Watch Gossip Girl with Mumsnet and win an iPad mini

(131 Posts)
RowanMumsnet (MNHQ) Fri 22-Nov-13 17:13:49

You may remember we approached you last month to come up with the name for a new Mumsnet TV club - and after much vigorous discussion, you came up with the frankly brilliant 'Watch with Mumsnet'.

Well, the day has dawned: we're delighted to announce that, in association with Netflix, "Watch with Mumsnet" is now officially in existence.

The way it'll work is that we'll watch a TV series together over the course of a few weeks, and have a thread running for the duration, on which you can discuss the plots, characters, twists and scandals with other goggle-eyed Mumsnetters. On top of this, Netflix are offering some amazing prizes if you join the discussion* ? this month you can win an iPad mini. Yes, really. You're welcome grin.

The plan is that "Watch with Mumsnet" will introduce us all to some exclusive new shows this winter. The Christmas party season is yet to begin, after all, and it's too cold to go out anyway, so why not binge on some great telly on Netflix to get you through?

To kick off, we'll be watching Gossip Girl season 6, which is available to watch on Netflix now (along with seasons 1-5). So whether you're new to the scandalous lives of Manhattan's elite or you only have season 6 to catch up on, please do watch and get involved.

So tell us, who do you think Gossip Girl is? And, more importantly, who is inviting all these Manhattan adolescents to such exclusive parties? These questions are just suggestions - feel free to discuss any aspect of GG or tell us what you like/dislike.

Remember, you can watch every episode of Gossip girl here through Netflix. Happy watching!

xoxo MNHQ

* Only genuine contributions will be entered: By this we mean watch and join in the discusson about Gossip Girls, not just one liners to win the ipad wink

This prize draw is now closed.

Helpyourself Fri 22-Nov-13 18:30:17

Bizarre choice.

Suddengeekgirl Sun 24-Nov-13 07:41:06

helpyourself - couldn't agree more!
I am definitely NOT the target demographic for Gossip Girl. hmm

Helpyourself Sun 24-Nov-13 09:03:33

I'm embarrassed to be so snippy, but really!
There are loads of recent tv series, many of which I've watched, many of which I can see are too long/ dry controversial (The Wire, Big Love, Breaking Bad, Borgen) but in case MN are still thinking about future watch together' series what about Orange is the New Black or Brotherhood?
Both lighter but not quite as crap and irrelevant frothy as GG.

Suddengeekgirl Sun 24-Nov-13 09:37:01

Well there are 6 series of GG to plough through! (If you like that sort of thing)

Maybe I'll join in next time when it's not teenager tv

KitKat33 Sun 24-Nov-13 17:57:09

I think Gossip Girl is a boy, they are way more gossipy than girls in my opinion! Not sure about the parties, the only adolescent parties I was invited to usually involved sitting around awkwardly in somebody's front room passing round a bottle of warm cider!

frankjames Sun 24-Nov-13 18:04:12

I reckon it's Dan Humphrey!

ThemisA Sun 24-Nov-13 18:19:02

It's got to be Dan

spiderwebattic Sun 24-Nov-13 18:20:29

lol his name is Dan Humphrey and he's so funny I'm almost 40 and have been in stitches watching this with my teenage daughter smile Don't knock it ladies until you've given it a Netflix whirl

jacknutter Sun 24-Nov-13 18:32:56

Dan Humphrey

AngelsLieToKeepControl Sun 24-Nov-13 18:42:28

Dd forces me to watch this and I love it it is definitely Dan.

AnimalAddict Sun 24-Nov-13 19:02:33

Dan Humphrey!!
I must admit I'm a huge fan of Gossip Girl :D
I miss it. sad xx

Dan Humphrey.

Trills Sun 24-Nov-13 19:12:22

I rather like "teen" shows, but I prefer Gilmore Girls to Gossip Girl.

Trills Sun 24-Nov-13 19:12:58

Does this mean that someone ha to read the whole thread and tick "genuine contribution"?

CajaDeLaMemoria Sun 24-Nov-13 19:15:30

Gossip Girl is my guilty pleasure. This thread made DP watch season six with me on Netflix grin

Dan is definitely GG.

weepingvipers Sun 24-Nov-13 19:15:49

I introduced my dd to gossip girl! I really enjoyed it in a light and not requiring too much brain power kind of way! I'd be happy to join in a discussion on season 6 grin

tabbaz123 Sun 24-Nov-13 19:18:07

Dan Humphrey - was Gossip Girl and Serena invited to many parties

LovesBeingHereAgain Sun 24-Nov-13 19:38:05

Hmm I have watched some if this ages ago but thinkbit was series two. Will report back when I can kick dh off tge telly cause tgere is no way he will sit through it worries this will out me via tge what your friends have watched function on netflix

I haven't watched gossip girl before... I'm happy to give anything a shot but this doesn't really appeal.

It strikes me as a bit sex and the city for a younger generation. I have no idea if that's right or not though.

I'd need to start from season 1 though. There is no chance ill be caught up enough to chat about season 6 (never mind the spoilers as well!!)

