Netflix throwback: ‘Gossip Girl,’ tell your friends

What do you experience when you combine the work of Cecily von Ziegesar, Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage? You let yourself into the world of “Gossip Girl.” This television series, based on the book series written by Ziegesar, is the story of four teenage heartthrobs who are exposed to opulent wealth in the heart of the Upper East Side in New York City. Although the last season on air ended in 2012, it is still a Netflix classic today. It takes the saying “an oldie, but a goodie” to the next level.

While actors and actresses Blake Lively (“Green Lantern”), Leighton Meester (“The Judge”), Ed Westwick (“J. Edgar”) and Chace Crawford (“What to Expect When You’re Expecting”) manage to live their everyday lives, there are always a few outsiders driven to get in. Their every move is tracked by an online site that communicates to their peers via text message, usually stirring the pot with the most negative gossip possible. The leader of the online website is known as “Gossip Girl,” who refuses to reveal his or her identity until the last episode. That being said, there are 121 episodes throughout all six seasons and the wait is an absolute torture.

Chuck (Westwick), Nathaniel (Crawford), Blair (Meester) and Serena (Lively) enjoy parties, fine dining and sexual experimentation among each other throughout the series. Dan, actor Penn Badgely (“Easy A”), “Lonely Boy,”and Serena’s true love, struggles to find his way into the world of Upper East Side glamour, while staying true to his Brooklyn roots.

These five scandalous, attractive young adults find a way to do horrible things to each other repeatedly throughout the series, yet manage to remain best friends. “Gossip Girl” is such a twisted, yet remarkable show. It tells the story of wealthy kids struggling to perfect their everyday lives with someone constantly tracking their every move. Nate, Chuck, Blair and Serena demonstrate the meaning of true friendship and when push comes to shove, they will always be there for each other. Dan shows viewers that even outsiders can be successful, but you might have to take down the insiders first. The show attracts quite a large audience, usually in the 16-25 age range of. The characters are sexy, passionate, successful, wealthy and knowledgeable. True love is an asset of the show, and drama is always occurring. What more is there to love? So don’t brush this older show under the rug. Log into your Netflix account, search “Gossip Girl” and tune into the first episode. You will not regret it.

“You know you love me. Xoxo, Gossip Girl.”
Rating: 4 out of 5

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