Hey gang! It’s your old drinkin’ buddy and Intern of the Now Streaming podcast, J Dobbs here and there’s a few things you should know about me. I’m a just a regular guy who likes regular guy things. Last night I listened to a baseball game on the radio while drinking rye and smoking a cigar, true story. I like working on my car, I play fantasy football, first-person shooters, I love monster trucks and professional wrestling AND TWINS! (I also love referencing terrible decade old beer commercials.) I’m just one boring heteronormative, regressive macho male stereotype after another, save one fact that I will admit to all of you now: I love Gilmore Girls. There, I said it and I don’t care who knows it.
As you may have heard, Gilmore Girls has come to Netflix in all it’s fast-talking, down-homey, intergenerational bonding and strifey glory, and I couldn’t be happier. Some time around 2002, late in the second season or maybe early in the third I started visiting Stars Hollow every week and I never wanted to leave. I caught up on what I had missed and hung out with the Gilmores every week almost right up til the end and I’m excited to go back. It’s soapy, but heartfelt. It’s romancey, but not sappy. And most importantly it’s smart.
I’ve never watched the show in reruns and remember it through that foggy haze that cause some people to think their high school years were awesome. I thought it would be fun to revisit Stars Hollow and share with you guys on Now Streaming what is still great, what hasn’t aged so well, and what I missed the first time around as I work my way through the show. And to also do it from my side of the great gender divide that too often keep up separated from some great movies and shows. I hope to hear from you guys as I work my way back through the series as Now Streaming’s own “Gilmore Guy”.
This is one of my favorite film critic cold opens… just to get you excited: