Gossip Girl is an American teen drama television series based on the book series of the same name written by Cecily von Ziegesar. The series, created by Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage, originally ran on The CW for six seasons from September 19, 2007 to December 17, 2012. Narrated by the omniscient blogger “Gossip Girl”, voiced by Kristen Bell, the series revolves around the lives of privileged young adults on Manhattan’s Upper East Side in New York City.
The series begins with the return of Upper East Side it girl Serena van der Woodsen (Blake Lively) from a mysterious stay at a boarding school in Cornwall, Connecticut. Blair Waldorf (Leighton Meester), whom creators describe as the queen at the center of their chess game, is a longtime friend and occasional rival of Serena’s, and the queen bee of Constance Billard School’s social scene. The story also follows scholarship student Dan Humphrey (Penn Badgley), a self-described “outsider” from Brooklyn, “golden boy” Nate Archibald (Chace Crawford), Blair’s longtime boyfriend, and “bad boy” Chuck Bass (Ed Westwick), Nate’s best friend. Other characters of the turbulent Manhattan scene: Vanessa Abrams (Jessica Szohr), Dan’s best friend. Jenny Humphrey (Taylor Momsen), Dan’s younger sister. Lily van der Woodsen (Kelly Rutherford), Serena’s mother, and Rufus Humphrey (Matthew Settle), Dan and Jenny’s father, and Dorota (Zuzanna Szadkowski) Blair’s maid.
The success of Gossip Girl led to adaptations outside the United States. The show has received numerous award nominations, winning 18 Teen Choice Awards. The CW officially renewed Gossip Girl for a sixth and final season on May 11, 2012. The final season, consisting of 10 episodes, premiered on October 8, 2012, and ended on December 17, 2012.
Awards and accolades
|2008||Nominated||Artios Award||Outstanding Achievement in Casting – Television Pilot – Drama|
|2008||Nominated||ASTRA Award||Favourite International Program|
|2008||Won||Teen Choice Awards||Choice TV Show Drama|
|2008||Won||Teen Choice Awards||Choice TV Breakout Show|
|2008||Won||Teen Choice Awards||Choice TV Actress Drama||Blake Lively|
|2008||Won||Teen Choice Awards||Choice TV Breakout Female||Blake Lively|
|2008||Won||Teen Choice Awards||Choice TV Breakout Male||Chace Crawford|
|2008||Won||Teen Choice Awards||Choice TV Villain||Ed Westwick|
|2008||Nominated||Teen Choice Awards||Choice TV Actress Drama||Leighton Meester|
|2008||Nominated||Teen Choice Awards||Choice TV Actor Drama||Chace Crawford|
|2008||Nominated||Teen Choice Awards||Choice TV Actor Drama||Penn Badgley|
|2008||Nominated||Teen Choice Awards||Choice TV Breakout Female||Leighton Meester|
|2008||Nominated||Teen Choice Awards||Choice TV Breakout Female||Taylor Momsen|
|2008||Nominated||Teen Choice Awards||Choice TV Breakout Male||Ed Westwick|
|2008||Nominated||People’s Choice Award||Favorite New TV Drama|
|2009||Nominated||ASTRA Award||Favourite International Personality or Actor||Blake Lively|
|2009||Nominated||Costume Designers Guild||Outstanding Costume Design for Television Series – Contemporary||Eric Daman|
|2009||Nominated||Prism Award||Drama EpisodeFor episode “Woman on the Verge”|
|2009||Nominated||Prism Award||Performance in a Drama Episode||Blake Lively|
|2009||Nominated||ASTRA Award||Favourite International Program|
|2009||Won||Teen Choice Awards||Choice TV Show Drama|
|2009||Won||Teen Choice Awards||Choice TV Actor Drama||Chace Crawford|
|2009||Won||Teen Choice Awards||Choice TV Actress Drama||Leighton Meester|
|2009||Won||Teen Choice Awards||Choice TV Villain||Ed Westwick|
|2009||Nominated||Teen Choice Awards||Choice Music Soundtrack|
|2009||Nominated||Teen Choice Awards||Choice TV Actor Drama||Penn Badgley|
|2009||Nominated||Teen Choice Awards||Choice TV Parental Unit||Matthew Settle|
|2009||Won||Young Hollywood Awards||Breakthrough Performance Male||Ed Westwick|
