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85 "Gilmore Girls" Characters From Worst To Best

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85. Dean Forester

We all accept that Dean became less intelligent and more rage-prone when Jess showed up. But even in Season 1, he broke up with Rory because she wasn’t ready to say “I love you.” Like jeez, you are 16, dude, calm down. The way he treats Rory, but especially Lindsay is awful. And he’s not interesting. And his hair is silly. Take your male anger somewhere else. BYE!Worst moment: WHEN HE CHEATS! ON HIS NEW WIFE! WITH RORY!!!
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We all accept that Dean became less intelligent and more rage-prone when Jess showed up. But even in Season 1, he broke up with Rory because she wasn’t ready to say “I love you.” Like jeez, you are 16, dude, calm down. The way he treats Rory, but especially Lindsay is awful. And he’s not interesting. And his hair is silly. Take your male anger somewhere else. BYE!

Worst moment: WHEN HE CHEATS! ON HIS NEW WIFE! WITH RORY!!!

84. Logan Huntzberger

*cracks knuckles* Listen, I don’t care how we feel about Matt Czuchry on The Good Wife. Logan is a grade-A douchebag. I don’t care that he has spells of bearableness in (questionably canon — OK, fine, it’s canon, let me be) Season 7. Logan is the worst. His stupid smug face. His stupid clothes. His stupid money. His stupid family. His stupid “Ace”-saying, ugly blazer–wearing, condescending self brings out a different side of Rory. Hm. Maybe we should thank him for showing us the hypocrite she really is? No, he still sucks. He’s worse.Best quote: "Wake up, Rory, whether you like it or not, you're one of us. You went to prep school. You go to Yale. Your grandparents are building a whole damn astronomy building in your name."
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*cracks knuckles* Listen, I don’t care how we feel about Matt Czuchry on The Good Wife. Logan is a grade-A douchebag. I don’t care that he has spells of bearableness in (questionably canon — OK, fine, it’s canon, let me be) Season 7. Logan is the worst. His stupid smug face. His stupid clothes. His stupid money. His stupid family. His stupid “Ace”-saying, ugly blazer–wearing, condescending self brings out a different side of Rory. Hm. Maybe we should thank him for showing us the hypocrite she really is?

No, he still sucks. He’s worse.


Best quote:
"Wake up, Rory, whether you like it or not, you're one of us. You went to prep school. You go to Yale. Your grandparents are building a whole damn astronomy building in your name."

83. Straub and Francine Hayden

Christopher’s parents are somehow colder and more obsessed with status than the Gilmores. Most bitchy quote: “I see you haven't changed, Lorelai.” —Straub Hayden
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Christopher’s parents are somehow colder and more obsessed with status than the Gilmores.


Most bitchy quote:
“I see you haven't changed, Lorelai.” —Straub Hayden

82. Georgia "Gigi" Hayden

HER NAME IS CRAZY. GIGI. GG. GILMORE GIRLS. C'MON. I understand that this little monster is the product of some subpar parenting. But she was also the original surprise!child — and babies have such little personality — so I have no interest in her as a character.Memorable quote: *baby screaming*
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HER NAME IS CRAZY. GIGI. GG. GILMORE GIRLS. C'MON. I understand that this little monster is the product of some subpar parenting. But she was also the original surprise!child — and babies have such little personality — so I have no interest in her as a character.

Memorable quote: *baby screaming*

81. Floyd Stiles

An Evil Business Person. I feel like...insurance is Evil? That’s what I’m getting from this show.Most WTF moment: When he put a PI on his own dang son and found out Jason and Lorelai were dating.
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An Evil Business Person. I feel like...insurance is Evil? That’s what I’m getting from this show.

Most WTF moment: When he put a PI on his own dang son and found out Jason and Lorelai were dating.

80. Robert

Robert...Grimaldi? I'll do you a favor — don't bother listening to this guy. You wanna punch that face? Don’t worry; you’ll want to punch the voice too.Worst quote: "My entire goal in life is to outlive my brother, inherit the family fortune, put all my sisters out on the street and live as frivolously as possible, have numerous wives, thousands of illegitimate children, and die completely alone and leave every cent to a parrot named Polly."
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Robert...Grimaldi? I'll do you a favor — don't bother listening to this guy. You wanna punch that face? Don’t worry; you’ll want to punch the voice too.

Worst quote: "My entire goal in life is to outlive my brother, inherit the family fortune, put all my sisters out on the street and live as frivolously as possible, have numerous wives, thousands of illegitimate children, and die completely alone and leave every cent to a parrot named Polly."

79. Colin and Finn

Ken doll Logan comes complete with moronic sidekicks. Stop breaking into people’s houses and skydiving, Colin and Finn. Or keep skydiving; I don’t care.Worst quote: Finn: "Not only the ultimate but the penultimate." Colin: "Penultimate means next to last, Finn. This is the last one."Finn: "I thought it meant 'super-ultimate.'"Colin: "How did you get into Yale?"Finn: "Slept with the recruiter."
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Ken doll Logan comes complete with moronic sidekicks. Stop breaking into people’s houses and skydiving, Colin and Finn. Or keep skydiving; I don’t care.

Worst quote:

Finn: "Not only the ultimate but the penultimate."

Colin: "Penultimate means next to last, Finn. This is the last one."

Finn: "I thought it meant 'super-ultimate.'"

Colin: "How did you get into Yale?"

Finn: "Slept with the recruiter."

78. Rune

ANYONE WHO COMPLAINS ABOUT GETTING SET UP ON A DATE WITH LORELAI…...WHAT??Best quote: “Did you see how tall she is?”
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ANYONE WHO COMPLAINS ABOUT GETTING SET UP ON A DATE WITH LORELAI…...WHAT??


Best quote:
“Did you see how tall she is?”

77. Juliet and Rosemary

These girls make me sad. I’m worried about their health and safety and self-esteem. Someone help them! I believe they can do better!Worst quote: "It wasn't a tragic haircut! It was apocalyptic highlights. I looked like a Tim Burton character!"
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These girls make me sad. I’m worried about their health and safety and self-esteem. Someone help them! I believe they can do better!

