Jess’ Tee-Shirt

LUKE: I was crazy, and now after all that has happened, after all the chaos and havoc that you have wreaked, you’re seriously standing there wearing a T-shirt with a picture of a butt with hands that are flipping me off, telling me you wanna come back?

Although Luke says that Jess is wearing a tee-shirt depicting a butt with hands giving people the bird, this is not visible in the scene. It looks as if Jess is actually wearing two tee shirts, a grey one over a black one, topped with a dark windbreaker jacket.

People and Works Referenced More Than Once in Gilmore Girls (up to Season One)


Emily Dickinson



Yoko Ono

Sam Phillips

Sylvia Plath

Britney Spears

Barbra Streisand

The Virgin Mary



Charles Dickens

King Henry VIII

James Joyce

Ted Kaczynski

Stephen King

Charles Manson

Arthur Miller

Sean Penn

Regis Philbin

Grant Lee Phillips


William Shakespeare

Mark Twain


Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes

Hamlet by William Shakespeare

Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare

Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

A Streetcar Named Desire by Tenneessee Williams

The Bible





The New Yorker

The Wall Street Journal



The Deer Hunter


How the Grinch Stole Christmas

The Little Rascals

Rosemary’s Baby

The Shining

Sixteen Candles

Sleeping Beauty

A Streetcar Named Desire

Tears and Laughter: The Joan and Melissa Rivers Story

The Wizard of Oz



The Bangles

The Beatles

Black Sabbath

The Cure

Duran Duran

Foo Fighters


Grant Lee Buffalo


The Velvet Underground



Wasp Star (Apple Venus Volume 2) – XTC


Where You Lead – Carole King

My Little Corner of the World – Yo La Tengo


Charlie’s Angels

I Love Lucy


Looney Tunes

Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom

The Odd Couple

The Oprah Winfrey Show

Star Trek

Wonder Woman

Television Referenced in Season One


Charlie’s Angels

Dawson’s Creek

General Hospital

Peyton Place

The Waltons


All in the Family

The Dick Van Dyke Show

The Donna Reed Show

The Dukes of Hazzard

Get Smart

Happy Days

Joanie Loves Chachi

I Love Lucy

The Mary Tyler Moore Show

Mystery Science Theater 3000

The Odd Couple

Saved by the Bell

Sex and the City


Science Fiction

Star Trek

Wonder Woman/The New Adventures of Wonder Woman


CNN News

Talk Shows

Live With Regis

The Oprah Winfrey Show

The Rosie O’Donnell Show

The View

Variety Shows

Hee Haw

Game Shows


The Price is Right

Wheel of Fortune


Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom

Seasame Street


Soul Train


Iron Chef

Martha Stewart Living

Style With Elsa Klensch

This Old House


The Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous



Looney Tunes

The Yogi Bear Show

You’re in Love, Charlie Brown

Music Referenced in Season One


Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band – The Beatles

The Best of Blondie – Blondie

Pink Moon – Nick Drake

Music from a Sparkling Planet – Juan García Esquivel

Frampton Comes Alive! II – Peter Frampton

End Hits – Fugazi

The Sophtware Slump – Grandaddy

On How Life Is – Macy Gray

Autobahn – Kraftwerk

Let’s Spend the Night Together – Claudine Longet

Up on the Sun – Meat Puppets

1999 – Prince

The Love Symbol Album – Prince

The Transformed Man – William Shatner

Timeless: Live in Concert – Barbra Streisand

Woodstock ’99 – Various Artists

The Velvet Underground & Nico – The Velvet Underground

Wasp Star (Apple Venus Volume 2) – XTC

Colossal Youth – Young Marble Giants


All Out of Love – Air Supply

Happy Birthday – Altered Images

A Kiss to Build a Dream On – Louis Armstrong

What a Wonderful World – Louis Armstrong

Eternal Flame – The Bangles

Here Takes a Fall – The Bangles

Walk Like an Egyptian – The Bangles

PS I Love You – The Beatles

Mixed Bizness – Beck

Where It’s At – Beck

Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town – Tony Bennett

My Ding-a-Ling – Chuck Berry

Thirteen – Big Star

Child Psychology – Black Box Recorder

Iron Man – Black Sabbath

From Red to Blue – Billy Bragg

This Ole House – The Brian Setzer Orchestra

Teach Me Tonight, written by Sammy Cahn and Gene De Paul

Folsom Prison Blues – Johnny Cash

Everyday I Write the Book – Elvis Costello and The Attractions

Zombie – The Cranberries

Pictures of You – The Cure

Stop and Smell the Roses – Mac Davis

Smoke on the Water – Deep Purple

Pink Moon – Nick Drake

Flower Girl of Bordeaux – Esquivel

Johnny Angel – Shelley Fabares

Everlong – Foo Fighters

Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off – George and Ira Gershwin (from Shall We Dance?)

