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The return of the wholesome Gilmore Girls rounds off a year of female-centred television

By Lucinda Smyth  

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Nine years after the last series ended, Gilmore Girls returned to screens today with four 90-minute episodes on Netflix. The sitcom follows Lorelai, a sharp-tongued, free-spirited single mother, bringing up her gifted daughter Rory—the result of a teenage pregnancy. Over seven series, amid a swirl of fast-paced dialogue, we saw Rory (Alexis Bledel) grow up in real time. In the new season, entitled “A Year in the Life,” Lorelai (Lauren Graham) is now 48, and Rory is 32—the same age her mother…

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