Worst quote: "It wasn't a tragic haircut! It was apocalyptic highlights. I looked like a Tim Burton character!"

76. Tristan DuGrey

Ah, Mr. Chad Michael Murray pre-A Cinderella Story, the movie we all definitely remember him from. Tristan was kinda just proto-Logan. I forgive him his sins a bit because he was so young. But also. C’mon. The most unbelievable thing was that Paris had a crush on him. Hope he grew up when he moved to Tree Hill...didn’t watch that show. Worst moment: Calling Rory "Mary."
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Ah, Mr. Chad Michael Murray pre-A Cinderella Story, the movie we all definitely remember him from. Tristan was kinda just proto-Logan. I forgive him his sins a bit because he was so young. But also. C’mon. The most unbelievable thing was that Paris had a crush on him. Hope he grew up when he moved to Tree Hill...didn’t watch that show.


Worst moment:
Calling Rory "Mary."

75. Beau Belleville

...Nick Offerman can play a creep well? Worst quote: “Welcome to Beau.”
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...Nick Offerman can play a creep well?

Worst quote: “Welcome to Beau.”

74. Mitchum Huntzberger

A Bad Guy, sure. But also...he was right about Rory’s lack of journalistic prowess. He didn't have to teach her that lesson, but he did. So thanks? Eh. He's still garbage!Best quote: "I’ve worked with a lot of young people over the years. Interns, new hires. I’ve got a pretty good gut sense for people’s strengths and weaknesses. Whether they have that certain something to make it in journalism. It’s a tough business. Lot of stress. ... And I have to tell you. You don’t got it."
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A Bad Guy, sure. But also...he was right about Rory’s lack of journalistic prowess. He didn't have to teach her that lesson, but he did. So thanks? Eh. He's still garbage!

Best quote: "I’ve worked with a lot of young people over the years. Interns, new hires. I’ve got a pretty good gut sense for people’s strengths and weaknesses. Whether they have that certain something to make it in journalism. It’s a tough business. Lot of stress. ... And I have to tell you. You don’t got it."

73. Shira Huntzberger

We hate her life. She hates her life. We can call it even.Best moment: When she got owned by Emily.
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We hate her life. She hates her life. We can call it even.

Best moment: When she got owned by Emily.

72. Rory Gilmore

I don't make the rules! She is one of the most frustrating characters in the history of television because I'm pretty sure we are supposed to like her and root for her, but she's so self-centered and entitled that it becomes deeply unrootable. She doesn't seem to have genuine interest in the lives or successes of her closest friends, Lane and Paris, and she gets almost everything she wants based on questionable talent. (I don't think she's a good journalist?)Best moment: Thanking her mom for everything when she graduated from high school.
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I don't make the rules! She is one of the most frustrating characters in the history of television because I'm pretty sure we are supposed to like her and root for her, but she's so self-centered and entitled that it becomes deeply unrootable. She doesn't seem to have genuine interest in the lives or successes of her closest friends, Lane and Paris, and she gets almost everything she wants based on questionable talent. (I don't think she's a good journalist?)

Best moment: Thanking her mom for everything when she graduated from high school.

71. Asher Fleming

I DON’T CARE HOW SMART YOU ARE. YOU SEEM NICE ENOUGH. BUT PARIS WAS TOO YOUNG FOR YOU.Best quote: "I'm...old."
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I DON’T CARE HOW SMART YOU ARE. YOU SEEM NICE ENOUGH. BUT PARIS WAS TOO YOUNG FOR YOU.


Best quote:
"I'm...old."

70. Francine "Francie" Jarvis

This girl needed to just...take a step back a reevaluate. She was obsessed with secret societies and yelling at girls in bathrooms and parking garages. Chill! Worst moment: Trying to come between Rory and Paris's friendship in Season 3.
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This girl needed to just...take a step back a reevaluate. She was obsessed with secret societies and yelling at girls in bathrooms and parking garages. Chill!


Worst moment:
Trying to come between Rory and Paris's friendship in Season 3.

69. Bootsy

Meh. Would like to know whether Luke or him was at fault for their first grade fight.Best quote: "Meaning that there were two crimes. ... Somebody got murdered, then somebody stole the body. It's open and shut — bing bang boom."
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Meh. Would like to know whether Luke or him was at fault for their first grade fight.


Best quote:
"Meaning that there were two crimes. ... Somebody got murdered, then somebody stole the body. It's open and shut — bing bang boom."

68. Hanlin Charleston

Stuffy school, stuffy headmaster. Best moment: Getting told off by Rory in "Like Mother, Like Daughter."
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Stuffy school, stuffy headmaster.

Best moment: Getting told off by Rory in "Like Mother, Like Daughter."

67. Sherry Tinsdale

I don’t want to tell anyone how to parent. But like…..maybe don’t leave your child and go to Paris?Memorable quote: "Green is the new pink!"
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I don’t want to tell anyone how to parent. But like…..maybe don’t leave your child and go to Paris?


Memorable quote:
"Green is the new pink!"

66. Lindsay...Forester?

Poor Lindsay. She didn’t deserve any of this treatment. She PAID FOR THAT MARK TWAIN MAGNET. WITH LITTLE KID MONEY.Best moment: WHEN SHE THREW DEAN'S SHIT OUT THE WINDOW!
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Poor Lindsay. She didn’t deserve any of this treatment. She PAID FOR THAT MARK TWAIN MAGNET. WITH LITTLE KID MONEY.


Best moment:
WHEN SHE THREW DEAN'S SHIT OUT THE WINDOW!

65. Christopher Hayden

Where to start? This guy just couldn't stick around. He had chemistry with Lorelai, I'll give him that. But he did the bare minimum as a father for most of Rory's life, and he seems to be irresponsible with birth control. At least he got handed a lot of money from his dad and grandfather and used it on his kids. Idk. But that Lorelai/Chris marriage? NO THANKS!Weirdest quote to say to your daughter: "Who could not like being kissed by a Gilmore girl?"
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Where to start? This guy just couldn't stick around. He had chemistry with Lorelai, I'll give him that. But he did the bare minimum as a father for most of Rory's life, and he seems to be irresponsible with birth control. At least he got handed a lot of money from his dad and grandfather and used it on his kids. Idk. But that Lorelai/Chris marriage? NO THANKS!

