I just watched all seven seasons, plus the unofficial season eight which aired on Netflix nine years after the official show ended. I am now an official Gilmore Girls expert.
The show revolves around Rory Gilmore and her mother Lorelai, two brilliant ultra upper-class beautiful young girls who grew up in the idyllic town of Stars Hollow, Connecticut. Because Lorelai had Rory as a teenager (a huge scandal for the upper class), the two look and behave more like sisters than like mother and daughter.
Because Rory, is too pretty, charming, intelligent and upper-class for Stars Hollow, yet is nonetheless super nice to everyone, the whole town worships her and is super protective when any guy tries to date her. Meanwhile, because her mother screwed up her life by getting pregnant as a teen (by an upper class boy), Rory’s grandparents are especially protective of Rory because they see her as their second chance to raise a daughter right, and make sure she attends Harvard, Princeton, or preferably Yale since that’s where granddad went.
One of the themes of the show is that no one is good enough to date Rory. Even when she gets a boyfriend who the town considers super tall and good looking, the grandparents humiliate him for not being a good enough student for their precious Rory.
It’s interesting that the only girl in Stars Hollow worthy of being friends with this cream of the crop pale skinned, delicate boned, blue eyed white girl is a second generation Korean immigrant named Lane Kim, (virtually the only non-white in the whole town) thus fitting Rushton’s theory that Orientals are genetically superior.
Lane eventually rebels from her strict religious mother and joins a rock band, while Rory heads off to Yale to become the super star journalist she’s destined to be.
The show has only one black character, Michelle, a stereotypical French gay man with a thick accent, who was supposed to escort Lorelai to Lane’s wedding, but blows her off to attend a Celine Dion concert. .
Michelle’s charming misanthropy and refusal to obey his boss Lorelai is reminiscent of the black butler Benson on 1970s sit-com Soap. Although he is flaming, it was still apparently too edgy to have a character who was both black and gay by the early 2000s so the show kept his sexuality unconfirmed until the unofficial season 8 in 2016.
One interesting thing about the unofficial season 8, which is set 10 years after the official series ended, is we discover Rory didn’t exactly live up to all that early promise. This fits with regression to the mean. Perfect and super brilliant kids tend to slide towards mediocrity in adulthood.