Would it not make more sense to start from the beginning?

bossladysal1 Sun 24-Nov-13 19:46:02

I reckon it's Da Humphrey. Not my kind of programme, really. I prefer Gogglebox!!

gnomebulb2 Sun 24-Nov-13 19:51:27

Has to be Dan Humphrey! Will reserve judgement on the important question of who is inviting the Manhattan adolescents to such exclusive parties, until I've watched a few more episodes.

gorsty15 Sun 24-Nov-13 20:15:26

Dan Humphreys smile Miss GG so much.
xoxo you know you love me ;)

Ikea1234 Sun 24-Nov-13 20:20:04

My cool, with it, on trend niece reliably informs me it is Dan Humphreys. Me? I'm an uncool, not with it and off trend 41 year old and so haven't managed to watch every episode, but have laughed at some of them.

juneybean Sun 24-Nov-13 20:21:12

I love Gossip Girl, both the books and the TV series, I think it was Dan Humphreys and I'm pretty sure Georgina helped out at some point.

My favourite is Blair though! She hosted a fair few exclusive parties smile

eatyourveg Sun 24-Nov-13 20:29:43

No not Dan Humphreys its got to be Dorota, Blair Waldorf's housekeeper surely!

Fell in love with the name Rufus after seeing this show - Matthew Settle is a real dish!

emma54945 Sun 24-Nov-13 23:06:06

it was dan humphrey i loved gossip girl when it was on sad to see it end nice bit of eye candy in that show but ed westwick(chuck bass) is the best smile

louisehutch Sun 24-Nov-13 23:10:46

Well to Jump on the Band Wagon I also think Dan Humphreys.
I've watched 2 episodes so far and really enjoying it even though I didn't think it would be my cup of tea.
Just go's to show it's best to keep and open mind or you could miss out on what could be a great show.

phillip666 Sun 24-Nov-13 23:41:21

Dan Humphrey -

However It Is Really Not For Me

But Thank-you Kindly

Still18atheart Sun 24-Nov-13 23:45:39

Errm surely it should be a more current show i.e. not one which had it's final season last year.

And perhaps a show more suitable for the mumsnet demographic i.e not about a bunch of teenagers.

I think that GG is Dan Humphrey

POTC Sun 24-Nov-13 23:52:58

So this new TV group requires me to pay to join Netflix in order to participate? Or is GG on normal TV too? Because I'd love to join in the chat but can't afford Netflix.

VictoriaSt Mon 25-Nov-13 00:00:53

Dan Humphrey :D I was convinced it was most of the lead characters at some point though! Thought it was Jenny for ages :P

MamaMumra Mon 25-Nov-13 00:06:00

It's the blond from London surely?
How do you get to win the iPad?

OK watched it now...
My contribution (v genuine)
Chuck - lovely, flaring nostrils, no one does a husky whisper like him
Blair - like
Serena - annoying (especially in flashback scene, but love her outfits)
Dan - I'd hate him in RL
Rufus - boring!
Darota - wish I had one
Lily - bad teeth, great figure
The Baldwin brother - frozen face, can't act
Georgina - annoying
Nate - eyebrows

Please can I have the iPad now because I really want one?

There's more where that came from grin

BOF Mon 25-Nov-13 00:23:32

How rude are we allowed to be? I have zero interest in Gossip Girl, but I am a fond follower of the X Factor threads, which are extremely popular.

The reason?

We all abhore the show, except as a guilty pleasure, and we are very free with our less-than-flattering opinions. It's all part of why we love the threads.

Will sponsored TV show threads ever be able to have the same vibe?

mandyr Mon 25-Nov-13 07:44:58

To be honest, it's not something I'd watch. I'm too old for it and my daughter is too young. Maybe in a few years??

Trills Mon 25-Nov-13 08:40:52

"Should be a more current show"? Er, no, should be a show that you can watch on Netflix, if that's who's sponsoring!

ButThereAgain Mon 25-Nov-13 08:49:51

I'm sure they'll be allowed to have that vibe, BOF. Online trashing of a programme seems to be one of the major ways for programme-marketers to score a social media hit. Especially if it is a guilty-pleasure type programme where everyone can make out that they hate the programme in order to have all the pleasure of talking about it with none of the shame.grin

ButThereAgain Mon 25-Nov-13 09:01:23

It's a bit confusing that just some sponsored discussions and not others are in the sponsored discussions topic.

SaltySeaBird Mon 25-Nov-13 09:06:29

I don't think it's a terrible choice! It has to be something that ties in with Netflix and it is about a group of glamorous young things sharing gossip often anonymously online just like Mumsnet wink

Plus as it sounds like a lot of people haven't watched it, it is the chance to discover something new. I have to confess I have already watched the whole series though, it became a bit of a guilty pleasure and got me through many a night breastfeeding DD.

I'll play along and rewatch though, could do with some lighthearted distractions in life at the moment as it's all very serious and depressing!