Weirdest quote to say to your daughter: "Who could not like being kissed by a Gilmore girl?"

64. Henry Cho

He could’ve been a little more patient with Lane... He missed out on a good one!Best quote: "I asked for you and then she asked why, and I said because and she said because why, and I got nervous and tried to sell her a subscription to the Wall Street Journal."
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He could’ve been a little more patient with Lane... He missed out on a good one!

Best quote: "I asked for you and then she asked why, and I said because and she said because why, and I got nervous and tried to sell her a subscription to the Wall Street Journal."

63. Nicole Leahy

Sure, it was a little rude to cheat on Luke, but also...why was she with Luke? What did they have in common?Biggest mistake: Probs getting married on a cruise.
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Sure, it was a little rude to cheat on Luke, but also...why was she with Luke? What did they have in common?


Biggest mistake:
Probs getting married on a cruise.

62. Mrs. Cassini

OK, lady. You really need your produce to be THAT fresh? Memorable quote: "Beautiful sprouts."
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OK, lady. You really need your produce to be THAT fresh?


Memorable quote:
"Beautiful sprouts."

61. Drella

It doesn’t really get more Gilmore Girls than a sassy harp player. So. Shout out to Alex Borstein for not being able to get out of a FOX contract and allowing for sweet Melissa McCarthy to enter our lives as Sookie. Best quote: "I am a great harp player, and this is my great harp, okay. So if you're looking for someone to just be nice to the guests, get a harmonica player, or maybe some guy who whistles through his nose. Okay? Capisce?"
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It doesn’t really get more Gilmore Girls than a sassy harp player. So. Shout out to Alex Borstein for not being able to get out of a FOX contract and allowing for sweet Melissa McCarthy to enter our lives as Sookie.


Best quote:
"I am a great harp player, and this is my great harp, okay. So if you're looking for someone to just be nice to the guests, get a harmonica player, or maybe some guy who whistles through his nose. Okay? Capisce?"

60. Trevor

I mean...don't sit on the same side of the table on a first date. Amateur move, bro!Best quote: "Huh. Oh. Hey, we're being paged."
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I mean...don't sit on the same side of the table on a first date. Amateur move, bro!

Best quote: "Huh. Oh. Hey, we're being paged."

59. Harry Porter

Before Taylor self-assigned himself as the dictator of Stars Hollow, apparently there was a mayor? Who did stuff? Most notably, he is almost named Harry Potter.Best quote: "I have been mayor of this fine town for a long time. I tend to think of all of you as my children. Unfortunately sometimes children have to be disciplined. Now I'm going to say something, and I'm only going to say it once. We have leash laws people."
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Before Taylor self-assigned himself as the dictator of Stars Hollow, apparently there was a mayor? Who did stuff? Most notably, he is almost named Harry Potter.


Best quote:
"I have been mayor of this fine town for a long time. I tend to think of all of you as my children. Unfortunately sometimes children have to be disciplined. Now I'm going to say something, and I'm only going to say it once. We have leash laws people."

58. Janet Billing

I guess Yale doesn't have you take personality quizzes to match roommates? Janet and Paris were never going to get along. She was just kind of sporty and impatient. Meh. Worst moment: When she wanted to get rid of craft corner — THAT'S PARIS'S EMOTIONAL HOMEWORK!
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I guess Yale doesn't have you take personality quizzes to match roommates? Janet and Paris were never going to get along. She was just kind of sporty and impatient. Meh.


Worst moment:
When she wanted to get rid of craft corner — THAT'S PARIS'S EMOTIONAL HOMEWORK!

57. Anna Nardini

Lorelai is the protagonist of the— wait, you’re telling me this character isn’t Lorelai? Are you sure? She’s a single mother who’s hip and witty and loves quirky fashion apparently and owns her own business and her daughter’s an annoying little nerd. Are you sure this is a different character? Fine! Whatever! C+ for effort!Best moment: Moving to New Mexico.
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Lorelai is the protagonist of the— wait, you’re telling me this character isn’t Lorelai? Are you sure? She’s a single mother who’s hip and witty and loves quirky fashion apparently and owns her own business and her daughter’s an annoying little nerd. Are you sure this is a different character? Fine! Whatever! C+ for effort!


Best moment:
Moving to New Mexico.

56. Carrie Duncan

The nickname “Crazy Carrie" seems unfair.Memorable moment: Hitting on Jess, I guess? I mean, go for it, lady.
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The nickname “Crazy Carrie" seems unfair.


Memorable moment:
Hitting on Jess, I guess? I mean, go for it, lady.

55. Andrew

Um, he owns the book store, so it kind of makes sense he's boring.Best moment: When he got into a fight with his dance partner at the 24-hour dance marathon about whether she dated Liam Neeson and why she would choose this moment to tell him.
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Um, he owns the book store, so it kind of makes sense he's boring.

Best moment: When he got into a fight with his dance partner at the 24-hour dance marathon about whether she dated Liam Neeson and why she would choose this moment to tell him.

54. Honor Huntzberger

She was always pretty nice to Rory. Plus, she married someone her parents weren't crazy about. Kudos, Honor!Best quote: "Hypocrisy runs very deep in the Huntzberger family."
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She was always pretty nice to Rory. Plus, she married someone her parents weren't crazy about. Kudos, Honor!


Best quote:
"Hypocrisy runs very deep in the Huntzberger family."

53. Kyle

Dean's somewhat responsible, friendly friend. About six months before Buster Bluth lost his hand in a tragic loose seal accident, Kyle was rocking the hook-on-a-prosthetic-arm after a combat injury. Weird coincidence.Best quote: *phone rings* "That's not me. Mine plays 'Superfreak.'"
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Dean's somewhat responsible, friendly friend. About six months before Buster Bluth lost his hand in a tragic loose seal accident, Kyle was rocking the hook-on-a-prosthetic-arm after a combat injury. Weird coincidence.

Best quote: *phone rings* "That's not me. Mine plays 'Superfreak.'"

