Not much to say beyond that I should have listened to what everyone said and watched this long ago. In the same league as Friday Night Lights. It builds a nuanced town that you simply live in with these characters. The town of Stars Hollow is one of the great locations of the medium. So while not as melodramatic or emotional as FNL per say, it is on the flip side, more observed and charming.
2 main things I took away from the first season before I continue onto the second.
1. Amy Sherman-Palladino has perhaps the most natural grasp on relationships between generations that I have seen regardless of film or tv. The unusual and beautiful mother/daughter relationship of Rory and Lorelai is the star of the show, but beyond that, Lorelai’s painful and baggage heavy relationship with her parents present the most complex and emotionally satisfying moments.
Lorelai walking into her austere father’s hospital bed, seeing him vulnerable and as a flesh and bone man for the first time, is one of the better moments of TV I have seen in ages. Wordless, simple, lasting for only a few seconds, but unforgettable.
2. This is obvious, but Sherman-Palladino belongs on the short list of people like the Coen Brothers, Tarantino, Mamet, Whedon, and Sorkin who have wholly unique sense of dialog. Far from realistic, but completely grounded because the dialog intensifies and enlightens the understanding of the characters. I could listen to Gilmore Girls days on end.
In short. Amazing show. A guilty comfortable pleasure with none of the guilt and all of the comfort.