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Why Netflix Shouldn’t Bring Back ‘Gilmore Girls’ (Again)

When the news broke that a limited revival of the beloved Gilmore Girls series was hitting Netflix in 2016, the internet went crazy. Fans of The WB (turned CW) hit were eager to see what their favorite Stars Hollow residents had been up to. We were also hopeful that creator Amy Sherman-Palladino would finally get the ending she had planned. She and her husband, Daniel Palladino, left the show after Season 6, leading to a lackluster final season and subsequent cancellation by the network.

But Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life left many viewers disappointed (not to mention many questions unanswered). Complaints ranged from too much fan service to a regression of character development, as well as confusion about those infamous final four words. So now that there are whispers of more episodes in the works, we’re left to wonder: Should we reunite with Lorelai and Rory again? Here are our arguments as to why Netflix should leave well enough alone.

 1. It might get too gimmicky

Two women outside with parasols in Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life

Two women outside with parasols in Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life | Netflix

It’s hard for a revival show to find a balance between meta-awareness and actual storytelling. While writers can’t ignore the fans, and want to give them the moments and nods that only longtime viewers will understand, there’s also a progression that needs to occur in order to tell a cohesive story that propels the characters forward.

Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life may have gone a bit too far into the “wink wink, nudge nudge” realm. Various characters (who had little to do with the plot) reappear, and old jokes are squeezed in where they aren’t necessary. Still, the writers clearly worked to toe the line, and fans were generally pleased with the callbacks that did appear. Another season could allow the writers to focus on the characters and story at present, but it could also just be an excuse for more fan service.

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