52. Clara Forester

Dean's lil sis who seemed to have a personality years younger than she should, further confirming my theory that ASP has never met an actual kid. Also she's a fierce coif critic who pulls no punches.Best quote: (to Jess) “Do you wash your hair?”
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Dean's lil sis who seemed to have a personality years younger than she should, further confirming my theory that ASP has never met an actual kid. Also she's a fierce coif critic who pulls no punches.


Best quote:
(to Jess) “Do you wash your hair?”

51. April Nardini

Poor April. You didn’t do anything wrong. You were just a nerdy little Rory duplicate (but probably smarter) who didn’t belong in Stars Hollow. Best moment: Moving to New Mexico. Sorry, girl. It was best for you to get out of town.
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Poor April. You didn’t do anything wrong. You were just a nerdy little Rory duplicate (but probably smarter) who didn’t belong in Stars Hollow.


Best moment:
Moving to New Mexico. Sorry, girl. It was best for you to get out of town.

50. Sophie Bloom

In a weird meta-twist, the uber-famous singer of the theme song opens a music shop in Stars Hollow under the pseudonym Sophie Bloom. Someone for Lane to interact with, I guess?Best moment: When she lets Lane practice on the drums in her shop.
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In a weird meta-twist, the uber-famous singer of the theme song opens a music shop in Stars Hollow under the pseudonym Sophie Bloom. Someone for Lane to interact with, I guess?


Best moment:
When she lets Lane practice on the drums in her shop.

49. Alex Lesman

Hey! That guy! He liked coffee and fishing. He gave up GG for Twilight! Or something like that! Who knows what happened to him?Worst moment: MAKING LORELAI GO FISHING ON ONE OF THEIR EARLY DATES???
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Hey! That guy! He liked coffee and fishing. He gave up GG for Twilight! Or something like that! Who knows what happened to him?


Worst moment:
MAKING LORELAI GO FISHING ON ONE OF THEIR EARLY DATES???

48. Lulu

A sweet lady...what’s going on? Memorable moment: When she didn't want to return her pink Luke/Lorelai breakup bow.
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A sweet lady...what’s going on?


Memorable moment:
When she didn't want to return her pink Luke/Lorelai breakup bow.

47. Marty

He was an alright guy, and he was right to dislike Logan, but he also needed to accept that Rory wasn't interested in him. His reappearance in Season 7 is...bizarre and unfortunate. Best quote: (to Rory) "Stop being so naive. It's annoying."
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He was an alright guy, and he was right to dislike Logan, but he also needed to accept that Rory wasn't interested in him. His reappearance in Season 7 is...bizarre and unfortunate.


Best quote:
(to Rory) "Stop being so naive. It's annoying."

46. Fran Weston

Sweet, sweet Fran who had to die for the plot to advance. RIP!Best quote: "Oh, I don't enjoy vacations. I toured the California gold country 10 years ago; it was hot and the bus smelled."
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Sweet, sweet Fran who had to die for the plot to advance. RIP!

Best quote: "Oh, I don't enjoy vacations. I toured the California gold country 10 years ago; it was hot and the bus smelled."

45. Caesar

Was he or was he not played by multiple actors? Perhaps we’ll never know. But we do know he dances and eats pie when Luke’s out of town.Worst moment: Cooking when Luke's out. His pancakes stink.
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Was he or was he not played by multiple actors? Perhaps we’ll never know. But we do know he dances and eats pie when Luke’s out of town.


Worst moment:
Cooking when Luke's out. His pancakes stink.

44. Pete

Lorelai eats a lot of pizza, so Pete's always going to be employed.Best moment: Making the world's largest pizza. Almost.
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Lorelai eats a lot of pizza, so Pete's always going to be employed.


Best moment:
Making the world's largest pizza. Almost.

43. Kirk Gleason

Love him or hate him, Kirk is the axis on which Gilmore Girls spins. He keeps it balanced. Which is why he’s dead center on this list. Best quote: "I’ve been working for 11 years, Luke. I’ve had 15,000 jobs. I’ve saved every dollar I’ve ever made. That and the miracle of compound interest has created a bounty of a quarter of a million dollars. Again, just under. I don’t want to brag."
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Love him or hate him, Kirk is the axis on which Gilmore Girls spins. He keeps it balanced. Which is why he’s dead center on this list.

Best quote: "I’ve been working for 11 years, Luke. I’ve had 15,000 jobs. I’ve saved every dollar I’ve ever made. That and the miracle of compound interest has created a bounty of a quarter of a million dollars. Again, just under. I don’t want to brag."

42. Tom

Like everyone else in Stars Hollow, he doesn’t push for Lorelai to pay for things on time. TY TOM FOR TAKING IT EASY.Best quote: "I'm more a suit guy than anything else."
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Like everyone else in Stars Hollow, he doesn’t push for Lorelai to pay for things on time. TY TOM FOR TAKING IT EASY.


Best quote:
"I'm more a suit guy than anything else."

41. Kyon

She repeats the beats of Lane story in a comical way, but with different taste in music.Best quote: "Avril Lavigne rocks. You are such a snob. If it's not Joy Division, you no like it. Well, you can't dance to Joy Division."
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She repeats the beats of Lane story in a comical way, but with different taste in music.


Best quote:
"Avril Lavigne rocks. You are such a snob. If it's not Joy Division, you no like it. Well, you can't dance to Joy Division."

40. Lucy and Olivia

I will never understand why they both called Marty “boyfriend” without saying his name for such a long time. Or why they couldn't have just been fun girlfriends for Rory to have without Marty being involved at all! Sigh.Best quote:Lucy: "So, after my third callback, he says to me, 'a girl can't play Oscar Wilde. I want people to take this production seriously,' like he's Peter Brook."Olivia: "...or something and not some goateed sophomore from Arkansas."Lucy: "So I give him my most foppish stare and say, 'Life is too important to be taken seriously.'"
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I will never understand why they both called Marty “boyfriend” without saying his name for such a long time. Or why they couldn't have just been fun girlfriends for Rory to have without Marty being involved at all! Sigh.


Best quote:

Lucy: "So, after my third callback, he says to me, 'a girl can't play Oscar Wilde. I want people to take this production seriously,' like he's Peter Brook."

