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Number of episodes: 18
Original release: September 19, 2009 – May 19, 2010
Slogan: “You’re no one until you’re talked about.”

Season’s plot

The return of “it girl” Serena van der Woodsen (Blake Lively) to the Upper East Side serves as the first season’s focal point. Shrouded in mystery and scandal, Serena’s disappearance and sudden return are announced by the omniscient blogger “Gossip Girl.” The news reaches Blair Waldorf (Leighton Meester) whose life is torn apart when the secret behind Serena’s leaving is revealed: Serena was seduced by Nate Archibald (Chace Crawford), the Golden Boy of the Upper East Side and Blair’s boyfriend, the night she left town. Nate announces his feelings for Serena a number of times and a series of battles ensue between the former Queen Bee Serena and her heir, Blair. However, the rift resolves in reconciliation between the two and temporary peace follows. Meanwhile, siblings Dan (Penn Badgley) and Jenny Humphrey (Taylor Momsen), Brooklyn-residents, are attracted by the opulent wealth of their classmates. Young Jenny becomes a cunning protege to Blair and Dan enters a relationship with Serena. It is revealed that their relationship resembles the one between Dan’s father Rufus (Matthew Settle) and Serena’s mother Lily (Kelly Rutherford) in their youth.

As a side-plot, Blair and Nate suffer problems in their relationship when the dangerously seductive Chuck Bass (Ed Westwick) conquers Blair’s fragile heart. The manipulative Georgina Sparks (Michelle Trachtenberg), arrives, creating a lot of trouble and revealing the real reason behind Serena’s disappearance: a death Serena thought she was responsible for. When Georgina arrives on the Upper East Side she poses as a naive woman named Sarah in order to destroy Serena’s new found happiness. She succeeds in exposing Serena’s deep-hidden secrets, taking Dan away from her and outing Serena’s brother as gay. At the same time, Blair falls for Chuck, but as a price they both lose Nate. Not able to withstand the vulnerability a love relationship demands, Chuck leaves Blair.

In the midst of all these events, Dan Humphrey greets Vanessa Abrams (Jessica Szohr) back to his life. Vanessa is a childhood friend of his and an outsider herself. She threatens his feelings for Serena, until he realizes the real love he has for her. At the end of the season, the Upper East Siders team up to banish Sparks from New York. Serena then leaves with Nate to the Hamptons, while Chuck abandons a heart-broken Blair. Dan reconciles with Vanessa and returns to his old life in Brooklyn. A disgraced Jenny departs Blair’s clique and earns an internship as a fashion designer in a company owned by Blair’s mother.

Episode synopsis

1.01 – Pilot » Behind The Scenes | Episode Stills | Screen Captures
Directed by Mark Piznarski | Written by Josh Schwartz & Stephanie Savage | Aired September 19, 2007

The privileged prep school teens on Manhattan’s Upper East Side first learn that Serena van der Woodsen is back in town the way they learn all the important news in their lives – from the blog of the all-knowing albeit ultra-secretive Gossip Girl. No one knows Gossip Girl’s identity, but everyone in this exclusive and complicated vicious circle relies on her website and text messages for the latest scoop. Even Serena’s closest friend, Blair Waldorf, is surprised to find that Serena has suddenly ended her self-imposed exile to boarding school and returned to Manhattan. Once the Upper East Side’s most notorious party girl, Serena’s reasons for returning are mysterious, although they may have something to do with her younger brother Eric. Whatever the reasons, the change in Serena is obvious, especially to Blair, whose friendship with Serena has always been competitive and difficult.

1.02 – The Wild Brunch » Episode Stills | Screen Captures
Directed by Mark Piznarski | Written by Josh Schwartz & Stephanie Savage | Aired September 26, 2007

In the wake of the scandalous Kiss on the Lips party, Serena receives an icy cold reception from her best friend Blair, who reveals that she knows Serena slept with her boyfriend, Nate, before mysteriously running off to boarding school. As if it couldn’t get any chillier, Serena decides to take Dan to arch-enemy Chuck’s fundraiser brunch at The Palace, and Jenny seeks advice from Blair, who realises she may have something to gain by allowing Jenny into her inner circle.

