Parents' Guide to

Gossip Girl

By Sierra Filucci, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Over-the-top teen soap mixes backstabbing with drugs, sex.

TV CW Drama 2007
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 13+

Based on 52 parent reviews

age 16+

Fantastic show, but not family friendly

I loved this show as a teenager! It had all the scandal, drama and entertainment I needed. But looking back, I would say this drama definitely is for the older teen crowd. There is sex (though not nearly as graphic as the new reboot or tv shows today) and there are more mature topics spoken about on the show like consent, drugs and LGBTQ issues. Personally I would leave this show for after the younger teens and tweens are in bed. It's great, it's engaging and I highly recommend the show for the 16 and up drama lovers. Blake Lively and Leighton Meester are flawless and their drama as Serena and Blair will NEVER leave you bored!
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age 15+

Watch season 1 and you’ve seen it all

Serena always looks like she’s playing dumb, she never shows any emotions. After all the drama, heart break, curve balls, no body sheds a tear or shows any authentic emotions. It’s really disappointing. After I watched season 1, each season after that was a repeat. Serena and Blair get in a fight, Serena sleeps around and thinks she’s finally in love, Blair is plotting against everyone to sabotage to get what she wants and she always does.
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Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (52):
Kids say (223):

This addictive adolescent drama is filled with kids, and grown-ups, gone bad. The sophisticated, label-savvy characters have no problem getting served martinis at fancy hotels or smoking marijuana during walks in the park. Their parents are rarely good influences, either, since many are self-centered and focused on their own problems. The mothers seem particularly jealous of their young daughters: One even tells her teen that she'll never be as beautiful or as thin as she is now, so she should make the most of this time.

It's all very titillating and addictive, but teens will surely get confusing messages from the show. Back-stabbing is portrayed as a social sport; characters spend money like crazy, drinking, smoking, and doing drugs in limos and clubs, and generally having a great time with few repercussions. It's not the real world, but it sure looks alluring. It's campy, soapy fun that may not be prudent viewing for tweens, and escapist schlock for teens. Were it presented with a wink and a laugh, it would be far more interesting; as it is, it takes itself a little too seriously.

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