ByMatthew Chapman, writer at
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Matthew Chapman


After nearly 10 years off the air, Gilmore Girls is returning to our television screens! Lorelai, Rory and the residents of Stars Hollow will return in the form of a four-episode mini series on Netflix.

Each episode will run for 90 minutes —that's 6 hours, or 360 minutes, of fast-talking, coffee-drinking goodness!

In Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life, every episode will take place during a season (Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall) with the husband and wife duo Daniel Palladino and Amy Sherman-Palladino returning to direct and write the new episodes.

Gilmore Girls ran on The WB and then The CW from 2000 to 2007 for a whopping 157 episodes, and had a plethora of stars, including Lauren Graham (Parenthood), Alexis Bledel (Us & Them), Milo Ventimiglia (This Is Us), Melissa McCarthy (Ghostbusters) and Jared Padalecki (Supernatural).

But with 157 episodes under their belt, it stands to reason that there would have been tons of guest stars. Let's take a look at just 8 of them that you may have forgotten about.

1. Danny Strong

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Image: TheWB.

Appeared In: 21 episodes

First Appearance: 4.08 - 'Die, Jerk'

Last Appearance: 7.21 - 'Unto the Breach'

The Character: Doyle was the editor of the Yale Daily News, where he met Paris (Liza Weil). Over the course of the series, Doyle and Paris started dating, and when we left them at the end of the series, they had moved in together.

The Actor: While he might have gotten his first screen role on Saved by the Bell: The New Class, it was his role as Jonathan in Buffy: The Vampire Slayer that put him on the map. He's also appeared in Mad Men, Justified and most recently, Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping.

Strong is also a Primetime Emmy winner for writing Game Change and has also written The Butler, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Parts 1 & 2 and is the creator of the television hit, Empire.

He has the adorkable, nerd part down — and at least in Gilmore Girls, he didn't start up an evil trio and kill a beloved character! (Buffy reference - Still not bitter!)

Danny Strong will be back for Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life.

2. Krysten Ritter

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Image: The WB

Appeared In: 8 episodes

First Appearance: 7.04 - ''S Wonderful, 'S Marvelous'

Last Appearance: 7.21 - 'Unto the Breach'

The Character: Lucy is one of Rory's friends from Yale.

The Actor: While she may have been acting on-screen since the early 2000s, Ritter is maybe best known for her recent role on Jessica Jones. She also starred in Mona Lisa Smile, Veronica Mars, 'Til Death, Confessions of a Shopaholic, Gossip Girl, Breaking Bad and Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23.

One minute she's a lovely young girl; the next, she's a b*tch with a swanky apartment; and next, a superhero! Get you a girl who can do it all!

3. Seth MacFarlane

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Image: The WB

Appeared In: 3 episodes

First Appearance: 2.21 - 'Lorelai's Graduation Day'

Last Appearance: 4.08 - 'Die, Jerk'

The Character: Seth MacFarlane starred in 3 episodes as three different characters; Zach, Bob Merriam and as an uncredited folk singer.

The Actor: Actor, Writer, Producer, Director and more, Seth MacFarlane is the creator of Family Guy and American Dad! as well as writer of Ted, A Million Ways to Die in the West and Ted 2. Gilmore Girls isn't the only acting Seth has done; he has also starred in Flashforward, A Million Ways to Die in the West and voiced roles in The Cleveland Show, Ted and Robot Chicken.

4. Jane Lynch

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Image: The WB

Appeared In: 1 episode

First Appearance: 1.10 - 'Forgiveness and Stuff'

The Character: Jane Lynch played a nurse when Richard Gilmore is rushed to hospital.

The Actor: Jane Lynch is no stranger to television having appeared in shows like Dawson's Creek, The West Wing, Arrested Development, The L Word, Glee, Party Down and most recently, Angel from Hell.

If Coach Sylvester can be a President, why not a nurse too?!

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5. Nick Offerman

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Image: The WB

Appeared In: 3 episodes

First Appearance: 4.07 - 'The Festival of Living Art'

Last Appearance: 6.04 - 'Always a Godmother, Never a God'

The Character: Beau Belleville, brother-in-law to Sookie St. James (Melissa McCarthy).

