When I started watching Gossip Girl back in the autumn of 2007, I was drawn to it because of an advert with this tag line: “six souls searching for something.” Half a decade later, I just have to ask the writers this question: have they found what they were searching for? Good television is about progression and character development and coherent storylines. For Gossip Girl, they’ve regressed beyond their season 1 selves. The only reason they were searching for something in the first place is because something was missing in their lives. That they found this entire world meaningless and empty, despite the parties and glamour and wealth. I wanted the Gossip Girl series finale to end with the message that nothing in this twisted upper east side world ultimately means anything important: excessive trust funds, scandal and sex, thousands of acquaintances with false smiles and harmful gossip itself. That you can still live in this world but realise that what’s important is healthy relationships and true friendship and education and making a name for yourself outside your family connections. Instead, by writing this season finale, the writers have done the exact opposite: by ruining Blair and Serena’s friendship, by Blair taking over her mother’s company, by making Basses triumph over Humphreys, by making Blair run back to Chuck.
All teens shows, despite being teen shows and all the connotations that comes with it, have had a positive, inspirational message to send out to its audience. A greater, overreaching meaning that transcends beyond these characters and couples and storylines. The OC told us that the impossible is possible, that you can turn your life around, that family and parental figures are important, that you can become someone no matter where you come from. Glee (despite the many problems I have with this show) still nonetheless gave so much courage and hope to the young LGBT community, and to everyone who’s felt like a loser, an outsider in their lives and important message that we should always be ourselves. Gilmore Girls depicted a great, unique mother-daughter relationship and gave us two wonderful, strong, independent female characters who were ambitious as they were smart. So, what inspirational message does Gossip Girl give us exactly? tldr; Nothing.