People love to debate the merits of Rory's (Alexis Bledel) romantic partners on Gilmore Girls – ourselves included. But while we waste time talking about Dean (Jared Padalecki) vs. Jess (Milo Ventimiglia) vs. Logan (Matt Czuchry), we risk missing the truth that's right in front of our faces: Rory's one true pairing isn't a philandering mechanic, a sensitive bad boy, or a trust fund baby. It's Paris (Liza Weil).
Sure, they've had their ups and downs over the years, but what relationship hasn't? Though they started off as rivals when Rory begun at Chilton, the pair developed a complex, layered friendship that proved to be one of Rory's most fulfilling and reliable relationships by the series' end. Other than Lorelai, no one was more supportive of Rory when things were tough, and no one — not even Jess — was Rory's intellectual match (or superior) like Paris was. So in honor of Gilmore Girls' 20th anniversary, let's look back on 15 things that prove Rory and Paris are each other's soulmates.
Gilmore Girls is available to stream on Netflix.