I know you don't want to hear it, but soon the time will come when you've binged on the four 90-minute long #GilmoreGirl revival episodes — #AYearInTheLife — and you'll be left with that sinking feeling all over again; the one you felt back 2007 when the Stars Hollow inhabitants closed their shutters and disappeared from your promptly empty life.
That was the thing about Gilmore Girls: The show always felt like home, it wrapped you in a blanket and comforted you in a manic, fast-talking manner you didn't know you needed. It's a tenderness that's hard to replicate (though hopefully the new #Netflix series will do that).
However, there are a few shows out there that carry the same sensibilities as Gilmore Girls: Shows filled with dysfunctional families, witty quips, and pop culture reference after pop culture reference. So I've gone ahead and put them all in a nice little list for you, so you know what to do with yourself when that frightful moment inevitably comes:
1. My So Called Life
- Starring: Claire Danes, Jared Leto, Wilson Cruz
While the relationship between Angela (Claire Danes) and Patty (Bess Armstrong) is more your standard angsty-teen-worried-mother-combo than the BBF thing Rory and Lorelai have going on, the commitment and love is certainly there. Plus, My So Called Life is all about a smart high school girl discovering herself through new friendships and a big-time first crush played a young Jared Leto a.k.a the ultimate '90s babe.
- Starring: Sutton Foster, Kaitlyn Jenkins, Julia Goldani Telles
A ballet drama created by Gilmore Girls queen No.2, Amy Sherman-Palladino and starring Gilmore Girls queen No.1, Kelly Bishop. Need I say more?
- Starring: Peter Krause, Lauren Graham, Dax Shepard
Featuring another GG alum, it can be a task to get your head into Lauren Graham playing a different single mom bringing up a surly teen (a.k.a. the exact opposite of Rory) — but your dedication will be worth the effort. Not only is Graham's character equally as witty as Lorelai, but the show itself is a real, and often hilarious, depiction of family life.
4. Veronica Mars
- Starring: Kristen Bell, Percy Daggs III, Jason Dohring
Similarly to Gilmore Girls, Veronica Mars is stacked with witty banter, clever pop culture references and family relationship goals; Veronica and her father Keith are so tight they solve crimes together — how awesome is that? Additionally, they live in a small Cali town where everybody has their nose in each other's business. This show is basically GG 2.0 plus villains.
- Starring: Shenae Grimes-Beech, Tristan Mack Wilds, AnnaLynne McCord
In a nutshell: A family from Kansas relocates to Beverly Hills and gets stuck into the drama its wealthy inhabitants spawn on the daily. 90210 may not be much like Gilmore Girls but it does draw on the experiences felt by Rory during her early days at Chilton.
6. Dawson's Creek
- Starring: James Van Der Beek, Katie Holmes, Michelle Williams
Wholesome small town pals hanging out, dating around and chilling by a pier — it's basically Stars Hollow but with less fast food and more sneaking into each other's bedrooms via step ladders. Also Joey (Katie Holmes) is such a Rory, both in mentality and looks.
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7. Jane The Virgin
Starring: Gina Rodriguez, Andrea Navedo, Yael Grobglas
Three generations of women? Tick. Hot guys? Tick. Complicated relationships? Tick. Teen pregnancy? Tick. Witty banter? Tick. Characters called Lorelai and Rory? Tick — lulz, not really! But every other factor makes this show as Gilmore Girls as you can get without the actual Girlmore girls.
8. Hart Of Dixie
- Starring: Rachel Bilson, Jaime King, Cress Williams
If a small town filled with small town oddballs doesn't give you enough of a GG vibe, how about the fact Hart of Dixie is filmed on the actual GG lot and uses the same town gazebo? Plus it stars Rachel Bilson, and we love her.
9. Don't Trust The B---- In Apartment 23
- Starring: Krysten Ritter, Dreama Walker, James Van Der Beek
Krysten Ritter's quirky ways in Gilmore Girls were but a warm up for her fully-fledged weird in Don't Trust The B---- In Apartment 23, and for me that's what makes this show so good: Her DTTB character is an evolved version of her former GG self. Also, James Van Der Beek a.k.a. the artist formerly known as Dawson is in it, and he plays himself, and it is glorious.
10. The O.C.
- Starring: Mischa Barton, Adam Brody, Ben McKenzie, Rachel Bilson
One of the best teen dramas ever made, in my humble opinion, and it's a great post-GG binge for it gives similar feelings of warmth, solidarity and depicts so many complicated family relationships yours will feel like the Waltons'. Plus it's full of babes, which always helps.
- Starring: Holly Marie Combs, Alyssa Milano, Rose McGowan, Shannen Doherty
Aside from it being as hilarious as Gilmore Girls, the whole sisterly bond thing is very reminiscent of the tightness between Lorelai and Rory. It's basically hashtag familygoals plus magic — what's not to love?
12. Just Watch Gilmore Girls Again
On repeat, forever.
What show do you binge on to fill the hole Gilmore Girls left in your life?