Gilmore Girls: The Complete Seasons 1 and 2
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Welcome to quaint Stars Hollow, Connecticut. People often mistake Independence Inn's manager, headstrong single mom Lorelai Gilmore, and her equally willful teenage daughter, Rory, 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. This heartfelt, humorous drama appeals to young and old alike with its blend of traditional family issues and hip, contemporary attitude.]]>
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Here's the set-up: Lorelai Gilmore had her daughter Rory at the age of sixteen, out of wedlock, embarrassing her wealthy and status-conscious parents. It's now sixteen years later, and she runs the Independence Inn, while Rory (short for Lorelai, BTW), has qualified to go to Chilton, a ritzy college preparatory private school. Desperate to pay the tuition, Lorelai grudgingly asks her parents for the money so Rory can attend and eventually go to Harvard. The mother asks for one thing in return: both Lorelai and Rory must attend dinner at the parents' house every Friday. Lorelai and Rory have had minimal contact with them over the years, so this is an unwelcome change, but one they agree to.
The clashes between Lorelai and her parents is fascinating, especially because the parents are just as complex as Lorelai and Rory, with character-driven surprises coming to view. All of the characters change and grow in logical, organic ways, and the stories flow very well.
Another treat is the rapid-fire banter the series is rightly celebrated for. Laden with humor and obscure references, this is the best part of this wonderful show. There is also, in the Season Two set, a booklet of "Gilmore-isms" that explain some of the more arcane references from that season. You have to listen quickly to catch them all, or watch episodes again to get some of the references. It's reminiscent of the best of Hepburn and Tracy, and then some.
Most of the action takes place in the fictional town of Stars Hollow. Replete with engaging characters, truly deserving of the greatly overused word "quirky", they add charm and comedy, as well as some drama, to the show. Each of the characters has a story, sometimes more than one, but many of them will remind you of people you know or have known. The saying, "All of us are stars in our own lives, and bit players in the lives of everyone else," has special meaning here. All of the residents of Stars Hollow have their own stories, their own concerns and worries, some of which may seem trivial, but aren't played that way. Stars Hollow doesn't exist in the real world, but I'd move there in an instant if it did.
For all that it touches on serious matters, Gilmore Girls does so with an underlying sense of humor, but without making light of anything the characters experience. Okay, not *too* light, but the humor and poignancy, as well as the real relationships with their ups and downs, are very enjoyable to watch.
Since my girlfriend's introduction to Gilmore Girls, she can't wait to see more, and agrees it's very well written, and a joy to watch. She's told her mother, sister and others about it, and now they can't wait to borrow this set to see what all the hullabaloo is about.
I highly recommend Gilmore Girls to anyone with a heart, sense of humor, or love of good entertainment.
I liked that they updated the cases. I have issues with my older cardboard cases with the adhesive coming loose and the plastic disk pages falling out. However, these cases are slim plastic that snap shut and the dvds stay put.
Season 1 was perfect, but Season 2 was all jumbled. All the episodes were there, but they were all out of order and on the wrong disks.
$22+shipping was a great deal for both seasons but a little steep for just one usable season.
On season 2 however, discs 3 and 6 were mislabeled, meaning the one labeled three was actually six and vice-versa.
It wasn't a huge deal, but be careful of that when watching.