Gilmore Girls (season 1)

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Gilmore Girls (season 1)
Gilmore Girls season 1 box set.jpg
Season 1 DVD cover
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 21
Original network The WB
Original release October 5, 2000 (2000-10-05) – May 10, 2001 (2001-05-10)
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List of Gilmore Girls episodes

The first season of Gilmore Girls, an American Comedy-drama television series, began airing on October 5, 2000 on The WB television network. The season concluded on May 10, 2001, after 21 episodes. The season originally aired on Thursday at 8/7c. The series was moved Wednesday nights on December 21, 2000.


The first season introduces Lorelai Gilmore and Rory Gilmore and their town Stars Hollow. Lorelai deals with her family problems and her love life with Max Medina, while Rory deals with the ins and outs of first loves and how to survive in a new school. In the pilot Rory is accepted into Chilton, an elite prep school, Lorelai then has to deal with the large fee associated with Rory's attendance there. Lorelai, as a last resort, reluctantly decides to go to her parents (Emily and Richard Gilmore) for the money. They agree to loan Lorelai the money for Rory's tuition, but Emily comes up with the condition that Lorelai and Rory attend dinner at their house each Friday night, until the loan is repaid as a way to finally be more involved in their daughter and granddaughter's lives.

As the season progresses, Rory develops a relationship with Dean, a new arrival in the town. Their relationship suffers a short hiatus when Dean breaks up with her after she can't say the three words: 'I love you'. Rory attempts to overcome her sorrow of losing Dean by not wallowing. Instead of not wallowing Rory tries not to deal with it by keeping her brain busy. She buys things and she goes to a party for Chilton students. At the party she kisses Tristan and then comes home and starts to wallow. In the season finale, Rory professes her love for Dean and they reunite.

Meanwhile, Lorelai develops feelings for Max Medina, Rory's English teacher. They initially start a budding relationship. but then a more serious relationship. Rory finds this out from Paris, her frenemy, but eventually accepts the fact. Max and Lorelai continue their relationship, however Max wishes to grow closer to Lorelai, scaring her. She breaks things off with Max, angering Rory. However, later on, Lorelai sees she still has feelings from Max, after seeing Luke with his ex-fiance, Rachel. They enter a one-night relapse and decide to start "talking". Max eventually reveals he wants to marry Lorelai. She, at first, is confused by the notion. The following day, at the Independence Inn, she walks into the reception to find 1,000 daisies, her favourite flower, from Max. She accepts the proposal. The final scene to the season finale shows Rory and Lorelai embracing each other with happiness.

Also, Luke, who runs his own diner that is frequently visited by the Gilmores, receives a blast from the past when his ex-fiance Rachel returns to town. Rachel is an adventurous and outgoing explorer who could not adapt to the small town lifestyle Luke lives. She eventually left him, until her return. They reignite their relationship, though Rachel has her doubts. Lorelai encourages Luke to think about his future with Rachel. She moves in with Luke and begins to work at the diner. However, Rachel's doubts overcome her and she leaves yet again. Before she departs, she tells Luke "don't wait too long" to tell Lorelai his true feelings. She is never seen again throughout the series. Luke arrives to Lorelai's house to confess, but sees she is now with Max. Both Luke and Max are cold towards one another, igniting a rivalry.

The season ends with Rory and Lorelai, overjoyed to tell each other good news.


Main cast[edit]

Recurring cast[edit]


The season was produced by Warner Bros., Amy Sherman-Palladino and her husband Daniel Palladino and was aired on the WB Network in the U.S. The series was created by Amy Sherman-Palladino, who acted as an executive producer. Sherman-Palladino served as the seasons show runner.


