TV Shows and Movies That’ll Give You the Fall Feels: ‘Gilmore Girls,’ More


    Sweater weather is upon Us! The leaves are changing colors, pumpkin spice is everywhere and autumn movies are on our must-watch list.

    While some fans are blasting Taylor Swift’s Folklore album from their cars on their way to the pumpkin patch, others are cozying up with their favorite blanket to watch their go-to fall-inspired TV shows and films.

    In the wise words of Gilmore Girls’ Taylor Doose (Michael Winters), “Breathe in, folks. Smells like fall!”

    Shows including Gilmore GirlsRiverdale and Everwood, instantly transport viewers to the ideal autumnal location — perfect for the imaginary getaway you are yearning for.

    Although watching Gilmore Girls won’t actually relocate you to Stars Hollow, its fall foliage backdrop and fast-talking conversations about pie and coffee from Lorelai (Lauren Graham) and Rory (Alexis Bledel) will give fans all the seasonal feels.

    If sports are more your thing, football-centered Friday Night Lights should be at the top of the list. Life lessons from Coach Eric Taylor (Kyle Chandler) and his wife, Tami Taylor (Connie Britton), intertwined with the gridiron game in Texas is on brand for the festive season.

    In between apple picking, making spiced cider and jumping into piles of leaves, fans can also get their annual dose of fall by watching movies including, You’ve Got MailPractical Magic and Mystic Pizza.

    “Don’t you love New York in the fall?” Tom Hanks’ character, Joe Fox, asks his pen pal Kathleen Kelly (Meg Ryan) in You’ve Got Mail, summarizing why it can’t be missed during this season. “It makes me wanna buy school supplies. I would send you a bouquet of newly sharpened pencils if I knew your name and address.”

    Need more reasons to watch this iconic rom-com? Take a few tips from superfan Mindy Kaling, who told Vulture in September 2010, that “people forget about the great ensemble cast,” which includes Greg KinnearParker Posey and Dave Chappelle.

    “For me, the secret weapon is Meg Ryan’s fashion,” the Mindy Project creator explained. “She plays the owner of a bookstore, but dresses like a female comedy writer. Nothing is very fitted, everything is four sizes too big. It’s Diane Keaton slouchy clothing on a really pretty girl who went to Sarah Lawrence — MFA fashion.”

    Magical films can also be fitting for your fall movie night. Try Practical Magic starring Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman, or have a weekend binge with the Harry Potter franchise for tales of witches, wizards and spellbinding romances and friendships.

    Scroll down for a list of shows and movies that are sure to get you in the autumn mood.

    Gilmore Girls

    If Lorelai and Rory Gilmore’s hometown doesn’t scream fall, we don’t know what does. The gazebo in the center of town, festive décor around the city and autumn-themed episodes are basically a guide to activities fans should be adding to their autumn bucket list. Start by watching season 1’s “Kiss and Tell” (Lorelai and Lane in pilgrim costumes — need we say more?) and follow it up with season 3’s “A Deep Fried Korean Thanksgiving” later in the month.

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    Friday Night Lights

    Football is the sport of the season and the Dillion Panthers make Us root for the home team all year long. Add in high school drama, love triangles and hot guys playing football — we’re looking at you Tim Riggins (Taylor Kitsch) — and you’ve got a hit.


    The Haunting of Hill House

    A horror show or two always have a place on fans’ must-watch list during October and November. Get into the scary mood by streaming the Netflix series, which is loosely based on the 1959 novel by the same name. Prepare for hauntings, ghosts and twisted family bonds from the Crain family as fans get glimpses of their lives before and after they left the terrifying Hill House.

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    If you’re looking for a spooky take on high school, look no further than Riverdale. The CW series follows the Archie comic book characters throughout their teenage years as they face cults, murderers, love triangles and of course, musicals and themed dances. Not to mention drama with the kids parents, deadly rival teens and heartbreak.

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    Stranger Things

    Prepare for your world to be turned upside down while watching this Netflix series. Supernatural forces present themselves in the town of Hawkins, Indiana, after a child disappears in the ‘80s and everyone left behind is forced to see that there is more than meets the eye in their town. As the children of the area search for answers to what they’ve witnessed, mysteries continue to unfold.

