Fall Watching: Gilmore Girls Provides the Best Fall-Feels

Fall Watching: Gilmore Girls Provides the Best Fall-Feels

By Lauren Bolden, Owner, Pie Bar
If I could live inside a show, it would be Gilmore Girls. The Fall feels are heavvyyy throughout this series, which is probably part of the reason so many of us choose to re-watch this series whenever a leaf begins to turn or an air begins to nip.

When I am thinking of Fall-centric episodes of Gilmore Girls, I am generally looking for a few key items to push me into the ever desirable, Fall Feels.

#1: High Level of Fall Foliage / Fall Decor
We are desperate for that famous New England Fall foliage. The more Fall the background is, the better, and it never hurts if there are pumpkins, wreaths, and autumnal knick-knacks scattered about.

#2: Fall Fashion
Give the people what they want -- which is Lorelai and Rory in cozy sweaters and boots!

#3: Coffee
Duh. We want to see folks talk about it, drink it, pour it, make it, and serve it.

Below are the Fall-ish episodes I find myself rewatching the most.
Feel free to watch in whichever order you choose.

#5 -- Season 4, Episode 9: Ted Koppel's Big Night Out

Rory and Lorelai attend the Yale v Harvard Football game with Richard and Emily.

MFMs include scenes of tailgating (even if it is fancy!), Emily's sweatshirt/dress shirt combo, and Brennan aka Satan can't figure out the difference between Decaf and Regular Coffee.

# 4 -- Season 3, Episode 8: Let the Games Begin

We go to Yale for the first time -- on a visit where Richard and Emily reminisce, in hopes of getting Rory to potentially see her future at Yale.

Major Fall Moments (MFMs) include the opening scene through the town square filled with pumpkins, hay bales, and fall foliage. Rory wears a cozy, blue zip-up sweater and we learn about coffee and tacos.

#3 --  Season 2, Episode 4: The Road Trip to Harvard

Lorelai calls off her wedding to Max and escapes with Rory on a Fall-ish road trip to Harvard.
MFMs include Rory wearing her sweatshirt around her waist (hello chilly in the morning, hot in the afternoon), a college campus just feels so new school year/first of Fall, and Rory and Lorelai get coffee on campus.

#2 -- Season 3, Episode 10: A Deep-Fried Korean Thanksgiving

Lorelai and Rory commit to attending 4 Thanksgivings: The Kim's House, Luke's Diner, Sookie's House, and the Grown-up Gilmores.

MFMs include literal cornucopias, Kirk wears a turtleneck, and Paris even offers to help serve coffee at a soup kitchen on Thanksgiving Day.

#1 -- Season 1, Episode 7: Kiss and Tell

Rory has her first kiss with the new kid, Dean. Lorelai is hurt because she finds out from Mrs. Kim.

MFMs include Rory and Lane dressed as pilgrims while they collect canned goods + lots of paper turkeys, Lorelai pairs a black leather jacket with a tan skirt and brown sweater (*chefs kiss*), and Lorelai serves herself coffee at Lukes while Taylor harrases Luke about fall decor.

Honorable Mention: Gilmore Girls Revival: Fall
We asked for this. We must at least mention it.
Watching Fall-centric episodes of Gilmore Girls is part of Pie Bar's Feel-Good Holiday Season 2021 Challenge. Read more here.
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