1.03 – Poison Ivy » Episode Stills | Screen Captures
Directed by J. Miller Tobin | Written by Felicia D. Henderson | Aired October 3, 2007

As the Upper East Side teens from Constance Billard and St. Jude’s prepare for a much-anticipated visit from the Ivy League representatives, Blair and Chuck uncover a scandalous secret about Serena that may not remain a secret much longer. Dan has his heart and future set on the coveted usher position for the Dartmouth rep, only to be beat out by Nate, who has no interest in the school despite pressure from his controlling father, The Captain. Meanwhile, Jenny bonds with Serena’s younger brother, Eric, and Rufus must swallow his pride and ask Lily for a favor to help his son, Dan.

1.04 – Bad News Blair » Behind The Scenes | Episode Stills | Screen Captures
Directed by Patrick Norris | Written by Joshua Safran | Aired October 10, 2007

Blair is thrilled when her mother, Eleanor, chooses her to be the new face of her clothing line. However, Blair’s happiness soon turns to feelings of betrayal and jealousy when Serena moves into the spotlight and Blair finds herself back in Serena’s shadow. Meanwhile, Serena and Dan are reminded once again that they come from two very different worlds, and Nate and Chuck indulge in a boys’ weekend to blow off steam after Ivy Week.

1.05 – Dare Devil » Episode Stills | Screen Captures
Directed by Jamie Babbit | Written by Lenn K. Rosenfeld | Aired October 17, 2007

Dan makes elaborate plans to impress Serena on their first official date. The same night, Jenny is invited to the infamous Blair Waldorf sleepover and finds herself in a high-stakes game of “truth or dare.” Meanwhile, when Lily discovers that Eric is missing from his treatment center, she finds herself seeking help from her ex-boyfriend, Rufus.

1.06 – The Handmaiden’s Tale » Behind The Scenes | Episode Stills | Screen Captures
Directed by Norman Buckley | Written by Jessica Queller | Aired October 24, 2007

Dan is torn between two girls when his childhood friend, Vanessa, returns home and declares her feelings for him, just as he and Serena are trying to figure out what they mean to each other. At the infamous masked ball, Blair sends Nate on a scavenger hunt, but Nate is ultimately still distracted by his feelings for Serena. Although Blair makes it perfectly clear that outsiders are not welcome, a disguised Jenny and Dan sneak into the ball. Finally, Lily asks Rufus to accompany her to an Eleanor Waldorf event in order to make Bart Bass jealous.

1.07 – Victor, Victrola » Episode Stills | Screen Captures
Directed by Tony Wharmby | Written by K.J. Steinberg | Aired November 7, 2007

After surviving the on-again/off-again nature of their new relationship, Serena and Dan finally acknowledge they are crazy about each other, despite their polar opposite worlds that constantly threaten to pull them apart. Chuck contemplates investing in a burlesque club in the hopes of making his hard-to-please father, Bart, proud of him. Nate confronts his father, The Captain, about the drugs he found in the house, but his father denies having a problem. Jenny discovers a secret her father, Rufus, and mother, Alison, have been keeping from her. Finally, Blair is once again devastated by Nate’s actions after Jenny reveals that Nate kissed her by accident thinking she was Serena. Blair has sex with Chuck, Nate’s best friend.

