The quaint town of Stars Hollow, Connecticut houses one of The WB's top-ranked shows, Gilmore Girls, where Lorelai and Rory Gilmore have a mother and daughter bond that others only dream about. On May 4, 2004 Warner Home Video (WHV) proudly presents the DVD debut of the acclaimed series that TV Guide calls “The WB’s finest hour” with Gilmore Girls: The Complete First Season. Reacquaint yourselves with television’s most appealing mother-daughter duo in this collectible six-disc DVD set, which contains all 21 episodes from the first season including the pilot episode, and is priced to own at $59.98 SRP.
People often mistake Independence Inn’s manager, headstrong single mom Lorelai Gilmore (Lauren Graham) and her equally willful teenage daughter, Rory (Alexis Bledel) for sisters. Lorelai and Rory cope with the same emotional ups and downs, including Lorelai’s overbearing, old-money parents and the joys and frustrations of the male gender. But when Rory’s attention turns from dreams of private school and Harvard to thoughts of boys and adolescent self-reliance, single mom Lorelai begins noticing more of her own rebellious youth—only 16 years ago—in Rory. This heartfelt, humorous drama appeals to young and old alike with its blend of traditional family issues and hip, contemporary attitude.
“ Gilmore Girls has created a loyal female following for The WB, prompting the network to recently pick up the series for another full season,” said Christine Martinez, WHV Vice President, Non-Theatrical Franchise Marketing. “Gilmore Girls: The Complete First Season DVD release is a perfect Mother’s Day gift and is timed to leverage the excitement leading into the May series finale of the current season. The television shows to DVD trend has become a phenomenon and WHV plans to continue releasing these fan-favorites on DVD.”
The Gilmore Girls: The Complete First Season DVD extra content will include:
- Gilmore Girls Beginnings – a documentary including interviews with the show’s creator, cast and crew
- Gilmore-isms – a montage of the witty comments coined on the show
- Gilmore Goodies and Gossip – Trivia pops on-screen during Rory’s Dance
- Additional and Deleted Scenes
Since its network debut, Gilmore Girls has averaged 4.5 million viewers overall and is The WB's #1 program in its timeslot among females 12-24, key demographics for The WB.
Gilmore Girls has been honored with an AFI Award and two Viewers for Quality Television Awards, and it was named New Program of the Year by the Television Critics Association. Series star Lauren Graham (“Townies,” “NewsRadio,” and “Bad Santa”) was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series and received two consecutive nominations for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series from the Screen Actors Guild. Graham has also won two Family Television Awards. In addition, series star Alexis Bledel (“Tuck Everlasting”) has won a Young Artist Award and a Family Television Award. The series, Gilmore Girls, won a Family Television Award for New Series and was named Best Family TV Drama Series by the Young Artist Awards, which also honored series star Keiko Agena in the supporting young actress category.
Gilmore Girls is the first series to make it to air supported by the Family Friendly Forum’s Script Development Fund. An initiative between some of the nation’s top advertisers and The WB, the program is intended to offer a greater array of compelling family programming on network television. The strong, loving, mother-daughter relationship portrayed in Gilmore Girls reflects the growing reality of this new type of American family.