It's been 15 years since cult favourite Gilmore Girls made its small-screen debut, and mother-daughter duo Lorelai and Rory Gilmore, played by Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel, carved out an everlasting place in fans' hearts. The show was also a launching post for some of TV's funniest actors, so Hello! is looking back at the most memorable (and hilarious!) faces to grace the eccentric streets of Stars Hollow.
Since the series' 2000 debut, comedians like Nick Offerman, Jane Lynch and Seth MacFarlane have grown way beyond their small cameos, going on to achieve major success in both film and TV (Seth even hosting 2013 Oscars!). And yet, we could never forget the colourful characters they played on TV’s most fast-talking, pop-culture obsessed show.
Max Greenfield made a brief appearance at Luke’s Diner in 2003 and later went on to become a household name with his flawless portrayal of funnyman Schmidt on The New Girl.
Before he stole our hearts as the adorably neurotic Seth Cohen on The OC, Adam Brody besotted the residents of Stars Hollow – and, in particular, one Lane Kim – as garage band drummer Dave Rygalski.
Springboarding off the success of his hit animated series, Family Guy, Seth MacFarlane joined Gilmore Girls for one episode as Lorelai’s snarky business school classmate Zach, and later returned in 2003 as the voice of Emily’s lawyer, Bob Merriam.
While Glee alum Jane Lynch may be best known for terrorizing the students of McKinley High School as overbearing cheerleading coach Sue Sylvester, she once went toe-to-toe with matriarch Emily Gilmore in the episode "Forgiveness and Stuff."
Krysten Ritter flexed her comedic skills as Rory’s trusty sidekick, Lucy, before graduating to leading-lady status in Don’t Trust the B in Apartment 23.
Celebrated for her laugh-out-loud impressions of Kim Kardashian West, Saturday Night Live performer Nasim Pedrad once played waitress to a heartbroken (and sufficiently drunk) Rory Gilmore.
The forever hilarious Nick Offerman of Parks and Recreation was the perfect choice to play Jackon’s boisterous brother, Beau Beauville (and brother-in-law to Melissa McCarthy’s Sookie).