Based on the novel series by Cecily von Ziegesar, “Gossip Girl” had an unmistakable impact on pop culture, as noted by E! Online. From the very beginning, “Gossip Girl” showed teenagers at their most excessive –- obscenely wealthy, flaunting the law, and hosting extravagant events most of us could only dream of. Over six seasons, the show dove deep into the lives of the wealthiest private school teenagers on the Upper East Side of New York City.
Blake Lively stars as Serena van der Woodsen, who returns to high school on the Upper East Side after being absent for mysterious reasons. Blair Waldorf (Leighton Meester), Serena’s best friend, discovers that her boyfriend, Nate Archibald (Chace Crawford), slept with Serena the night she disappeared. This leads Blair to sleep with Chuck Bass (Ed Westwick), Nate’s best friend — high drama indeed.
While “Gossip Girl” isn’t really a thriller, it’s very much a high-stakes tale full of twists and turns. The drama is of the highest importance as well –- these are teenagers, after all! Running through the entire series is the mystery of who the titular gossip girl is, and, though the reveal at the end wasn’t exactly a success, the show has remained relevant even after its sixth and final season aired. The show’s impact has even resulted in a reboot series on HBO Max, ensuring that the popularity of one of the 2000’s biggest shows will live on for an entirely new audience.