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your hub for all Gilmore referenced content


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  • any book or movie that is physically held or watched on screen has an *

Pilot (1.1)

On the Road by Jack Kerouac ⓡ

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain*

The Second Sex by Simone de Beauvoir* (book falls from cleaning out locker)

Mistress of Mellyn by Eleanor Hibbert* (locker book)

Chikara!: A Sweeping Novel of Japan and America by Robert Skimin* (locker book)

Moby Dick by Herman Melville*

Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert

The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath* (reading at the Inn before the first Friday Night Dinner)

The Little Match Girl by Hans Christian Anderson

To a Mouse, on Turning Her Up in Her Nest With the Plough, November, 1785 by Robert Burns ⓡ


Authors Generally Referenced:

Mark Twain

Stephen King

Movies and Television:

West Side Story ⓡ

Forrest Gump ⓡ

Rosemary's Baby

Mommie Dearest

The Lorelais' First Day at Chilton (1.2)

Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll ⓡ

The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo ⓡ

War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy 

Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

David Copperfield by Charles Dickens

Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

Little Dorrit by Charles Dickens

The Harry Potter Series, arguably Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling

The Holy Bible ⓡ

Authors Generally Referenced:

Leo Tolstoy

Charles Dickens

Fyodor Dostoyevsky

George Sand

Honoré de Balzac

William Shakespeare

Movies and Television:

Dukes of Hazzard

Schindler's List

The Goonies ⓡ

The Shining

Other: Archie Comics ⓡ

Kill Me Now (1.3)

The Republic by Plato ⓡ

Peyton Place by Grace Metalious

A Mencken Chrestomathy by H.L. Mencken

The Days Trilogy: Happy Days, Newspaper Days, Heathen Days by H.L. Mencken

Movies and Television:

Peanuts ⓡ

Pepé Le Pew

The Deer Hunters (1.4)

"An Essay on Criticism" by Alexander Pope ⓡ

The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works, 1st edition (ed. Stanley Wells and Gary Taylor)*

Sonnet 116 by William Shakespeare

The Comedy of Errors by William Shakespeare

King Richard III by William Shakespeare

Who’s Who and What’s What in Shakespeare: A Complete A to Z Reference Guide with Over 6000 Entries by ​Evangeline M. O'Connor*

The Sonnets by William Shakespeare

Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly by ​Anthony Bourdain (Lorelai's book)*

Authors Generally Mentioned:

William Shakespeare

Christopher Marlowe

Francis Bacon

Ben Jonson

John Webster

Movies and Television:

The Deer Hunter ⓡ

The Thing ⓡ

Saved by the Bell


Other: Four Star Dining Magazine, September 2000* (fictional magazine ft. restaurant reviews)

Cinnamon's Wake (1.5)

Finnegan's Wake by James Joyce ⓡ

A Room of One's Own by Virginia Woolf*

Hamlet by William Shakespeare ⓡ

Authors Generally Referenced:

Jean-Paul Sartre


Movies and Television:

Frankenstein ⓡ

The Sixth Sense

Hee Haw

Valley of the Dolls

Rory's Birthday Parties (1.6)

Authors Generally Referenced:

Edith Wharton

Movies and Television: 

Star Trek ⓡ

The Fly

I Love Lucy ⓡ

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes ⓡ

Cinderella ⓡ

The Waltons ⓡ

Bright Eyes ⓡ

Freaky Friday

The Odd Couple ⓡ


Cosmopolitan Magazine, September 2000*

The Wall Street Journal

Kiss and Tell (1.7)

Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes ⓡ

The Holy Bible ⓡ

Movies and Television:

Kiss and Tell ⓡ

Invasion of the Body Snatchers ⓡ

General Hospital

The Crucible

9 1/2 Weeks

Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory*

Shaft ⓡ

Style with Elsa Klensch ⓡ


Sleeping Beauty

Ice Castles

The Way We Were

Boogie Nights


Love & War & Snow (1.8)

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen*

The Holy Bible ⓡ


Authors Generally Referenced:

Emily Dickinson

Jane Austen

Hunter S. Thompson

Charlotte Brontë

Judy Blume

Movies and Television:

Star Trek ⓡ

Alive ⓡ

Rosemary's Baby ⓡ

What's Up, Doc? ⓡ

House on Haunted Hill*

Shall We Dance? ⓡ

Rory's Dance (1.9)

The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams ⓡ

The Group by Mary McCarthy book*

Hamlet by William Shakespeare ⓡ

The Portable Dorothy Parker by Dorothy Parker*

Authors Generally Referenced:

Václav Havel

Susan Faludi

Movies and Television:

Midnight Express

The Born Losers ⓡ

Sixteen Candles

A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams ⓡ


Fried Green Tomatoes ⓡ

The Outsiders

Double Indemnity*



The New Yorker Magazine, October 16 and 23, 2000* (Lorelai's reading material)

Forgiveness and Stuff (1.10)

The Holy Bible ⓡ

The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka*

Movies and Television:

The Miracle Worker

The Wizard of Oz ⓡ


Barron's Magazine

The Wall Street Journal

The Financial Times*

Paris is Burning (1.11)

Swann's Way by Marcel Proust*

"There's a certain Slant of light (258)" by Emily Dickinson

Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier ⓡ

Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman*

New Poems of Emily Dickinson (ed. William H. Shurr, Anna Dunlap, and Emily Grey Shurr)*


