Gossip Girl was the show no one should have needed because The O.C was already a thing. And a very popular thing.
But somehow, the story of a group of New York high school students, most notably a blonde (Serena, played by Blake Lively) and a brunette (Blair, played by Leighton Meester), developed a cult following.
In the golden year, 2oo8, it was the show all the ‘kids’ were watching. Everyone needed to be a Serena or a Blair (an identity determined solely by your hair colour), and desperately wanted to find an arrogant, bad boy like Chuck (…I think most people forgot he was an attempted rapist), or an ‘outsider’, undercover gossip like Dan, or a very boring, one dimensional guy like Nate.
We could only dream.
While the series was addictive, with characters that allowed for unparalleled escapism, it inarguably had many, many faults.
Did it go for too long? A lil bit. Probably should have ended in about season three. Four at the latest.
Were the uniforms entirely unrealistic? Definitely. They were highly inappropriate and likely put real life teachers who had to enforce uniform rules in an awkward position for years to come.
But most importantly, was it... ridiculous? Oh yes. Very much so.
I think it's very relevant and also timely to revisit the most utterly absurd things that happened on Gossip Girl.
When Chuck owned a club. Before he was legally allowed to drink.
In season one, Chuck Bass buys a burlesque club, Victrola. He's a high school student. Who the hell allows a teenager to buy a club they technically can't even enter?
But, you know, it's season one. Maybe the writers were just warming up. A little absurdity in a plot line is forgivable.
But then IT HAPPENS AGAIN.
In season three, Chuck has only just finished high school when he inherits money from his father and uses it to buy a club. The goddamn legal drinking age in the US is 21 and this guy STILL cannot legally enter the venue he owns. Pls.