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    Witchy women! Every episode of Charmed, which ran from 1998 to 2006, is appropriate for the spooky season. Even after Halloween, the magic from the Halliwell sisters — Piper (Holly Marie Combs), Phoebe (Alyssa Milano), Prue (Shannen Doherty) and later Paige (Rose McGowan) — will give viewers a feeling of warmth paired with a desire for adventure.

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    My So-Called Life

    The cult classic takes place almost entirely during fall. Kicking off at the beginning of her sophomore year of high school, Angela Chase (Claire Danes) navigates the ups and downs of teen angst, relationships with family and must discover how to deal with the unrequited love of her of her best friends. It also stars Jared Leto, Wilson Cruz and Devon Odessa.

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    The Vampire Diaries

    Mystic Falls is a hub for all-things supernatural and eerie. Whether it’s the high school homecoming floats and cheerleaders or the haunting feeling fans getting with the vampires, the CW show has all the makings for an autumn viewing party. Plus, the inclusion of werewolves, hybrids and witches round out the magical vibes that are often associated with the change of season.



    Your seasonal binge watch wouldn’t be complete without streaming the Thanksgiving-themed Friends episodes from years past. Whether you’re a fan of “The One With the Football” episode from season 3, where the gang competes for the Gellar Cup or “The One With the Rumor” from season 8, when Brad Pitt shows up for a visit, there is something for everyone.

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    Set in Colorado, the WB series follows Dr. Andy Brown (Treat Williams) and his kids Ephram (Gregory Smith) and Delia (Vivien Cardone) after they leave New York and land in Everwood. The town’s mountain backdrop and outdoorsy charm paired with the character’s go-to denim and plaid outfit combo is like walking into a fall catalog.

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    You’ve Got Mail

    Don’t you just love New York City in the fall? Kathleen Kelly (Ryan) and Joe Fox (Hanks) certainly do. A love story dedicated to the Big Apple, books and connection in the digital age, You’ve Got Mail is timeless. Combine that with the dreamy décor of Kathleen’s Little Shop Around the Corner and her flawless fall wardrobe and you’ve got a winner.

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    Harry Potter

    The wizarding world of Harry Potter quickly transports fans away from their homes and into a magical dream space complete with scary creatures, mystical figures and of course, butter beer. Fans can make their own version of the iconic drink while rewatching the franchise from start to finish for the perfect fall activity.

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    Practical Magic

    Midnight margaritas are a must while watching this spellbinding movie. In addition to its witch themes, Practical Magic has overtones of fall throughout based on its location, the wardrobe of the townspeople and the telepathic ways in which sisters Sally (Bullock) and Gillian (Kidman) communicate. Plus, the soundtrack is full of hits that’ll enhance anyone’s autumn festivities.


    When Harry Met Sally

    Sally’s sweater collection and iconic ‘80s wardrobe is reason enough to make this film a fall staple. Add in the autumn backdrop and witty banter and you’ve got a hit. Plus, the dynamic between Harry (Billy Crystal) and Sally (Ryan) is one for the books. It shows that maybe, just maybe, someone who you didn’t click with at first can become your best friend and eventual lover … fake orgasms and all.


    Remember the Titans

    Denzel Washington’s portrayal of Coach Herman Boone is memorable from start to finish in the 2000 flick. Set in Virginia, the football film is based on actual events from 1971 when segregation was in full swing in the south and coming together on the field helped transform the conversation around race throughout the U.S. Plus, it features a very young Ryan Gosling and Kate Bosworth, both of which are worth tuning in for.

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    Dead Poets Society

    Autumn means the beginning of school and Dead Poets Society is about being inspired by a somewhat controversial teacher while learning. The 1989 film stars the late Robin Williams as boarding school teacher John Keating, who uses poetry to break through to his students.


    Mystic Pizza

    Anything set in New England gives off fall vibes this time of year. The 1988 film, starring Julia Roberts as Daisy, Annabeth Gish as her sister Kat and Lili Taylor as her BFF Jojo, is a coming of age story set in Connecticut. The three girls are bonded over their work at a small-town pizza joint and begins at the end of summer as their lives are just about to change.

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    Sweet Home Alabama

    This Reese Witherspoon-helmed rom-com isn’t set in fall, but there is something about being in the south that makes fans feel like they’re in another time and place. Melanie’s (Witherspoon) down-home roots, homey vibes when in Alabama and cowboy boots and dress combos trick viewers into thinking it’s fall even if it isn’t.

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