Season 1 of Gilmore Girls, an American dramedy television series, aired on the WB television network.


A very atypical mother-daughter relationship is at the center of Gilmore Girls, a comedy-drama that immediately set itself apart from the herd with smarter-than-smart dialogue and an endearing mix of whimsical comedy and family drama. Set in the Capra-esque burg of Stars Hollow, where everybody knows everyone and eccentrics abound, Gilmore Girls was less a mother-daughter show and more of a screwball buddy comedy in which the two buddies happened to be parent and child.

Pregnant at 16, Lorelai left her rich parents to bring up her daughter Rory on her own terms; when Rory herself turns 16, Lorelai wants to send her academically gifted daughter to the prestigious Chilton school. The catch is, Lorelai cannot afford it on her own and rather than let Rory go without, the elder Gilmore girl brokers an uneasy truce with her parents, who finally get a chance to bond with their granddaughter while financing her education.


Lauren Graham as Lorelai Gilmore
Alexis Bledel as Rory Gilmore
Melissa McCarthy as Sookie St. James (20 episodes)
Keiko Agena as Lane Kim (17 episodes)
Yanic Truesdale as Michel Gerard (16 episodes)
Scott Patterson as Luke Danes (19 episodes)
Kelly Bishop as Emily Gilmore (15 episodes)
Edward Herrmann as Richard Gilmore (10 episodes)

Special Guest Stars

Max Perlich as Rune ("Double Date")
Marion Ross as Lorelai "Trix" Gilmore ("The Third Lorelai")

Recurring cast

Liz Torres as Miss Patty (14 episodes)
Jared Padalecki as Dean Forester (14 episodes)
Liza Weil as Paris Geller (11 episodes)
Chad Michael Murray as Tristan Dugray (10 episodes)
Jackson Douglas as Jackson Belleville (10 episodes)
Shelly Cole as Madeline Lynn (10 episodes)
Teal Redmann as Louise Grant (11 episodes)

Guest starring

David Sutcliffe as Christopher Hayden (2 episodes)
Scott Cohen as Max Medina (7 episodes)
Sally Struthers as Babette Dell (8 episodes)
Emily Kuroda as Mrs. Kim (7 episodes)
Ted Rooney as Morey Dell (6 episodes)
Michael Winters as Taylor Doose (8 episodes)
Sean Gunn as Kirk Gleason (9 episodes)
Lisa Ann Hadley as Rachel (5 episodes)
Alex Borstein as Drella (4 episodes)


  • The season was released on DVD as a six-disc boxed set under the title of Gilmore Girls: The Complete First Season on May 4, 2004 by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.


Season 1/Gallery



# Episode Title Written By Directed By Airdate
1 1 "Pilot" Amy Sherman-Palladino Lesli Linka Glatter October 5, 2000
2 2 "The Lorelais' First Day at Chilton" Amy Sherman-Palladino Arlene Sanford October 12, 2000
3 3 "Kill Me Now" Joanne Waters Adam Nimoy October 19, 2000
4 4 "The Deer Hunters" Jed Seidel Alan Myerson October 26, 2000
5 5 "Cinnamon's Wake" Daniel Palladino Michael Katleman November 2, 2000
6 6 "Rory's Birthday Parties" Amy Sherman-Palladino Sarah Pia Anderson November 9, 2000
7 7 "Kiss and Tell" Jenji Kohan Rodman Flender November 16, 2000
8 8 "Love and War and Snow" Joan Binder Weiss Alan Myerson December 14, 2000
9 9 "Rory's Dance" Amy Sherman-Palladino Lesli Linka Glatter December 20, 2000
10 10 "Forgiveness and Stuff" John Stephens Bethany Rooney December 21, 2000
11 11 "Paris is Burning" Joan Binder Weiss David Petrarca January 11, 2001
12 12 "Double Date" Amy Sherman-Palladino Lev L. Spiro January 18, 2001
13 13 "Concert Interruptus" Elaine Arata Bruce Seth Green February 15, 2001
14 14 "That Damn Donna Reed" Daniel Palladino and Amy Sherman-Palladino Michael Katleman February 22, 2001
15 15 "Christopher Returns" Daniel Palladino Michael Katleman March 1, 2001
16 16 "Star-Crossed Lovers and Other Strangers" John Stephens
Linda Loiselle Guzik
Joan Binder Weiss
Lesli Linka Glatter March 8, 2001
17 17 "The Breakup, Part 2" Amy Sherman-Palladino Nick Marck March 15, 2001
18 18 "The Third Lorelai" Amy Sherman-Palladino Michael Katleman March 22, 2001
19 19 "Emily in Wonderland" John Stephens and Linda Loiselle Guzik Perry Lang April 26, 2001
20 20 "P.S. I Lo..." Elaine Arata and Joan Binder Weiss Lev L. Spiro May 3, 2001
21 21 "Love, Daisies and Troubadours" Daniel Palladino Amy Sherman-Palladino May 10, 2001
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