8 shows to watch if you love 'Gilmore Girls'

Lauren Graham as Lorelai Gilmore and Alexis Bledel as Rory Gilmore in "Gilmore Girls," and Rachel Brosnahan as Miriam Maisel in "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel."
Lauren Graham as Lorelai Gilmore and Alexis Bledel as Rory Gilmore in "Gilmore Girls," and Rachel Brosnahan as Miriam Maisel in "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel."Warner Bros./Amazon Prime Video
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  • "Gilmore Girls" is still the ultimate cozy show for fall over 20 years after it first aired.

  • But there are other shows with similar vibes to fill the Lorelai and Rory-shaped hole in your life.

  • Here are eight shows you should watch if you love "Gilmore Girls."

There is no better antidote to a cold winter's night than settling in to watch — or rewatch, as the case may be — our favorite Stars Hollow residents, Lorelai and Rory, in "Gilmore Girls."

More than 20 years after it first premiered, "Gilmore Girls" is still a perennial favorite on Netflix. In fact, Netflix brought back the series in 2016 for a spinoff, "A Year in the Life," because of its enduring popularity.

While there may never be another mother-daughter duo quite like Lorelai (Lauren Graham) and Rory (Alexis Bledel), there are some other popular shows fans might get a kick out of.

Here are eight shows we recommend if you love "Gilmore Girls."

"Schitt's Creek"

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"Schitt's Creek."ITV Studios Global Entertainment

For fans wanting more small-town drama and comedy, then "Schitt's Creek" is the perfect follow-up to "Gilmore Girls."

The comedy follows Johnny (Eugene Levy) and Moira Rose (Catherine O'Hara), and their spoiled children, who move to Schitt's Creek after they lose their entire fortune.

The show is packed with laughs, but it effortlessly balances humor and heart. An early highlight in the series is the brilliant love triangle between Alexis Rose (Annie Murphy), Ted Mullens (Dustin Milligan), and Mutt Schitt (Tim Rozon).

"Schitt's Creek" ran for six seasons, so it'll definitely fill the "Gilmore Girls" void for a while.

"The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel"

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Rachel Brosnahan stars in "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel."Amazon

While "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel" is a much different show to "Gilmore Girls," in the sense that it's set in 1950s New York, it comes from the same creator: Amy Sherman-Palladino.

Rachel Brosnahan plays Miriam "Midge" Maisel, a housewife who discovers that she's great at stand-up comedy and attempts to make it big as a professional comic with the help of agent Susie Myerson (Alex Borstein).

At the same time, Midge must look after her young children; deal with her strained relationship with her husband, Joel (Michael Zegen); and contend with her interfering parents, Abe (Tony Shalhoub) and Rose Weissman (Marin Hinkle).

"Mrs. Maisel" and its cast have won numerous Emmys and Golden Globes since it started airing in 2017, just in case you needed any more persuading.

"Sweet Magnolias"

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JoAnna Garcia Swisher, Brooke Elliott, and Heather Headley are the stars of "Sweet Magnolias."Netflix

"Gilmore Girls" kept fans hooked with the twists in Lorelai and Rory's respective romantic lives, including Rory choosing between Dean (Jared Padalecki) and Jess (Milo Ventimiglia).

Netflix's "Sweet Magnolias" should certainly satiate the hunger for more juicy drama.

The show follows three South Carolina women who rely on each other to get through the messy days of their lives. Maddie (JoAnna Garcia Swisher) is dealing with separating from her husband, Dana Sue (Brooke Elliot) is trying to run her own restaurant, and attorney Helen (Heather Headley) is trying her hand at opening her own spa.

There are three seasons streaming on Netflix, with a fourth on the way.


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Lauren Graham stars in "Gilmore Girls" and "Parenthood."Colleen Hayes/NBC

For fans missing the "Gilmore Girls" stars themselves, NBC's "Parenthood" is the next best thing because Lauren Graham plays one of the lead characters in the 2010 series.

Based on Ron Howard's 1989 movie of the same name, "Parenthood" revolves around the many members of the Braverman family in California.

Graham plays Sarah Braverman, a divorcee who is trying to raise her two teenagers while maintaining a civil relationship with her ex-husband, Seth (John Corbett).

The show also revolves around Sarah's siblings, Adam (Peter Krause), Crosby (Dax Shepard), and Julia (Erika Christensen), who all have families of their own.

Six seasons. 103 episodes. You're welcome.

"This Is Us"

Justin Hartley and Sterling K. Brown.
Justin Hartley and Sterling K. Brown.NBC

Need a good cry? "This Is Us" masterfully tugs at the heartstrings across all of its six seasons.

The drama revolves around the Pearson family and mainly focuses on three siblings: Kevin (Justin Hartley), Kate (Chrissy Metz), and Randall (Sterling K. Brown).

The family has dealt with a number of unfortunate events over the years, and the show frequently uses flashbacks to explain certain moments in the siblings' lives.

"Gilmore Girls" fans should be pleased to see Milo Ventimiglia in "This Is Us," as he plays the siblings' father, Jack Pearson, in scenes set in the past.

Be warned, though: it's an emotional ride.

"Ginny & Georgia"

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Brianne Howey as Georgia Miller and Antonia Gentry as Ginny Miller.Netflix

"Ginny & Georgia" feels like "Gilmore Girls" for a new generation

The show picks up with 30-year-old mom Georgia Miller (Brianne Howey) moving to the town of Wellsbury, Massachusetts, with her 15-year-old daughter, Ginny (Antonia Gentry), and her 9-year-old son, Austin (Diesel La Torraca).

The move is supposed to be a fresh start for Georgia and her children after years of abuse and difficult circumstances while trying to raise her young children.

It's "Gilmore Girls" if Lorelai learned how to shoot a gun and was on the run from her past.

"Dawson's Creek"

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Michelle Williams, James Van Der Beek, Katie Holmes, and Joshua Jackson starred in "Dawson's Creek."Warner Brothers

The high bar for teen drama shows was set back in 1998 with "Dawson's Creek," which focuses on Dawson Leery (James Van Der Beek) and his friends as they navigate their lives in high school and beyond.

"Dawson's Creek" had viewers tearing up at the love triangle between Dawson, Joey Potter (Katie Holmes), and Pacey Witter (Joshua Jackson). If you loved Rory's dilemma of choosing between Dean and Jess, you'll love this.

"One Tree Hill"

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Chad Michael Murray and James Lafferty in "One Tree Hill."The CW

Clearly, there was something in the water during the early 2000s, because "One Tree Hill" is another drama set in a fictional town about a group of teens just trying to get through high school.

"One Tree Hill" put Chad Michael Murray on the map. He plays Lucas Scott opposite James Lafferty as Lucas' half-brother, Nathan Scott.

The early seasons focus on the brothers' relationships at high school and all the messy drama that unfolds because of it. The later seasons see the brothers settle down and get married.

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