1.08 – Seventeen Candles » Episode Stills | Screen Captures
Directed by Lee Shallat-Chemel | Written by Joshua Safran & Felicia D. Henderson | Aired November 14, 2007

Devastated by the current state of her relationship with Nate and still dealing with the guilt from her recent indiscretion, Blair puts on a happy face for her 17th birthday party and attempts to hide the truth from her friends. Hoping to ease the tension between Serena and Vanessa, Dan takes Vanessa to Blair’s party so the girls can have some bonding time, but this only ends up making Serena more uncomfortable. Jenny brings her mom (guest star Susan Misner) home for a surprise visit, but Rufus may not be ready to forgive and forget. Nate’s parents (guest stars Sam Robards and Francie Swift) ask him to make a huge sacrifice in an effort to salvage his father’s business as he faces charges of embezzlement and fraud.

1.09 – Blair Waldorf Must Pie! » Behind The Scenes | Episode Stills | Screen Captures
Directed by Mark Piznarski | Written by Jessica Queller & K.J. Steinberg | Aired November 28, 2007

When Dan hears that Serena and her family are spending Thanksgiving alone at The Palace, he naively invites them to spend the holiday with his family, creating an uncomfortable situation for Rufus and Lily whose children are unaware of their complicated romantic history. Meanwhile, Blair’s emotions spiral out of control when she learns that her father isn’t coming home for Thanksgiving. It is here that hints are given that Blair is bulimic. Nate spends the holiday with his mom and dad, but their awkward dinner quickly goes from bad to worse.

1.10 – Hi, Society » Behind The Scenes | Episode Stills | Screen Captures
Directed by Patrick Norris | Written by Joshua Safran | Aired December 5, 2007

Serena’s plan on not attending the annual Cotillion Ball is sidetracked when her grandmother CeCe persuades her to attend; Nate sees Blair’s new buoyant attitude and entrusts Chuck to find out the reason, in which Chuck tells Nate that she is having an affair with St. Jude’s alumni, Carter Baizen (guest stars Sebastian Stan), creating drama at the Ball. Blair finds out Chuck did this for personal gain and ends their affair, returning to Nate once more and consummating her love to him during a passionate night. Meanwhile, Jenny attends the ball despite it being on the same night as Alison’s art gallery opening.

1.11 – Roman Holiday » Episode Stills | Screen Captures
Directed by Michael Fields | Written by Jessica Queller | Aired December 19, 2007

When Blair’s father, Harold, comes home for the holidays with an unexpected guest—his boyfriend, Roman (William Abadie)—Blair finds it difficult to hide her disappointment and hatches a plan to get rid of Roman for good. Jenny and Vanessa help Serena plan the best Christmas surprise ever for Dan, who may have a surprise of his own in mind for Serena. Chuck texts Blair that Nate has joined him in Monaco, worrying Blair that Chuck may disclose the details of their hook-up. Rufus refuses to remain the understanding husband any longer after Alison’s former lover calls the house.

1.12 – School Lies » Episode Stills | Screen Captures
Directed by Tony Wharmby | Written by Lenn K. Rosenfeld | Aired January 2, 2008

Serena, Blair, Nate, Chuck and their entourage break into the school swimming pool for a night of fun, but when a member of their group nearly drowns, the school threatens to expel the person responsible for the break-in. Everyone agrees to keep a secret pact and say nothing, but it ultimately creates major tension between Serena and Dan, who isn’t sure he’s ready to take the fall for someone else and risk his future. Vanessa is working on a documentary project about private schools and accidentally captures Blair and Chuck discussing their affair. Lily contemplates telling Rufus how she really feels about him.

1.13 – The Thin Line Between Chuck and Nate » Behind The Scenes | Episode Stills | Screen Captures
Directed by Norman Buckley | Written by Felicia D. Henderson | Aired January 8, 2008

Gossip Girl takes pleasure in reporting that Serena van der Woodsen was spotted buying pregnancy tests. Of course, on the Upper East Side, the truth is often even juicier and more scandalous than the gossip, and this time is no exception.

