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How to Binge-watch Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life like a True Gilmore Girl!


You guys. It's almost here. Or, it's already here, depending on when you're reading this. But as I'm currently writing this, it's a week away from November 25th. Black Friday, you may think? WRONG. November 25th is hereby going to be remembered as the day that Gilmore Girls came back and gave us four new, 90 minute episodes titled Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life! After a very unsatisfying seventh season (was it just me that hated season 7?), we finally get our favorite characters back with the original writer at the helm and see how everyone we know and love are doing. How is Emily doing after Richard's passing? Are Luke and Lorelai finally together? Why are Dean, Jess, AND Logan (grrr) all showing up? And hurray for Melissa McCarthy returning as Sookie!

Words cannot express all the feels I am currently feeling and I cannot even fathom how I'm going to feel when I'm actually watching the episodes! My plan is to try to binge-watch all four 90 minute episodes in one day (in case you don't want to do the math that's 6 hours of Amy Sherman-Palladino quality writing of very fast and smart talking- and drama!), but of course, life happens so who knows if I'll be able to make it. Either way, I've compiled a list of steps I'm going to use, inspired by our Gilmore girls, to try to ensure that I have the best binge-watching viewing of Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life EVER. And I'm here to share it with you because you only get to experience the return of our favorite coffee drinking, junk food loving, and fast talking mother-daughter duo, so you better do it right, aka Gilmore Girls style!

#1: Clear Your Schedule

Lorelai and Rory know the importance of binge-watching movies and TV shows (especially terrible ones but I'm hoping A Year in the Life will be the opposite of terrible!). So make sure you don't have to work or have any other prior commitments the day you decide to binge-watch the episodes. If you're going to binge-watch all 6 hours, you gotta commit! Like it's the 24 hour dance marathon. Only it's only 6 hours. And Dean won't break up with you in front of everyone.

#2: Tell Everyone You're Going To Be AWOL

Tweet it, text it, post a Facebook status, Snapchat it, put up a Do Not Disturb sign on your front door, or Instagram a picture of you holding the remote in front of the TV with the Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life page up on Netflix, as if you're a pause away from going back to Stars Hollow aka the cutest, most picture-esque town in America! Let people that you mean business and that they won't hear from you for 6+ hours. Extreme? Maybe. But I think it's more akin to a classic Rory Gilmore reading session. It's like diving head first into a good book that you've been wanting to read for forever. No interruptions and you'll see them when you've read the last page and closed the back cover. Disturb the reader-well, watcher in this case- and you'll pay the price!

#3: Make a Comfy Viewing Nest

WWLGD? What would Lorelai Gilmore do to make the coziest binge-watching station? Pick where you're going to watch the series: couch, bed, armchair, floor, hammock, gazebo in the center of town (hey, I don't judge. And as long as you got a permit from Taylor Doose, of course!), wherever it is, make it cozy and comfortable, because you're going to be there for a while. Blankets, pillows, your pet(s) (if you have a canine named after a lounge singer even better!), even some added Gilmore touches like twinkle lights, Hello Kitty stuffed animals, or a quirky monkey lamp are all key elements that'll make your space nice and binge-watching compatible. So settle in (with remote on hand, just in case and laptop or device plugged in and charged!) and get ready to binge in comfort!

#4: Get Your Junk Food On!

If there's one thing the Gilmore Girls know, it's junk food. They love all of it. They love eating candy while watching Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. They live to eat pizza while watching The Donna Reed Show. And perish the thought of a salad, how dare you! That's something you only eat at Friday night dinners! Give them a burgers and fries any day! Plus, they can eat a LOT of food (remember their four Thanksgiving dinners in one day? They still had room for the rolls at the end of the day!) So in honor of the girls and their terrible yet delicious eating habits (from which they magically never gain any weight from), here's a list of Gilmore Girls approved foods to have on hand (like literally right next to you while you're watching the show so you don't have to take the time and pause to get up and get your food like a sucker. That's for your boyfriend at the moment to do. Sorry, Max and Dean!):

-Candy (all kinds, you pick your favorites! Chocolate is a must though)
-Poptarts (any kind, but bonus points if they're arranged on a plate with an apple in the middle)
-Pizza (duh! And if you don't want to order a whole pizza, pizza bites are also acceptable and Gilmore approved)
-Cereal (a staple of Rory's home life and college life. And the more sugary the cereal, the better!)
-Burgers and fries (a classic staple at Luke's and one of the Gilmore's main food groups)
-Breakfast foods (another mainstay for the girls. You got your pancakes, waffles, french toast... all are favorites and while yours may be good, everyone knows that Luke makes the best pancakes. Much better than Caesar, anyway)
-Mac and cheese (Rory loves it when she can't sleep and Paris will eat it even though she always gets an allergic reaction when she does!)
-Ice Cream (not that I'm going to say that you're going to wallow after finishing the series, but you may be a little sad. Ice cream is the perfect pick-me-up if you have the post "I-finished-all-four-episodes-of-Gilmore-Girls-A-Year-in-the-Life-and-now-I-don't-know-what-to-do-what-myself" blues. And the ice cream does not have to be from Taylor's Olde Fashioned Soda Shoppe Unless you annoy Taylor while being there in honor of Luke and Lorelai)
-Doughnuts (the essential staple for any time of the day. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, on the go snack? Doughnuts got you covered!)
-International Foods (of any kind, in honor of Al's Pancake World, which used to sell pancakes, but then Al decided to try his hand at food from around the world. A new country's cuisine every week!)
-Tacos and Mexican food (best cure for a hangover. But only Rory is brave enough to eat the beef burrito after a long night of drinking. And you know, crying about Logan while hugging the toilet)

And of course, have a bottomless supply of coffee at your disposal! You're going to be watching (and trying to keep up) with 6 hours of Gilmore-isms and storylines- you'll need the caffeine!

#5: Watch and Enjoy!

This is the moment we've all been waiting for, so enjoy it! No one knows how it's going to go, but we're going to enjoy the ride anyway! So cheer whenever your favorite character comes up on screen, and hiss and boo when your least favorite ex-boyfriend comes back in to the picture (that'll be me whenever Logan pops up on screen. If Rory gets trapped in his web of preppy, womanizing ways again, I'm going to be VERY upset). Laugh whenever Kirk does something ridiculous, and roll your eyes when Taylor gets in a tizzy. And just get swept up in that drama and humor that Gilmore Girls is known for. For 6 hours, we'll be back with Lorelai and Rory in Stars Hollow and for me, there's no other place I'd rather be! Now excuse me while I cry and sing "Where You Lead" for a couple of hours...

*One last note: please don't spoil the last four words of the series for anyone. Lots of Gilmore Girls fans are going to be watching at different times and the last thing they'll want to see on Facebook or Twitter are the final four words revealed before they've even started watching the revival. So, much like the people who have seen or read Harry Potter and the Cursed Child play/scriptbook, please be kind to your fellow fans and keep the secrets aka the last four words spoken on Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life. Copper boom!


Hopefully this list is helpful for all of your Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life binge-watching needs! I'm already planning out my snack list for my binge-watching session. Is eating pizza, doughnuts, and mac and cheese too much to eat in one 6 hour period?? 😋 But seriously, how excited is everyone for the show to come out??? Are you going to binge-watch it or space it out to savor the series?

-Emily
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