The Best Episodes of Gilmore Girls
Last Updated: Jan 14, 2019
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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#9 - 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.
#10 - 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.
#11 - 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.
#12 - 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.
#13 - 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.
#14 - 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.
#15 - 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.
#17 - 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.
#19 - 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.
#20 - 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.
#21 - 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.
#22 - 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.
#24 - 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.
#25 - The Big One
Season 3 - Episode 16
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.