|2010||Won||Teen Choice Awards||Choice TV Show Drama|
|2010||Won||Teen Choice Awards||Choice TV Actress Drama||Leighton Meester|
|2010||Won||Teen Choice Awards||Choice TV Actor Drama||Chace Crawford|
|2010||Won||Teen Choice Awards||Choice Female Scene Stealer||Hilary Duff|
|2010||Nominated||Teen Choice Awards||Choice TV Actress Drama||Blake Lively|
|2010||Nominated||Teen Choice Awards||Choice TV Actor Drama||Penn Badgley|
|2010||Nominated||Teen Choice Awards||Choice TV Villain||Ed Westwick|
|2011||Nominated||People’s Choice Award||Favorite TV Drama Actress||Blake Lively|
|2011||Nominated||People’s Choice Award||Favorite TV Drama Actor||Chace Crawford|
|2011||Won||Teen Choice Awards||Choice TV Show Drama|
|2011||Won||Teen Choice Awards||Choice TV Actress: Drama||Blake Lively|
|2011||Won||Teen Choice Awards||Choice TV Actor: Drama||Chace Crawford|
|2011||Nominated||Teen Choice Awards||Choice TV Actor: Drama||Penn Badgley|
|2012||Nominated||People’s Choice Awards||Favorite TV Drama Actress||Blake Lively|
|2012||Nominated||Teen Choice Awards||Choice TV Drama Series|
|2012||Nominated||Teen Choice Awards||Choice TV Drama Actress||Leighton Meester|
|2012||Nominated||Teen Choice Awards||Choice TV Drama Actor||Ed Westwick|
|2012||Nominated||Teen Choice Awards||Choice TV Drama Actor||Penn Badgley|
|2012||Nominated||Teen Choice Awards||Choice TV Villain||Michelle Trachtenberg|
|2013||Nominated||People’s Choice Awards||Favorite Network TV Drama||Gossip Girl|
|2013||Nominated||Teen Choice Awards||Choice TV Show: Drama|
|2013||Nominated||Teen Choice Awards||Choice TV Actor: Drama||Penn Badgley|
|2013||Nominated||Teen Choice Awards||Choice TV Actress: Drama||Blake Lively|
U.S. television ratings
The series premiere was watched by 3.50 million viewers and achieved a 1.6 Adults 18–49, coming in last place in its 9:00 pm timeslot on Wednesday nights. However, the show was noted to have held the best audience retention of America’s Next Top Model. The season ended with 3.00 million viewers. The second season premiered with 3.43 million viewers. The second season ended with 2.23 million viewers. The third season premiered with 2.55 million viewers. The third season ended with 1.96 million viewers. The fourth season premiered to 1.83 million viewers and a 1.0 for adults 18–49. Episode 4.04 hit season highs in all categories with a 2.8 rating in The CW’s target of Women 18–34, a 1.7 in Adults 18–34 and 1.1 in Adults 18–49. The fourth season ended with 1.36 million viewers. The fifth season premiered with 1.37 million viewers. The fifth season ended with 1.44 million viewers.
Despite this, throughout season five, Gossip Girl continued to see a decrease in viewers. Season six premiered to 0.78 million viewers, making it not only the least viewed season premiere for the series, but also the least viewed episode in show’s six-year run. The following episode saw a decrease to 0.76 million viewers, which once again marked a new series low in terms of viewers. The series finale was watched by 1.55 million viewers, the highest viewed episode since season four.
|Season||Timeslot||Season premiere||Season finale||TV season||Rank||U.S. viewers
|September 19, 2007||May 19, 2008||2007–08||#196||2.35||1.2|
|2||Monday 8/7c||September 1, 2008||May 18, 2009||2008–09||#168||2.48||1.4|
|3||Monday 9/8c||September 14, 2009||May 17, 2010||2009–10||#135||2.02||1.1|
|4||September 13, 2010||May 16, 2011||2010–11||#139||1.64||0.8|
|5||Monday 8/7c||September 26, 2011||May 14, 2012||2011–12||#188||1.18||0.6|
|6||Monday 9/8c||October 8, 2012||December 17, 2012||2012–13||140||0.90||0.5|
The series was the 5th most-binged TV series on Subscription Video-on-Demand (SVOD) Services; derived from NPD’s VideoWatch Digital, consumer tracker based on data from 313,866 SVOD TV transactions across 26,176 SVOD subscribers that were completed between January 2012 and January 2013.
