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When good TV goes bad: how Gilmore Girls succumbed to an April fool

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What began as a warm, witty and whimsical comedy-drama lost the plot with the clunky introduction of a long-lost lovechild. After that, its clutch of lovable characters never quite found their feet again

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It’s hard to think of a less transgressive TV show than Gilmore Girls, the gentle comedy-drama about garrulous single mum and inn-keeper Lorelai, her bookworm daughter Rory and their lives in sleepy Stars Hollow. But during its original run, between 2000 and 2007, it felt refreshing, even daring: in an era of moody prestige dramas dominated by dark, difficult male leads, it centred around two witty, well-adjusted women who actually liked each other.

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