Oct. 05, 2000
60 min.
The CW TV Network

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Gilmore Girls

Set in a storybook Connecticut town populated with an eclectic mix of everyday folks and lovable lunatics, Gilmore Girls is a humorous multigenerational series about friendship, family and the ties that bind. This unique mother-daughter team has been growing up together.

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Lorelai Victoria Gilmore was born to Richard and Emily Gilmore on April 25, 1968. Raised in Hartford, Connecticut, Lorelai is a highly witty, quirky, free-spirited woman. Her wealthy parents attempted to raise her to be a proper young lady of society, go to an Ivy league college, marry a man with wealth and good-breeding and even arranged for her to be presented to society. However, Lorelai knew that wasn't the life she wanted.

As a teenager, Lorelai dated Christopher Hayden, the son of Straub and Francine. She discovered she was pregnant at the age of 16, before finishing high school. This greatly embarrassed and disappointed her parents. Straub initially suggested Lorelai have an abortion, however Emily flat out refused, and Richard suggested that Lorelai and Chistopher should marry instead. Christopher agreed, but Lorelai refused, convinced that marrying so young simply wouldn't work out. When Lorelai realized she was in labor, she left a note for her parents which read "Dear Mom and Dad, I'm in labor, see you later, Lorelai" and drove to the hospital even though she didn't have her license.

After her daughter, Lorelai Leigh Gilmore, aka Rory, was born, she lived with her parents for a year before running away to Stars Hollow, a small town near Hartford, to find her own life. The owner of the Independence Inn, Mia, took her in, gave her a job as a maid, and let her and Rory live in the back in a renovated potting shed. The Independence Inn is where she met her best friend, Sookie Saint James. Lorelai worked her way up over the years, and was eventually promoted to manager. Later, Lorelai, Sookie, and their friend Michel opened their own inn, called The Dragonfly Inn.

For many years after, Lorelai had almost no contact with her parents, except for visits during major holidays. When Rory got accepted into Chilton Preparatory School, a private and expensive high school, Lorelai needed a loan to pay Rory's attendance fees. As a last choice, Lorelai went to Emily and Richard. Emily and Richard agreed to loan the money but in return, Rory and Lorelai had to instate mandatory "Friday Night Dinners" to which Lorelai reluctantly agreed. A large part of the series is dedicated toward Lorelai's relationship with her parents through the ups and downs of dealing with the past and forging a more realistic relationship. Even after Rory gets her first job as a journalist and will be moving away for awhile, Lorelai tells her mother that she will still continue their Friday night dinners.

Besides an on-again, off-again relationship with Christopher Hayden, Lorelai's had a few romantic relationships that included Alex Lesman, an outdoorsy coffee house entrepreneur; Max Medina, a teacher at Chilton to whom she was engaged; Jason "Digger" Stiles, a childhood friend, and Luke Danes, the owner of Luke's Diner in Stars Hollow, with whom she always had a strong connection. When the show ended it was implied that Lorelai was in a relationship with Luke Danes, as she kisses him at Rory's farewell party and she wears the necklace Luke gave to her.

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