List of popular actors and musicians who appeared as themselves or in minor roles in Gilmore Girls episodes.
- Mad Men's Jon Hamm played Lorelai's crush Payton Sanders.
- Former adult films actress Traci Lords played interior designer Natalie Zimmerman.
- "Family Guy" creator Seth MacFarlane appeared as Zach in a season 2 episode and voiced an unseen lawyer in season 3.
- Mr. Robot's Rami Malek was Lane's classmate from the Seventh-day Adventist college.
- Community's Danny Pudi appeared as Raj, a writer for the Yale Daily News.
- Paul Anka appeared in Lorelai's dream sequence together with Paul Anka the dog.
- Sonic Youth's Kim Gordon and Thurston Moore, together with their daughter Coco were among the bands that invaded Stars Hollow after the town troubadour signed a major label deal.
- Yo La Tengo was another one of those bands.
- Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright appeared as herself (and Rory's mother) in Rory's dream sequence.
- Christiane Amanpour appeared as herself as a guest at the Dragonfly Inn.
- Norman Mailer appeared as himself. He was the first person Sookie told she was pregnant.