The Actor: Nick has only played Ron Swanson on Parks and Recreation and will never play any other character again! He may have also starred in Sin City, 21 Jump Street, The Lego Movie, Bob's Burgers, Childrens Hospital, Brooklyn Nine-Nine and Fargo.

It's all about the moustache... oh, and I guess looking like the guy who plays your on-screen brother helps!

6. Alex Borstein

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Image: The WB

Appeared In: 9 episodes

First Appearance: 1.00 - 'Unaired Pilot'

Last Appearance: 5.18 - 'To Live and Let Diorama'

The Character: Alex Borstein has been in 9 episodes of Gilmore Girls as 5 different characters! In the Unaired Pilot she played Sookie St. James, but was replaced by Melissa McCarthy when the show was picked up. From 'Pilot' (1.01) to 'The Deer Hunters' (1.04) she played Drella, a rude harpist that is hired to play at the Independence Inn. In 'Eight O'Clock at the Oasis' (3.05) her voice was used to play Doris but returned to the screen to play Miss Celine, Emily's personal stylist in two episodes (3.21 'Here Comes the Son' and 5.12 'Come Home'). In 'To Live and Let Diorama' (5.18) she returned to voice some of the voices at the Stars Hollow Museum.

The Actor: Alex is also a Family Guy alum, playing Lois Griffin, along with some other residents of Quahog. Also starring in Power Rangers Zeo, Coyote Ugly, Bad Santa, Catwoman, Killers, ParaNorman, Bunheads, Shameless, Getting On and Workaholics.

You know you're good when they keep inviting you back — especially after they replace you in the pilot and the story for your character has finished!

7. Chad Michael Murray

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Image: The WB

Appeared In: 11 episodes

First Appearance: 1.02 - 'The Lorelais' First Day at Chilton'

Last Appearance: 2.09 - 'Run Away, Little Boy'

The Character: Tristin Dugray was a fellow student at Chilton with Rory and Paris, where he constantly attempts to get Rory to date him. The last we saw of Tristin, he was being sent to military school.

The Actor: From 2000 to 2012, he starred in three of the biggest dramas; Gilmore Girls, Dawson's Creek and One Tree Hill. Aside form those, he also starred in Freaky Friday, A Cinderella Story, House of Wax, Scream Queens and most recently, Agent Carter.

Hey, if you have a talent, why not make the most of it? So if you excel at playing the high school student, just keep playing him until you start looking like you should be the teacher!

8. Carole King

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Image: The WB

Appeared In: 3 episodes

First Appearance: 2.20 - 'Help Wanted'

Last Appearance: 6.10 - 'He's Slippin' 'Em Bread... Dig?'

The Character: Carole King played Sophie Bloom, owner of Sophie's Music, who encourages Lane's (Keiko Agena) passion for music and lets her practice in her shop.

The Actor: Singer, song-writer and one of the Greatest Women of Rock N Roll, Carole King's 1971 album 'Tapestry' spent more than 300 weeks on the US charts. She also wrote and performed the Gilmore Girls theme song.

Jsut like Remy Zero in Smallville and Vonda Shepard in Ally McBeal, Gilmore Girls invited the artist who sings their theme song appeared in the show.

Carole King will be back for Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life.

Notable Mentions

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Image: The WB
  • Jon Hamm (Mad Men)
  • Mary Lynn Rajskub (24)
  • Rami Malek (Mr Robot)
  • Mädchen Amick (Witches of East End)
  • Adam Brody (The O.C.)
  • Sherilyn Fenn (Twin Peaks)
  • Billy Burke (Zoo)
  • Madeleine Albright
  • Brandon Routh (Legends of Tomorrow)
  • Masi Oka (Heroes)
  • The Shins
  • Teddy Dunn (Veronica Mars)
  • The Bangles
  • Nasim Pedrad (Scream Queens)
  • Max Greenfield (New Girl)
  • Ashley Fink (Glee)

I could have gone on forever discussing the big names that were on this show, and there will probably be new names to add to the list after the new season.

We live in a time of so many remakes, reimaginings and resurrections, that we have to ask; is there a point where the magic will run out? By the looks of the trailers and the pictures, Gilmore Girls won't be running out of magic any time soon — and has ample room for new mind-blowing cameos.

Who did you love seeing on Gilmore Girls? Will you be watching the new season? Let us know in the comments!

All four episodes will be available to stream on Netflix from November 25, 2016.


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