Gossip Girl (2007-2012)

As I finally finished ‘Gossip Girl’ today, I thought I’d write a review on it. A couple of years behind, I know, but I prefer to watch programmes after they’ve finished so I don’t have to wait for the next episode. I’m not so good with suspense and waiting, I tend to get impatient. But six series later and it’s finally finished and I have to say it is such a good show. Even though, I had two massive breaks in between watching them all, I was hooked in each three times. I believe there has to be some breaks, otherwise it just takes over your life. It’s a very addictive show.

So what is ‘Gossip Girl’ even about? Set in New York City, and filmed there too, the show follows the lives of the Upper East Side; the rich, popular, have everything want everything kind. Gossip Girl in the show is an internet website posting about the main characters lives, all their truths and secrets, everything is exposed; and to say the least, the programme always has something going on. There is a focus on fashion and art because the world that is based upon is full of money; fashion is definitely key to the characters and to express their personalities. So the main characters? Firstly, there’s the blonde star of the show, Serena van der Woodsen (Blake Lively). Then her best friend, well sometimes best friend, they go through a lot in the show, is the mean “Queen B” Blair Waldorf (Leighton Meester).Serena and BlairThere’s of course the bad boy, who throughout the film strangely becomes the dark horse for the audience to start to love, no matter how unbelievable at the beginning, this is Chuck Bass (Ed Westwick). Then there’s the guy that all the girls want to be with, the rich boy trying to find his own way in life, Nate Archibald (Chace Crawford). Lastly, there’s the character that doesn’t quite fit in, the one who tries all he can, but doesn’t ever seem to get there as he’s not from the Upper East Side, he has his ups and downs, but realistically he is always known as the “Brooklyn Lonely Boy”, this is Dan Humphrey (Penn Badgley).

Nate, Chuck and Dan

All of the characters interlink with each other, and are confronted in one way or another.

There are also some reoccurring characters that also become key to the plot in different series. One of these is Georgina Sparks (Michelle Trachtenberg), someone that can’t be trusted, the master of scheming is probably best for her character personality. Additionally, there are the parents, most significantly Dan’s father, Rufus (Matthew Settle), and Serena’s mother, Lily (Kelly Rutherford). Both having their own significant stories. In Blair’s life there is Dorota (Zuzanna Szadkowski), her maid, who I believe is a great character, even if she isn’t one of the main protagonists. Also, Dan’s sister, Jenny (Taylor Momsen), Serena’s brother Eric (Connor Paolo) and Vanessa Abrams (Jessica Szohr) are all key characters in certain series. There are obviously many more characters, but somehow it doesn’t become confusing to who is who, especially that most characters are stuck to their plot line in their series; so as a new character comes in, one leaves. All of them have their own plot lines and something big happens to all, so you can understand how many things are going on at once. I love most of the characters, I think they’re all great in their own way, they’re scheming and funny, and they make the show so great. Moreover, they’re all so different, so there is a character for everyone to love.

To say the shows contains scandals and lots of drama would be an understatement. Seriously, I’ve never watched a show with so much drama in it, and that’s saying something because I’ve watched a lot of TV series. A great thing about the show as well is that it also has the shock factor, things you wouldn’t expect to happen. The characters all have their secrets and the audience is not always known to what they are; especially to who Gossip Girl is, which isn’t released until the final episode. But because of all these secrets and how the show is created, you become attached to the characters, more so than you would in a film, and sometimes you love them, next minute you hate them, then you love them again. You just never know who can be trusted and what the character’s real agendas are. This is what makes the TV programme so addictive, you just want to know everything that has happened or how things are going to spin out. Even though some plots are best kept in their series, some are continuous throughout the show. This is clever in making not just one series addictive but all of them. For example, the relationship between Blair and Chuck, this is definitely something that audiences have been hooked on and wandering if anything would happen, and I’m not spoiling anything, so I’ll leave it there.

I would probably say that this is not a show for young children, and is probably aimed at teenagers and young adults. A lot of the scandals are revolved around sex, and there is the occasional swearing.

If you’re wanting a show full of drama and scandals, yet characters to love, then ‘Gossip Girl’ would be at the top of your list. I highly recommend it. But then again, it probably is for certain people. But nevertheless I would still recommend. It’s a teen drama with numerous shocking scandals and stressful moments. Things happen that are good, many that are bad. ‘Gossip Girl’ is definitely an emotional TV programme, besides it is following the lives of the same five characters for six series.


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