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The first reviews of Gilmore Girls: A Year In The Life

Some lucky people have seen it already. Here’s what they said.

By Erin Van Der Meer
Gilmore Girls: A Year In The Life review

Netflix’s revival of Gilmore Girls is almost here: all four 90-minute episodes drop on November 25.

Some lucky people – US TV critics, mostly – have seen it already and shared their thoughts. Overall, it’s a big thumbs up, apart from some minor criticisms of pacing or the format (just nit-picking, TBH).

No spoilers ahead, but if you want to go in completely fresh, stop reading now. Otherwise, read up and get pumped.

TV Line says Gilmore Girls: A Year In The Life is “TV comfort food — a faithful reproduction of the quirky, cozy vibe we fell in love with. But it’s also not afraid to push its characters towards new, sometimes painful realisations.

“The town of Stars Hollow remains a quaint throwback that’s seemingly frozen in time … but the dialogue is peppered with up-to-date references to the Kardashians, Game of Thrones and man-buns. The typically clever, rapid-fire Gilmore banter is super charged here, as if creator Amy Sherman-Palladino has been gathering one-liners for years and finally found a place to put them.”

And while there’s plenty of LOLs, TV Line says the women are all at somewhat difficult crossroads in their lives, and the show “isn’t afraid to go dark and get real when it needs to.”

Variety also compares the GG revival to comfort food. “Breathe a sigh of relief: The Gilmore Girls we knew and loved is back, and at its best, it’s the equivalent of a platter of powdered donuts and extra-crispy french fries."

Anyone else feeling hungry?

“Maybe it’s a little too much at times — and rapid consumption of the four 90-minute episodes Netflix commissioned is not advised — but when it relies on the notable strengths of its core ensemble, it is television at its most warm and reassuring.”

Indiewire has also given it a big thumbs-up. “Perhaps what’s most important to realise about the new material is that it’s clearly made with love. There’s very little eye-winking involved, and for a series as sincere as Gilmore Girls has always been, that’s the perfect attitude to take. In era of revivals driven and manipulated by the almighty dollar, A Year in the Life is refreshing in its genuine creation.”

Entertainment Weekly says it’s way better than the show’s final season. “The return of Gilmore Girls is winsome and riotous. It’s a better, bolder, more fulfilling capper to a beloved series that finished just-okay back in 2007.”

We don’t mean to get everyone’s expectations too high but HOLY SH*T IT SOUNDS LIKE IT’S GOING TO BE AMAZING.

Gilmore Girls: A Year In The Life is streaming on Netflix from November 25.

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