9 things nobody wants to admit about Gossip Girl

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NEW YORK – MARCH 14: Actresses Blake Lively and Leighton Meester on location for ‘Gossip Girl’ on March 14, 2008 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/WireImage) /

From 2007 to 2012, the most fashionable, chaotic, and privileged teenagers in New York City had their personal lives picked apart by the invisible gossip-mongering mastermind aptly known as Gossip Girl. Based on the books of the same name by Cecily von Ziegesar, the teen drama series became a staple of The CW’s early days as a network and an era-defining show for late-aughts teen millennials. All in all, it’s a time capsule of headbands, Razr cellphones, and Jason Derulo songs.

Not only was the show a massive hit as the New York City-set answer to sizzling West Coast teen dramas like The O.C. and Beverly Hills, 90210, but it helped launch its entire cast to superstardom. Blake Lively, Leighton Meester, Penn Badgley, Chace Crawford, Ed Westwick, Taylor Momsen, and more are still famous and talented stars appearing in some of the biggest movies and shows of the moment. (Perhaps Badgley’s role as Dan foretold his future as stalker Joe Goldberg in Netflix’s You.)

Throughout its six-season run on The CW, Gossip Girl grabbed headlines for all the right and so-wrong-it’s-right reasons. Parents were up in arms over the skin and sexuality, while the young audience was eating up every soapy twist and turn. But not everyone agrees on everything about the show. Blair’s relationships with both Chuck and Dan are still debated to this day, as are so many more of the show’s other couples and storylines.

Let’s dig into some of the things nobody wants to admit about Gossip Girl, like the fact that the writers should have considered a time jump to skip college and the show’s standing as the last great teen drama of its kind. Since fans continue to rewatch all 121 episodes over and over, there are a multitude of hot takes about the series, but we’re starting our list of nine right in the deep end with Chuck and Blair. Should they have ended up together?