No. in
Title Directed by Written by Original air date Prod.
U.S. viewers
(millions) [1]
1 1 "Pilot" Lesli Linka Glatter Amy Sherman-Palladino October 5, 2000 (2000-10-05) 226730 4.6
After Rory is accepted at Chilton, an extremely prestigious and expensive prep school, Lorelai's difficulty in raising the tuition money forces her to ask her wealthy parents, from whom she is estranged, for a loan. The elder Gilmores happily loan their daughter the money in exchange for an end to the estrangement and a family dinner every Friday night. In her last week at Stars Hollow High School, Rory meets a very cute new transfer student named Dean, which gives her second thoughts about attending Chilton. When Lorelai discovers that her ambivalence about Chilton centers on a boy, they argue about her future, but after the first Friday night family dinner at her grandparents' house, Rory makes up with her mother and decides to go to Chilton after all when she realizes the sacrifice her mother has made in agreeing to end the estrangement with her grandparents.
2 2 "The Lorelais' First Day at Chilton" Arlene Sanford Amy Sherman-Palladino October 12, 2000 (2000-10-12) 226701 2.8
Lorelai oversleeps on Rory's first day at Chilton, and discovers that all her good clothes are at the cleaners. She throws on a tiny tie-dyed top, Daisy Mae shorts, and cowboy boots to the dismay of Rory, the Chilton headmaster, and Emily, who has shown up for Rory's first day. Lorelai and Emily leave after some awkward moments in the headmaster's office, bickering the entire way out. Rory's day goes downhill from there. She's handed a three inch binder containing one week's worth of notes from one class and meets some insufferable classmates who are determined to make her life at Chilton miserable.
3 3 "Kill Me Now" Adam Nimoy Joanne Waters October 19, 2000 (2000-10-19) 226702 2.9
When Rory announces at Friday night dinner that she has to pick a team sport to play at Chilton, Emily insists that Richard take Rory to the club and teach her golf. Although Rory tees off to a rocky start, she soon gets into the swing of things and has a great time walking and talking with Richard. Later, Lorelai's mixed feelings as Rory tells her how much she enjoyed being with Richard at the club provokes her into an intensely stupid argument with Rory, which is soon patched up when Lorelai realizes that she's not losing Rory to her parents. At the Inn, Lorelai has her hands full overseeing all the preparations for an ornate double wedding ceremony and contending with a pair of spoiled and quarrelsome twin brides, their exhausted mother, their twin grooms, Michel, and the rest of her staff.
4 4 "The Deer Hunters" Alan Myerson Jed Seidel October 26, 2000 (2000-10-26) 226703 3.1
Rory receives the first "D" of her life, pushing her to study like crazy for the upcoming exam. She and Lorelai stay up all hours reviewing every detail about Shakespeare, only to over-sleep and Rory misses the big test. Rory has a meltdown, telling off both Tristan and Paris in the process. Meanwhile, Lorelai meets Mr. Medina at the parent-teacher meeting and tells off the headmaster after Rory's meltdown.
5 5 "Cinnamon's Wake" Michael Katleman Daniel Palladino November 2, 2000 (2000-11-02) 226704 3.1
When both a distant family member and a neighbor's cat die, Lorelai has to decide which wake to attend. Max and Lorelai get their feelings for each other out on the table, but what will Rory think of this? Meanwhile, Lorelai and Sookie attend a Chilton bake sale; and Rory and Dean's budding relationship takes one step forward.
6 6 "Rory's Birthday Parties" Sarah Pia Anderson Amy Sherman-Palladino November 9, 2000 (2000-11-09) 226705 3.5
It's Rory's birthday, and her grandmother and mother each plan a party representative of their respective styles. Emily's elegant party so discomfits Rory that they argue. To make peace, Emily and Richard attend Lorelai's informal bash the next evening.
7 7 "Kiss and Tell" Rodman Flender Jenji Kohan November 16, 2000 (2000-11-16) 226706 3.7
Dean gives Rory her first kiss; fearful of her mother's disapproval, Rory decides not to tell Lorelai for a little while; Lorelai gets stressed when she hears about the kiss from Mrs. Kim instead of Rory; Rory freaks out at first when Lorelai invites Dean over to watch videos and eat junk food, but ends up having a good time after all.
8 8 "Love and War and Snow" Alan Myerson Joan Binder Weiss December 14, 2000 (2000-12-14) 226707 3.6
The first snowfall prompts Lorelai and Max's first date. Lane is upset with Rory for being distracted with Chilton, and Dean. Rory spends time with her grandparents, and introduces them to frozen pizza. Meanwhile, Luke mocks and refuses to take part in the annual re-enactment of the Battle of Stars Hollow.
9 9 "Rory's Dance" Lesli Linka Glatter Amy Sherman-Palladino December 20, 2000 (2000-12-20) 226708 3.9
Chilton hosts a dance which Rory and Dean attend, confirming that they are "boyfriend-girlfriend". Emily sleeps over at Lorelai's the night of the dance to take care of Lorelai's injured back and to see Rory off. Rory and Dean fall asleep accidentally, causing Rory to arrive home at 5 a.m., which pushes Emily to think they had sex. Thus erupts another blow-up between Lorelai and her mother.
10 10 "Forgiveness and Stuff" Bethany Rooney John Stephens December 21, 2000 (2000-12-21) 226709 3.6
Things are still chilly between Rory and Lorelai; Lane gives Rory advice about the right Christmas gift for Dean; Emily and Lorelai have a tiff about Christmas dinner, leaving Rory to go by herself; Dean and Lorelai patch things up; Luke makes a lonely Lorelai a Santa burger; Richard collapses and is rushed to the hospital; Luke gives a car-less Lorelai a ride to the hospital; relieved that Richard's collapse was only a bout of angina, the Gilmores settle their differences.
11 11 "Paris Is Burning" David Petrarca Joan Binder Weiss January 11, 2001 (2001-01-11) 226710 3.7
As Lorelai and Max grow closer, Rory begins to get attached to the idea of Max in their lives, which freaks Lorelai out. Sookie and Lorelai have a frank talk about relationships. Lorelai tries to ease out of her relationship with Max during Parent's Day at Chilton, but ends up passionately kissing him in his classroom just as Paris walks by. Stung by the details in the newspapers about her parents' messy divorce, Paris tells everyone in the lunchroom about Max and Lorelai to deflect gossip away from her and towards Rory. Rory confronts Paris, gets an apology, and offers a sympathetic ear, which is grudgingly accepted. Sookie asks Jackson out on a date and he accepts.
12 12 "Double Date" Lev L. Spiro Amy Sherman-Palladino January 18, 2001 (2001-01-18) 226712 4.4
After Lorelai encourages Sookie to ask out Jackson, she finds herself on the double date from hell with Jackson's cousin, Rune, which makes Luke jealous enough to finally work up the courage to ask Lorelai out. Meanwhile, Rory and Lane get into trouble when they double date with Dean and his friend Todd without telling their moms.
13 13 "Concert Interruptus" Bruce Seth Green Elaine Arata February 15, 2001 (2001-02-15) 226711 3.6
