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The 18 Best Pop Culture References From 'Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life'


Warning: If you have not seen Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life in its entirety, STOP READING NOW. The below is filled with spoilers.

What would the Gilmore Girls revival be without dozens of pop culture references packed into its four episodes? Amongst the big reveals and familiar faces, Lorelai and Rory fast-talk their way through the 21st century, proving that they are still just as relevant today as they ever were. From the Kardashians to Game of Thrones, here are the 18 best pop culture references made in Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life.

1. The Kardashians

Lorelai tells Luke that she was “organizing her magazines by Kardashian” on the cover.

2. Buffy the Vampire Slayer

“Apologize to your parents," says Paris. "Tell them you’ll pay them back for the two semesters you spent studying Buffy the Vampire Slayer’s effect on the feminist agenda.”

3. Gone Girl

“I’ll send you a DVD with my top picks. I’ll also include a copy of Gone Girl. NPH was great in that," says Paris.

4. Uber

Kirk's ride-sharing business, Ööö-ber, is an obvious copy of Uber.

5. Brexit

Naomi's all-too-real quote: “God, I hate England. I’m voting for Brexit. It’s just a protest vote. It will never win.”

6. Skrillex

Rory jokes about Michel to Lorelai, saying, “Play him some Skrillex. That always calms him.”

7. Airbnb

"The other will stay behind and just rent the space to the next person like it's an Airbnb," says Emily on Luke and Lorelai's "roommate" situation.

8. LinkedIn

"You invited me on LinkedIn," Francie reminds Paris.

9. Lena Dunham

The Girls star gets two shout-outs in the revival. Rory moves out of her Brooklyn apartment and says, "Lena Dunham will just have to get along without me." Paris mentions that Dunham is moderating a panel at the 92nd Street Y, too.

10. Cronuts

Crodoughcakes are being hailed as "the new cronut."

11. Yelp

"I'm a big Yelper," says a man Rory interviews while in line for the crodoughcakes.

12. Star Wars

Rory has a one-night stand with a guy dressed in a Wookiee costume. So many Star Wars jokes follow.

13. Game of Thrones

Rory has the boy at the pool call her Khaleesi. She also refers to Nat Compton as a White Walker. 

14. Spotlight

Rory mentions The Boston Globe and Spotlight while discussing the Stars Hollow Gazette with Lorelai.

15. Hamilton and Lin-Manuel Miranda

Hamilton gets multiple shout-outs during the Stars Hollow Musical. 

16. Katy Perry

Katy Perry wants to buy a convent from a bunch of nuns.

17. Kanye West

Lorelai quotes Kanye West to Emily: “I ain’t saying he’s a gold digger.”

18. The Social Network

Lorelai tells Rory to drop the “The” in her manuscript The Gilmore Girls because it’s “cleaner.” This is a nod to Justin Timberlake's Social Network line.

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