With exactly one month to go until Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life takes over every Thanksgiving conversation, Netflix has finally released an official full-length trailer for the four-episode miniseries, which reunites the titular Gilmore girls after an eight-year absence. Everyone, including Lauren Graham, Alexis Bledel, Scott Patterson, Kelly Bishop, and even Melissa McCarthy, is back, save for one key member of the cast: Gilmore patriarch Edward Herrmann, who sadly passed away in 2014. Creator Amy Sherman-Palladino has said that Richard’s death is “going to impact all of them” and he “looms large” over the revival. Literally, with a mural that takes up a whole wall.
Elsewhere in the trailer, Lorelai and Rory still drop pop culture references faster than a speeding bullet (there’s a nod to Ben Affleck as Batman), Luke is still exasperated about their dietary habits, Taylor is still way too excited, Michel is still the worst, and Stars Hollow is still the quintessential small town, where little pigs run wild through the streets. The big difference between the original series and Netflix’s miniseries: how much shinier everything looks. That will probably be distracting for all of five minutes, or until the theme song starts playing. Then everything will feel as familiar as your favorite coffee mug all over again. I follow where Gilmore Girls leads.
Gilmore Girls: A Year In the Life premieres on Netflix on Nov. 25.