The Best Highbrow Cameos to Catch When ‘Gilmore Girls’ Streams on Netflix


Gilmore Girls is a show about a mother and a daughter, Lorelai and Rory Gilmore, who are more like two pop culture-besotted best friends in the small New England town of Stars Hollow, Connecticut — a place where it is always fall and there is always a goofy community festival happening. This smart, funny, brilliant show was a last gasp of human storytelling about ambitious and complex women on the WB/CW before teen takes on genre drowned out anything more ambitious, and it’s been unavailable on Netflix streaming for quite some time.

However, that all changes on the appropriate fall date of October 1st, when you Gilmore-come-latelys can catch up via Netflix streaming. Those who still haven’t seen the show can follow Lorelai and Rory as they attend snooty prep schools as underdogs and try to mend fences with their estranged family, all while deploying cultural references that The Simpsons would envy. Make your best cup of coffee, put on a cozy sweater, and get excited to experience a really wonderful television show (that is also an extended tribute to Twin Peaks).

In order to prime the pump, we’ve compiled a list of the most highbrow moment on the show, which featured some really fantastic cameos by some of our brightest politicians, thinkers, writers, and theorists.

The list is missing Angela Davis, however: in a 2006 interview, Amy Sherman-Palladino, the creator and brains behind the Gilmores, noted that she hadn’t even gotten her dream cameos (at the time of publication…): “I tried to get Christiane Amanpour on the show. And I refuse to give up. And I tried to get Angela Davis on the show. And I tried to get Noam Chomsky on the show. The man is booked up for the next two years, by the way. Noam Chomsky is very busy.” What could’ve been!