Olivia: "...or something and not some goateed sophomore from Arkansas."

Lucy: "So I give him my most foppish stare and say, 'Life is too important to be taken seriously.'"

39. Reverend Archie Skinner and Rabbi David Barans

Amen to these two's friendship!Best moment: When the church converts from a Christian to Jewish service in "Say Goodnight, Gracie."
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Amen to these two's friendship!

Best moment: When the church converts from a Christian to Jewish service in "Say Goodnight, Gracie."

38. Max Medina

He tried. I mean. He spent a lot of money on daisies and I believe he was a good— I'm getting bored just writing that. He was such a boring character.Most WTF moment: Revealing his secret clown desires.
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He tried. I mean. He spent a lot of money on daisies and I believe he was a good— I'm getting bored just writing that. He was such a boring character.


Most WTF moment:
Revealing his secret clown desires.

37. That Ballerina Who Yelled at Rory

Even if she was a bad dancer, she didn't deserve to be bodyshamed by Rory. Even Lorelai thought Rory was being mean!Best quote: "You're a jerk! I just wanted to come tell you that to your face! You're a jerk, and I hope you die! Bye, jerk. Die, jerk."
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Even if she was a bad dancer, she didn't deserve to be bodyshamed by Rory. Even Lorelai thought Rory was being mean!


Best quote:
"You're a jerk! I just wanted to come tell you that to your face! You're a jerk, and I hope you die! Bye, jerk. Die, jerk."

36. Tana Schrick

Oh, honey, you're too young for this... Wait, what if she had been Luke's secret daughter? Best moment: Being 16 at Yale. Yikes!
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Oh, honey, you're too young for this... Wait, what if she had been Luke's secret daughter?

Best moment: Being 16 at Yale. Yikes!

35. Louise Grant and Madeline Lynn

When they're not being Mean Girls, Madeleine and Louise are fun. Best quote: Rory: "Louise, what is your grandmother wearing to graduation?" Louise: "Hopefully the pearls I get when she kicks."
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When they're not being Mean Girls, Madeleine and Louise are fun.

Best quote:

Rory: "Louise, what is your grandmother wearing to graduation?"

Louise: "Hopefully the pearls I get when she kicks."

34. Jamie

He wound up being a little too bland for Paris and Gilmore in general, but he was a solid first BF for our girl.Best moment: HE CHECKED THE ZAGAT GUIDE!
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He wound up being a little too bland for Paris and Gilmore in general, but he was a solid first BF for our girl.

Best moment: HE CHECKED THE ZAGAT GUIDE!

33. The staff of the Yale Daily News

If Rory were a better person or character, she would've formed better relationships with these people she apparently worked ALL THE TIME with.Most WTF moment: When they voted Rory to be editor-in-chief. *head desk*
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If Rory were a better person or character, she would've formed better relationships with these people she apparently worked ALL THE TIME with.


Most WTF moment:
When they voted Rory to be editor-in-chief. *head desk*

32. Zack Van Gerbig

A pretty inconsistent character who turns out to be an alright dude. His developing relationship with Lane and other characters like Luke was nice, and by the end of the show, we felt like, "OK, I guess he can be a father."Stupid moment: Wanting to name their band "Follow Them to the Edge of the Desert" — "Yeah, but when we get famous, our fans will shorten it to FTTTEOTD."
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A pretty inconsistent character who turns out to be an alright dude. His developing relationship with Lane and other characters like Luke was nice, and by the end of the show, we felt like, "OK, I guess he can be a father."


Stupid moment:
Wanting to name their band "Follow Them to the Edge of the Desert" — "Yeah, but when we get famous, our fans will shorten it to FTTTEOTD."

31. Lorelai "Trix" Gilmore

An Emily for Emily to have to Lorelai against. Bless. Best quote: "Only five after? Richard, in the event that I am kidnapped and a ransom is demanded at a certain time, I would prefer that Emily not be in charge of the drop-off."
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An Emily for Emily to have to Lorelai against. Bless.


Best quote:
"Only five after? Richard, in the event that I am kidnapped and a ransom is demanded at a certain time, I would prefer that Emily not be in charge of the drop-off."

30. Marilyn

Trix comes back from the dead as flirty Aunt Marilyn. What a joy!Best quote: "You are stunning! My god, tell me you're an idiot, I beg you."
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Trix comes back from the dead as flirty Aunt Marilyn. What a joy!


Best quote:
"You are stunning! My god, tell me you're an idiot, I beg you."

29. Jess Mariano

OH BOY. Season 6 Jess is great, I know. But Season 2, 3, and 4 Jess really struggles to be a good person. He gets points for having the most interesting character arc of the three boyfriends. He had a complicated family life and no money to fall back on. Even if a lot of his growing up happens off-screen...plus dat hair.Worst moment: Trying to pressure Rory into sex and then skipping town like two eps later!
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OH BOY. Season 6 Jess is great, I know. But Season 2, 3, and 4 Jess really struggles to be a good person. He gets points for having the most interesting character arc of the three boyfriends. He had a complicated family life and no money to fall back on. Even if a lot of his growing up happens off-screen...plus dat hair.


Worst moment:
Trying to pressure Rory into sex and then skipping town like two eps later!

28. The Troubadour

Thanks for the tunes, my dude.Best quote: "The big time? I made 700 bucks and got booed. And I never even met Neil Young. Heart of gold, my ass."
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Thanks for the tunes, my dude.

Best quote: "The big time? I made 700 bucks and got booed. And I never even met Neil Young. Heart of gold, my ass."

27. Rachel

A certified Cool Chick. Rachel was way too Cool for Luke and had to fly free. Best quote: "Hey, how's it going?"
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A certified Cool Chick. Rachel was way too Cool for Luke and had to fly free.


Best quote:
"Hey, how's it going?"

26. Jason "Digger" Stiles

He was a totally fine Lorelai love interest who matched her for wit, and the drama with their families was believable. No hard feelings!Most pathetic moment: Trying to get people to stop calling him "Digger" always.
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He was a totally fine Lorelai love interest who matched her for wit, and the drama with their families was believable. No hard feelings!


