I had been rewatching the shows Gilmore Girls and Daria for the past couple months and over this time I have learned that their are many similarities between these two shows. For instance the artistic side kicks of the main characters Jane and Lane. Well first of all the names sound similar and they are both really into music and making an impact on the world be it as an artist or musician.
The comparisons do not end here though as the main protagonists are the two small town teenagers of Rory and Daria. Also in both of these small towns weird things happen there. For instance in Lawndale a coffee shop was boycotted, and a football player who dies from a field goal poll. Also in Gilmore girls their are festivals and fundraisers for a bridge that we never see, and a bunch of weird characters like Kirk or Taylor always trying to find ways to make a buck in the town. Actually sort of reminds me of Miss Lee from Daria given that he is a political figure of the town, who is constantly trying to maintain control over a town. While Miss Lee is always trying to have some semblance of control over her high school students.
Actually all the similarities between these shows made me wonder if Palladino had ever watched Daria and wanted to take a different take on a small town perspective. I say this because the show Daria ended about the same time that the show Gilmore Girls started on ABC family. I say this because while these shows have many similarities in their characters, they both have totally different perspectives on town life. For instance in Gilmore girls people seem content to live their lives in Starshollow while all teenagers are dying to leave Lawndale and go off to college.
Also the family dynamics between both protagonists are very different. Daria is not very open with her family and tends to keep to herself and avoids town events like the plague. While, Rory is involved in all town events and is very close with all her family members. Daria tends to be a realist, and not think highly of others while Rory seems to be the eternal optimist who thinks the best in others and gives people the benefit of doubt as shown through her relationship with Jess in season three. So I ask you readers do you see any more similarities and difference between these shows and their significance?