For Gilmore Girls fans, November 25 can’t come soon enough. Ever since creator Amy-Sherman Palladino announced the four-part Netflix reboot, dedicated fans have been speculating about all of the possible scenarios that could occur on the show, with their evidence based on ambiguous cast Instagram photos and sleuth-like watching of the reboot’s trailer.
Now that you’ve revisited classic episodes like “They Shoot Gilmore’s, Don’t They?” and sifted through all of the painstakingly detailed Reddit fan theories, we suggest you give your mind a break. In honor of the revival of those over-caffeinated Gilmores, we’ve decided to revisit some of our other fave WB (or CW, depending on your age!) series, all centered around Bechdel-test approved women.
1. Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Quite possibly the most memorable show on this list, the WB hit it big in the ’90s with Sarah Michelle Geller as the teenage vampire slayer saving the world in a leather miniskirt. Not only did Buffy pave the way for girls in martial arts, but the dark twists within the series’ plot gave the show enough depth to carry the WB through eight seasons of demons and Scooby Doo-style antics.
The WB’s fetish for kick-ass women in supernatural landscapes fueled the success of Charmed in 1998. The cast consisted of Shannon Doherty, Alyssa Milano and Holly Marie Combs as sisters flaunting their amazing style in fishnet halter tops and leather chokers while fighting evil through the power of witchcraft. Like Buffy, Charmed garnered a post-show cult following and countless fandom outlets.
3. Gossip Girl
Few female characters have been able to strike a chord with me like Blair Waldorf and Serena Vanderwoodsen. The overindulgent Upper East Side teens, who worshiped the Three Bs (Bergdorf’s, Bendel’s and Barney’s) and always had a table at Butter, were the subject of the hit that the CW needed following the transition of its huge re-branding. The show, famous for its lavish parties, designer school get-ups and never-ending drama, thanks to the ominous Gossip Girl (voiced by Kristen Bell) kicked off the careers of Blake Lively, Taylor Momsen and Leighton Meester.
Felicity gave me so much hope as a frizzy-haired, nerdy college student. The incredible team (Ron Howard, J.J. Abrams) behind this late ’90s college drama created a no-frills series focused solely on the incredibly likable Keri Russell and the issues she endured as a student in New York. Among crucial plot points, including “The Haircut,” Felicity offered viewers an indie series featuring self-aware and sensitive characters that I believe would still hold up on TV today.
5. Sister, Sister
Tia and Tamara Mowry made history with their patterned bucket hats and men’s vests in their Parent Trap-inspired mid-’90s sitcom. We followed the charismatic twins as they hilariously ventured from high school to college, featuring a slew of special guest appearances and lots of shade. Sister, Sister was a cornerstone for black television, one that has fans still begging for a reboot.
6. Sabrina the Teenage Witch
When Sabrina the Teenage Witch was on-air, I used to dream about the day I would wake up with Sabrina’s occult powers and the wacky aunts that mentored her. Sabrina’s squeaky clean image and naivete about her powers charmed legions of magically loyal viewers until she went off to college and started using her powers a bit more wisely.
7. Veronica Mars
Though short-lived, the neo-noir crime show starring Kristen Bell was described by LA Weekly as a “smart, engaging series about a former popular girl turned crime-solving high school outcast… The hard-boiled dialogue comes from its teen protagonist’s mouth in a way that stabs any potential cuteness in the heart with an ice pick.” In 2014 Kristen Bell participated in a successful Kickstarter campaign to have a feature film released that continued the badass hero’s story.
8. Jane the Virgin
TV is now more diverse than ever thanks to shows like Jane the Virgin. Jane Villanueva, accompanied by her wise abuela and her vivacious mother, take on Miami in this hilarious and highly-addicting novella. The series won its starring actress Gina Rodriguez the Emmy Award for Best Actress in its very first season and continues to attract praise from fans and critics alike.