Most pathetic moment:
Trying to get people to stop calling him "Digger" always.

25. Dave Rygalski

Had The O.C. not happened, we all know he would’ve been end-game for Lane. This little sweetie read the Bible in one night! For love!Best quote: "A few weeks ago you told me that Lane had a crush on me. Well, I have a crush on her, too. Now, I know you have very strict rules about dating and boys, but I just want you to know that I'm a good person. I don't smoke, I don't drink, I've never gotten a ticket, I'm healthy, I take care of myself, I floss. I never watch more than 30 minutes of television a night partly because I think it's a waste of time and partly because there's nothing on. I respect my parents, I do well in school, I never play video games in case they do someday prove that playing them can turn you into a serial killer. I don't drink coffee. I hate soda because the carbonation freaks me out. I'm happy to give up meat if you feel strongly about it. I don't mind wearing a tie. I enjoy playing those hymns on my guitar, and I really, really want to take your daughter to the prom."
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Had The O.C. not happened, we all know he would’ve been end-game for Lane. This little sweetie read the Bible in one night! For love!


Best quote:
"A few weeks ago you told me that Lane had a crush on me. Well, I have a crush on her, too. Now, I know you have very strict rules about dating and boys, but I just want you to know that I'm a good person. I don't smoke, I don't drink, I've never gotten a ticket, I'm healthy, I take care of myself, I floss. I never watch more than 30 minutes of television a night partly because I think it's a waste of time and partly because there's nothing on. I respect my parents, I do well in school, I never play video games in case they do someday prove that playing them can turn you into a serial killer. I don't drink coffee. I hate soda because the carbonation freaks me out. I'm happy to give up meat if you feel strongly about it. I don't mind wearing a tie. I enjoy playing those hymns on my guitar, and I really, really want to take your daughter to the prom."

24. Taylor Doose

Stars Hollow would be too pleasant if he wasn't there to play antagonist every once in a while.Best quote: "Now, as you all know, the relationship we have feared for some time has emerged, and we need to carefully consider whether or not we can support this."
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Stars Hollow would be too pleasant if he wasn't there to play antagonist every once in a while.


Best quote:
"Now, as you all know, the relationship we have feared for some time has emerged, and we need to carefully consider whether or not we can support this."

23. Morey Dell

A cool dude with a good heart and love for our girl Babette.Best quote: "I hate being infantilized."
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A cool dude with a good heart and love for our girl Babette.


Best quote:
"I hate being infantilized."

22. Jackson Belleville

Jackson is a good fruit and vegetable guy and a good friend and a good husband (minus the vasectomy squabble — don't lie about whether you've gotten a vasectomy, I feel like I shouldn't have to say that) and a good father.Best moment: Wearing pajamas with his own wrestling pictures on them!
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Jackson is a good fruit and vegetable guy and a good friend and a good husband (minus the vasectomy squabble — don't lie about whether you've gotten a vasectomy, I feel like I shouldn't have to say that) and a good father.


Best moment:
Wearing pajamas with his own wrestling pictures on them!

21. Gil

It makes a lot of sense that the Skid Row frontman was on Gilmore Girls. The obvious replacement for Adam Brody! Most Gilmore Girls quote: "It's got a nice Fountains of Wayne meets the Shins crossed with Odyssey-era Zombies, and a mix of early Who and mid-to-late-era Replacements vibe to it. "
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It makes a lot of sense that the Skid Row frontman was on Gilmore Girls. The obvious replacement for Adam Brody!

Most Gilmore Girls quote: "It's got a nice Fountains of Wayne meets the Shins crossed with Odyssey-era Zombies, and a mix of early Who and mid-to-late-era Replacements vibe to it. "

20. Bradley "Brad" Langford

Braaaad. What a sweetheart. Hope he’s back on Broadway.Best moment: When he sings "Cherish" at Chilton's graduation.
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Braaaad. What a sweetheart. Hope he’s back on Broadway.


Best moment:
When he sings "Cherish" at Chilton's graduation.

19. Andy

One of Lane’s classmate’s who memorably loved Assistant Pastor Eric. Their story was one for the ages. Mostly because we all love Rami Malek.Best quote: "In which case he's sick, then it would be Assistant Pastor Eric!"
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One of Lane’s classmate’s who memorably loved Assistant Pastor Eric. Their story was one for the ages. Mostly because we all love Rami Malek.

Best quote: "In which case he's sick, then it would be Assistant Pastor Eric!"

18. T.J.

OH BOY! I feel like I should hate this guy, but I love him. He’s dumb but he loves Liz and he’s the guy that’s there for her through Renaissance fairs, doulas, and escrow. Love ya, Teej.Best quote: [repeated] "I'm in escrow!"
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OH BOY! I feel like I should hate this guy, but I love him. He’s dumb but he loves Liz and he’s the guy that’s there for her through Renaissance fairs, doulas, and escrow. Love ya, Teej.

Best quote: [repeated] "I'm in escrow!"

17. Brian Fuller

Aw, Brian. Just a cool, chill guy. Way to go, Brian.Best moment: When he writes Lane a love song because Zack isn't doing it.
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Aw, Brian. Just a cool, chill guy. Way to go, Brian.


Best moment:
When he writes Lane a love song because Zack isn't doing it.

16. Liz Danes

Liz...explains so much about Luke and Jess. We expected her to be darker and sadder, but instead she's wacky and has a history of being irresponsible, but she's cleaning up her act when we meet her. Memorable quote: "I'm gonna do all the healthy things for me I did not do last time I was pregnant, like not binge-drink."
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Liz...explains so much about Luke and Jess. We expected her to be darker and sadder, but instead she's wacky and has a history of being irresponsible, but she's cleaning up her act when we meet her.


Memorable quote:
"I'm gonna do all the healthy things for me I did not do last time I was pregnant, like not binge-drink."