On a separate note, Netflix, yes you have a very lovely, focused landing page but please let me have a look round your whole site. I don't like just having the option to sign up for a free trial.

Are we meant to start the discussion on this thread here? Do we just start with a discussion about the first episode?

What does everyone think of Sage as a new character? I didn't warm to her at all.

bringans Mon 25-Nov-13 09:16:20

Ive seen the whole series, so I already know who they are sad, and don't want to spoil it...TBH I loved the ending.

happysouls Mon 25-Nov-13 10:08:55

Congratulations on 'Watch with Mumsnet'! I'd have to admit I've never seen Gossip Girl, its not my kind of I have no idea how to answer your question! But I would like to win an ipad! I'm more into music or documentarys or world films than gossip ;-)

graemecomp Mon 25-Nov-13 11:01:08

I think it's Dan Humphrey

TigerTrumpet Mon 25-Nov-13 11:10:55

I love GG! Mainly because I used to work in that kind of environment in Manhattan and found the detail in the show uncannily true to life. I also knew a few people who've cameo'd in it, which was always a buzz.

I thought Little J might have been GG, she certainly had the attitude and the time to do it. Lily, perhaps, was well placed and bored enough to be involved. Georgina was the perfect GG but Dan being exposed as having full on sociopath tendencies was heartbreaking and delicious at the same time.

As each season developed alongside the spread of social media I think it has the potential to be seen as a real period piece. I really enjoyed the juxtaposition of the voice(s) of Gossip Girl with that of Dan's book, around the time when a lot of people were discussing e-readers and books made out of paper as though there was an exclusive choice to be made about the two, and making moral judgements about preferences. It reminds me a little of You've Got Mail, which showcased this newfangled email thing, asked questions about corporate vs independent enterprise, against the backdrop of NY. But you know, it's just a bit of disposable rom com fluff.

I do think there's a lot more to GG than kids bitching about each other. The production values were high, the cast were mostly great, the story arcs multi-layered and the characters multi-dimensional. There's family dysfunction, American politics, how the garment industry works, critiques of the education system, social injustice, questioning what you read, as well as gravelly voices, lovely clothes, interiors and All.That.Hair...

RachelMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 25-Nov-13 11:47:22


I'm embarrassed to be so snippy, but really!
There are loads of recent tv series, many of which I've watched, many of which I can see are too long/ dry controversial (The Wire, Big Love, Breaking Bad, Borgen) but in case MN are still thinking about future watch together' series what about Orange is the New Black or Brotherhood?
Both lighter but not quite as crap and irrelevant frothy as GG.

You'll be pleased to hear that next Watch With Mumsnet is indeed Orange Is the New Black, which is launching in a few weeks. We're hoping there'll be something for everyone smile

weepingvipers Mon 25-Nov-13 12:11:29

Ooh good, I haven't watched any of that so will look forward to giving it a whirl!

What's the process? When are we supposed to start watching and are we supposed to watch an episode, discuss, watch and so on?

DoctorRobert Mon 25-Nov-13 15:32:15

I LOVED Gossip Girl. It just became more and more ridiculous as the seasons went on.

I have to admit to being quite excited when in NYC recently and suddenly spotting Dan Humphrey's apartment block when we were in Brooklyn smile

SaltySeaBird Mon 25-Nov-13 16:03:58

I have to say this thread has reminded me of something I do like about Gossip Girl and that is the outfits.

I'm definitely not a fashion type and I don't own any designer brands but I did enjoy seeing the different - often hideous - outfits that they would wear.

Serena probably had the best mixture and I'd love to look that stylish. Sadly I don't think I'll ever get invited to the sort of events that require that sort of outfit, or have the figure to wear one!

So anyone up for watching episode one tonight and then discussing it tomorrow? Is that how this works?

weenwee Mon 25-Nov-13 17:02:12


I watched 1-3 religiously, but then had the kid and utterly forgot about the series, and kept thinking I'd get back into it, and now...


donnadwxm78 Mon 25-Nov-13 17:03:00

Answer is Dan Humphrey and i love gossip girl, its not just for teenagers, oh well you cant please all the people all of the time !

GG doesnt seem to really be my thing, but will gladly give it a whirl smile

I have no tv so feel quite left out on a lot of tv chat type threads.

Ummati Mon 25-Nov-13 17:12:33

I used to watch it but then lost interest. I think it's Dan too

Is this going to be the thread, or is this one just letting us know?

BiscuitsAreMyDownfall Mon 25-Nov-13 17:16:28

Im 34 and I loved GG. I watched it when it was on TV though so will not contribute this time.

Chuck Bass is really british in RL and has a proper posh british accent too. So weird hearing him speak properly.

Will join in with Orange is the new Black though.

sjonlegs Mon 25-Nov-13 17:18:07

Now I've not managed to catch many of the eps so far ... but I reckon it's Dan Humphreys who's got it all going on. I just love the escapism of these types of shows - my daughter and I discuss the hair and the dresses and the 'beautiful people' ... I'd love to watch a bit more and get in on the action.

noidles Mon 25-Nov-13 17:19:09

Oh dear! Close your eyes if you haven't seen the show. I think if you've seen the last episode you shouldn't say...YIKES!

