- Genres: Drama, Family, Comedy
- Actors: Lauren Graham, Alexis Bledel, Scott Patterson, Kelly Bishop, Edward Herrmann
Lorelai’s conflict with her wealthy parents is central to the back-story for the series. Tension with her controlling mother, Emily, and her father, Richard, recurs throughout the show. Lorelai’s troubled childhood came to a head when she became the teenage mother of Rory at the age of sixteen, which required the sacrifice of her elite prep-school education (and future as a college student at Vassar). In addition, Lorelai refused to marry the baby’s father, Christopher Hayden, much to the dismay of her parents.
Instead, the rebellious Lorelai ran away to Stars Hollow, a small town near Hartford. There she met Mia, owner of the Independence Inn, who gave her a job as a maid and acted as a surrogate mother to both Lorelai and Rory. Lorelai eventually became general manager of the inn, her position at the start of the series. She and Rory lived in a converted potting shed behind the Inn for about ten years before moving to the house they live in during the show. Lorelai consistently tried to minimize her parents’ contact with Rory until (the first episode of the series) Lorelai approached them to fund Rory’s elite fictional prep school, Chilton Academy.
Rory’s friendships with long-time best friend Lane Kim (Keiko Agena), a first-generation Korean American from a strict background, and Paris Geller (Liza Weil), a friend/rival at both Chilton and Yale, are also themes in the show. At the end of the sixth season, Lane marries Hep Alien band-mate Zach van Gerbig (Todd Lowe), a sweet and slightly clumsy rocker. At the beginning of the seventh season, Lane discovers that she is unexpectedly pregnant and gives birth to twin boys (Kwan and Steve) later in the season. In the seventh season, Paris is accepted into Harvard Medical School (Harvard is the school she has wanted to go to for years, as her family are all alumni, but was not accepted for the Bachelor program during the third season). In season four, Doyle McMaster (Danny Strong) storms onto the show as the Yale Daily News editor. He and Paris start dating in the fifth season, after Paris’s relationship with a much older Professor Asher Fleming (Michael York) ends with his sudden death.