Where’s she been? And who am I? That’s one secret I’ll never tell. You know you love me XoXo Gossip Girl.
Gossip Girl was a teen drama that aired on the CW from 2007-2012 that revolved around the frenimistad of Serena van der Woodsen (here on out to be known as Serena VD Woodsen for reasons that should be apparent soon enough) and Blair Waldorf and their friends, enemies, family and hookups. The show had more buzz than actual ratings due to its controversial advertising (WTF: Watch this fall!), bad stunt casting (Hillary Duff??? Elizabeth Hurley??? Lady Gaga???) and the constant tabloid sightings of stars Blake Lively, Leighton Meester (now Leighton Brody?), Ed Westwick, Chace Crawford and Penn Badgley. However, since it was on the CW, it lasted six seasons, four of them that probably shouldn’t have seen the light of day.
The major players the mysterious Gossip Girl blogs about include the aforementioned Serena, who falls in love every day that ends in y; Blair, who imagines herself Audrey Hepburn and has a ton of followers known as “The Mean Girls”; Chuck Bass, who is the son of an evil businessman and may be on the road to evil himself; Nate Archibald, who mainly is just there to look pretty (which he does well); “Lonely Boy” Dan Humphrey, who is from Brooklyn and is an outsider in love with Serena; Dan’s sister Jenny, who started the bad Humphrey Hair trend in Season 2; Vanessa, who is Dan’s annoying friend who honestly serves NO PURPOSE but lasted several seasons due to her off-screen relationship with Ed Westwick (Chuck Bass); Rufus, who is Dan’s Loser Dad whose band had a hit song in the 90s and knows Lisa Loeb; and Lily, Serena’s mom, who has slept with several rock stars and ex-French president Nicholas Sarkozy and helps the Spanish explain the difference between “de putamadre” (f*cking awesome) and “de puta madre” (Serena is born to a whore mother). (She’s the latter, of course.)
For six seasons, its fans rooted a bit too much for their couples and oooed and awweed over the fashions and hairdos (and hairdont’s if you played a character with the last name of Humphrey).
Every Tuesday, I’ll take a look back at the show that bravely explored frenimistad, backstabbing, hotel buying, web blogging and unintentional homosexual eroticism (at least, we think it was unintentional).