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  • Giulia Detlefsen

Gossip Girl

Gossip Girl is a popular American tv-series made by Josh Schwarz and Stephani Savage, based on a book called “Gossip Girl” written by Cecily von Ziegesar. It has six seasons, with the first season first aired in 2007 and the last season in 2012. The narrator is the unknown blogger “Gossip Girl”, whose identity is only be revealed in the last episode. The tv-series revolves around privileged upper-class teenagers, who live in Manhattan and attend Jude's School- an exclusive private school on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. Gossip Girl is also referred to as an online blog, where people's secrets are exposed. 

Characters include Serena van der Woodsen, played by Blake Lively, Blake Waldorf, played by Leighton Meester, Lily, played by Kelly Rutherford, Dan Humphrey played by Penn Badgley, Nate Archibald, played by Chase Crowford, Chuck Bass, played by Ed Westwick, Jenny Humphrey, played by Taylor Momsen, Vanessa Abrams, played by Jessica Szohr, Rufus Humphrey, played by Matthew Settle and Ivy Dickens, played by Kaylee DeFer. 

The television show begins as Serena van der Woodsen returns to Manhattan, after being away for one year in a boarding school, expecting to have her old life back. Her best friend Blair Waldorf was not too happy about her return, considering Serena had left her. Gossip Girl thinks that Blair’s boyfriend, Nate Archibald, has always had a thing for Serena. Nate’s best friend Chuck Bass is known for not caring about anyone but himself and being extremely wealthy. Dan Humphrey is a boy who has always loved Serana. His 14-year-old sister called Jenny Humphrey tries to befriend Blair and fit in high society, because, although she and her brother go to a private and exclusive school, her family comes from the poor side of New York. Jenny ends up having some problems with Chuck Bass. Vanessa Abrams is Dan’s best friends and also comes from the poor side of New York. 

The success of Gossip Girl led to many adaptations outside the United States. The show received numerous award nominations and won 18 teen choice awards. A sequel series, also titled “Gossip Girl”, aired in 2021 and was directed by the original executive producers Schwartz, Savage and Safran. This series focuses on a new cast of characters from a different perspective in the same setting—like a sort of a shared universe. The scandalous plotlines of “Gossip Girl” are what gained its massive fame and popularity, and even the wrath of parents worldwide. Blair was a ruthless schemer, Chuck threw about his privilege, and a lot of the conspiracies were cutthroat, which was the main appeal of the show. The main message tells us that family is everything, but being family doesn’t mean that you must be blood related. In 2008, The New York Times reported that the show has had a profound impact on retail, saying “Gossip Girl” is probably “the first to have been conceived, in part, as a fashion marketing vehicle”. While it has had modest success in terms of ratings, it “may well be the biggest influence in the youth culture market”. 

“Gossip Girl” is one of my favourite television series and I would highly recommend it for anyone who likes drama, plot twists and teenagers’ life and school struggles. Officially it is rated a 14. 

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