I've never seen Gossip Girl, but I used to work with a woman who was OBSESSED and I never understood it. I've just signed up to Netflix again so I think I'll have a watch and report back tonight.

Looking forward to Orange is the New Black though.

Gbear0382 Mon 25-Nov-13 17:48:35

My friends who actually watch this inform me its Dan Humphreys. Young, well dressed beautiful people ... Can't see what the fuss is about really ;)

SaltySeaBird Mon 25-Nov-13 19:25:29

It's a shame so many people jumped on this thread, saw the question "who do you think is Gossip Girl?" and were so quick to give the answer as if that was the competition question! It will spoil it for people watching it from the start.

CathBookworm Mon 25-Nov-13 19:38:46

I think we can all guess who Gossip Girl is from the answers on here. Before I started watching it I thought it was going to be rubbish (!) But I saw an episode and it drew me in. I definitely advise watching from the beginning. I like the fact it is slightly ridiculous, we all need a bit of escapism. I also love Revenge.

threepiecesuite Mon 25-Nov-13 21:50:17

No interest in GG but happy to hear the next one is Orange is the New Black which is frankly brilliant.

RachelHRD Mon 25-Nov-13 22:21:41

Marking my spot :-)

L1bbysMum Tue 26-Nov-13 08:10:35

I think this is a good choice, I've watched part of the first one and think it'll be something I can watch with my (older) daughter. I find them educational even, because there's normally some nasty behaviour from someone in these programmes, and helps me talk through with her how horrible they are being and that it isn't nice. Good choice !!

CrewElla Tue 26-Nov-13 08:44:14

I was to a bit hmm when I read that Gossip Girl was the first choice for Watch with Mumsnet. I'm not sure why a show aimed at teenagers was chosen or why such a shallow series was chosen.

Katylyn Tue 26-Nov-13 09:24:17

I think Dan is Gossip Girl.

Lent1l Tue 26-Nov-13 09:24:39

I will admit to having watched the first season or two of GG but it then got a bit surreal as they all seemed yto bin off college and go work out in LA. I caught the final episode of the last season when it was on TV purely because I had nothing better to do and wanted to see how they finished it all.

I do agree that it does seem a bit of a strange choice for the first show to watch and agree with a previous comment that Gilmore Girls would have been much better. Gossip Girl was aimed at a very specific target audience and I don't think most of us are it.

As I've already seen the last episode I won't be watching as my comments could give away some plot points.

Interesting idea though and I'll look out for the next thing you watch.

Berganza Tue 26-Nov-13 10:26:49

Orange is the new black us quality.

Berganza Tue 26-Nov-13 10:27:28

I meant IS quality

beckyinman Tue 26-Nov-13 18:47:26

Dan Humphrey (aka lonely boy)

LaVitaBellissima Tue 26-Nov-13 18:55:03

I adored Gossip Girl but love Tv shows like this, I've bought as a box set for other 30 something friends birthday's. It's a bit of spoiler everyone saying that it's Dan Humprey though, kind of ruins it if you know that from the beginning.

Not sure this an actual fact because I haven't checked but I am sure Blair's Stepdad is one of the voices in some of the Tom & Jerry movies my twins like watching.

If you like Gossip girl, I think you'd like Revenge smile

SaltySeaBird Tue 26-Nov-13 19:05:51

So I did re-watch the first episode last night. Did anybody else and do you want to discuss it? As I've seen both the first episode and in fact the whole series before it's quite hard for me to comment on just one episode in isolation. I did think that for somebody new to the series it would be an impossible point to pick it up though.

I have to say this is one of my least favourite episodes as it feels quite disjointed. At this point the Blair and Chuck relationship is getting drawn out and tired and I didn't really enjoy the way they went to fetch Serena. Given the way that they broke off their relationships with her at the end of the last series if felt pretty false and a quick patch to bring them all together again.

RachelMumsnet (MNHQ) Tue 26-Nov-13 19:45:24

Thanks to everyone who has posted already on the thread. For those who are feeling a bit confused by how Watch with Mumsnet works, we wanted to address a few of the Qs that have been asked and hope to steer you in the right direction (and of course closer to that iPad mini):

First of all please join the discussion on this thread (and it's great to see many already have done this). There will be no other thread starting until the launch of the next box set discussion. The idea is that you watch one or more episodes of GG and tell us what you think or join in the discussion about the series with other mumsnetters on this thread. If you're already a fan, feel free to post up your thoughts on what you've already viewed. There's no right on wrong answer to be entered into the prize draw, we just want you to join in the discussion. Everyone who joins in will be entered into the draw to win the iPad mini and a winner will be chosen at random (as long as the posts are worthy of entry - no one liners please wink) Although it's tricky, ideally try and avoid too many spoilers in your posts.

custardo Tue 26-Nov-13 19:54:04

orange is the new black is the shit - it really is.