Lorelai, Sookie, Rory, and Lane plan to attend The Bangles concert, but when Lane's mother finds the truth, she bans her from going. Lorelai and Sookie offer up the three tickets so Rory can take Madeline, Louise, and Paris which backfires when Madeline and Louise take off with two mysterious boys for a party.
14 14 "That Damn Donna Reed" Michael Katleman Daniel Palladino, Amy Sherman-Palladino February 22, 2001 (2001-02-22) 226715 3.6
An evening of "The Donna Reed Show" reruns infects Dean and both Gilmore Girls -- Dean expresses a longing for the type of family represented by the show, Lorelai helps Luke spruce up the diner with a fresh paint job and new curtains, and Rory dresses up like Donna and fixes a 1950s style dinner for Dean while petsitting Babette's new kitten; when the baby chick that's the subject of Rory's midterm project gets loose in the house, Lorelai frantically calls Luke to help her search the house; both Sookie and Emily force Lorelai to confront her feelings for Luke; Christopher roars into town on his motorcycle, and agrees to stay at Lorelai's and Rory's during his visit.
15 15 "Christopher Returns" Michael Katleman Daniel Palladino March 1, 2001 (2001-03-01) 226713 4.0
Wanting to play a greater role in Rory's life, Christopher settles in for his visit and lets Rory give him the grand tour of Stars Hollow. When his parents arrive in Hartford for a visit, Emily invites everyone to Friday night dinner, which turns out to be an unqualified disaster after Richard nearly comes to blows with Christopher's father over critical comments about Lorelai. In the aftermath of the ruined dinner party, Richard retreats to his study to calm down, Emily makes a plate for Rory in the kitchen and reassures her how much she is loved and regarded, and Christopher finds Lorelai on the balcony of her old bedroom and comforts her by repeating a little romantic history. The next morning, Lorelai awakens with a start, horrified that she forgot to help Luke paint the diner after dinner on Friday night. Grabbing a jacket, she races to the diner still clad in her pajamas, and begs Luke's forgiveness. He shrugs it off at first, but appears somewhat wounded when he realizes that Lorelai was with Christopher the night before. When Lorelai returns to the house, Christopher asks her to marry him and she regretfully turns him down, claiming he's not ready for the responsibility of a family quite yet. Christopher returns to California with the promise of doing a better job of staying in touch. The next morning, Lorelai surprises Luke by having the diner completely repainted when he arrives to open up for the day.
16 16 "Star-Crossed Lovers and Other Strangers" Lesli Linka Glatter Story: Joan Binder Weiss
Teleplay: John Stephens and Linda Loiselle Guzik
March 8, 2001 (2001-03-08) 226714 3.8
Luke's ex-girlfriend Rachel arrives in Stars Hollow unexpectedly, and immediately picks up on the attraction between Luke and Lorelai, which they deny. Rachel decides to stay for awhile, which leaves Luke and Lorelai with mixed feelings. Lorelai and Rory are amazed when Emily agrees to excuse Rory from Friday night dinner so that Rory and Dean can celebrate their three month anniversary. When Lorelai arrives for dinner, she discovers the source of Emily's largesse -- her mother has invited another guest -- a man with whom she secretly hopes to fix Lorelai up. After a painful dinner with one of the world's most boring men, Lorelai attempts to escape through the window of her old bedroom, but is caught in the act by Richard. When he is forced to admit that even he is bored by the man, he uncharacteristically covers for her and lets her make her getaway. Back in Stars Hollow, Dean treats Rory to a wonderfully romantic dinner, and then gives her a present: a car that he's restoring for her. As they sit in the car, Dean professes his love, but Rory is unsure how to respond.
17 17 "The Breakup, Part 2" Nick Marck Amy Sherman-Palladino March 15, 2001 (2001-03-15) 226716 4.5
Rory decides to engage in a flurry of activity to avoid thinking about Dean, despite Lorelai's advice to wallow; Lorelai runs interference as the residents of Stars Hollow reach out to console Rory and Luke attempts to bar Dean from the diner; Rachel pitches in to help Luke out at the diner; Jackson prepares dinner for Sookie, and has a tough time keeping her out of the kitchen; Rory decides to attend Madeline's party and takes Lane along for company; Lorelai decides to visit Max when she realizes how much she misses him; Lane is torn when she meets the perfect guy at the party; Rory attempts to befriend Tristan after he has very public breakup with his girlfriend at the party, and when he apologizes for his past bad behavior towards her and kisses her, she bursts into tears; at home, Rory sobs to Lorelai that she's ready to wallow now.
18 18 "The Third Lorelai" Michael Katleman Amy Sherman-Palladino March 22, 2001 (2001-03-22) 226717 4.8
Emily becomes unhinged at the prospect of a visit from Richard's mother Trix; Paris is outraged when she discovers that Tristan asked her for a date at Rory's urging; fearing that she'll never see Lorelai again, Emily opposes Trix's offer to set up a trust fund for Rory.
19 19 "Emily in Wonderland" Perry Lang John Stephens, Linda Loiselle Guzik April 26, 2001 (2001-04-26) 226718 3.7
Rachel finds an abandoned inn that Lorelai and Sookie fall in love with; Lorelai and Rachel spend the afternoon getting to know each other and Rachel asks Lorelai to put in a good word for her with Luke; as Rory takes Emily on a tour of Stars Hollow, Emily hits it off with Mrs. Kim and Michel, but becomes distraught when she sees Lorelai and Rory's first home; at Sookie's urging, Lorelai gives Jackson's cousin, Rune, a job at the Inn.
20 20 "P.S. I Lo..." Lev L. Spiro Elaine Arata, Joan Binder Weiss May 3, 2001 (2001-05-03) 226719 3.5
Lorelai helps Luke shop for a birthday present for Rachel and goes wild outfitting him with a new wardrobe; overwhelmed by sadness at her breakup with Dean, Rory is distressed to discover that Lane and Dean have become science project partners, and incensed to find out from Max that Lorelai has neglected to mention that they are dating again, so she argues with Lorelai and then takes off for Hartford to spend the night at her grandparents' house without telling her mother; when an angry Lorelai confronts Dean and discovers the truth about his breakup with Rory, she fears that she has taught Rory not to commit to a relationship.
21 21 "Love, Daisies and Troubadours" Amy Sherman-Palladino Daniel Palladino May 10, 2001 (2001-05-10) 226720 4.1
Paris wreaks her revenge after Tristan lies about going to a concert with Rory; Rachel leaves Stars Hollow after she becomes convinced that despite his protests, Luke is in love with Lorelai; Rory's defense of the Stars Hollow troubadour during a town meeting brings her back together with Dean, enabling her to finally say, and mean, the words that he's been longing to hear; Luke and Max meet and engage in a little not-so-friendly rivalry as Max begins to suspect, despite her protests, that Lorelai and Luke were once an item; Max proposes to Lorelai with a thousand yellow daisies.


