Gilmore Girls is an American television dramedy series created by Amy Sherman-Palladino which follows single mother Lorelai Gilmore and her daughter Rory Gilmore in the fictional town of Stars Hollow, Connecticut, a close-knit small town with many quirky characters.
It explores family, friendship, generational divides, and social class.
The series premiered in the USA on The WB on October 5, 2000 and ended on May 15, 2007, with its seventh season, which aired on The CW Television Network.
Gilmore Girls airs in South Africa on SABC2, M-Net and M-Net Series. Season 7 originally aired on M-Net from 16 December, 2007 to 11 May, 2008, on Sundays at 17h00.
Season 7 premiered on SABC2 on Saturday 13 February 2010, at 15h00. New episodes air weekly. There are 22 episodes in the seventh and final season.
At the end of season six, Lorelai's elation over her engagement to diner owner Luke Danes turned to frustration when he learned of the existence of his 12-year-old daughter, April. Luke asked Lorelai to be patient while he came to terms with this life-changing discovery.
After several difficult months of giving Luke all the time and space she could, Lorelai delivered a tearful now-or-never ultimatum. Bristling under her emotional demand, Luke let Lorelai walk out of his life.
A heartbroken Lorelai took comfort in the arms of her old flame, Christopher Haden, Rory's father.
Rory also faced a tumultuous year, dropping out of Yale after her dreams of becoming a journalist were dashed by a newspaper mogul who just happens to be the father of her boyfriend, Logan.
Rory's reckless behaviour led to an unusual and painful parting of the ways between mother and daughter. After a few months spent organising Daughters of the American Revolution events for Emily, Rory realised she belonged back at Yale, and she and Lorelai joyfully reunited.
Rory and Logan then faced their toughest challenge when she learned of his infidelity during a brief separation. Unable to forgive him at first, Rory realised her love for Logan could overcome even such a serious mistake after he was badly injured in a childish stunt.
As season six ended, however, the two faced a devastating separation when Logan was forced by his father to move to London to take his place in the family's empire.
Rory now begins her senior year at Yale and continues as the Yale Daily News editor without Logan's supportive presence.
As season seven unfolds, Lorelai and Rory turn to each other to get through the complications in their respective romances.
Lorelai's relationship with Luke may be irretrievable now that she has let Christopher come between them again. Even so, Lorelai and Luke still have to coexist in tiny, close-knit Stars Hollow with the town's watchful eyes on them and their charged history.
Meanwhile, Rory will attempt to keep her long-distance romance with Logan alive, even though communication has never been their strong suit, and London is far away.