also would highly recommend nurse jackie on netflix

GG - i'm not above teen fiction, i loved it to begin with, but blake lively gets on my nerves, her face never moves. i do like a good evil character and good old Blair and Chuck were fabulous darling.

the plot line got thinner and thinner until, i just didn't give a shit.

the voice of GG was kristen bell at the begining and then i think that changed, that got on my nerves - as i was also a huge veronica mars fan.

i do miss old Bass

until next time
x o x o

Maryz Tue 26-Nov-13 19:58:57

I presumed that WWM would be mainstream programmes we could watch on the tellybox, not an ad for Netflix confused

And are any of us young enough for Gossip Girl? It's dd and her friends' favourite, so I shall post her comments in the hope of winning an iPad grin

custardo Tue 26-Nov-13 20:01:00

also - must add house of lies - awsome series - not sure if on netflix, has kristen bell in

phia44 Tue 26-Nov-13 22:18:46

I love Gossip Girl, there is nothing wrong with a bit of escapism in television and something to get a bit lost in on a dreary day. No - we don't all live our lives like that but it's a good laugh and seeing Chuck and Blairs love story throughout the 6 seasons i really enjoyed! Plus it's one of the few seasons to actually have a proper ending which i really enjoyed!

weepingvipers Tue 26-Nov-13 22:26:21

I don't know, the chuck Blair love affair wore a bit thin for me. Are we really supposed to believe that teens with such an instant gratification lifestyle would actually behave like that? I know it's all a touch unreal but that thread just didn't hold for me. Forgive anything for love. .. Blair Waldorf? Hmm

bcd2009 Wed 27-Nov-13 00:45:01

Dan Humphrey! But keep it a secret I watched it, I'm 30 - not 13! Its a bit like a guilty pleasure, but living in a house with two boys and a husband (or is that three boys really!?), I need to keep girliness alive blush I just love the fashion and watching their lifestyle, but on the other hand, I actually get really annoyed with some of the characters, especially Serena (Grow up!!!! aaarrrghh), makes me real life aggro!! lol

pixiedusk Wed 27-Nov-13 18:30:15

I re-watch season 1 of gossip girl just so I can see their innocence again. I know I know what they are doing is not wholesome in season 1 but they grew in the latest seasons and I want to see them young again and the only thing that worries them are parents, friends, and family life and love life not the more complicated things. BUT THE MOST AWESOME THING THAT I LOVE ABOUT GOSSIP GIRL is FASHION! Whether its season 1, 2 or 3 .. the bags, dresses, shoes and make up in there is fab!

jojane Wed 27-Nov-13 18:36:39

I love gossip girl, it is my guilty pleAsure, I watched 1-5 on Netflix (mainly while cooking) and was gutted I have had to wait a year for season 6 , have to say I watched the whole of season 6 in about a day and a half!

tinypumpkin Wed 27-Nov-13 19:56:06

I have to say that this is not my thing but I did watch it and have been educated in a different type of tv programme so not all bad! I do think that it is likely to be Dan Humphrey but that is slightly influenced by this thread also I think. It seems plausible.

I am not sure that this is something I would continue watching to be honest although for a bit of escapism from real life it might work. It's a million miles away from my daily life!

ridmat Wed 27-Nov-13 22:32:36

Never seen Gossip Girl before. To be fair my teenage niece enjoys it, so maybe I should give it a go.
Now I just have to find some spare time to watch all six seasons. I guess I could "binge-watch" them.
I see above that lots of people are saying Dan Humphrey is Gossip Girl, so I googled him and he looks cute, but I have gone and spoilt the whole show now.

Kipsy Thu 28-Nov-13 09:40:19

I have watched all 6 series already blush - my guilty pleasure. But I am happy to watch series 6 again. I am shock that Mumsnet would choose this for 'Watch with...', but also secretly glad it isn't some hard-hitting/violent/drug-related series.

I in fact watched the series-es (?) back-to-back when my DD was sick and I needed to stay up all night to check on her.

I liked Blair a lot - the actress playing her is beautiful.

Kipsy Thu 28-Nov-13 09:41:41

Oops, forgot to add the most critical thing - GG is Dan Humphreys!

PhilB50 Thu 28-Nov-13 12:53:11

Dan Humphrey

Kangakate Thu 28-Nov-13 18:53:56

Dan Humphreys not to sure about the parties maybe Blair

8mhigh Fri 29-Nov-13 02:02:08

ButThereAgain is right.

Online trashing of a programme is a great way for a lowbrow programme to become a hit. Look at ITV's belly-flop disaster diving show 'Splash'. People enjoyed ripping it so much, they persuaded millions to try it who would never have given it houseroom.