1.14 – The Blair Bitch Project » Behind The Scenes | Episode Stills | Screen Captures
Directed by J. Miller Tobin | Written by K.J. Steinberg | Aired April 21, 2008

Having been recently dethroned as “Queen Bee,” Blair hesitantly returns to school with the support of her BFF, Serena. Meanwhile, Serena struggles to adjust to her new living arrangements with her future step-brother, Chuck, while receiving disturbing packages from an unknown sender. Jenny needs something to wear to her birthday party and her drive to be popular hits an all-new time high when she does something illegal to fit in with her new Upper East Side friends.

1.15 – Desperately Seeking Serena » Episode Stills | Screen Captures
Directed by Michael Fields | Written by Felicia D. Henderson | Aired April 28, 2008

Serena’s Upper East Side world is turned upside down when her former partner in all things bad, Georgina Sparks (guest star Michelle Trachtenberg), returns to Manhattan to stir up trouble and Serena’s past. When Dan notices that Serena seems preoccupied, he jumps to the conclusion that it must have something to do with Serena’s new roomie and soon-to-be step-brother, Chuck. Nate finds romance with the last person he was expecting to connect with, Vanessa. Jenny meets a new guy, Asher Hornsby, who just might be her ticket to permanent popularity. Finally, Blair hatches a secret plan to sabotage her biggest rival, Nelly Yuki (Yin Chang).

1.16 – All About My Brother » Episode Stills | Screen Captures
Directed by Janice Cooke | Written by Paul Sciarrotta | Aired May 5, 2008

Georgina informs Serena that she is prepared to reveal damaging information from Serena’s past, but no one is prepared for what Georgina does next. Blair and Jenny escalate their “popularity war” by spreading scandalous rumors about each other through Gossip Girl. Dan witnesses Jenny’s new boyfriend, Asher, cheating with another boy who we find out to be Eric, Serena’s brother, but Jenny refuses to listen to her brother’s warning. Rufus goes to Lily for advice on how to handle Jenny’s recent out-of-character behavior.

1.17 – Woman on the Verge » Behind The Scenes | Episode Stills | Screen Captures
Directed by Tony Wharmby | Written by Joshua Safran | Aired May 12, 2008

As a result of Georgina revealing the true reason that Serena fled Manhattan for boarding school, Serena falls back into her old habits and Blair, Nate and Chuck must put their complicated feelings for each other aside to help their friend. Unfortunately, Serena is too ashamed to share the truth with Dan, leaving him only to assume the worst about his girlfriend. Rufus is thrilled when his band is invited to perform at a Rolling Stone-sponsored concert, but Lily is the last person on earth he expects to see at the performance, especially since her wedding rehearsal dinner is the same night.

1.18 – Much ‘I Do’ About Nothing » Episode Stills | Screen Captures
Directed by Norman Buckley | Written by Josh Schwartz & Stephanie Savage | Aired May 19, 2008

With her best friend Serena’s life and reputation on the line, Blair decides to take matters into her own hands in dealing with the manipulative and evil Georgina Sparks. With Rufus never far from her thoughts, Lily prepares for her wedding day which is destined to be the Upper East Side’s social event of the year. Serena finally pours out her heart and the truth about her past to Dan, but will it prove to be too late to save their relationship? And Chuck admits his feelings for Blair to Nate, allowing the two of them to mend their friendship. Heiress and model Lydia Hearst guest stars in the episode as Amelia, Lily’s interior decorator.

Serena’s plot

001.jpgThe series begins with Serena’s return to the Upper East Side after spending a year in Cornwall, Connecticut, attending The Knightley School. Upon arriving home, she rejects romantic advances from both Chuck Bass and her best friend Blair Waldorf’s boyfriend, Nate Archibald. She also reconnects with her mother, Lily van der Woodsen, and her recovering brother Eric van der Woodsen, who is in rehab after attempting suicide. After a chance meeting at the hotel where she is staying with Lily, Serena meets Dan Humphreyand the two begin a romantic relationship (Pilot). Soon after, Nate reveals to Blair that he slept with Serena before she left town and as a result, Blair begins to ice Serena out of her world (The Wild Brunch). During Ivy Week, Blair publicly outs Serena for having alcohol and drug problems in front of representatives from several Ivy League schools. Afterwards, Eric tells Blair he is the one in treatment; which leads to a reconciliation between Blair and Serena (Poison Ivy).

