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Tube Talk: Gilmore Girls, 01.26.01 ...

Move over, Carol Brady and Annie Camden. In the WB series "Gilmore Girls," mother-daughter relationships are given a wide-open, realistic treatment.

While most TV moms set out cookies and milk with a smile, no matter what the problem, Lorelai Gilmore (Lauren Graham) has a less formal--and more a "get over it" -- attitude when dealing with her daughter, Rory (newcomer Alexis Bledel).

For instance, when an angry Rory complains about an uncomfortable dinner at her grandparents' house, Mom tells her, "So you can pull a Menendez." Most TV moms would faint at such a macabre suggestion, but it's an example of the many one-liners this powerful duo regularly toss at each other.

This gem of the new TV season, created by Amy Sherman-Palladino, is as witty as series such as "The West Wing" and "Everybody Loves Raymond" with its brilliant writing that never disappoints. The vibrant characters are rich and believable.

The normally sappy TV mother-daughter relationship takes a turn for the better here, proving that it is possible to portray such a relationship without mercilessly nauseating the unsuspecting viewer. Lorelai and Rory are new, realistic characters who share the same lip gloss and a propensity for Macy Gray CDs. It's a wonderful, refreshing change.

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