The beloved family dramedy Gilmore Girls ran for seven seasons in the early-to-mid ’00s following the mother-daughter duo of Lorelai (Lauren Graham) and her daughter Rory (Alexis Bledel). Fans watched as Lorelai and Rory went through a number of romantic interests — leading to many Dean (Jared Padalecki) vs Jess (Milo Ventimiglia) vs Logan (Matt Czuchry) debates — as they additionally butted heads with Lorelai’s parents, Richard (Edward Herrmann) and Emily (Kelly Bishop) Gilmore.
Late last year, it was reported that Netflix was close to closing a deal to revive Gilmore Girls for a sequel series (similar to the company’s efforts with Arrested Development and Full House/Fuller House), with the streaming service officially announcing the revival early this year. Now, with a month left until Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life debuts on Netflix, a full trailer for the series has debuted.
Netflix unveiled a full trailer for Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life [above], featuring the return of Graham as Lorelai, Bledel as Rory, and Bishop as Emily. The three Gilmore women are dealing with changes in their lives, most notably the passing of Richard Gilmore (the character will not return due to Herrmann’s passing in 2014). Additionally, the trailer features plenty of Stars Hollow favorites, Sookie St. James (Melissa McCarthy) included, as well as the return of Lorelai’s love interest Luke Danes (Scott Patterson) and Rory’s ex-boyfriends.
As fans would expect of any trailer for a Gilmore Girls revival, this promo includes Lorelai and Rory’s fast-paced banter and plenty of pop culture references, such as one to this year’s Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice. Plus, the Gilmore eating habits are back — tacos, tater tots, mini doughnuts, oh my! — as well as Luke’s disdain for the Gilmores’ eating habits. But, the trailer also delves into the less happy aspects of the revival: Rory is rootless, with “no job, no credit, no underwear,” as she explains to Jess; Lorelai is feeling confused about the direction of her life (and potentially her relationship with Luke); and Emily is struggling to adapt to life as a widow.
In addition to the major Star Hollow players, the Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life trailer also includes the many colorful characters who populate the small Connecticut town: Kirk (Sean Gunn), Taylor Doose (Michael Winters), Michel Gerard (Yanic Truesdale), Lane Kim (Keiko Agena), Miss Patty (Liz Torres), and Babette (Sally Struthers). Rory’s high school and college friend Paris (Liza Weil) makes an appearance in the trailer as well.
As hinted by the Gilmore Girls revival trailer, A Year in the Life will be made up of four 90-minute extended episodes. Each episode follows the characters through a season of the year, beginning with winter, going through spring and summer, and ending in fall — hence the A Year in the Life subtitle of the revival series. Although it may not be a full 22-episode season, A Year in the Life may provide the series with more closure than the season 7 finale. Considering the full trailer for Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life features a return to form for the Gilmores, it’s likely fans are excited for the revival and another trip home to Stars Hollow no matter how many episodes it is.
Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life premieres worldwide on Netflix on November 25.