Suppertime, written by Clark Gesner (from You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown)

The Crystal Lake – Grandaddy

The Cabbage Patch – Gucci Crew II

Happy Birthday to You, written by Patty and Mildred Hall

One Line – P.J. Harvey

I’m Gonna Make You Love Me – The Jayhawks

Sometimes Always – The Jesus & Mary Chain

Happy Xmas (War is Over) – John & Yoko/Plastic Ono Band with The Harlem Community Choir

Someone to Watch Over Me – Rickie Lee Jones

Money, Money, written by John Kander and Fred Ebb (from Cabaret)

Where You Lead – Carole King

There She Goes – The La’s

Oh My Love – John Lennon

God Only Knows – Claudine Longet

Convoy – C.W. McCall

Like a Virgin – Madonna

Livin’ la Vida Loca – Ricky Martin

Shake Your Bon-Bon – Ricky Martin

Fade Into You – Mazzy Star

I Thought About You, written by Johnny Mercer and Jimmy Van Heusen

Ms Jackson – Outkast

Beautiful Dreamers – Grant Lee Phillips

Everybody Needs a Little Sanctuary – Grant Lee Phillips

Heavenly – Grant Lee Phillips

Honey, Don’t Think – Grant Lee Phillips

It’s the Life – Grant Lee Phillips

Mockingbirds – Grant Lee Phillips

Sadness Soot – Grant Lee Phillips

Sunday Best – Grant Lee Phillips

Truly, Truly – Grant Lee Phillips

Holding Onto the Earth – Sam Phillips

I Don’t Know How to Say Goodbye to You – Sam Phillips

What Do I Do – Sam Phillips

Where the Colors Don’t Go – Sam Phillips

La Casa – Graham Preskett and Mauricio Venegas-Astorga

Time Bomb – Rancid

I’m Too Sexy – Right Said Fred

Jumpin’ Jack Flash – The Rolling Stones

Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds – William Shatner

Tambourine Man – William Shatner

It’s a Small World After All, written by Richard and Robert Sherman

Sister Suffragette, written by Richard and Robert Sherman (from Mary Poppins)

Call Me Al – Paul Simon

We Are Family – Sister Sledge

… One More Time – Britney Spears

Cleopatra, Queen of Denial – Pam Tillis

The First Noel, traditional

Why Does It Always Rain On Me? – Travis

Man! I Feel Like a Woman – Shania Twain

PS I Love You – Rudy Valee

Christmas Wrapping – The Waitresses

Hark! The Herald Angels Sing, written by Charles Wesley and Felix Mendelssohn

My Darling – Wilco

It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas, written by Meredith Wilson

Thanks for Christmas – The Three Wise Men (XTC)

Earn Enough for Us – XTC

I’m the Man Who Murdered Love – XTC

We’re All Light – XTC

My Little Corner of the World – Yo La Tengo


The Four Seasons, written by Antonio Vivaldi

The Stars and Stripes Forever, written by John Philip Sousa

Swan Lake, written by Pyotr Tchaikovsky





The Backstreet Boys

Samuel Barber

The Bee Gees

Pat Benatar

The Blue Man Group


Bon Jovi



John Cage

Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds

Dixie Chicks

The Doors

Duran Duran

Echo & The Bunnymen


Philip Glass



Michael Jackson

Rick James

Joy Division


Jennifer Lopez

Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch


Thelonious Monk

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart


The Offspring

Charlie Parker

Liz Phair

Elvis Presley


Tito Puente


Lou Reed


Artie Shaw

Frank Sinatra

Siouxsie and the Banshees

Britney Spears

Steely Dan

The Sugarplastic


Tom Waits

The Wallflowers

Films Referenced in Season One


2001: A Space Odyssey

9 1/2 Weeks

An Affair to Remember


The Amityville Horror

Anywhere But Here

Attack of the 50 Foot Woman

Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery



Boogie Nights

Bright Eyes

Cabaret (1972)

Carrie (1976)


The Champ

Child’s Play


Cinderella (1950)

Citizen Kane

The Crucible

The Deer Hunter

Dick Tracy

Double Indemnity

Everest (1998)

Fiddler on the Roof


The Fly (1958)


Forrest Gump

Frankenstein (1931)

Freaky Friday (1976)

Fried Green Tomatoes

Funny Girl

Gaslight (1944)

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

G.I. Jane

Glengarry Glen Ross

The Godfather

The Goonies

The Great Santini

Grease (1978)


House of Horrors

House on Haunted Hill (1959)

How the Grinch Stole Christmas

Ice Castles (1978)

Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)


Kiss and Tell

Lady and the Tramp

The Little Rascals

The Lost Weekend

Love Story

Lovers and Other Strangers


The Man With the X-Ray Eyes

Mary Poppins


The Matrix

Midnight Express

The Miracle Worker (1962)


Miss Congeniality

Mommie Dearest

Monty Python and the Holy Grail

The Music Man

Old Yeller

The Omen (1976)

