The BEST Episodes of Gilmore Girls

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Nov 1, 2019

Network: The CW

Set in a storybook Connecticut town populated with an eclectic mix of everyday folks and lovable lunatics, Gilmore Girls is a humorous multigenerational series about friendship, family and the ties that bind. Thirtysomething Lorelai Gilmore has made her share of mistakes in life, but she has been doing her best to see that her college-bound daughter - and best friend in the world - Rory, doesn't follow in her footsteps. That may be easier said than done, considering that the two share the same interests, the same intellect, the same coffee addiction and the same eyes.

Bon Voyage

#1 - Bon Voyage

Season 7 - Episode 22

Rory lands her dream job as a political reporter in Ohio. Luke enlists the help of everyone in Stars Hollow to throw her a graduation party in order to say goodbye. Luke's thoughtfulness brings out a long-awaited reaction from Lorelai.

star 8.44
491 votes
Writers: David S. Rosenthal
Those Are Strings, Pinocchio

#2 - Those Are Strings, Pinocchio

Season 3 - Episode 22

Rory finally learns her mother can't afford to buy the Dragonfly Inn since financial aid for Yale didn't come through. Luke has second thoughts about a trip with Nicole after something Lorelai tells him. Jess makes silent contact with Rory.

star 8.23
456 votes
Directors: Jamie Babbit
Writers: Daniel Palladino
Raincoats and Recipes

#3 - Raincoats and Recipes

Season 4 - Episode 22

The Dragonfly Inn approaches opening day. Rory and Dean take a major step forward in their relationship, to Lorelei's dismay. Two suitors go after Lorelai.

star 8.13
475 votes
Writers: Amy Sherman-Palladino
The Incredible Sinking Lorelais

#4 - The Incredible Sinking Lorelais

Season 4 - Episode 14

Lorelai and Sookie explore ways to ease their financial crunch and raise money to pay their construction crew, one of whom is now Dean. Rory is distraught when one of her professors tells her to drop a class because she can't handle her course load.

star 8.08
428 votes
Directors: Stephen Clancy
Writers: Amy Sherman-Palladino, Daniel Palladino
You Jump, I Jump, Jack

#5 - You Jump, I Jump, Jack

Season 5 - Episode 7

Emily demands that Lorelai bring her new boyfriend to dinner so that they can get reacquainted. Logan encourages Rory to participate in a mysterious event.

star 8.06
454 votes
Directors: Kenny Ortega
Writers: Daniel Palladino
So... Good Talk

#6 - So... Good Talk

Season 5 - Episode 16

When Richard and Emily return from their second honeymoon, Rory attends Friday-night dinner without Lorelai, who refuses to speak to her mother or see her, and plans a girls' night out with Sookie instead. Meanwhile, Luke, who's miserable without Lorelai, takes his anger out on his customers. Meanwhile, Lane has a horrific realization about her mother's inluence.

star 8.03
440 votes
Directors: Jamie Babbit
Writers: Lisa Randolph
Friday Night's Alright For Fighting

#7 - Friday Night's Alright For Fighting

Season 6 - Episode 13

While Luke deals with the reality of having April in his life, Lorelai tries to pretend she doesn't mind the repercussions the new situation is having on their engagement. Rory's concern over Paris' lack of management skills at the Yale Daily News finally reaches a crisis point. The subsequent Friday night dinner erupts into an emotional confrontation where all four Gilmores finally get their issues out on the table.

star 8.03
430 votes
Writers: Amy Sherman-Palladino
The Lorelais' First Day at Yale

#8 - The Lorelais' First Day at Yale

Season 4 - Episode 2

While Luke is willing to lend Lorelai his truck to help Rory move into her dorm, he's not too thrilled when the project turns out to take all day. Rory meets her new roommates.

star 8.00
470 votes
Directors: Chris Long
Writers: Daniel Palladino
Dear Emily and Richard

#9 - Dear Emily and Richard

Season 3 - Episode 13

Sherry goes into labor with only Lorelai and Rory for company. Lorelai reminisces about her pregnancy and Rory's birth. The war between Paris and Rory continues when Paris picks a photo of the "Franklin" staff for the yearbook that has the worst possible shot of Rory.

star 8.00
459 votes
Directors: Gail Mancuso
Writers: Amy Sherman-Palladino
Rory's Dance

#10 - Rory's Dance

Season 1 - Episode 9

During dinner at her mother's, Lorelai finds out that not only is there a formal dance at Chilton, but that Rory doesn't want to go. Eventually Lane prods Rory into asking Dean to go, and she nervously does so, creating tensions between Emily and Lorelai.

star 7.97
552 votes
Writers: Amy Sherman-Palladino
Love, Daisies and Troubadours

#11 - Love, Daisies and Troubadours

Season 1 - Episode 21

Rachel makes an important decision after she becomes convinced that despite his protests, Luke is in love with Lorelei. Rory finally manages to talk to Dean about her feelings.

star 7.97
508 votes
Writers: Daniel Palladino
Lorelai? Lorelai?

#12 - Lorelai? Lorelai?