Gossip Girl aired on The CW on Mondays. In addition to the television broadcast of the show, episodes of Gossip Girl have also been released on the Internet. In October 2011, The CW signed a deal allowing all Gossip Girl episodes to be streamed on Netflix. The same month, the network signed a deal with Hulu. Both CWTV.com and Hulu streamed episodes for free, but only the five most recent installments were available for viewing. All seasons of Gossip Girl are also available through the iTunes Store and Amazon Video where each episode can be purchased separately or in complete season sets.
As of 2012, the series was broadcast in 197 countries.
On July 25, 2012, Style Network announced that it had acquired the off-network rights to Gossip Girl and started airing repeats of the show on August 15, 2012.
The DVD sets of each season were released in various regions after their television broadcast.
|DVD Name||Release dates||Technical details||Bonus Features|
|The Complete First Season||August 19, 2008||August 18, 2008||October 22, 2008||April 15, 2009||
|The Complete Second Season||August 18, 2009||September 28, 2009||October 2, 2009||October 28, 2009||
|The Complete Third Season||August 24, 2010||August 23, 2010||October 2, 2010||September 1, 2010||
|The Complete Fourth Season||August 23, 2011||August 15, 2011||September 2011||September 7, 2011||
|The Complete Fifth Season||September 25, 2012||September 3, 2012||October 12, 2012||September 12, 2012||
|The Complete Sixth and Final Season||February 12, 2013||February 18, 2013||July 19, 2013||February 27, 2013||
|The Complete Series||February 12, 2013||February 18, 2013||July 19, 2013||TBA||
- In Australia there is alternative cover art for Season 1. There are also three different versions of Season 2 (the standard edition, a special 8-disc edition, and an alternative cover art—which is the same cover art used for Season 2, Part 2 in the UK).
- Season 2 was first released in two parts in Region 2. Part One was released on April 13, 2009 and Part Two was released on August 10, 2009, while the complete season was released later, on September 28, 2009.
The first soundtrack of the TV series, OMFGG – Original Music Featured On Gossip Girl, No. 1 was released digitally on September 2, 2008 and in stores on October 28, 2008.
The show has also made an impact on the fashion world, with multiple clothing lines and other products.
In 2009, Anna Sui created a line inspired by Gossip Girl.
On September 16, 2011, it was announced that Warner Bros. and label Romeo & Juliet Couture had partnered to create Gossip Girl ’s official clothing line inspired by lead characters Serena van der Woodsen and Blair Waldorf. The launch of the fashion line took place on September 26, 2011, the same day as the premiere of the fifth season.
Cosmetics online retailer Birchbox and Gossip Girl have teamed up to create a special Birchbox edition filled with beauty products inspired by the show. The products were chosen by Gossip Girl ’s makeup department head, Amy Tagliamonti, and hair department head, Jennifer Johnson.
Gossip Girl spawned several adaptations in other countries. The Turkish version is known as Küçük Sırlar (Little Secrets). On March 5, 2012, it was reported that Warner Bros. International Television and Metan Development Group would produce a Chinese teen drama series called China Girl inspired by Gossip Girl. Production was set to start in June 2012 with the show airing in November. The show will follow the lives of students at a university instead of a high school. A Mexican version of the series has been greenlit as well by Mexican producer Pedro Torres and is titled Gossip Girl: Acapulco. The show will star Sofía Sisniega, Oka Giner, Jon Ecker, Vadhir Derbez, Diego Amozurrutia, and Macarena Achaga. Filming of the Mexican adaptation began in January 2013 and the series aired in July 5, 2013 on Televisa. A demo of the series was released. The show will also air in the United States on Univision in 2014. The show was not renewed for a second season. In Thailand aired on Channel 3 beginning July 16, 2015, dubbed as Gossip Girl Thailand.