Gilmore Girls: Why You Might Start to Hate the Show

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Rory is whining, Lorelai is arguing, and Emily is scheming. If you watch the episodes back-to-back, it’s easy to find yourself wondering, “How are these characters likable in the first place?”

What some of the new avid fans of “Gilmore Girls” may forget is that the show was not designed to be binged-watched on Netflix. In fact, it was meant to be consumed as one episode, one week at a time. With seven days to process Emily and Loralei’s screaming matches and Dean’s toxic behavior, the viewer can digest the drama and possibly find the characters to be relatable.

The first episode of “Gilmore Girls” aired in October of 2000. From then on, the show aired weekly on The WB (The Warner Brothers Television Network).

It is evident in the writing patterns that the episodes were not designed to be watched back-to-back. In fact, the early episodes of the show convey a style similar to a soap opera; however this changes as the show develops. The camera work makes a significant change when Rory goes to college which, in my opinion, elevates the show to a new level of seriousness.

Part of Rory and Lorelai’s unique charm is their speedy and witty conversations about whichever niche topic they find themselves focused on. This ranges from movies like “The Godfather” to sporting events like skeet shooting and even their love lives.

Their lines are delivered in a remarkably quick manner and often with the same pattern, tone and frequency. Their remarks almost become predictable for the audience. While this is one of my favorite shows to have on in the background, it might not be for everyone.

When binge watching “Gilmore Girls,” I think it is pretty easy to find more and more patterns in the writing and delivery of the dialogue. After a while, these patterns can become annoying, which is understandable.

I have even had close friends say they have trouble having the show on in the background because they will find themselves becoming stressed or irritated, only to realize it is because there is either constant bickering from the TV or people talking a mile a minute nonstop for 30 minutes straight!

In a day and age where all of our favorite TV shows are accessible to us 24/7, it is important to realize that many of the shows were created with the intention of being consumed in moderation. Maybe you don’t hate “Gilmore Girls,” maybe you just need to take a break from a week!

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