005.jpgIn Roman Holiday, Serena and Eric learn that Chuck’s father, Bart Bass, is going to marry Lily. After spring break, they move in with the Bass’ as they prepare to blend their households. The move ultimately shakes Serena more than she anticipated and it begins to cause problems in her relationship with Dan (The Blair Bitch Project). Things take a turn for the worse when Serena’s old frenemy, Georgina Sparks, comes back to town. They begin to hang out again but Serena asks her to stay away when she misses the SATs after a night out with her. Angry, Georgina befriends Dan using an alias as a girl named Sarah (Desperately Seeking Serena).

Scared of what will happen next, Serena goes to Blair and tells her the major secret Georgina has on her: that she killed someone. After her revelation, she leaves and Blair eventually finds her, drunk and messed up. She asks Nate 002.jpgand Chuck to help and after she’s cleaned up, Dan comes by to see her. He asks her what is going on and she lies that she cheated on him. Hurt, he leaves the apartment leaving Serena with Blair, Nate, and Chuck. She then tells them the whole story: that after she slept with Nate at the Shepherd wedding, she went to meet up with Georgina and a mutual friend, Pete Fairman. However, unbeknownst to her, Georgina had set up a camera to film her having sex with Pete. When Serena arrived at the hotel, she began to make out with Pete but didn’t do anything, suggesting he take a line of cocaine before they do anything else. He does so, but overdoses and begins seizing. She and Georgina leave the hotel room but not before she calls an ambulance. Afterwards, she waited across the street, wanting to see Pete being revived: but instead saw him being wheeled out in a body bag. Feeling guilty for his death, she left for Connecticut.

021.jpgLater that day, Serena attends Lily and Bart’s rehearsal dinner, but after Lily learns the real story, she takes Serena to meet with Pete’s parents and absolve her guilt. Once she does so, she goes looking for Dan but finds that Georgina is with him and planning to sleep with him as revenge for Serena outing their secret (Woman on the Verge).

The next day, Serena tells Dan the whole truth. He then teams up with Blair to take Georgina down and they succeed. At the wedding, he breaks up with Serena; blaming her lies and the fact that they just come from too different worlds. She then leaves to spend the summer in the Hamptons (Much ‘I Do’ About Nothing).

DVD Features

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Deleted Scenes

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Awards

Bellow you will find all awards for which the show and cast were nominated for, while season 1 was airing on television.

2008: Artios Award – Outstanding Achievement in Casting – Television Pilot – Drama (Nominated)
2008: ASTRA Award – Favourite International Program (Nominated)
2008: People’s Choice Award – Favorite New TV Drama (Nominated)
2008: Teen Choice Awards – Choice TV Show Drama (Won)
2008: Teen Choice Awards – Choice TV Breakout Show (Won)
2008: Teen Choice Awards – Choice TV Actress Drama – Blake Lively (Won)
2008: Teen Choice Awards – Choice TV Breakout Female – Blake Lively (Won)
2008: Teen Choice Awards – Choice TV Breakout Male – Chace Crawford (Won)
2008: Teen Choice Awards – Choice TV Villain – Ed Westwick (Won)
2008: Teen Choice Awards – Choice TV Actress Drama – Leighton Meester (Nominated)
2008: Teen Choice Awards – Choice TV Actor Drama – Chace Crawford (Nominated)
2008: Teen Choice Awards – Choice TV Actor Drama – Penn Badgley (Nominated)
2008: Teen Choice Awards – Choice TV Breakout Female – Leighton Meester (Nominated)
2008: Teen Choice Awards – Choice TV Breakout Female – Taylor Momsen (Nominated)
2008: Teen Choice Awards – Choice TV Breakout Male – Ed Westwick (Nominated)