The BEST Episodes of Gilmore Girls
Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!
Last Updated: Dec 17, 2020
Network: The CW
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.
#1 - Bon Voyage
Season 7 - Episode 22 - Aired May 15, 2007
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.
#2 - Those Are Strings, Pinocchio
Season 3 - Episode 22 - Aired May 20, 2003
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.
#3 - The Bracebridge Dinner
Season 2 - Episode 10 - Aired Dec 11, 2001
A blizzard prevents a group from attending the historical dinner that Sookie has painstakingly prepared at their request, so she and Lorelai invite most of the citizens of Stars Hollow to an elaborate feast complete with Elizabethan costumes and horse-drawn sleigh rides. Rory struggles to keep the budding rivalry between Dean and Jess under control.
#4 - Lorelai? Lorelai?
Season 7 - Episode 20 - Aired May 1, 2007
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.
#5 - Nag Hammadi Is Where They Found the Gnostic Gospels
Season 4 - Episode 13 - Aired Feb 10, 2004
Jess's attempts to keep a low profile but keeps bumping into Rory all over town. Emily is in a dither about filling a table at a benefit and enlists the help of Lorelai and Jason, whom she encourages to pretend that they're a couple. Luke is less than impressed by Liz's latest business venture and newly-arrived boyfriend.
#6 - The Incredible Sinking Lorelais
Season 4 - Episode 14 - Aired Feb 17, 2004
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.
#7 - You Jump, I Jump, Jack
Season 5 - Episode 7 - Aired Nov 2, 2004
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.
#8 - So... Good Talk
Season 5 - Episode 16 - Aired Mar 1, 2005
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.
#9 - Love, Daisies and Troubadours
Season 1 - Episode 21 - Aired May 10, 2001
Rachel makes an important decision after she becomes convinced that despite his protests, Luke is in love with Lorelai. Rory finally manages to talk to Dean about her feelings.
#10 - Rory's Birthday Parties
Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Nov 9, 2000
It's Rory's birthday, and her grandmother and mother each plan a party representative of their respective styles.
#11 - Like Mother, Like Daughter
Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired Nov 13, 2001
Headmaster Charleston decrees that both Gilmore girls need to improve their socialization skills at Chilton if they want him to write a glowing recommendation for Rory's Harvard application.
#12 - Raincoats and Recipes
Season 4 - Episode 22 - Aired May 18, 2004
The Dragonfly Inn approaches opening day. Rory and Dean take a major step forward in their relationship, to Lorelai's dismay. Two suitors go after Lorelai.
#13 - They Shoot Gilmores, Don't They?
Season 3 - Episode 7 - Aired Nov 12, 2002
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.
#14 - The Lorelais' First Day at Yale
Season 4 - Episode 2 - Aired Sep 30, 2003
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.
#15 - Run Away, Little Boy
Season 2 - Episode 9 - Aired Nov 27, 2001
Lorelai receives a late wedding present without a card attached and insists that it be returned. Rory, Paris, Madeline and Louise are assigned to present the death scene from "Romeo and Juliet" as part of ther class participation.
#16 - Lorelai's Graduation Day
Season 2 - Episode 21 - Aired May 14, 2002
With Lorelai about to graduate from business school, an excited Rory secretly invites Richard and Emily to her mother's graduation ceremony, despite Lorelai's assertion that they'd never agree to attend.
#17 - Unto The Breach
Season 7 - Episode 21 - Aired May 8, 2007
At Rory's graduation party at her grandparent's house, Logan proposes to her, catching Rory off-guard.
#18 - The Big One
Season 3 - Episode 16 - Aired Feb 25, 2003
Rory and Paris compete for the honor of speaking at Chilton's Bicentennial. Lorelai runs into an ex and it's apparent that they're not quite over each other yet. Rory's college acceptance letters finally arrive.
#19 - A House Is Not a Home
Season 5 - Episode 22 - Aired May 17, 2005
Lorelai picks Rory up after a crazy night with Logan. Rory decides that she will not go back to Yale next year, much to Lorelai's dismay.
#20 - Red Light on the Wedding Night
Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired Oct 16, 2001
During Lorelai's bachelorette party, where Emily regales the group with stories about the week before her wedding, Lorelai realizes she isn't ready to commit to Max.
#21 - Luke Can See Her Face
Season 4 - Episode 20 - Aired May 4, 2004
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.
#22 - P.S. I Lo...
Season 1 - Episode 20 - Aired May 3, 2001
Lorelai helps Luke shop for a birthday present for Rachel. Meanwhile 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.
#23 - I Can't Get Started
Season 2 - Episode 22 - Aired May 21, 2002
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.
#24 - Wedding Bell Blues
Season 5 - Episode 13 - Aired Feb 8, 2005
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.
#25 - The Prodigal Daughter Returns
Season 6 - Episode 9 - Aired Nov 15, 2005
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.