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‘Gilmore Girls’: the epitome of fall

Amanda Riha

It is that time of year again folks — the leaves are changing color, the air is getting colder and suddenly having a cup of apple cider in your hand just feels so right. It is indeed fall.

Wait, what is that? Oh, it is just the sound of the most iconic fall-themed show being streamed on most TVs near you.

“Gilmore Girls,” which debuted in 2000 and ran until 2007, is the most “fall” show out there. This show exhibits the lives of Lorelai Gilmore (Lauren Graham) and her daughter, Rory Gilmore (Alexis Bledel) as they take on life together.

The Gilmore girls have remarkably interesting, drama filled lives which make the show fascinating and keep the viewer hooked. Other recurring characters, however, make most of the stories and plot lines. Characters such as Luke Danes and Sookie St. James really add entertainment to the show.

This show gives me all of my fall feelings all year round even when it is not fall. This past summer I watched it and it made me yearn for the next months I knew would be upcoming.

The mock town of Stars Hollow (located in a very general area of Connecticut) is one of the main reasons for all of the fall feelings that come along with this show. Now this fact, along with the fact that “Gilmore Girls” has many fall themed episodes, calls for the town center to be constantly depicted in fall.

The main reason for this show giving all the fall vibes is the grainy effect of the cinematography. Although there is no real filter placed over the content and it simply is just the cameras used, many fans have replicated the style, using filters to make their social media posts look like they are living in a scene of “Gilmore Girls.” This grainy look gives the show a comfy feel. Sometimes when I am watching, I will just take in the grain and it makes me feel very comfy and cozy.

My favorite fall-themed episode is “A Deep-Fried Korean Thanksgiving,” which is about how Lorelai and Rory have to get to three different Thanksgiving dinners. This episode gives off so many fall feelings for me and brings back memories from my childhood of having to rush from one family member’s house to the next. This episode, even though I watched it in July, made me feel as if it was a day in November.

Another example of this is when Rory moved into Yale University in “The Lorelais’ First Day at Yale.” This episode made me not only excited to move into Quinnipiac University for my freshman year, but also brought back old feelings of the first day of school. I always associate the first day of school with fall (even though in recent years the weather has not been too kind).

From pumpkins on business fronts to the hay bales in the town gazebo, the set really gives the autumnal impression. Even when it is not fall, the town center still gives that homey feel through the colors and the whole look of the town.

Another reason for these seasonal vibes is the fashion throughout the series. The fashion, while being very appropriate for the early 2000s, stays in a very fall theme with the colors and fabrics. A lot of scarves, jackets and longer material clothing give the feel that it is chilly and there is a need for layers.

It is exceedingly rare to see a character not following this dress code. More recently, the “Rory Gilmore sweater” has been trending on TikTok, an oversized cream colored knit.

It is a basic closet must-have that is cozy and can go with anything. Another staple in the Gilmore Girls world is a solid jean jacket. I can bet you that almost every character on the show wore a jean jacket on at least one occasion. The jean jacket is a tried and true classic and not just that but also tried and true. Another staple to add to these two timeless pieces is Luke Dane’s flannel shirts. This piece of clothing made it in pretty much every episode. Luke would not be Luke without the flannel and his classic hat.

“Gilmore Girls” perfectly encapsulates the fall feels that everyone needs this season. 

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