We have compiled our own list of the Top 10 Gilmore Girls episodes – these are the episodes that make us feel all the feels, provide the most memorable moments of the show, and embody what keeps us (and so many other people) coming back again and again. Gilmore Girls is one of those shows that perfectly creates a comforting, relatable, warm atmosphere which we think is the main reason its popularity still continues, 21 years after it premiered. How many shows can you think of that have been able to do this?
Top 10 Gilmore Girls Episodes:
‘Raincoats and Recipes’ (Season 4, Ep. 22) – There’s really only one word to describe why this is our favourite episode… FINALLY! After 4 entire seasons of will they, won’t they, obviously they will, right? Maybe not.., viewers finally get the beginning of Luke and Lorelai, who were basically made for each other. Lorelai and Luke are the definitions of opposites attract, and they bounce off each other’s energy so well that it almost feels like relief that now they can admit their feelings and begin their relationship. Also, this episode marks the opening (well, test run but still) of the Dragonfly, and it’s a sweet moment for both Lorelai and Sookie to see their dream up and running. It seems like everything’s comin’ up Lorelai!
‘The Lorelai’s First Day at Yale’ (Season 4, Ep. 2) – This is our 2nd pick, because it manages to capture all the nostalgic feelings of starting a new school, even if you haven’t actually experienced it? I think this speaks about Gilmore Girls in general – it somehow washes nostalgia over all of us even though we, sadly, don’t live in Stars Hollow and its not even real… This episode spotlights Lorelai and Rory’s mother daughter relationship; in true Lorelai fashion, she is always there for Rory at the end of the day, and so we think this episode captures the essence of the show perfectly. Also, Paris Geller is back, and we all love Paris.
‘Wedding Bell Blues’ (Season 5, Ep. 13) – Okay, the 100th episode of the series is a big deal, and so it seems fitting that Richard and Emily have a massive vow renewal ceremony to mark it. We love this episode for a number of reasons – Richard and Emily are so sweet in this episode, Rory rocks a suit like no other, and Rory and Logan being their ‘casual’ relationship, which leads to the best drama later on. One particular thing about this episode that it the most noteworthy however, is the big dust up with Luke and Christopher at the end. It makes us wonder who really had the right to implode like that. It’s a pretty memorable episode with a lot going on, so it earns its spot as number 3 on our list.
‘Lorelai’s Graduation Day’ (Season 2, Ep. 21) – This episode marks the first (of many) totally out of character moments for Rory. Ditching school to go see Jess in New York is something that season 1 Rory would never have contemplated doing, and so it shows Rory’s personality in its first stage of change, and also infers that we haven’t seen the last of Jess Mariano. Lorelai’s graduation is a bittersweet moment, as even though Rory didn’t make it in time, we get a rare family moment with the 3 Gilmores which is always sweet to see.
‘They Shoot Gilmore’s, Don’t They?’ (Season 3, Ep. 7) – This episode is purely for the classic Stars Hollow extravagance and the quirky side characters that make the show what it is. We love any episode where we see the town and all its craziness on display, and the cute Lane and Dave moment is the cherry on top. It has nothing to do with the fact that Dean is out of the picture now and Jess is in…
‘A-Tisket, A-Tasket’ (Season 2, Ep. 13) – Jess riling up Dean is always funny to watch, because Dean falls for the bait every. single. time. Jess is kind of the star of this episode, because now we see that he isn’t just messing with Rory, and that the two actually suit each other quite nicely. It marks the beginning in the Rory-Jess-Dean love triangle, a triangle which lasts for many seasons to come.
‘Say Goodbye to Daisy Miller’ (Season 5, Ep. 1) – This might be a strange episode to include in a Top 10 list, but we think it’s a very necessary one. Any Lorelai and Rory fight isn’t pleasant to watch, but this one felt different. I think Lorelai is seeing that Rory is making some wrong decisions and now is stepping out of the ‘best friend’ role and into the ‘mother’. This changing dynamic creates a definite shift in their mother-daughter balance, and so it is in our list because it shows Rory going through the stroppy teenager phase that she never had time for to be honest, earlier in the series.
‘Girls in Bikinis, Boys Doin’ the Twist’ (Season 4, Ep. 17) – Spring Break. Not something we would associate with Rory Gilmore. This episode is so weird that it feels like an almost separate thing entirely, but we included it because of this very reason. Paris Geller on Spring Break is like oil and water, and makes for an overall enjoyable episode.
‘The Bracebridge Dinner’ (Season 2, Ep. 10) – Again, any time we can see the unique Stars Hollow residents on display is a good episode in our books. We love the tight knit community of Stars Hollow, and its nice to see more emphasis put on how comfortable they all are, and what they mean to Lorelai and Rory. The cracks are showing in Rory and Dean’s relationship, and even though we don’t particularly like Dean as Rory’s boyfriend, you can’t help but feel bad for him, because it’s clear that he knows what’s going on.
‘The Road Trip to Harvard’ (Season 2, ep. 4) – Rory going along with Lorelai’s spur of the moment, whirlwind road trip is classic Gilmore Girls style. No questions asked, just get in the car and go. Alongside number 2 in this list, this episode highlights the ride or die relationship that Lorelai and Rory have, and because of the eccentric, happy vibes of this episode, it caps off our list perfectly.