A bit the same with this thread and Gossip Girl. Not my demographic or even continent of interest, but I tried one and was won over by the wit and the likeably flawed (but physically perfect) characters.

kateandme Fri 29-Nov-13 04:00:30

if u let yourself go its a lighthearted may not win awards for realism and plot wholes may be all around but its a good bit of tv.guilty pleasure i think most would call it.
and it can be very funny.chuck mostly.
take it for what it is and have a bit of fun.i liked it

AuFredon Fri 29-Nov-13 11:08:17

Dan Humphreys

tinam1 Fri 29-Nov-13 16:07:10

I'm thinking it's gonna be none of the main characters as gossip girl has pretty much damaged everyones life at one point. Maybe an outsider like evil georgina x

julesh123 Fri 29-Nov-13 20:51:40

Dan Humphrey - his sensitivity shines through!!

PatriciaHolm Fri 29-Nov-13 21:43:02

Gossip Girl may be fluff but it must be popular fluff to have got to six seasons!

Anyway; I thought his identity was fairly well telegraphed, but it's possible I read something that gave it away! I haven't watched all seasons though - should i go back to 1 and start from scratch?

I think it's the lonely boy Dan Humphry as he's not known and if wasn't for him being gossip girl he'd never come to light but this is perfect way for him to get noticed, So there for Gossip Girl isn't really a person at all but a illusion a way to get on the inside without being nervous and shy after all everyone wants to be in EUS right? ( or at least be liked)
Regarding the parties I 'think' it may be blair after all she once was popular and well liked but suddenly the limelight has gone and she believes she is better than everyone else and throwing huge parties are way to get the title back right?
Or maybe it's Nick as he see's himself as a 'playboy' and hi only goal in life is getting off with as many women as he can, So there's two possiblities really of whom it could be.
My opinions is I found Gossip Girl to be about personal empowerment, awareness that we all make mistakes and finding your true self.

chezvic Sat 30-Nov-13 00:16:26

I reckon Gossip Girl is someone we've not even been introduced to yet. It could be someone's Gran, they do like a gossip more than anyone else. And as for who's inviting to the parties? I think it could be some little girl somewhere who's got hold of her mums FB page and is making these parties go viral!

worriedmum46 Sat 30-Nov-13 00:40:03

We think it's Dan Humphrey. I watch this as proud owner of teenage girl!! Blair and Serena have hosted some great parties. Daughter very envious of the lifestyle as her life so normal and 'boring' by comparison.

HelenSw4les Sat 30-Nov-13 00:40:54

I've never heard of Gossip Girl; I hope that doesn't mean my entry won't count.

sweir1 Sat 30-Nov-13 06:29:29

I think Gossip Girl is a boy,

clauski Sat 30-Nov-13 07:55:37

This brought back memories of Beverley Hills 90210 for me. Quite enjoyable if you forget you're watching a "teen drama"! Can anyone else think of another series this is like?

VickyRsuperstar Sat 30-Nov-13 09:47:17

Dan Humphreys! Not my thing really, but I end up watching all sorts of strange things with my kids!

Moltobene Sat 30-Nov-13 12:09:13

I can totally see why this show was chosen for Netflix for its first outing. Starting at Season six though? Noooo. Start with the pilot!

GG is how I first ever heard of Netflix - way back when Dan and Blair are together. Dorota teases Blair about all the highbrow documentaries in her Netflix queue. Blair and Dan would watch them together as a night in between going out to subtitled art house movies. It was one of the cute things they did together that made their relationship seem plausible. It's otherwise impossible to imagine how anyone could ever measure up to Chuck, but Dan shared Blair's interests in a way Chuck didn't.

GG is one of my all-time favourite serials. Not quite a guilty pleasure- it's not trash- or at least the first two series weren't. The quality of the writing took a dive in later series but it's always a fun watch. Previous poster right to point out you can track how social media use changes over time through the show. And it had an influence on street fashion helping the preppy headband thing and the statement necklace come back. The music for the shows is one of the main things I loved- they used new stuff and old but it always added to the scene. (Think of the Blair-Chuck kiss when he returns from 'running away'- xoxo!)

I am nowhere near the teenage demographic it's aimed at- but the writing and cultural references are as much for 30 and 40 year olds, which is the age of the main writers/producers. The ep where we go into Lily and Carol's past in the 80s is amazing- it's like the pilot for the best spin off show that never was.

So as everyone else has already said in spoiler fashion GG is Dan. However.. Feels like a hastily put together plot point to conclude the show once the writers knew it wasn't going to be renewed. Bigger GG geeks than me have pointed out why it's couldn't ever be him so it definitely was not intended all along that way. Would've been way cooler never to have revealed him/her at all.

Dessallara Sat 30-Nov-13 12:13:14

I started to watch it not very long time ago on Netflix. From beginning! smile So not sure yet.

