“Gilmore Girls” is back, but much has changed since Lorelai and Rory were last on our screens. In 2007, you had to be in front of your TV at 8 p.m. every Tuesday, but viewers do not have to be bound to their TV schedules anymore. “Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life” is exclusive to Netflix, so it’ll be available whenever you want to watch it. However, some will want to be first in line to see it.
Those who need to know the last four words before anyone else will have to log onto Netflix on Friday, Nov. 25 before the sun rises. While the west coast will see the new series at exactly 12:01 a.m. PST, the east coast will have to wait until 3:01 a.m. EST. It looks like you’ll need a fresh cup of Luke’s coffee to stay up for this.
Those who get to stay up until the wee hours of the morning should know how to keep a secret, though. The final episode of “Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life” will culminate with the four words that Sherman-Palladino always wanted to use in the series finale. The cast has asked fans not to spoil the surprise for those who cannot watch it immediately.
If you haven’t updated your viewing habits since the original WB series ended in 2007, you’ll need to finally get a Netflix account. You can choose from plans that start at $7.99 a month, but new users will get a 30-day trial for free. That’s more than enough time for you to catch the all four episode of revival series. You can watch the streaming platform on just about anything with an internet connection through Netflix’s website or the Netflix app.
“Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life” is not formatted the same way the original series was. Instead of 22 episodes that are 45 minutes each, the revival will consist of four 90-minute episodes. Creator Amy Sherman-Palladino was inspired by the way PBS’ “Sherlock” uses extended episodes. In an interview with A.V. Club, the writer expressed her disappointment with the current state of broadcast television. Episodes are even shorter and have more commercial breaks than they did during the initial 2000-2007 run of “Gilmore Girls.”
“It became a format that is not creatively fun to write in anymore,” Sherman-Palladino explained. “Which is what is so great about something like Netflix or all these great services, from a purely creative standpoint. It’s pure storytelling for the sake of storytelling, and it’s not dictated by what marketing is saying you need to do or not do. Without the world that we live in now, the world of Netflix — and we do live in the world of Netflix, it’s their world and we’re living in it — I just don’t think we would have ever revisited [it]. I just don’t think it would happen.”
The four episodes will each cover a season, and while the format is different, much has remained unchanged. The ensemble cast is mostly the same (with a few new guests stars like Sutton Foster and Mae Whitman), Stars Hollow still has quirky town events and Luke (Scott Patterson) and Lorelai (Lauren Graham) are still in love.