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.
This show has been called "mindblowingly inappropriate" by the Parents Television Council and "every parent's worst nightmare" for its depiction of teen drug and alcohol use. Based on a series of eleven bestselling and controversial novels by Cecily von Ziegesar, Gossip Girl follows the lives of a small circle of privileged, prep-school friends living in New York's Upper East Side as they realistically confront teenage issues (namely, sex, drugs, relationships, bulimia).
The series features a gossipy voiceover narrative (by Kristen Bell), who blogs about her exclusive circle of friends: Serena van der Woodsen (Blake Lively), her best friend Blair Waldorf (Leighton Meester), Blair's on-again-off-again boyfriend, Nate Archibald (Chace Crawford), Nate's best friend Chuck Bass (Ed Westwick), Serena's boyfriend, Dan Humphrey (Penn Badgley), his sister Jenny Humphrey (Taylor Momsen), and best friend Vanessa Abrams (Jessica Szohr).
New York City is prominently featured in the eighteen episodes of season one. Season One kicks off with Serena's return to New York City from a mysterious self-imposed exile following her sexual tryst with her best friend's boyfriend, which was witnessed by corrupt bad-boy, Chuck. Combining cleverly-titled episodes ("The Wild Brunch," "The Handmaiden's Tale," "Seventeen Candles," "Roman Holiday," "The Thin Line between Chuck and Nate," "The Blair Bitch Project," and "Woman on the Verge"), with well-drawn characters, spot-on ensemble casting, intelligent plot lines, and an edgy, indie-alt musical soundtrack by The Trancenders, Gossip Girl is simply sensational televsion at its best.
Filmed in New York and based on the popular series of young-adult novels by Cecily von Ziegesar, "Gossip Girl" is from Alloy Entertainment in association with Warner Bros. Television and CBS Paramount Television Inc. with executive producers Josh Schwartz ("The O.C.") & Stephanie Savage ("The O.C."), Bob Levy ("Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2"), Leslie Morgenstein ("Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants"), John Stephens ("The O.C."), and co-executive producer Joshua Safran.