mstaken July 22, 2014 Share July 22, 2014 This was one of my favorite mood-boosting threads over at TWoP, so I wanted to start one here as well! This is the place for talking about how you fell in love with the show and why you still love it today. I happened to catch But Not as Cute as Pushkin when it first aired on the WB (yes, this was back when there was still a WB!) I've never fallen so deeply in love with a show at first sight---or, given the insane amount of dialogue on this show, first listen. By the first commercial break, I'd already ordered all the previous seasons on DVD. I was totally and completely enamored with the show's tone and feel---and, despite my myriad snarky complaints, still am :) I'm convinced the TV Gods were smiling on me that day; had I happened to catch most other episodes from S5, my first reaction to the show would have been one of 'THIS is what people rave about?!' indifference or, if I had the misfortune to see one of those final 4-5 S5 episodes as my very first, outright dislike. Instead, I was lucky enough to see Pushkin, which I still adore---it will always have a special place in my TV-obsessed heart! There's so much I still love just as much now as I did back then! In no particular order: 1) The insanely sharp, witty, eminently quotable dialogue 2) The sadly rare message that reading, learning and an unashamed geeky passion for whatever you happen to be into (music, food, snarking on pop culture, etc.) is 'cool.' 3) The show's unique blend of razor wit, cozy warmth, quirky charm and surprisingly effective poignancy---and the post-episode mood boost I still get while watching it :) 4) The fact that my intense obsession---er, totally healthy fondness---for this show has led me to a cyber-community comprised of some of the most intelligent, warm and witty friends I could have ever hoped to have. I've never met most of you in person, but our GG-related games, gushing, snark and even intelligent disagreement has been a hugely rewarding part of my life! 5) Even when the characters drive me crazy, most of them are so fabulously memorable, vivid, well-defined people who, despite the show's fondness for excessive quirk and comedic exaGGeration, ended up feeling 'real' to me and who I still look forward to visiting all too frequently on DVD. And on a TV landscape where far too many characters are dully flat, all too common 'types', I can still very honestly claim I've never encountered other characters in fiction quite like Lorelai, Paris, etc.! 6) This show provided the perfect opportunity for me to bond with my mother at a time when we really needed that. 7) I still discover clever, new (to me!) references every time I rewatch any given episode and then get to pretend I'm smart enough to weave them naturally into conversation with my 'real life' friends. ;) 8) While this show is justifiably renowned for its dialogue, the silent moments are often among the most beautifully effective and memorable I've ever seen on TV. 9) I know a 16-year-old who told me that she's devoured several books she would otherwise never have heard of after seeing Rory read or even just mention them on the show. She's also taken it upon herself to hook her friends on the series, so those of us who are older can rest assured GG love will live on in future generations. How awesome is that?! 8 Link to comment
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