Marg2k8 Sat 30-Nov-13 12:50:28

Dan Humphreys

jamme19 Sat 30-Nov-13 14:11:41

Not sure LOL

MollyBerry Sat 30-Nov-13 16:02:29

Oh my gosh! I've never seen season 6 before but wow this is cool - I didn't beleive that Dan was GG but goign to watch that episode now!

suewilly Sat 30-Nov-13 18:16:48

I watched Gossip Girl when it was originally broadcast so I know who was eventually revealed as being Gossip Girl....but I don't believe it was really him :-)
I think 'Gossip Girl' is Cheska from Made in Chelsea because she's a blog author and the whole cast of 'Chelsea' seem to be vying for attention and living the life attributed to the characters in Gossip Girl.
My family tell me I'm getting reality and fiction mixed upand confusing the two shows....but there's nothing 'real' about the reality shows I watch so I just tell them to be patient, because in a few years time the cast of one show will turn up in another and the plot lines will get so confused that my theory will actually seem quite reasonable :-)

Moltobene Sat 30-Nov-13 18:17:25

Just clicked on the link and went to Netflix site to see how it all works- the GG programme writeup says it's all set in a boarding school. hmm don't be put off! It really isn't.
I reckon Georgina Sparks has hacked into the Netflix site...

hails8419 Sun 01-Dec-13 00:00:46

Has to be Dan Humphreys, i only started watching this a few months back when i stayed with my sister and i'm hooked and working my way through at weekends-hooked!

MamaMumra Sun 01-Dec-13 01:28:57

I love gossip girl, it is my guilty pleAsure, I watched 1-5 on Netflix (mainly while cooking) and was gutted I have had to wait a year for season 6 , have to say I watched the whole of season 6 in about a day and a half!

Season 6 is on Netflix now!

GoEasyPudding Sun 01-Dec-13 10:30:57

I'm always ready to try a new TV show.
Gossip Girl is something I haven't seen before and I have Netflix so I have given the first episode of Season six a go this morning.
I thought that if I like it enough I will start at the beginning.
So far I really like the fashions. Really surprised to see such stylish stuff. I don't know who anyone is yet but I think the fashions are trying to communicate with me! "This lady is rich!" "This lady is up to no good!"
Looks like this show is the sort of thing to go in my watch alone and relax slot in the week. Other posters on this thread have mentioned Revenge, which is just the best fun ever, so if it's anything like that then I'll be happy.
I am always very keen to watch any drama where there is female lead character supported by a strong female ensemble cast. So right now I enjoy Suburgatory, and Two Broke Girls. In the past - Sex and the City, Revenge, Nurse Jackie, Enlightened. Of course there are some important male characters in each of these dramas but the producers have had the decency to provide us with very handsome chaps to look at. Naughty!

SaltySeaBird Sun 01-Dec-13 21:21:09

Finally got round to watching episode 2 but it seems like people are mainly using this thread to enter the competition rather than watching and discussing the series!

I thought episode 2 was better than the first one but it did remind me how bad the series got. The first few seasons were great but the last few felt silly and the characters became caricatures of themselves.

I really dislike Sage as a character (like the name though). The story of Chuck chasing dirt on his father and Blair with her minions feels very old and overdone. It's a shame they continued the show really, season 6 shouldn't have been done as they lacked the story lines.

aristocat Mon 02-Dec-13 11:22:32

I am always interested in finding a new TV series to watch. To be honest this is not my usual sort of programme but I am more than happy to give it a try.

I have seen Episode 1 and I cannot yet see how the characters are going to develop. Its all very flash and young at the moment smile

Sadly there have been so many comments above telling us who is GossipGirl that I already know the big reveal, hope this doesn't spoil the show.

Anyway, I will be back when I have seen more!

babySophieRose Mon 02-Dec-13 17:14:00

Don't have time to watch any tv series, we watch only Cbeebies. What about discussing where is Igle Pigle's blanket? smile

mindingalongtime Mon 02-Dec-13 17:54:35

I thought Gossip Girl was a teen series, I know DD was hooked on them when she was at school and I remember buying the latest book each time it came out. was there something in them that I didn't know about....and maybe should have!

milk Tue 03-Dec-13 09:01:10
poppy1973 Fri 06-Dec-13 07:08:42

I have been watching Gossip Girl Season 6 - I am a big fan, but didn't think that the Season 6 is as great at the other seasons.

Dan is definitely Gossip Girl, not sure if it is definitely as I am not totally through the Season 6 yet.

Chuck and Blair seem to be lacking the chemistry at the moment, just not sure what is going on with them at the moment ? Perhaps someone can fill me in on this ? confused

LaVitaBellissima Fri 06-Dec-13 14:27:54

I didn't like Sage either Salty I just love looking at all the gorgeous clothes! and love Lily and Rufu's apartment, and all the parties smile

chumbelina Fri 06-Dec-13 17:22:47

have to say that it is not my type of series, surely there are better out there to see and comment on together, although I know that we can't all like the same things, obviously! Happy Christmas to everyonexxx

sfancy Fri 06-Dec-13 19:14:08

While I do love gossip girl I also like dark dramas like Dexter and breaking bad.

Binkybix Sat 07-Dec-13 09:47:08

I must admit that I've just finished watching the whole lt from start to finish -BFing the little one. I had forgotten how much I loved this silly, silly show.

I think it was interesting that as time went on Blair became the main character and Serena just became an annoying, annoying whinger!

kissmeraas Sun 08-Dec-13 08:16:36

Well, I've given the first series a good go so I could join in and Gossip Girl sounds to me like it might be a whiny, nasal Kirsten Bell ;-)

However, I find myself angry and irritable after wasting my limited free time trying to enjoy this tedious, soulless amateur drivel. Made In Chelsea has less wooden acting...

