at the center of Gilmore Girls, a comedy-drama that immediately set itself apart from the herd with smarter-than-smart dialogue and an endearing mix of whimsical comedy and family drama. Set in the Capra-esque burg of Stars Hollow, where everybody knows everyone and eccentrics abound, Gilmore Girls was less a mother-daughter show and more of a screwball buddy comedy in which the two buddies happened to be parent and child. Pregnant at 16, Lorelai (Lauren Graham) left her rich parents to bring up her daughter Rory (Alexis Bledel) on her own terms; when Rory herself turns 16, Lorelai wants to send her academically gifted daughter to the prestigious Chilton school. The catch is, Lorelai can't afford it on her own, and rather than let Rory go without, the elder Gilmore girl brokers an uneasy truce with her parents (Edward Herrmann and Kelly Bishop), who finally get a chance to bond with their granddaughter while financing her education.

It sounds like a premise potentially fraught with angst and trauma, but in reality Gilmore Girls was one of the freshest, airiest, most enjoyable shows to air on the perpetually melodramatic WB network, critically praised once viewers got hooked on its unique brand of humor. Rory's growing-up adventures, including her acclimation to snooty Chilton and romance with townie dreamboat Dean (Jared Padalecki), gave the show a teen-friendly feel, but Gilmore Girls was anchored in the adult by the luminous Graham, a brilliant comedic leading lady who could turn dramatic on a dime and never break stride. The show's hallmark was its rat-a-tat, whipsmart dialogue, delivered perfectly by Graham and Bledgel, as well as a host of wacky supporting characters who would go on to become invaluable cast members. The first season allowed the show--and its lead actresses--to bloom gracefully and establish a deep, humorous rapport that lent itself perfectly to weekly travails both comedic and dramatic. --Mark Englehart

