What's with all the pop-culture references?
Lorelai: You lost me at carrots, which by the way was the first draft of "you had me at hello."
As I said, Gilmore Girls is a show about a single mother and her daughter struggling through relationships, jobs, school, and life in a small town. No, wait: Gilmore Girls is like if Norman Rockwell and Dorothy Parker decided to write a mash-up of The Andy Griffith Show and Rhoda. We'll get to the music later, but the show's movie references could fill their own book alone, as could TV references, true-crime references, literary references, and so on. In fact, if you remove the pop-culture references, it would become a show about a lot of mute, pretty people whom Mrs. Kim (Emily Kuroda) occasionally disapproves of. Some of Emily Gilmore's jibes might get through too, which, in thinking about it, is still a show I'd absolutely also watch.
If most American TV shows are performed in English, the language of Gilmore Girls is pop culture. Every quick bit of dialogue is coded. This is one of the fundamental reasons for our obsession, and the show's success: understanding a reference pulls us in, like when you hang out with old friends and finally get to talk to someone else who knows why that one day with the microscope by the window in 11th grade chemistry is still hilarious. Their references invite us in to Stars Hollow and make us, by virtue of getting what Lorelai's name-checking, her friends.