Dudes, before I start raving about the DVD’s, I’m going to make a last ditch appeal to ya’ll to buy or rent Season One. I know it looks like a girly kind of show, but it’s not. Season One of Gilmore Girls is the best family drama I’ve ever seen. You may have caught latter seasons on the tele, but they pale in comparison to the magic of Season One. And how can you not like staring at Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel for 21 hours??? Just rent the first couple of discs and give it a try. Every person I’ve introduced the show to has become hooked. And love him or hate him, but there’s a reason why Hercules at AICN, as well as tons of other male TV geeks, love this show.
Okay, the DVD’s been out for a couple weeks. Finally got to start watching mine once E3 was done.
Even though I was an early fanatic of the show, and have the entire first season on crappy VHS tapes, it’s still great to see everything in crisp digital DVD. It’s just shocking how friggin’ perfect the first season was.
I read somewhere that Amy Sherman-Palladino (the creator) figured that since the WB was putting them up against Friends, they wouldn’t last the season, so she threw everything and the kitchen sink into a perfect season-long story arc.
Everything works in this show. I read a great review (I think on The Onion’s AV club) that this is the only show on network TV that your grandmother and Quentin Tarintino would both love to watch. The dialgoue is brilliant and witty, without feeling like they’re throwing everything they can at the screen in the hopes that something will stick (like they do in latter seasons).
The show is also grounded in this reality that’s sorely missing in latter seasons. I read that the producers made a conscious decision to move more towards comedy than drama in the hopes of getting nominated in the comedy category for an Emmy. But I think it’s a mistake. A lot of the characters work better before they became loony caricatures. And it’s a friggin’ crime that this show didn’t get nominated for a drama Emmy in its first season.
I’m watching it now and I love the themes that tie the season together. Every episode fits perfectly in the grand arc, and there’s a definate place where they’re going. And it’s just scary to see Rory literally grow up before your eyes.