Picks and Pans Review: Gilmore Girls
The season's nicest surprise, this one-hour dramedy explores the ties that bind—and sometimes chafe—Lorelai Gilmore (Lauren Graham), a small-town Connecticut innkeeper, and her 16-year-old daughter, Rory (Alexis Bledel), whom Lorelai bore out of wedlock when she was 16 and has reared, unmarried, ever since. Though their narrow age gap can result in sibling-like squabbling, the two get along like best buds. Their rapport feels genuine rather than cloying, and the show's sweetly low-key ambience is enhanced by a quirky ensemble that includes Melissa McCarthy as the inn's accident-prone chef, Yanic Truesdale as its supercilious concierge (think Bronson Pinchot in Beverly Hills Cop) and Liz Torres as Miss Patty, the hippo-hipped local dance teacher ("Hands in the air, not in the nose," she gaily instructs her tutued moppets).
Bottom Line: You go, girls