The television show Gossip Girl made a big splash in the media when it came out. It aired on September 19, 2007 on The CW, and there was almost nothing like it. It had all the drama of a soap opera, but had all the ritz and success of a higher-brow show. Plus, it was aimed at a teen audience. The teens seemed to be worldlier than the teens of shows like The O.C. or One Tree Hill. At one point, New York magazine even called it the “Greatest Teen Drama of All Time.”
The show is narrated by the omniscient blogger known as Gossip Girl, who is voiced by actress Kristen Bell. Throughout the entire series, viewers are left to wonder who Gossip Girl is. The show follows upper class “it” girl Serena van der Woodsen –played by Blake Lively—through her life and experiences with her friends (and frenemies) as she takes over Manhattan’s Upper East Side. The plot also follows Penn Badgley’s character Dan Humphrey, who—because of his socio-economic status—is an outsider looking in at the glamorous lives of his Upper East Side counterparts.
If you already knew all that stuff, and consider yourself a big fan, be aware that this quiz has a lot of spoilers. It is only for real fans who know all the ins and out to the lives of S, the Queen Bee and Lonely Boy.
1Where was Serena when she left the city for a year?
The first character viewers meet in the pilot is Serena van der Woodsen. She is gorgeous, blonde and has legs for days. She is the daughter of William and Lily van der Woodsen. She has been away, but is now back in New York City. She comes to realize that a lot has changed in her world while she was away. A lot of her friends are not pleased that she is back, especially her best friend Blair Waldorf. She was away from the city for a year. Where was she?
2Where do Nate, Chuck, and Dan go to high school?
Nate Archibald is considered the “golden boy of the Upper East Side.” He starts the show dating Blair, but then things get hairy. Chuck Bass is Nate’s best friend and is the TV show’s bad boy that viewers love to hate. He is probably the character who viewers see grow the most. Dan, like mentioned earlier, is an outsider looking in who manages to get a scholarship to the same school where Nate and Chuck also attend. Where do Nate, Chuck, and Dan go to high school?
3Which character was played by a different actor or actress in the pilot?
The gorgeous Serena van der Woodsen is played by Blake Lively, who originally turned down the role because of plans to go to college. Blair Waldorf is played by Leighton Meester, who dyed her hair brown for the audition. Chuck Bass is played by the British actor Ed Westwick, who originally tried out for the part of Nate, but casting directors said he looked too much like a serial killer. Which character was played by a different actor or actress in the pilot?
4Which of Blair’s parties does Jenny make invitations for to gain a spot on the guest list?
Much like her brother Dan, Jenny Humphrey is an outsider looking in. But unlike Dan, Jenny longs more than anything to be part of the Upper East Siders’ inner circle. She is a social climber who will bend over backwards to please Blair, and Blair knows it. Blair often uses Jenny for her own benefit. Interestingly enough, Jenny does not realize that she doesn’t need Blair or any of the Upper East Siders. Which of Blair’s parties does Jenny make invitations for to gain a spot on the guest list?