Gossip Girl is an American television teen drama series based on the popular novel series of the same name written by Cecily von Ziegesar, which revolves around the lives of socialite young adults growing up on New York's Upper East Side who attend elite academic institutions while dealing with sex, drugs, jealousy and other teenage issues.
The series aired in the USA on The CW from 19 September, 2007 to 10 December, 2012. There are 121 hour-long episodes in six seasons.
Gossip Girl premiered in South Africa on DStv's GO channel (which became Vuzu in July 2009) on Wednesday 3 September 2008, at 18h30. It later aired on SABC3 and was moved from Vuzu to M-Net Series for the final season. See "Seasons" below for seasonal broadcast dates and times.
Season 2 premiered on SABC3 on Wednesday 7 July 2010, at 21h00. New episodes aired from Mondays to Wednesdays at the same time. There are 25 episodes in the second season.
Sunday Omnibus: 00h00 - 02h30 (three episodes)
Spotted: the privileged prep-school teens of Manhattan's Upper East side unpacking designer suitcases stuffed with shiny new secrets and hidden agendas courtesy of a scandalous summer in the Hamptons.
As the second season of Gossip Girl unfolds, nothing is what it seems.
Serena van der Woodsen (Blake Lively) seems to be grappling with the loss of her true love Dan Humphrey (Penn Badgley) by spending time in the arms of old flame Nate Archibald (Chace Crawford).
Though Serena and Nate may have spent much of the summer together, their rekindled spark may be hiding a much more salacious relationship between Nate and an older woman.
Meanwhile, Blair Waldorf (Leighton Meester) is licking her wounds and plotting her revenge on Chuck Bass (Ed Westwick), who stood her up for what should have been a summer of romance.
However, one man's loss is another man's gain: in this case, a mystery man who could outmatch even the mighty Bass in the battle for Blair's heart.
Backstabbing seems to be the order of the day, but are B and C simply hiding a true love too risky to face? Time will tell.
Jenny Humphrey (Taylor Momsen) seems more determined than ever to ensure her future in fashion. As she toils away as an intern for nemesis Blair Waldorf's mother, Eleanor (guest star Margaret Colin), Little J had better watch out. Her gritty determination could end up turning her dreams of high fashion into a nightmare.
Smoothing out the wrinkles in Dan's lovelorn past and Jenny's fashionable future will require the steady hand of their father Rufus (Matthew Settle), whose own dreams of "what might have been" are reinvigorated after spending a summer on tour with his band.
While Rufus has been away, Vanessa (Jessica Szohr) has been busy minding the gallery. When Nate seeks out her friendship and things turns romantic, she finds herself in an unexpected triangle that will test her affection and allegiance.
Few people know the hard choices between love and sacrifice better than Lily Bass (Kelly Rutherford), who has returned happier than ever after a romantic globe-trotting summer with new hubby Bart (guest star Robert John Burke). But life as Mrs. Bass may not be the storybook she's presenting to her family.
With past, present and futures colliding, we'll need our resident super sleuth Gossip Girl more than ever to dish the dirt and navigate us through the shifting friendships, mounting jealousies and hidden secrets of our favorite Upper East Siders.
Filmed in New York and based on the popular series of young-adult novels by Cecily von Ziegesar, Gossip Girl is from Alloy Entertainment in association with Warner Bros. Television and CBS Paramount Television with executive producers Josh Schwartz, Stephanie Savage, Bob Levy, Leslie Morgenstein, John Stephens, and co-executive producer Joshua Safran.
Note: the show moved from Vuzu to M-Net Series for the final season
Season 1 (18 episodes)
Channel: GO | Premiere: 3 Sep 2008 | Finale: 31 Dec 2008 | Wednesdays, 18h30
Channel: SABC3 | Premiere: 5 Apr 2010 | Finale: 12 May 2010 | Mon-Wed, 21h00
Season 2 (25 episodes)
Channel: Vuzu | Premiere: 1 Jul 2009 | Finale: 16 Dec 2009 | Wednesdays, 20h30
Channel: SABC3 | Premiere: 7 Jul 2010 | Finale: 1 Sep 2010 | Mon-Wed, 21h00
Season 3 (22 episodes)
Channel: Vuzu | Premiere: 20 Jan 2010 | Finale: 16 Jun 2010 | Wednesdays, 20h30
Channel: SABC3 | Premiere: 27 Jan 2012 | Finale: 22 Jun 2012 | Fridays, 20h00
Season 4 (22 episodes)
Channel: Vuzu | Premiere: 26 Jan 2011 | Finale: 22 Jun 2011 | Wednesdays, 20h30
Season 5 (24 episodes)
Channel: Vuzu | Premiere: 31 Jan 2012 | Finale: 10 Jul 2012 | Tuesdays, 19h30
Season 6 (10 episodes)
Channel: M-Net Series | Premiere: 20 Oct 2012 | Finale: 29 Dec 2012 | Saturdays, 20h30