Season Season premiere Season finale TV season Rank Viewers
(in millions)
1st October 5, 2000 May 10, 2001 2000–2001 #126 3.6[2]

DVD release[edit]

The Complete First Season[3]
Set details Special features
  • 21 episodes
  • 6-disc set
  • 1.33:1 aspect ratio
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish and French
  • English (Dolby Digital 2 0 Surround)
  • Additional scenes
    • "Love and War and Snow"
    • "Forgiveness and Stuff"
    • "Emily in Wonderland"
  • "Welcome to the Gilmore Girls" – Making-of Documentary of the First Season
  • "Gilmore-isms Montage"
  • Gilmore Goodies & Gossip: On-Screen Factoids – "Rory's Dance"
  • "Guide to Gilmore-isms" booklet
Release dates
North America United Kingdom Continental Europe Norway Australia
May 4, 2004 February 6, 2006 November 16, 2005 November 16, 2005 April 5, 2006


  1. ^ ""Gilmore Girls" USA ratings". 
  2. ^ "The Bitter End". Entertainment Weekly Published in issue #598 Jun 01, 2001. June 1, 2001. Retrieved 2010-12-02. 
  3. ^ Lecter, Scott (March 20, 2005). "Gilmore Girls: The Complete First Season". DVD Talk. Retrieved February 20, 2012. 

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