15. Richard Gilmore

Edward Herrmann was such a comforting presence on this show. And Richard, like his wife, did think he was always doing the best thing for his family, but he seems to get a lot more credit than Emily does. He was just as manipulative as her and never owned up to it.Memorable quote: "She's having sex, Lorelai. She's having sex under my roof. I paid $40,000 to redecorate her sex house. I bought her a sex mattress. Her sex box springs. I provided everything she needs to waste her life."
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Edward Herrmann was such a comforting presence on this show. And Richard, like his wife, did think he was always doing the best thing for his family, but he seems to get a lot more credit than Emily does. He was just as manipulative as her and never owned up to it.


Memorable quote:
"She's having sex, Lorelai. She's having sex under my roof. I paid $40,000 to redecorate her sex house. I bought her a sex mattress. Her sex box springs. I provided everything she needs to waste her life."

14. This Kid

He puts Zach in his place and teaches us a very important lesson about manners. Best quote: "Nature must wait!"
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He puts Zach in his place and teaches us a very important lesson about manners.


Best quote:
"Nature must wait!"

13. Doyle McMaster

The more we saw of Doyle, the more likable he became. His quirk matched with Paris's in a surprising but believable way. I would watch a spin-off of them just living their lives, doing Krav Maga and succeeding in their respective fields. Worst moment: When he tried to kiss Rory. (But him wearing her coat almost made up for it.)
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The more we saw of Doyle, the more likable he became. His quirk matched with Paris's in a surprising but believable way. I would watch a spin-off of them just living their lives, doing Krav Maga and succeeding in their respective fields.


Worst moment:
When he tried to kiss Rory. (But him wearing her coat almost made up for it.)

12. Michel Gerard

You know that person you work with who you only hang out with because you work with them and sometimes they're annoying and maybe they have a French accent and you're like huh it's odd a French person lives in this small town in Connecticut or wherever you live instead of, you know, France but, like, you would feel weird if they weren't in your life? That's Michel.Best quote: "People are particularly stupid today."
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You know that person you work with who you only hang out with because you work with them and sometimes they're annoying and maybe they have a French accent and you're like huh it's odd a French person lives in this small town in Connecticut or wherever you live instead of, you know, France but, like, you would feel weird if they weren't in your life? That's Michel.

Best quote: "People are particularly stupid today."

11. Paul Anka

Did this dog exist just so Lorelai could have a dream that involves both the dog and the real Paul Anka? Probably not. But either way it was fitting that Lorelai had a dog who matched her for somewhat-demanding quirks.Worst moment: When he got sick and Lorelai couldn't make him feel better and she cried and it was a metaphor for RORY!!!!!!!!!
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Did this dog exist just so Lorelai could have a dream that involves both the dog and the real Paul Anka? Probably not. But either way it was fitting that Lorelai had a dog who matched her for somewhat-demanding quirks.


Worst moment:
When he got sick and Lorelai couldn't make him feel better and she cried and it was a metaphor for RORY!!!!!!!!!

10. Luke Danes

Luke has some trouble with communication and sometimes you're shaking your TV and screaming "Dude, what are you doing???" at him. But he's always there for Lorelai when she needs him whether they're together or not. He built her a chuppah for a wedding to another guy! I mean, c'mon. Memorable quote: (at Rory's graduation) "I'm blubbering. You're freaks!"
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Luke has some trouble with communication and sometimes you're shaking your TV and screaming "Dude, what are you doing???" at him. But he's always there for Lorelai when she needs him whether they're together or not. He built her a chuppah for a wedding to another guy! I mean, c'mon.

Memorable quote: (at Rory's graduation) "I'm blubbering. You're freaks!"

9. Mrs. Kim

Hey! She was really trying as a mother, and she grew to understand Lane's life as Lane grew to understand hers. Wait, IS THIS A SHOW ALL ABOUT MOTHERS AND DAUGHTERS? WHAAA?Memorable quote: "It's Shakespeare, Henry VI. I like to goof off now and then, too, you know."
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Hey! She was really trying as a mother, and she grew to understand Lane's life as Lane grew to understand hers. Wait, IS THIS A SHOW ALL ABOUT MOTHERS AND DAUGHTERS? WHAAA?

Memorable quote: "It's Shakespeare, Henry VI. I like to goof off now and then, too, you know."

8. Gypsy

Your trusty neighborhood mechanic whose secret crush on Lorelai is maybe one of the biggest missed opportunities of modern television. Best quote: "Guys are stupid. ... You strip your gears, ride your brakes. And if we don't laugh after we make a joke, you think we're serious."
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Your trusty neighborhood mechanic whose secret crush on Lorelai is maybe one of the biggest missed opportunities of modern television.

Best quote: "Guys are stupid. ... You strip your gears, ride your brakes. And if we don't laugh after we make a joke, you think we're serious."

7. Patricia "Miss Patty" LaCosta

No one loves life more than Miss Patty. She brings joy into every scene, and I would really love to watch any of her one-woman shows for real, live any time. Best quote: “You know, it's times like these that you realize what is truly important in your life. I'm so glad I had all that sex.”
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No one loves life more than Miss Patty. She brings joy into every scene, and I would really love to watch any of her one-woman shows for real, live any time.


Best quote:
“You know, it's times like these that you realize what is truly important in your life. I'm so glad I had all that sex.”

6. Babette Dell

Even if you hate nicknames, you'd let Babette call you “sugar.” She's always there for Lorelai, taking care of her house or her dog or letting her in on the new gossip. Best quote: "Hey, sugar. I heard some terrible crashing sounds coming from your living room today. I tried to get in, but Luke fixed the back door, so you can't jiggle it off the hinge anymore. You should really talk to him about that, sweetie."
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Even if you hate nicknames, you'd let Babette call you “sugar.” She's always there for Lorelai, taking care of her house or her dog or letting her in on the new gossip.


Best quote:
"Hey, sugar. I heard some terrible crashing sounds coming from your living room today. I tried to get in, but Luke fixed the back door, so you can't jiggle it off the hinge anymore. You should really talk to him about that, sweetie."

5. Sookie St. James

The best friend a hungry girl could ask for! Sookie spends most of the series being there for Lorelai and Rory emotionally, but also mainly with food. Though she has some missteps later in the series (don’t force anyone to have a vasectomy, people!), she’s overall a delightful presence. Best quote: "I saw this kid wandering around town the other day. He looked exactly like Jackson and his voice was exactly like Jackson's, plus he was holding a banana, so I think he likes fruit."
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The best friend a hungry girl could ask for! Sookie spends most of the series being there for Lorelai and Rory emotionally, but also mainly with food. Though she has some missteps later in the series (don’t force anyone to have a vasectomy, people!), she’s overall a delightful presence.

