This Is What Critics Are Saying About the ‘Gilmore Girls’ Revival 

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Sure, Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life won’t be available on Netflix for another week or so, but while you wait, you can check out what the experts are saying about the new four-part revival!

Like fellow revival Fuller House, the forthcoming return to Star’s Hollow looks like it intends to give fans more of what they love; in Gilmore’s case, that’s witty dialogue, the charms of small-town life, and loads of romance!

“It benefits from having been gone long enough for many of us to miss it. And it returns, in all its dreamy, slightly loopy, generally optimistic lightness, at a time when many of us could use an escape, and TV could undoubtedly use a break from the grim, violent, conspiracy-laden dramas that currently dominate the landscape.”

-Robert Bianco [USA Today]


“Breathe a sigh of relief: The Gilmore Girls we knew and loved is back, and at its best, it’s the equivalent of a platter of powdered donuts and extra-crispy french fries. Maybe it’s a little too much at times — and rapid consumption of the four 90-minute episodes Netflix commissioned is not advised — but when it relies on the notable strengths of its core ensemble, it is television at its most warm and reassuring.”

-Maureen Ryan [Variety]

“There’s fan-service galore, but A Year in the Life doesn’t just feel like a victory lap like some revivals, there’s closure and character development—more than viewers got in the show’s seven-year run. Yes, the Gilmore girls finally grow up… Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life has come along at just the right time. It’s comforting and familiar, with enough resolution to satisfy and enough open-ended questions to make revisiting Stars Hollow absolutely necessary, sooner rather than later.”

-Chris Harnick [E! News]


“Especially in the early ‘seasons,’ A Year in the Life is warring with itself, as [Amy] Sherman-Palladino wants to be picking up right where she left off, to act like there wasn’t a seventh season and there wasn’t a cancelation and like it isn’t 2016, leaving the miniseries stuck halfway between stagnation and needing to over-explain that the sand has continued through the hourglass.”

-Daniel Fienberg [Hollywood Reporter]