Guys: 'Gossip Girl' Is Worth Your Time and Scores Points With the Ladies
By AOL TV Editors Posted Sep 13th 2010 04:00PM
Rags-to-riches (or as the CW deems it, Brooklyn to Manhattan) writer Dan Humphrey has found out the worst: He's impregnated a one-night stand. A one-night stand he cheated on his leggy, blonde, socialite ex-girlfriend with. Then there's Mr. All-American, Nate Archibald, overlooking the New York skyline, drowning himself in booze and easy women, trying to forget the same leggy, blonde, socialite ex-girlfriend.
Under the layers of electro-pop, high fashion and teen pandemonium, this, believe it or not, is 'Gossip Girl.' And yes, gents, it's well worth your time. I'm a guy -- a straight one -- and I don't miss it. Ever.
If you're a fella reading this with a smug grin, let me assure you I used to be right there, too. New York socialites? High school bitching? Err, a show called 'Gossip Girl'? Come on, man.
Read on to find out why it's more than worth your time, guys.
I distinctly remember buying one of the books as a birthday present for a seventh grade crush. Yes, she dug it; no, it didn't work out. So when I was lent the first season on DVD as a "get well" present a few years back, I was hardly grateful.
Cue: Devouring nearly 20 hours of television in two days. Whatever you want to call it -- guilty pleasure, hate-watch, dirty secret -- this show is addictive. There are, of course, innumerable convoluted, theatrical plotlines that are as manly as a Cosmopolitan, but all of it's packed with attitude. Across three seasons there have been high-price call girls, drug extortions, college threesomes -- it's vicarious as hell.
Just when 'Gossip Girl' threatens to creep into stints of television normalcy, the writers yank it away to the outer boundaries of PG-13. It's cheeky, a little clever and often shockingly deviant. Occasional moments of girliness do get a little tough for me to handle, but it's kind of like how guys aren't abashed about the cheesy space melodrama that wraps around 'Star Wars': It just is. The outrageously sexy Blake Lively helps soften the blow, too. (Honorable mention: Leighton Meester in lace.)
This isn't all to say that 'Gossip Girl' wasn't a dirty secret for a long time. It'd take a rather secure man to boast his undying love for the show. But after a drunken slip-of-the-tongue at a club, it became blindingly obvious that girls love to talk about it. All of them. Really! Princesses, hipsters, bookworms -- overtly or not, this show has infiltrated every clique there is.
And who knew it makes for perfect date fodder?
Guy: "God, isn't Serena hot?"I'm not promising it'll get you laid, but take note.
Girl: "How sexy is Chuck Bass?"
Guy: "How cool is Chuck Bass?"
Guy and Girl, in unison: "Damn, Jenny needs to ditch the panda-eye makeup."
So yes, while 'Gossip Girl' lets the ladies fantasize about life as a well-connected heiress with an impossibly large closet and an impeccable social calendar, there's loads for guys to relate to, too. Well-dressed, millionaire playboys gallivanting around New York City and beyond, from party-to-party and girl-to-girl ... it's a high life that gets your attention pretty damn quickly.
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NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 07: Actress Leighton Meester attends the Cinema Society with People StyleWatch & J. Crew screening of "The Romantics" after party at the Gansevoort Park Avenue on September 7, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Leighton Meester
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