No amount of teen soap operas is ever too much.
We had no idea when Gossip Girl first aired in 2007 how much of a cultural phenomenon it would become because it focused on the lives of students at an elitist Upper East Side high school and the ruthless, anonymous blogger who documents their every move for the public. As well as giving a jumpstart to several teen shows — including an upcoming sequel series set to air on HBO Max — the show lasted for six seasons and launched the careers of stars like Blake Lively, Leighton Meester, Penn Badgley and Chace Crawford while also cementing a legacy.
Gossip Girl was a satire as much as it was a celebration of wealth and extravagance, so if you want to experience the highs and lows of the teen soap once again, you should watch one of the shows on the list below. Several of them feature a division between the wealthy and the poor, and they continue to explore wealth and its ill effects. Some of them are nothing more than excellent teen dramas. Whatever the case may be, if you enjoyed Gossip Girl, these are the shows you should check out next.
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1. Gossip Girl (2021)
HBO’s reboot of Gossip Girl, which follows a new group of obscenely rich Upper East Side high school students who are thrown for a loop when a mysterious new girl enters the picture to shake things up, is obviously the first thing any Gossip Girl fan should check out The new Gossip Girl is more self-aware and politically aware, and while it may not be as big a hit as the original, fans of the original will find plenty to keep them interested. Not to mention that Kristen Bell will be back as the voice of Gossip Girl herself, who is always keeping an eye on things. to Allison Picurro, ed.
To begin with, it is clear that Bridgerton drew inspiration from Gossip Girl, with its all-knowing, all-powerful narrator, Lady Whistledown, who is constantly meddling in the romantic affairs of the show’s characters. Julie Andrews provides the voice for Lady Whistledown. Set in Regency-era London, Shonda Rhimes’ Bridgerton is about the family’s activities as their eldest daughter Daphne (Phoebe Dynevor) enters her first social season in search of a suitable husband. This leads to a complicated not-relationship with the notoriously averse Duke of Hastings (Regé-Jean Page) who agrees to apologise on her behalf so that she can get married while he remains single. There’s a steady stream of high drama, a web of interconnected characters, and a slew of orchestral covers of popular songs to keep things interesting.
Although Elite is a teen-centric drama that has the potential to rival Gossip Girl for soap opera status, the two shows share more than just a name. As in the CW’s Gossip Girl, a private school’s racial divide is also explored in the Spanish series, which centers on a diverse group of students, some of whom are attending the prestigious institution on scholarship. In flash-forward scenes, the show shows how one student’s aspirations and desires lead to a murder and another student’s disappearance, making the show a compelling entry into the teen drama genre while also adding a mystery twist to it. While the mystery is the series’ backbone, it also allows the show to explore more familiar themes of growing up, such as how far one might go to fit in, the struggle with being gay in a conservative household, or the dangers of living in the age of social media..
4. The O.C.
Is it true that Adam Brody and Rachel Bilson are in The O.C. together with Ben McKenzie and Mischa Barton?
Showrunner and executive producer Josh Schwartz, who worked on both of these hit shows (Gossip Girl and The O.C.), created The O.C. to help launch Gossip Girl as a major network series in 2003. Ben McKenzie plays Ryan Atwood, a troubled teenager from a broken home who is taken in by Sandy Cohen’s wealthy wife Kirsten (Peter Gallagher) and his public defender Sandy Cohen (Peter Gallagher) rapid ascent in pop culture history books and introduction to Death Cab for Cutie’s musical style (Kelly Rowan). As an outsider, Ryan encounters class and materialism, while the rest of the Cohen family shows themselves to be less shallow and self-centered than their neighbors. However, it’s also a lot of fun to watch. This show, which launched the careers of Adam Brody, Mischa Barton and Rachel Bilson in the third season, leveled out in the fourth and final season to allow it to end on a high note and remind everyone why it’s one of the greatest teen shows ever made.
5. The Bold Type
Freeform’s millennial dramedy The Bold Type, starring Katie Stevens, Aisha Dee, and Meghann Fahy as three twentysomethings working at a fictional fashion magazine called Scarlet, might be of interest to you if you loved Serena and Blair’s amazing fashion on Gossip Girl. Show is based on Joanna Coles’ life and career, and it deals with many of the issues that young women face as they try to carve out careers in journalism, social media, or the fashion industry. It also doesn’t shy away from difficult issues or relationship drama. The best part of the show, however, is the bond between the three main characters — and, of course, Scarlet’s fashion closet, which is home to a plethora of amazing outfits and where the friends go to deal with the issues that life has thrown at them..
6. Blood & Water
This South African teen drama is similar to Gossip Girl in that it takes place at a prep school and focuses on a group of cunning teenagers. Although an anonymous person reveals the secrets of wealthy teens, the mystery at the heart of the story is much more complex and drives much of the action forward. A 16-year-old girl named Puleng Khumalo transfers to a prestigious school in search of her long-lost sister, played by Ama Qamata. There is plenty of suspense in Blood & Water, but it never goes overboard, thanks in part to the excellent work of actors like Khosi Ngema, who plays Puleng’s suspected sister Fikile Bhele.
7. Outer Banks
For fans of Dan and Serena’s (or Blair’s!) on-screen romance, Netflix’s Outer Banks might be a good choice. This show also tells a tale about wealth and poverty, with a central plotline that involves Chase Stokes (a working-class teen) and Maddie Cline (a rich girl), and all the complications that entails. However, the show is so much more than just that. While filming took place on the Outer Banks, the Pogues were searching for a long-lost treasure from an ancient shipwreck after a hurricane knocked out the island’s power. While on their journey, they come across increasingly dangerous environments, as well as an expanding number of adversaries, and the teenagers frequently make decisions without fully considering the ramifications of their actions. Teens are selfish and impulsive by nature, and they’re propelled by hormones, which is why the Outer Banks has such an authentic feel. Although this isn’t a great show, it’s extremely addicting.
8. One Tree Hill
Another hit show that paved the way for Gossip Girl was One Tree Hill. The series, which aired on The WB and The CW for nine seasons, begins as a teen soap opera with a lot of the same romantic and family drama that made Gossip Girl so compelling. Even so, it’s one of a select few series that successfully bridges the gap between adolescence and adulthood due to its longevity and omission of the college years, which tend to drag most high school shows down. Two half-brothers, Lucas (Chad Michael Murray) and Nathan (James Lafferty), are raised in a small town in North Carolina, but their upbringings couldn’t be more different. They grow up in the same town, but with different lifestyles and life experiences because their father Paul Johansson abandoned Lucas’s mother Moira Kelly (his high school girlfriend) and got pregnant with another woman (Barbara Alyn Woods) while he was in college. There’s a lot more to the story, but spoilers would give away some of the most exciting parts of the show. It all starts when Lucas joins Nathan’s high school basketball team, where he’s the star player.
9. Pretty Little Liars
The identity of Kristen Bell’s Gossip Girl, the anonymous blogger who chronicled the antics of the teens on the show, remained a mystery throughout the run of the series. As in the ABC Family drama Pretty Little Liars, a mysterious figure known only as A threatens to reveal all of the teens’ secrets following the disappearance of one of their own. Although we can’t say the show was always successful at conjuring up believable or thrilling new developments to the central mystery, the first few seasons are definitely worth checking out. The show starredTroian Bellisario, Ashley Benson, Lucy Hale, and Shay Mitchell, and it managed to keep the ruse running for several years, including multiple fakeouts as to who A really was.