My Gilmore Girls Theory

3 Jun

A wonderful thing happened recently: Much Music began regularly showing Gilmore Girls reruns. It’s incredibly nostalgic to watch, not only because I loved the show so much, but because Rory was going through school at the same time that I was. (And it’s reminding me of how old I am now!) Every dorky girl wanted to be her and every guy wanted nothing more than to hit the mute button. Oh, how I missed the frenetic and reference-heavy dialogue.

Watching a beloved series a few years after its end can sometimes shine a light on things you failed to notice the first time. For me, it was the startling number of male-actor cameos who went on to be huge figures in 21st-Century pop culture. I have a theory: Gilmore Girls cameos are to male actors, what playing Jerry Seinfeld’s girlfriend is to female actors. And the best part and big twist – Lauren Graham, who plays Lorelai on Gilmore Girls, got her start as one of Jerry’s girlfriends on Seinfeld!

I will now proceed to show you my work:

Then: Jon Hamm plays one of Lorelai’s bad dates
Now: Everyone’s favourite sexy asshole, Don Draper on Mad Men
 

Then: Seth Macfarlane plays a fellow community-college graduate
Now: The brains and most of the voices behind Family Guy
 

Then: Max Greenfield plays bachelor party guy #3
Now: The breakout star of New Girl, Schmidt, the lovable douche bag

Then: Nick Offerman plays Jackson’s grumpy brother
Now: One of TV’s best-written comedic characters, Ron Fucking Swanson on Parks and Recreation

 

I’ve only watched my way through a season and a half, so who knows what other gems are waiting. I did notice that Ben Falcone, Melissa McCarthy’s (Sookie on Gilmore Girls) real-life husband, cameos as a lawyer. Interesting, but not screenshot-worthy. I wonder if they met on the Gilmore Girls set?

One Response to “My Gilmore Girls Theory”

  1. lisa 04/06/2012 at 11:37 am #

    “It’s incredibly nostalgic to watch, not only because I loved the show so much, but because Rory was going through school at the same time that I was. (And it’s reminding me of how old I am now!) Every dorky girl wanted to be her and every guy wanted nothing more than to hit the mute button.” STORY OF MY LIFE. Except that my brother (who hated the show when I used to watch it) got sucked in when I bought the DVDs and rewatched the series from the beginning.

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