Authors Generally Referenced:

Marcel Proust

Michael Crichton

Emily Dickinson

Walt Whitman



William Shakespeare

Edna O'Brien

Movies and Television:

Paris is Burning ⓡ

The Omen ⓡ

This Old House


The Shining ⓡ

Heathers ⓡ

The Odd Couple ⓡ

Double Date (1.12)

Women Who Run With the Wolves: Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype by Clarissa Pinkola Estés, Ph.D. ⓡ

The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath (ed. Karen V. Kukil)*

Hoover's Handbook of American Companies, 1996 (ed. Patrick J. Spain and James R. Talbot)*

Measure for Measure by William Shakespeare ⓡ

The Holy Bible ⓡ

Rapunzel by The Brothers Grimm

Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare

Movies and Television:

Attack of the 50 Foot Woman*



The Great Santini

Concert Interruptus (1.13)

How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss ⓡ

Little Red Riding Hood by Egbert of Liège ⓡ

Macbeth by William Shakespeare ⓡ

Authors Generally Referenced:

William Shakespeare

Movies and Television:

Star Trek ⓡ

House of Horrors 

Joanie Loves Chachi 

Carrie ⓡ

The Yogi Bear Show ⓡ


The Wizard of Oz ⓡ

That Damn Donna Reed (1.14)

The Pageant of World History by Gerald Leinwand*


Authors Generally Referenced:

Lewis Carroll

Miguel de Cervantes


Movies and Television:

The Donna Reed Show*

Mary Poppins ⓡ

The Music Man ⓡ

Sex and the City ⓡ

I Love Lucy ⓡ

Wild Kingdom

A Streetcar Named Desire


InStyle Magazine

Glamour Magazine

Cosmopolitan Magazine

Christopher Returns (1.15)

The Compact Oxford English Dictionary*

The Holy Bible ⓡ

How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss ⓡ

Authors Generally Referenced:

Charles Dickens

Movies and Television:

Happy Days ⓡ

The Little Rascals ⓡ

2001: A Space Odyssey ⓡ

Get Smart ⓡ

Citizen Kane

I Love Lucy


You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown

Fiddler on the Roof

Star-Crossed Lovers and Other Strangers (1.16)

Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare ⓡ

Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

The Mourning Bride by William Congreve ⓡ

Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell ⓡ

Tuesday's with Morrie by Mitch Albom ⓡ


Authors Generally Referenced:

Leo Tolstoy

Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Movies and Television:

Lovers and Other Strangers ⓡ

The Boy in the Plastic Bubble ⓡ

The Food Channel

Iron Chef

Child's Play ⓡ

Lady and the Tramp


Miss Congeniality

Jeopardy ⓡ




The New Yorker: Fiction Issue

The Breakup, Part II (1.17)

The Nancy Drew Mystery Stories by Carolyn Keene

Nancy Drew 33: The Witch Tree Symbol by Carolyn Keene ⓡ

The Pageant of World History by Gerald Leinwand*

The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

The Art of Eating by M.F.K. Fisher*

Swann's Way by Marcel Proust*

The Holy Bible ⓡ

Movies and Television:

The Godfather ⓡ


Love Story

The Champ

An Affair to Remember


Old Yeller


G.I. Jane

Sesame Street

Sleeping Beauty

The Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous ⓡ


Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? by Edward Albee

The Third Lorelai (1.18)

Hamlet by William Shakespeare ⓡ

Holy Bible ⓡ


Authors Generally Referenced:

David Mamet

Friedrich Nietzsche

Movies and Television:

The Little Rascals ⓡ

The Marx Brothers 

The Silence of the Lambs ⓡ

Casablanca ⓡ

Grease ⓡ

I Love Lucy ⓡ



Other: The Unabomber Manifesto ⓡ

Emily in Wonderland (1.19)

Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll ⓡ

Hansel and Gretel by The Brothers Grimm ⓡ

The Big Book of Flower Gardening: A Guide to Growing Beautiful Annuals, Perennials, Bulbs, and Roses by Time-Life Books*

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee ⓡ

The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck 

Movies and Television:

The Lost Weekend 

Charlie's Angels 

Working Girl 

Star Trek ⓡ

Pinocchio ⓡ

Queen of Outer Space*

Saving Private Ryan 



The Far Side Comics ⓡ

P.S. I Lo... (1.20)

James Joyce's Ulysses: A Study by Stuart Gilbert*

Out of Africa by Isak Denison*

The Art of Fiction by Henry James*

Authors Generally Referenced:

Emma Goldman

Henry James

Movies and Television:

Wild Kingdom


Out of Africa

Seven Brides for Seven Brothers

The Amityville Horror


GQ Magazine

Goofus and Gallant Comics ⓡ

The New York Times*

Love, Daisies, and Troubadours (1.21)

Webster's Dictionary

Secrets of the Flesh: A Life of Colette by Judith Thurman*

Glencoe English (textbook)*

Question and Form in Literature (fictional textbook)*

Max's Bookshelf*


Authors Generally Referenced:

John Muir

Henry David Thoreau

Movies and Television:

The Gypsy Queen ⓡ

All in the Family ⓡ

The Wheel of Fortune ⓡ

The Matrix

Snow White and the Seven Dwarves ⓡ

Life with Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows ⓡ

Return of the Jedi ⓡ

Soul Train

Other: Dick Tracy Comics

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