It was not until after the show came to the end that I finally decided to watch Gossip Girl. Starting in September of 2007, 9 years ago today, and ending in 2012 did this 6 season show focused around American teen drama reach its peak with America’s youth. When watching the show I was so focused on the overly dramatic scenes to even notice what truly attracted me to the show. It was the style of writing and the way in which the writers were able to incorporate serious topics along a dramatic love story. Each character had perfectly witty lines along with their glamour life that was narrated by clever and crafty Gossip Girl herself.
Although the show got mixed reviews because many thought it was too raunchy or had no substance, I found it to be the exact opposite. It easily places the characters in scenarios in which they are forced to face serious issues that are at times uncomfortable to talk about. The show targets a multitude of social issues that teens face everyday including bullying, heartache, gossip, drug use, family issues, divorce, alcohol abuse, and so much more. I think as a teen watching this, I learned a lot about situations other teens may have been facing. The show not only shows how the characters get themselves into these issues but also the consequences that follow them which provided knowledge for the younger viewers.
With that said, I also understand where the negative remarks are made about the show. The lifestyle these Upper East Siders was not always so glamorous as it is was made out to be. In Season 1, the high schoolers are drinking until they are getting drunk in upscale establishments all over Manhattan. It was made very clear that none of the characters were of legal drinking age at this point and throughout their night rages none were ever carded or reprimanded by an adult. Many saw this as the show encouraging underage drinking but if you look at it from the other view point you saw once again the presentation of the consequences that come from alcohol abuse and ultimately deter teens from drinking.
With all this said, the story not only shed some light on these heavy topics but also gave viewers a thrilling love story that took a turn in every corner. With the popular group of friends showing the viewers how technology can truly increase communication in our generation, it is no question why the storyline is named Gossip Girl. The show constantly had you on the edge of your seat wanting to learn more about the characters upscale lifestyle.
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