Honestly, I tried - and I've enjoyed plenty of drivel in my time! Give me a shout when you're watching something aimed at adults (or at least teenage mums with taste ;-)

3asAbird Sun 08-Dec-13 09:38:46

Help seen bits before trying athc up form beggiing on netflix on netbook but

sound keeps jumping and not in sync with film.

tried logging on on daughters kidle but acnt get anything to play on kindle but can log into netflix on the kindle.

how do i get kindle netflix ready.

RufousBartleby Sun 08-Dec-13 13:39:20

I can understand why people aren't keen - but I love it! (though may not admit that to people I know in real life as I'm sure I'm far older than the target audience!) I've nearly watched the whole thing and I've found it great escapism, yes the plot lines have gaping holes and its all quite far fetched but I've enjoyed it for what it is and found some of the dialogue really quite witty. I've become totally invested in the central chuck/blair relationship, which is probably what has kept me watching through some of the crazier plot twists.

I started off watching it knowing that Dan was gossip girl and so I've been on the look out for times when that seemed implausible, and weirdly there have been more at the start of series 6, when surely the writers had made the decision, quite a few occasions where Dan looks at his phone and is 'shocked'. I'm nearly at the end now and although I think some of the season 6 episodes haven't been particularly well written on the whole I have had many happy hours of viewing.

SayCoolNowSayWhip Sun 08-Dec-13 20:27:07

Have to admit to watching the entire 6 series on Netflix while bfing DS. Got me through some tough nights.

Yes it's cheesy.

No it's not particularly original.

But somehow, it still draws you in, with its lovetohate'em characters like Blair and Chuck, and the intensely annoying Serena.

There aren't any surprises at the end. But personally, I loved it. Slightly ashamedly.

SayCoolNowSayWhip Sun 08-Dec-13 20:28:42

But as an addendum, this is a very strange choice for a Mumsnet watchalong - surely not really aiming at the main demographic, MNHQ...??

CheeseStrawWars Tue 10-Dec-13 21:23:39

I was amused when Charlie Brooker did his "How TV Ruined Your Life: Love" episode and it featured a clip of Serena and Dan. (That programme is well worth watching.)

As for GG, I did like the Blair and Chuck plotline, despite myself. I didn't like the end of series 6, the big reveal felt retro-fitted and clunky.

shellwilkins Wed 11-Dec-13 12:44:45

I've been meaning to watch gossip girl for ages smile

Binkybix Thu 12-Dec-13 08:41:11

The Blair and Chuck thing did get tired - I don't think they should have out them together so early.

AliceMumsnet (MNHQ) Thu 12-Dec-13 09:36:54

It's great that so many Mumsnetters have enjoyed Gossip Girl and joined the discussion. We'll be closing this thread and announcing the winner of the iPad on Friday and announcing the next box set and prize on Friday afternoon. Watch this space. Here's some Ts and Cs for the prize draw:

1. Should this/these product(s) be unavailable at the time of purchase for the winner, Unmissable reserves the right to substitute with an alternative of equal or greater value. Specifications are subject to change from the manufacturer without notice.

2. All prizes will be delivered to the prize winner within 28 working days from the date of our initial correspondence with them.

3. There is no cash alternative.

Good luck

aristocat Thu 12-Dec-13 09:52:51

I am pleased to report back that I actually like this show smile Knowing who GG is has made me look more closely at the characters and perhaps see how/why he was chosen to be GG.

It is far-fetched and different but in a good way. Thanks, I would never have chosen to watch this.

thatwouldbeanecumenicalmatter Thu 12-Dec-13 10:21:49

Sorry but Gossip Girl just reminds me too much of my youth than I'd like to revisit for it to be pleasurable! shock

Plus I'm more of a historical documentaries sort of girl <boring/mono slipper wearer alert>

HannahLI Thu 12-Dec-13 23:55:54

So I am am trying to have an open mind about gossip girl but having not caught up on the earlier series I am struggling to start on season 6. I just feel like I don't quite know what's going on if you know what I mean. I think it helps that it's not really my thing and it's reminding me a bit of sex in the city. However how do they get invited to all of those events? Ad I would love to look that glamorous!
I am looking forward to watching orange is the new black - sounds intriguing!

AliceMumsnet (MNHQ) Fri 13-Dec-13 12:45:52

We're going to bring our discussion of Gossip Girl to a close now as we have just launched our latest Watch With Mumsnet series discussion; Orange is the New Black.

Many thanks to all those who watched and joined the Gossip Girl chat. We can announce the winner of the iPad mini is...RufousBartleby

Congratulations. We'll be in touch by PM to let you know how to claim your prize'

eae123 Thu 06-Nov-14 22:22:46

Rules to live by in life:

Work like a Humphrey
Think like a Bass
Act like a Waldof
Look like an Arcibald
Dress like a Van Der Woodsen

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