Best quote: "I saw this kid wandering around town the other day. He looked exactly like Jackson and his voice was exactly like Jackson's, plus he was holding a banana, so I think he likes fruit."

4. Lane Kim

She kinda got a rotten deal in the end, but Lane is a good person and good friend. She represented the opposite relationship from Rory/Lorelai with her mom but she still grew up to love and respect Mrs. Kim in a way that was believable and heartening. She has these musical aspirations and no one hands things to her; she gets out there and tries to make it happen. Best moment: When she drank half a beer and confessed her whole secret life to her mom.
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She kinda got a rotten deal in the end, but Lane is a good person and good friend. She represented the opposite relationship from Rory/Lorelai with her mom but she still grew up to love and respect Mrs. Kim in a way that was believable and heartening. She has these musical aspirations and no one hands things to her; she gets out there and tries to make it happen.

Best moment: When she drank half a beer and confessed her whole secret life to her mom.

3. Emily Gilmore

Emily’s a bad bitch. She knows what she wants, and she makes it happen. Even if you see Emily as a villain, Kelly Bishop throws so much nuance and care into this character that it’s impossible to say she’s not fleshed out. Her relationship with Lorelai, though strained, really is motivated by love and conviction. Her daughter left her at such a young age, and, instead of that opening her up emotionally, Emily retreated into being even colder. The thawing of their relationship over the series — though there are peaks and valleys — feels real and earned. Every scene where they fight has the potential to bust your tear ducts right open. Memorable quote: "Hold on. I'm looking up aneurysm in our medical dictionary to see if I just had one."
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Emily’s a bad bitch. She knows what she wants, and she makes it happen. Even if you see Emily as a villain, Kelly Bishop throws so much nuance and care into this character that it’s impossible to say she’s not fleshed out. Her relationship with Lorelai, though strained, really is motivated by love and conviction. Her daughter left her at such a young age, and, instead of that opening her up emotionally, Emily retreated into being even colder. The thawing of their relationship over the series — though there are peaks and valleys — feels real and earned. Every scene where they fight has the potential to bust your tear ducts right open.


Memorable quote:
"Hold on. I'm looking up aneurysm in our medical dictionary to see if I just had one."

2. Paris Geller

Paris is perhaps the funniest, most rootable character with legitimate growth. Like a lot of the privileged kids we see on this show, she has a rotten home life and no one's taught her how to kindly interact with people. She's Type A to a concerning degree in high school, and while she doesn't fully change, she works on herself so that she can better relate to people. How much she cares about Rory (and that friendship never feels fully returned because Rory struggles to care about people other than herself and maybe Lorelai) by the end of the show is remarkable considering where they started. One of her best quotes because there are too many: "You, Logan Huntzberger, are nothing but a two-bit, spoiled waste of a trust fund. You offer nothing to women or the world in general. If you were to disappear from the face of the earth tomorrow, the only person that would miss you is your Porsche dealer."
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Paris is perhaps the funniest, most rootable character with legitimate growth. Like a lot of the privileged kids we see on this show, she has a rotten home life and no one's taught her how to kindly interact with people. She's Type A to a concerning degree in high school, and while she doesn't fully change, she works on herself so that she can better relate to people. How much she cares about Rory (and that friendship never feels fully returned because Rory struggles to care about people other than herself and maybe Lorelai) by the end of the show is remarkable considering where they started.

One of her best quotes because there are too many: "You, Logan Huntzberger, are nothing but a two-bit, spoiled waste of a trust fund. You offer nothing to women or the world in general. If you were to disappear from the face of the earth tomorrow, the only person that would miss you is your Porsche dealer."

1. Lorelai Gilmore

Lauren Graham carried this show on her shoulders for seven years. The subtlety in her dramatic moments and the comedic timing of the lighter ones was always on point. Lorelai’s imperfections are what make her a fascinating character to watch throughout the show. She makes mistakes and learns lessons and apologizes and sometimes doesn’t do any of that like an actual person. Her dislike of her parents' lifestyle remains, while her love for her actual parents ebbs and flows. Meanwhile, she does pretty much everything to make sure her daughter has a good life. You can argue all day about her privilege or her annoying quirks, but Lorelai is a character who handles struggles of varying stakes and complexity in a way that always feels real. Most heart-wrenching speech given to Emily: "And why is it that when your only daughter tells you that she is getting married, you can't muster up even a little enthusiasm? Even a little fake enthusiasm. Why don't you pretend that you care? I mean, this is the biggest thing to happen to me possibly for the rest of my life, and you dismissed it like I said, 'Hey, I'm thinking of getting a Honda, what do you think?' ... Why don't you care? Why have you never cared? No matter what has happened to me my entire life, you've never been happy for me, and that hurts, Mom, it really hurts!"
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Lauren Graham carried this show on her shoulders for seven years. The subtlety in her dramatic moments and the comedic timing of the lighter ones was always on point. Lorelai’s imperfections are what make her a fascinating character to watch throughout the show. She makes mistakes and learns lessons and apologizes and sometimes doesn’t do any of that like an actual person. Her dislike of her parents' lifestyle remains, while her love for her actual parents ebbs and flows. Meanwhile, she does pretty much everything to make sure her daughter has a good life. You can argue all day about her privilege or her annoying quirks, but Lorelai is a character who handles struggles of varying stakes and complexity in a way that always feels real.


Most heart-wrenching speech given to Emily:
"And why is it that when your only daughter tells you that she is getting married, you can't muster up even a little enthusiasm? Even a little fake enthusiasm. Why don't you pretend that you care? I mean, this is the biggest thing to happen to me possibly for the rest of my life, and you dismissed it like I said, 'Hey, I'm thinking of getting a Honda, what do you think?' ... Why don't you care? Why have you never cared? No matter what has happened to me my entire life, you've never been happy for me, and that hurts, Mom, it really hurts!"