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Gossip Girl is an American television teen drama series that aired on The CW from September 19, 2007 to December 17, 2012.

Summary Edit

Season one Edit

The first season's main focus is Serena van der Woodsen's sudden return to the Upper East Side following her mysterious disappearance. Everyone is extremely shocked at her sudden return after first sightings of her spread across the web, when she is spotted at Grand Central station including her best friend, Blair Waldorf. It turns out Serena returns from Boarding School to see her suicidal brother, Eric. Blair soon finds out that Serena had slept with her boyfriend, Nate Archibald, the night of her disappearance. Meanwhile, Brooklyn boy Dan Humphrey and Serena begin dating while Nate struggles with his feelings for Blair. The two try to salvage what's left of their relationship, only leaving Blair to lose her virginity to Nate's best friend, Chuck Bass, instead. Jenny Humphrey constantly tries to make it in this upscale world by following around Blair and her friends. Rufus Humphrey, her father, worries that Jenny may be losing herself as she strives for popularity. Vanessa Abrams, Dan's best friend, returns. We find out that Dan had confessed his love for Vanessa in the past, but the two move beyond this as friends, considering Dan is now with Serena. It is discovered that Lilly van der Woodsen and Rufus Humphrey have a romantic past, yet both struggle with other relationships. The two decide to see other people in light of their children's romance. Blair and Nate eventually break up, after finally having sex, despite her affair with Chuck. Nate finds out about the affair and he and Chuck stop associating with one another. Throughout the season, Chuck tries to seduce Blair and the two somewhat come to terms with their feelings for each other. Georgina Sparks, past friend of Serena, comes back and causes havoc, including outting Eric van der Woodsen. Georgina's return reminds Serena of the real reason she left the Upper East Side. Problems erupt between Dan and Serena, since Serena tries to hide her secret from him and Georgina (pretending to be Sarah) manipulates Dan. It is revealed that the true reason Serena left the Upper East Side was because she was involved in a drug-related death and felt responsible for the situation. However, the incident is finally resolved and Georgina leaves. However, Dan and Serena's relationship is in ruins and the two decide to break it off. Meanwhile, Lilly accepts her proposal from Bart Bass, despite her ever-present feelings for Rufus, and the season ends with a Bass wedding and Blair waiting for Chuck at the airport.

Cast Edit

Main Edit

  • Blake Lively as Serena van der Woodsen
  • Leighton Meester as Blair Waldrof
  • Penn Badgley as Dan Humphrey
  • Chace Crawford as Nate Archibald
  • Taylor Momsen as Jenny Humphrey
  • Ed Westwick as Chuck Bass
  • Kelly Rutherford as Lily van der Woodsen
  • Matthew Settle as Rufus Humphrey
  • Jessica Szohr as Vanessa Abrams
  • Kaylee DeFer as Ivy Dickens

Extended/Recurring Edit

  • Magaret Colin as Eleanor Waldrof-Rose
  • Connor Pablo as Eric van der Woodsen
  • Michelle Trachtenberg as Georgina Sparks

Season overview Edit

Season Episodes First air date Last air date
Season 1 18 September 19, 2007 May 19, 2008
Season 2 25 September 1, 2008 May 18, 2009
Season 3 22 September 14, 2009 May 17, 2010
Season 4 22 September 13, 2010 May 16, 2011
Season 5 24 September 26, 2011 May 14, 2012
Season 6 10 October 8, 2012 December 17, 2012

Production Edit

Development Edit

The Gossip Girl book series was originally supposed to be adapted into a film starring Lindsay Lohan with head Gilmore Girls creator Amy Sherman-Palladino. When the film project did not get off the ground, Stephanie Savage and Josh Schwartz took over the project to create a television series. As of October 2006, Schwartz was working on the pilot. He said: "I was very skeptical. I don't want to do The O.C. NYC. But I thought the books were smart. The characters are worldly in a way that Orange County kids aren't." The characteristics for each character in the pilot were based on the first Gossip Girl book. In January 2007, the show was given the green light by The CW.

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