Out of Africa

The Outsiders

Paris is Burning



Psycho (1960)

Pure Country

Queen of Outer Space

Rebecca (1940)

Rosemary’s Baby (1968)

Return of the Jedi

Saving Private Ryan

Schindler’s List

Seven Brides for Seven Brothers

Shaft (1971)

Shall We Dance? (1937)

The Shining

The Silence of the Lambs

Sixteen Candles

The Sixth Sense

Sleeping Beauty

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

Stalag 17

A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)

The Thing from Another World

Valley of the Dolls

West Side Story

What’s Up, Doc? (1972)

Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

A Wild Hare

Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory

The Wizard of Oz (1939)

Working Girl

You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown

Television Movies

The Boy in the Plastic Bubble

Life with Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows 

Tears and Laughter: The Joan and Melissa Rivers Story


Antonio Banderas

Maurice Chevalier

George Clooney

Billy Crudup

James Dean

Johnny Depp

Errol Flynn

Hugh Grant

Gene Hackman

Charlton Heston

Angelina Jolie

Jennifer Lopez

The Marx Brothers

Sean Penn

Michelle Pfeiffer

Brad Pitt

Billy Bob Thornton

Catherine Zeta-Jones

Books, Periodicals, and Comics Referenced in Season One


* Emma by Jane Austen

* Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

* Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes

Timeline by Michael Chrichton

* David Copperfield by Charles Dickens

* Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

* Little Dorrit Charles Dickens

* A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

* Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert

* Mistress of Mellyn by Victoria Holt

The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo

Finnegan’s Wake by James Joyce

*  Ulysses by James Joyce

* The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka

The Witch Tree Symbol by Carolyn Keene

On the Road by Jack Kerouac

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

* The Group by Mary McCarthy

* Moby Dick by Herman Melville

Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

* The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

* Swann’s Way by Marcel Proust

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling

* Chikara!: A Sweeping Novel of Japan and America by Robert Skimin

* The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

* Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

* War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy

* Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

Short Stories

* Fairy Tales by Hans Christian Anderson

* Grimm’s Fairy Tales by Jakob and Wilhelm Grimm


Mother Goose Nursery Rhymes

Poems, Chiefly in the Scottish Dialect by Robert Burns

* Complete Poems by Emily Dickinson

An Essay on Criticism by Alexander Pope

* Shakespeare’s Sonnets by William Shakespeare

* New Poems of Emily Dickinson edited by William Shurr et al


Love for Love by William Congreve

The Mourning Bride by William Congreve

The Crucible by Arthur Miller

* The Comedy of Errors by William Shakespeare

Hamlet by William Shakespeare

* Macbeth by William Shakespeare

Measure for Measure by William Shakespeare

* Richard III by William Shakespeare

Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare

* The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams

A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams


Tuesdays With Morrie by Mitch Albom

* The Second Sex by Simone de Beauvoir

Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain

Mommie Dearest by Christina Crawford

* Out of Africa by Isak Dinesen

Women Who Run with the Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estés

* Stiffed: The Betrayal of the American Man by Susan Faludi

* The Art of Eating by M.F. K. Fisher

* James Joyce’s Ulysses by Stuart Gilbert

The Walter Hagen Story by Walter Hagen

* Partial Portraits by Henry James

* The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath edited by Karen V. Kukil

* To the Christian Nobility of the German Nation by Martin Luther

*John Adams by David McCullough

* The Days of H.L. Mencken by H.L. Mencken

* A Mencken Chrestomathy by H.L. Mencken

The Total Woman by Marabel Morgan

* Who’s Who and What’s What in Shakespeare by Evangeline M. O’Connor

* The Portable Dorothy Parker by Dorothy Parker

The Republic by Plato

Etiquette by Emily Post

Everybody’s Autobiography by Gertrude Stein

* Hell’s Angels: The Strange and Terrible Saga of the Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs by Hunter S. Thompson

Walden by Henry David Thoreau

* Secrets of the Flesh: A Life of Colette by Judith Thurman

* A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf


The Bible

The Compact Edition of the Oxford English Dictionary

* The Oxford Shakespeare

Webster’s Dictionary



The Financial Times

The Hartford Courant

The New York Times 

The Wall Street Journal


* CosmoGirl

* Cosmopolitan



* Highlights for Children



* The New Yorker




Mister Miracle



* Francis Bacon

* Honore de Balzac

Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Judy Blume

* Charlotte Bronte

* Colette


* Fyodor Dostoevksy

Sigmund Freud

Václav Havel


* Ben Jonson

Stephen King

* Christopher Marlowe

John Muir

Friedrich Nietzsche

Edna O’Brien

* George Sand

Jean-Paul Sartre

* John Webster

Edith Wharton

* Walt Whitman

NOTE: For anyone attempting a Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge, those works marked with an asterisk are ones which Rory is either shown reading, or strongly implied to have read.