Every so often, showrunners hit gold with a formula that the general public takes to like the Gilmore girls took to takeout food.
And when a formula works, why change it, right?
Take Friends, for instance - a show set in New York that follows a group of white, middle-class friends as they navigate the highs and lows of their mid-twenties and thirties. The audiences lapped up the coffee sucking, free, and fancy dalliances of Monica, Rachel, Ross, and the gang.
When that all had to come to an end in 2004 (before they all got too old and sad), what did the network do? In 2005, audiences were dished a brand new comedy about a group of white, middle-class friends in their mid-twenties living in New York: How I Met Your Mother.
I mean, fair enough, HIMYM does have the weird angle that the whole story is being told to Ted's kids, who I'm pretty sure wished that they'd never asked what happened to their goddam mother... but my point is that old concepts are re-hashed time and time again and it's not a bad thing.
Some people might have even preferred HIMYM to Friends. Re-watching Friends, now, fills me with a lot of questions that I didn't have at the time in a way that HIMYM doesn't. I mean, Ross for starters, that guy's just a creep. But let's not get into that now...
Right now, we're talking about the new Netflix show, Ginny & Georgia.
Maybe the clue's in the alliteration of the title... for this show is undoubtedly a re-hash of the ever-popular Gilmore Girls.
Gilmore Girls paved the way in the noughties.First airing in October of the new millenium, the comedy series about mother and daughter duo, Rory and Lorelai, ran for seven years and delivered seven seasons respectively.
What did we like about it?What was it about this show about a sardonic mom and daughter duo that we liked so much?
Nothing really bad ever happens.Now that might not sound like an appealing reason to like a show, but, actually, it is one of Gilmore Girls' selling points. The sleepy festive town of Stars Hollow is safe and devoid of the dramas that other TV shows seem incapable of staying away from. Murder, serious crime, adultery, cancer, addiction (minus the evident coffee dependency) is devoid in the care-free world of the Lorelais. I mean, there are sad moments, but it's always okay in the end.
It's basically an all-female show.Besides Rory's boyfriends, whatshisface, Jessie, and whatshisface, and the extremely mild-mannered coffee shop owner, Luke, the cast is female central. And, unlike Desperate Housewives, these women have each other's backs.
Mother and daughter relationships.The relationship between Lorelai and her daughter, Rory, was borderline intense. Having had her at sixteen, the age-gap between the two women meant that they were more like friends than mother and daughter. Much to the mature Rory's frustration at times. Whether your relationship with your mom was like that of the Gilmore gals or not, the show did a lot for teaching women that their moms weren't the lamest people on the planet and probably would end up being your best friend.
Quick-witted scripts a-plenty.You can't beat solid, witty writing and it's even better when the best one-liners are given to women, right?
Rory was socially awkward.Which made all of us socially awkward young women watching it feel loads better.
Vague gay vibes.I don't know what it was about Gilmore Girls that was so gay, considering that none of the characters in it were in fact, lesbians. I guess, for the early noughties, the fact that there was no dad in the picture and the strong female cast was good enough for us!
The show's creator, Amy Sherman-Palladino, broke grounds with Gilmore Girls.It's hard to remember television before Gilmore Girls, but the show's creator, Amy Sherman-Palladino, does a good job of explaining it: “Women at the time, in TV, were split into two groups: there was the popular pretty girl, or the angry girl who wore combat boots. As the cries of ‘make women stronger’ came out, all they did was take the same pretty woman and put a gun in her hand and have her run around in heels. The concept of strong women is still, and was especially then, a terrifying concept to a lot of the networks, because they were afraid that that’s not how people want to see women. But it is how women wanted to see women."
Paving the way for the next generation of female-led shows...I'm sure that the quick-witted, supportive, and strong-willed characters that we were captivated by in Gilmore Girls has inspired countless other shows, but one that has certainly been a little more than inspired by the goings-on in Stars Hollow is the new drama, Ginny and Georgia.
Ginny & Georgia is a new mother/daughter coming of age series.
Ginny & Georgia is a new mother/daughter coming of age series starring Antonia Gentry as 15-year-old Ginny &… https://t.co/dm3xAgp5nL— Netflix Queue (@Netflix Queue)1565722817.0
It seems like the Gilmore Girls vibes are no accident...
@KevinTPorter @GilmoreGuysShow So they are currently filming Ginny and Georgia in my neighbourhood and they sent a… https://t.co/YeqecH9415— Ginella Massa (@Ginella Massa)1565727329.0
So who is playing "Rory" and "Lorelai," then?Antonia Gentry will be playing fifteen-year-old Ginny (a.k.a. Rory) and Brianne Howey (alias) is going to play her thirty-year-old mom, Georgia (a.k.a Lorelai).
This show is expected to be a little darker than Gilmore Girls, though...
@seewhatsnext @Brianne_Howey @DebraJFisher Sounds like Gilmore girls but edgier— Ifan 🏴 (@Ifan 🏴)1565722903.0