Gossip Girl - Season 1 [DVD]
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Based on the teen novels by Cecily Von Ziegesar, the utterly addictive Gossip Girl follows the lives and loves of a group of rich New York teens.
When the privileged prep school teens on Manhattan's Upper East Side first learn that Serena van der Woodsen (Blake Lively, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants) is back in town the way they learn all the important news in their lives: from the blog of the all-knowing albeit ultra-secretive Gossip Girl. No one knows Gossip Girl's identity, but everyone in this exclusive and complicated vicious circle relies on her website and text messages for the latest scoop. Even Serena's closest friend, Blair Waldorf (Leighton Meester, Entourage), is surprised to find that Serena has suddenly ended her self-imposed exile to boarding school and returned to Manhattan.
Keeping track of the shifting friendships, jealousies and turmoil in this wealthy and complex world isn't easy, but it's what Gossip Girl does best.
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Loosely based on the books by Cecily Von Ziegesar, Gossip Girl focuses on a privileged group of New York teenagers and their comparably glamorous social lives. When Serena van der Woodsen suddenly returns from boarding school with no explanation, it takes no time for tongues to start wagging. Cue "Gossip Girl", the voice behind the website gluing together all the characters in this entertaining show, who reports on what everyone in their social circle is up to. Nobody knows who is behind the site, but everyone pays attention to what it has to say. It is the website mechanic that gives Gossip Girl a new twist on its rival teen dramas. The cast, too, have plenty of punch, with the likes of Blake Lively (Serena), Leighton Meester (Blair) and Taylor Momsen (Jenny) just some of the highlights among a good ensemble.
Gossip Girl is ultimately a fun, enjoyable drama that knows its target audience and hits it very well. Slickly packaged and easy on the eye, its a fine piece of television drama, and has enough here to suggest a long and successful run on our screens. --Jon Foster
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Serena, who is relegated to an outsider because she disappeared from boarding school for six months, forms an alliance with the real outsider. He is attracted to her, but she is only attracted to him because he is an outsider. Eventually, he sees her for what she really is and decides to part company with her. This forces her to establish a real relationship with him and it seems to work. Over a period of time he is absorbed into high society and achieves his goal of pulling himself up by the hips and being accepted into the society that he is aspiring towards.
Essentially the series revolves around a blog, posted to a website and sent as a mobile phone alert, written by "Gossip Girl". Gossip girl is a secretive character, who remains unidentified, and updates with all the scandalous details of the elite's lives.
Primarily the lives of Serena and her closest friend Blair are the main focus and the boyfriends and scandals occurring within their lives. But Serena has been away for a while and she seems different. But why did she leave? And why did she come back? All intriguing questions to keep you hooked.
I love the series and the characters are all likeable and interesting. The only problem I somtimes have is keeping track of everyones lives and who is dating who. This is something that seems to be equally confusing throughout the entire show and future series.
Overall, I absolutely love this program and watch it religiously. I would recommend it to anyone who loves scandal and, well, gossip. A fun show - worth having the boxset so you can watch it when you want.
This is a great show and the characters are deep and believable(except for their age) and I was hooked. The idea that 'BIG Brother is watching' (aka Gossip Girl) and everything that happens is open to 'gossip'- is twisted and manipulated by those in power- is a horrifying concept taken to the nth degree. Does it happen to this generation? I don't know. It sure didn't happen in my generation :)
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