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128 of 130 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Get More Gilmore! June 21, 2004
"The Show That Almost Wasn't."
That's the most surprising lesson learned about the nature of television production -- as told by the show's creator Amy Sherman-Palladino -- in the WB's stellar GILMORE GIRLS release: Ms. S-P had pitched a variety of programs for WB executives, and, when they asked for more, she made up an idea on the spot -- with no preparation or background detail -- which the executives took! Then, Ms. S-P had to go and create it.
GILMORE GIRLS arguably stands as a benchmark in television history. In some ways, the program is like SEINFELD: if you don't get it, you won't get it. In other ways, it's a high quality Hallmark Channel movie-of-the-week, currently stretching out beyond its fourth season and soon to be entering its fifth. Still, in more ways, there's absolutely nothing else like it on television.
GG is far more than just the story of Lorelai Gilmore and her daughter, Lorelai "Rory" Gilmore: it's the story of the fictional town known as Star's Hollow -- the dreamland for bed-n-breakfast businesses -- and the odd assortment of characters who happen to live, work, and breathe there. While the centerpiece is clearly the Gilmore family -- a contemporization of the BRADY BUNCH, if there could ever be such a thing -- the spin of the show is, to its benefit, the plethora of wonderfully imagined and uniquely quirky townsfolk who populate the secondary storylines.
And, yes, the acting is top notch. The direction is absolutely superb. The writing is, by far, some of the most deserving work being put up on the boob tube today.
Still, GG is on the WB, meaning that it will, more than likely, never find the kind of ratings the show deserves. Like STAR TREK, GILMORE will find its true financial potential in syndication and DVD releases ...
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119 of 139 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's About Time January 23, 2004
No vampires to slay. No kryptonite "Freaks of the Week." No friggin creeks that you wish the series' namesake to drown in. Nothing but a well-written, wonderfully cast show that is long overdue for a DVD release. When the first season DVD release hits shelves, the fourth season should be close to wrapping up on the WB, and hopefully will continue everything about the show that made the first episodes so enjoyable.
Set in a fictional Connecticut town called Stars Hollow, The Gilmore Girls follows the lives of Lorelai and Rory Gilmore, a a single mother and teenage daughter who share a bond that is as much best friends as it is that of a mother and child. The series begins with Rory's acceptance into the prestigious Chilton Academy and Lorelai's frantic desire to make that happen, which much to her chagrin, involves the help of her own mother, Emily Gilmore (played by the excellent Kelly Bishop) and father Richard (Edward Herman). Growing up the rebellious daughter of wealthy society types and becoming pregnant at age 16 didn't exactly endear them to each other. It is Lorelai's relationship with her parents that drives much of her character's motivation.
While life as a single mother might be hard, Lorelai is not without a support system. Stars Hollow is populated with an impressive collection of colorful characters, from the gruff, flannel-wearing diner owner, Luke, to Lorelai's coworker and best friend Sookie and the annoying Frenchman, Michel.
Rory, too, has a group of close friends and even closer enemies. Lane Kim, daughter of a Korean Bible beater is the music obsessed best friend, Dean (Jared Padelecki) is her first boyfriend and Paris, her academic and social rival.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gilmore Girls not just for Girls February 8, 2004
By Brian
I have to admit that I'm as macho as the next guy. I like action movies, sci-fi and comedy. When I first heard of Gilmore Girls I just wrote it off as another show that I would skip. That is until I actually saw an episode. That one episode opened my eyes and forced me to expand my definition of quality television. I have never encounted a show whose dialogue was so SHARP and yet managed to stay so close to how real people would react. The charecters, both main and in the background, are memorable and unique. And I will say to anyone who asks, whoever made the decision to cast the parts of Rory and Lorilei were absolutely brilliant. The chemistry between the two just takes your breath away. It blows my mind that I have to keep reminding myself that they are not mother and daughter in real life. I think what ultimately draws me as a viewer is that way it perfectly mixes sharp dialogue, drama, humor, and most of all the way it shows not just whats going on on the surface of a person but underneath as well. I still proudly call myself a guy. Its just that now guys who are into quality television have Gilmore Girls to add to their list as well
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ahhh... Like A Dream Come True! January 25, 2004
By A Customer
Welcome to Stars Hollow. A small, quaint town in New England. A town where everybody knows each other, and with people slightly eccentric living there, the place never gets boring.
Lorelai Gilmore moved to Stars Hollow one year after giving birth to her daughter Lorelai Leigh (Rory for short) at the sweet and very young age of sixteen. Being the strong, independent woman that she is, she refuses any help from her parents on raising Rory. Oh, did I mention that Lorelai and her mother do not get along at all? That is sort of the reason why she moved out.
The 21 great episodes are:
01 Pilot : Rory (now 15) gets accepted to Chilton, and Lorelai asks her parents to help her out with Rory's tuition. Rory meets a boy named Dean and changes her mind about Chilton.
02 The Lorelai's First Day At Chilton : Lorelai oversleeps on Rory's first day and to her dismay, all her good clothes are at the cleaners. Students at Chilton determine to make Rory's life miserable.
03 Kill Me Now : Rory is required to take up a sport. Emily suggests Richard takes Rory golfing. Rory has a great time with her grandfather, and Lorelai gets upset.
04 The Deer Hunters : Rory gets her first "D" in her life. Lorelai helps Rory study for her English test that is 20% of her grade. They oversleep and Rory gets into a car accident.
05 Cinnamon's Wake : Rory's English teacher, Max Medina, asks Lorelai out. The town mourns Babbette and Mory's cat, Cinnamon.
06 Rory's Birthday Parties : It's Rory's birthday and Emily and Lorelai both want to throw the teenager a birthday party.
07 Kiss and Tell : Dean gives Rory her first kiss. Rory is afraid to tell her mom about it, and Lorelai ends up hearing about the kiss from Mrs. Kim, Lane's, Rory's bestfriend, mom.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Good couldn't see some episodes even try buffing it out but still couldn't see overall in good condition
Published 8 days ago by Trinidad Duarte
5.0 out of 5 stars Love This Show!
I loved the Gilmore Girls! I have been watching and enjoying Lauren on Parenthood and wanted to see
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Published 12 days ago by Dottie M
5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING show!!
What an AMAZING show! I watched it when it first aired and have been re-watching it about once a year. This is one of my all time favorite shows. Read more
Published 14 days ago by Shell6a
5.0 out of 5 stars One Of The Best TV Shows Of All Time
Sparkling dialogue, charming actresses/characters, and moments of rare sociological insight!
Published 20 days ago by Jesse Stout
4.0 out of 5 stars poignant but sometimes it feels forced
Its a good diversion and there are definitely some good moments. But it often feels forced and contrived. I love Laren and Alexis and their chemistry is good.
Published 1 month ago by Edith Rothenberg
5.0 out of 5 stars This show has some of the best writing you'll hear
This show has some of the best writing you'll hear...ever. It was a shame for this show to go off the air after just 7 seasons. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 1 month ago by Elizabeth
3.0 out of 5 stars Decent show.
It's Gilmore Girls. The back and forth doesn't both me too much and I enjoy the plot lines for the most part. I wouldn't mind owning more seasons.
Published 1 month ago by Kate Newton
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Can't get enough Gilmore Girls! I look forward to getting swept into the Hollow daily :-)
Published 1 month ago by Jennifer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Oct 24, 2006 by Rosa |  See all 5 posts
i have an episode guide with my season 1 set
Jan 25, 2007 by Emily |  See all 2 posts
I just received this set after waiting until Christmas to get it as a gift. The first disc was marked properly, however, when I went to watch it, it was actually the 2nd disc labeled incorrectly. Perhaps that's why it yours is marked "repackaged"?
Dec 29, 2011 by J Swain |  See all 2 posts
favorite episode?
i really like rory's birthdays.
it's when she first really tells off richard and emily.
and, luke proposes.
but nobody else probably remembers that.
Feb 7, 2009 by GilmoreGirlsFan |  See all 2 posts
Is the First season dirty? Or any of the seasons?
I'd say the show is pretty tame. Almost no bad lanaguage. There is a bit of sexual stuff in the first season with Lorelai's lovelife but most of it happens off screen. (and of course it's mentioned in almost every epsidoe that Lorelai was a teenage mother)

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