5 Things Gilmore Girls Got Wrong about Connecticut

Let me begin by stating that I am not a Connecticut native. My introduction to the Nutmeg State (click here to learn how we got that name – hint: we were swindlers) was through my boyfriend, Walter, who moved to New Haven after college for a job (can you guess where?), while I was bouncing between Manhattan and Brooklyn.

The move to CT was rocky from the start for me, as I am a self proclaimed city girl, and I’ve continued to struggle to make this tiny state home, but through watching reruns of Gilmore Girls on Netflix (as well as Mystic Pizza), I’ve begun to reacquaint myself with the charming aspects of the state.

In a few months, I will be making a pilgrimage to Washington Depot (a.k.a. Stars Hollow) for the Gilmore Girls Fan Festival. In preparation for this event, and for the premiere of GG: A Year in the Life, I am going to be sharing some CT/New England, and of course, Gilmore Girls themed posts in the following weeks.

To start, overall, GG portrayed Connecticut in a pretty accurate way (IMO, anyway), aside from a few mistakes, so here a few things that the show got wrong:

  • “The” In Front of Highways. Only Californians say ‘the’ in front of highways. Here we just say “95”.
  • Richard and Emily’s Home.  There are nice areas of Hartford to be discovered, but based on their lifestyle, taste and habits, Richard and Emily would most likely reside in the more exclusive, wealthy and lilywhite area that is Fairfield County, in the towns of Greenwich, Darien or Westport.
  • Luke Never Tasting Lobster. In the “Vineyard Valentine” episode, Luke is described as a lobster neophyte, but later professes his love for the crustacean. Connecticut invented a style of lobster roll (butter, no mayo and served hot), so I find it very hard to believe Luke has never had the popular summertime staple (I mean, there’s even a Luke’s Lobster in NYC).
  • Accents. While most people in southern and eastern Connecticut (and the aforementioned Fairfield County) have a general non-New York or New England accent, as you go closer to Rhode Island and Massachusetts, a more Peter Griffin-esque accent can be found fairly frequently. Even though PG himself made a cameo in the show (Seth MacFarlane that is), he sadly wasn’t asked to replicate his hometown cadence.
  • No Boats Mentioned. Other than the season 5 climax where Rory and Logan are arrested for stealing a yacht, The Gilmore clan never partakes in one of Connecticut’s favorite pastimes: boating. From the miles of coastline (the Coast Guard was founded here, after all), to the extremely active fishing community, both the wealthy and middle class strive to be out on the Long Island Sound (or at least by it at the beach) as much as possible. Richard and Emily would most likely own a yacht and dock at the Greenwich Marina at the Delamar Hotel.

What do you think about the portrayal of Connecticut? Let me know, below!

  1. I grew up in Connecticut (and I’m back here now) but I spent 8 years in NYC/Long Island and got my first car and really learned to drive down there. Now when I give directions I always say THE 95, THE 84, THE Merritt and CT natives always ask me why I say it!

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