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Netflix Series Review: Gossip Girl

Ladies and gentlemen of the internet, by reading the title, you should already know what’s about to go down. And if you don’t, well go ahead and educate yourself with this article because I am about to detail one of the most iconic TV shows ever to grace the airwaves. Gossip Girl shaped generations and inspired many to move to the big apple, or wish they went to a private school on the upper east side, including me. From argyle headbands to knee-high socks, the 6-season series is one of the best shows I have ever watched in my entire life.

Airing for the first time in 2007, Gossip Girl made its run all the way up until 2012. Starring the likes of Leighton Meester, Ed Westwick, Penn Badgley, and Blake Lively, the star-studded cast never disappointed. Similar to the Vampire Diary's, this show had the conundrum of the main character not being as good as the side characters. It revolves around Serena, played by Blake Lively, and quite frankly, I wish it would have had more emphasis on her brunette counterpart, Blair, played by Leighton Meester. Serena is boy crazy, and while that relatively normal for a girl her age, at the same time, I felt as though she was a bit excessive about it. Meanwhile, Blair is about Chuck and Chuck only pretty much the whole show. While sometimes she may falter, as does he, and eventually (spoiler alert), it all works out. She's just so much more mature through the seasons, and honestly, if I were to hang out with either of them, it would be Blair every time.

Not only are the main characters strong, but their secondaries bring just as much spice in their storylines. “Lonely boy” is the unlikely knight in shining armor, bringing hope to underdogs everywhere and displaying family problems as a lower-class family in an upper-class world. When I watched the show the first time, I related heavily to his younger sister, Jenny, and her passion for fashion and desire to be in the world of the elites. Her web tangles with the likes of NY's bad boy, Chuck Bass, Blair's boo, as well. Showing his colors in a not as pleasurable way, yet also providing a lot of needed character development. Making me want a Chuck Bass of my very own. Then you've got Nate. Besides infidelity, Nate stays relatively neutral through the majority of the show. He has his own pretty intense family struggles, yet in the end, I'd describe him as "old faithful," and we're all rooting for his success.

Not going to lie, I don't cry often, but the last episode of the show had me bawling. I've seen it twice all the way through now, as I like to wait a few years before re-watching, and every time I watch it, I become more enthralled than the last. This show can evolve with you and your growth.

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