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Lorelai Gilmore and Sarah Braverman: A whole lot of awesome

I’m taking a break from the Parenthood nostalgia beat today to talk about two of my favorite people—Lorelai Gilmore and Sarah Braverman—two ladies I could be besties with in a heartbeat (and may or may not have often imagined I was). They’re two TV supermoms who endeared themselves to everyone who traveled on their TV journeys with them. They’re two characters who were played by the same engaging actress.

Lauren Graham brought both Lorelai Gilmore and Sarah Braverman to life in much the same way—with humor, spirit, and rapid-fire speech. But while Lorelai and Sarah shared some fabulous characteristics, they certainly weren’t clones. Lorelai’s personality was far more bubbly and slightly erratic (in a truly fabulous way) than Sarah’s more reserved and quiet one. Lorelai was driven. Sarah, for much of the time we knew her, was not.

Do their individual qualities make me love one any less than the other? No way. In fact, if I had to choose only one of them to go on a girls’ weekend with, I’m not sure I could. Lorelai would bring copious amounts of junk food and classic old movies, but Sarah would bring wine and always be ready to bust some awkward dance moves. Impossible decision (although the junk food might just give Lorelai the edge).

Lorelai tells Rory you can

Let’s take a look at the ways these two lovely ladies are alike and the things that make them unique. Although no matter the number of similarities or differences, one thing is clear: Together they make a whole lot of awesome.


Supermom: Having to step up and be the only parent—and to try like hell to compensate for their absentee baby daddies—is a trait both Lorelai and Sarah excel in. They are devoted mothers and share powerful bonds with their children; no matter what, they always have their kids’ back.

Sarah tells Amber she

Hot for teacher: Advocating for their children in the classroom ended up in romance out of the classroom for both Lorelai and Sarah—with Mr. Medina and Mr. Cyr, respectively. Happily—or sadly, depending on how you felt about Max and Mark (a.k.a. “Captain Morgan”)—the out-of-school “studying” didn’t end with either relationship graduating to the final level.

Unlucky—and then lucky—in love: Trying to overcome past difficult (and failed) relationships is yet another thing Lorelai and Sarah have in common. And despite having suitable suitors (see above) over the years, Lorelai and Sarah both had their fair share of difficulties finding “the one.” However, at the end of the day—or at least the end of each series—both found their happy, and well-deserved, ending.

Luke tells Lorelai he wants her

She works hard for the money: Being a single mother is tough, and both Lorelai and Sarah worked hard to support their children. While their jobs and ambition may have differed, you can’t dispute the fact that both strove to make their lives—and the lives of their children—better.


Blind ambition: While Lorelai was a successful businesswoman with one dream—co-owning her own inn, which she eventually did—Sarah struggled with aspirations and initiative, dabbling in random jobs (bartender to playwright) before ultimately finding her passion as a photographer.

Miss Independence: Lorelai took pride in the fact that she’d been self-sufficient since giving birth to Rory and had been able to provide for her without help from her parents (excluding that pesky private-school tuition). Sarah, on the other hand, relied on her parents not only for financial help, but for a very literal roof over the heads of herself and her teenage children.

That‘s what friends are for: Sookie, Jackson, Miss Patty, Babette, Luke, Michel—Lorelai had plenty of friends to lean on in times of crisis and celebration. In six seasons, we never saw Sarah with a single friend. But there’s something she did have in spades that Lorelai did not: family.

The Bravemans dance

Home is where the heart is: No matter the catastrophe, Sarah was surrounded by a support system of Bravermans. Not only did she have a mother and father who were her rocks, but she had an entire team of siblings and their progeny to lean on, no matter the situation. On the contrary, Lorelai could barely tolerate her imposed weekly dinners with her insufferable mother and indulging father. When times were tough, she called on the folks of Stars Hollow to back her up.

Sookie tells Lorelai she

Okay, Lauren Graham fans, what would you add? And if you had to pick one of these ladies to take on a girls’ weekend, could you pick? Let me know!

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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