Season 7 - Episode 20

After getting into a science camp, April tells Luke that she cannot go on the boating trip with him over the summer. Zach is asked to go on tour with another band. A drunk Lorelai serenades Luke at Karaoke night. Logan gets a job in San Francisco.

star 7.97
414 votes
Directors: Bethany Rooney
Writers: David S. Rosenthal
The Prodigal Daughter Returns

#13 - The Prodigal Daughter Returns

Season 6 - Episode 9

Luke becomes jealous when Lorelai receives a phone call from Christopher. After Rory moves into Lane's apartment, re-enrolls in Yale, and scores herself a job, Rory and Lorelai take the first steps towards reconciliation.

star 7.96
439 votes
Writers: Amy Sherman-Palladino
Rory's Birthday Parties

#14 - Rory's Birthday Parties

Season 1 - Episode 6

It's Rory's birthday, and her grandmother and mother each plan a party representative of their respective styles.

star 7.96
571 votes
Writers: Amy Sherman-Palladino
Lorelai's Graduation Day

#15 - Lorelai's Graduation Day

Season 2 - Episode 21

Rory gets her excited about attending her mother's college graduation ceremony and secretly invites Richard and Emily, despite Lorelai's assertion that they'd never agree to attend.

star 7.95
456 votes
Directors: Jamie Babbit
Writers: Daniel Palladino
Wedding Bell Blues

#16 - Wedding Bell Blues

Season 5 - Episode 13

Emily and Richard renew their vows in front of 100's of their closest friends with Lorelai as Emily's Maid of Honor, and Rory as Richard's Best Man. Luke gets in a fight with Christopher over Lorelai. Logan comes to the ceremony with a girl that looks like his girlfriend, and Rory gets jealous.

star 7.95
439 votes
Writers: Amy Sherman-Palladino
I Can't Get Started

#17 - I Can't Get Started

Season 2 - Episode 22

Sookie's wedding draws near, and both bride and groom are getting frazzled. After Christopher comes to town and confesses that his relationship with Sherrie is over, he and Lorelai rekindle their relationship.

star 7.94
451 votes
Writers: Amy Sherman-Palladino, John Stephens
The Bracebridge Dinner

#18 - The Bracebridge Dinner

Season 2 - Episode 10

A blizzard prevents a group from attending the historical dinner that Sookie has painstakingly prepared at their request, so she and Lorelai decide to invite all their friends in Stars Hollow to enjoy the feast at the Inn. Jess tries to get between Rory and Dean.

star 7.94
486 votes
Directors: Chris Long
Writers: Daniel Palladino
Unto The Breach

#19 - Unto The Breach

Season 7 - Episode 21

At Rory's graduation party at her grandparent's house, Logan proposes to her, catching Rory off-guard.

star 7.93
425 votes
Writers: David S. Rosenthal, Jennie Snyder
They Shoot Gilmores, Don't They?

#20 - They Shoot Gilmores, Don't They?

Season 3 - Episode 7

Lorelai is determined to win the Stars Hollow Dance Marathon and wrest the trophy from four-time champion Kirk, but has trouble getting a partner until she finally convinces Rory to help her dance her way to victory.

star 7.92
477 votes
Directors: Kenny Ortega
Writers: Amy Sherman-Palladino
Scene in a Mall

#21 - Scene in a Mall

Season 4 - Episode 15

Lorelai and Rory decide to play hooky and go window shopping in the mall, where they run into Emily in the middle of a shopping binge meltdown.

star 7.92
426 votes
Directors: Chris Long
Writers: Daniel Palladino
Say Goodbye to Daisy Miller

#22 - Say Goodbye to Daisy Miller

Season 5 - Episode 1

Things are still testy between Lorelai and Rory, and Rory's refusal to discuss the Dean situation causes Lorelai anguish. Emily decides to go to Europe and invites Rory to accompany her.

star 7.92
472 votes
Writers: Amy Sherman-Palladino
Luke Can See Her Face

#23 - Luke Can See Her Face

Season 4 - Episode 20

Liz returns to Stars Hollow to announce that she's getting married in the town square in a week. Rory tries to hide her discomfort when Lorelai tells her about overhearing a fight between Dean and Lindsay. A self-help tape helps Luke clarify his thinking, and a talk with Jess gets him started on the path to having the relationship he's been looking for all along.

star 7.91
423 votes
Directors: Matthew Diamond
Writers: Amy Sherman-Palladino, Daniel Palladino
A House Is Not a Home

#24 - A House Is Not a Home

Season 5 - Episode 22

Lorelai picks Rory up after a crazy night with Logan. Rory decides that she will not go back to Yale next year, much to Lorelei's dismay.

star 7.90
419 votes
Writers: Amy Sherman-Palladino

#25 - Partings

Season 6 - Episode 22

Stars Hollow needs a new town troubadour and there are many hopeful people trying out, much to Taylor's dislike. Lorelai finally confronts Luke about their long engagement and Rory and Logan spend their last night together before he must go to London.

star 7.90
403 votes
Writers: Amy Sherman-Palladino, Daniel Palladino