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11 Captivating Series Like Gossip Girl (That'll Hook You Instantly)

Rahul is a TV addict who can never get enough of good shows. His all-time favorites are 'The Wire', 'Breaking Bad', and 'The Sopranos.'

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CW has come a long way in last couple of years. With the success of series like Arrow, The Flash, The Vampire Diaries, The Originals, Supernatural, and The 100, it’s poised to become one of the most reputable networks pretty soon.

Even when CW wasn’t churning out one amazing show after the other, they still had fan-favorite shows, like Gossip Girl, attracting a lot of audiences. While it ended quite a long time ago, it’s still talked about. After all, it was addicting, hooking you up from the outset and keeping you on the edge for more.

Being a huge fan, I compiled a list of TV series like Gossip Girl. Take a look.

What Shows Are Like Gossip Girl?

  1. The Carrie Diaries
  2. The Vampire Diaries
  3. The Originals
  4. One Tree Hill
  5. Pretty Little Liars
  6. 90210
  7. Make It Or Break It
  8. The 100
  9. Teen Wolf
  10. Heroes
  11. The Secret Circle

Find out why you should be watching these shows below.

The Carrie Diaries

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Taking place in early 1980s, the plot of The Carrie Diaries revolves around a girl in her junior year of high school. We see Manhattan from her eyes as she deals with problems of sex, love and high-school life.

Though not accurate, the portrayal of 1980’s Manhattan is wonderfully done. It’s fun to see it all from Carrie’s point of view. It’s a shame that it had to be cancelled pretty early in its course. Still, you have a couple of amazing episodes to binge on!

The Vampire Diaries

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This sexy vampire soap opera is going to hook you up from the very first episode. The plot revolves around two vampire brothers and their old rivalry. When they come across a mortal girl they fell for back in the 18th century, things spiral out of control.

It’s pretty fun to find out who she really is and how she blends into the whole new world of immortality. As is the case with immortals, there are always a few people who’d want to see them gone for good - Vampire hunters, original breed of vampires, werewolves, witches, ghosts and/or a few other people in general. When these many supernatural creatures are up against each other, you expect everything to be on the stake, and it kind of is.

The only problem with The Vampire Diaries is, there is too much to absorb sometimes. There is so much going on that it can pretty easily overwhelm you. Give it a few episodes, though, once you get the hang of how things work in the town of Mystic Falls, you’d start loving what The Vampire Diaries has to offer.

The Originals

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Don’t mistake The Originals for a mere The Vampire Diaries spin-off. Well, it technically is a spin-off, but it’s so much more than what one would expect from it. In fact, I like “The Originals” much better than TVD. Not only it’s more mature, it actually has a pretty intriguing storyline going for it – something that could be told over a good couple of seasons without it getting stale.

It’s bloodier and somewhat sexier than The Vampire Diaries. I love the fact that this show leans more towards serious drama than the cliché love triangles. The romantic scenes don’t feel like it’s been done to attract teenage audience. It feels natural and wonderfully done overall.

And how can you not love the cast? They’re all so talented. Despite them being blood-sucking, murderous vampires, you can’t help but root for them when they go on a killing spree. This is the beauty of a show like this – good guys don’t get to win here.

And, vampires are awesome creatures!

One Tree Hill

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What started out as Warner Brothers' last-ditch effort to capture a glimpse of its earlier shows’ success, turned out to be a monstrous hit. While this show is aimed at teenagers and young adults, there is no reason why people of other age groups can’t enjoy it. The plot, while a tad cheesy, stays intriguing throughout the show, dealing with relationship issues, marriage, affairs, drugs etc.

Casting is beautifully done, too. Not only because they’re eye-candies, but they put in an authentic performance as well. It’s not difficult to relate to them. While the teenagers are pretty good with their performances, it’s the adults who are the lifeline of this show. The good thing is, they give adult actors as much time on air as teenagers. You’d find yourself caring about most, if not all, of them.

Pretty Little Liars

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When four friends find out that heir recently-deceased friend is sending them mysterious text messages, threatening to reveal their deepest and darkest secret to everyone, they band together to stop her.

Who’s this mysterious texter? Why is she texting them? What secrets are about to unravel? Pretty Little Liars answers all these questions one by one through the season’s progression. You just need to give it some time to grow on you. You might not feel any connection to the characters in the beginning. Fast forward a few episodes, however, you’d understand what’s really at stake. As soon as you begin to know the background of every character, you get invested in the whole thing.

Just a little heads up; it’s pretty addicting. Once you get going, you’d want to watch one episode after another.

90210

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The plot revolves around a Kansas family, who move to Beverly Hills. It’s their story of adapting to the new surroundings with main focus on their two children, who don’t find it easy.

Don’t pay any heed to the negative reviews about this show. If you love TV shows like Gossip Girl, you’re going to fall in love with this show. It’s one thing to think that a show is mediocre, but rating it 1 out of 10 on IMDB is ridiculous. It ruins the fun for those who might have given it a shot otherwise. Sure, it’s not an award-winning show. It still is pretty decent.

Make It Or Break It

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I am not a big fan of shows on ABC Family. Every once in a blue moon, though, you come across a show you can’t help but fall in love with. Make It or Break It belongs to that rare breed.

The show follows a couple of teenagers as they prepare for Olympics. Despite a simple, cliché premise, I never missed an episode of it. If you wanna take a break from all the action movies and TV shows to enjoy something quiet, this is a perfect fit. Each and every episode is intriguing, hooking you up from the beginning.

The 100 – A great teenage drama on CW

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The Earth is nuked! The only ones to survive were those who were in space. Fast forward 97 years, a few teenagers are sent back to earth to find out if it’s survivable. When they arrive on earth, unbeknownst of the dangers that await, things spiral out of control.

I get it. It’s on CW. You’re forgiven for writing it off as just another 22-23 episode teen drama. Don’t make that mistake, though. For starters, it’s only 16 episodes each season, which gives writers a lot of breathing space. Fewer episodes mean less boring speeches and more action! And the action is where all the fun lies. It’s really fascinating to uncover all the secrets of Earth one by one with them.

The first season of The 100 takes its sweet time to establish itself. That’s not to say it isn’t good in the beginning. I’m saying that it’s a blast after the first season. What’s great is, there is no guarantee of a character sticking around. Your favorite character has just as much chance of dying a horrible death as the next character. Earth is supposed to be a radioactive anomaly where it takes everything you have to survive. And I’m glad to report that it will exceed your expectations.

Teen Wolf

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When a teenager a bitten by a werewolf, his life turns upside down. Not only does he have to deal with his normal teenage life, now he has to keep up with is new life, facing the fatal dangers ahead. Will he be able to keep this secret from his girlfriend, family, and friends?

With a great cast, gritting storyline and some amazing acting, it manages to set itself apart from other shows directed towards teenagers. Again, it’s not a feel-good drama. Teen Wolf can be haunting, depressing, and often, suffocating. If you love serious, gritty drama, you’re going to like what Teen Wolf brings to the table. More people need to watch it! Anyways, with the 6th season just about to air, you have a lot of catch up to. Get on it!

Heroes

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When a few people get superpowers out of nowhere, they band together to prevent a devastating event.

The premise of meta-humans has been done before. We’ve seen it before in Misfits, Agents of SHIELD, Agent Carter, Daredevil, and countless other TV shows popping left and right nowadays. There is no doubt that these types of TV shows hit it off pretty well with viewers.

The question is, with no dearth of new content, why would you want to go for a 6 year-old show? The answer is simple; it’s pretty fascinating. You don’t wanna miss out on it. None of the recent shows have been able to keep the mystery going throughout its life. Heroes has this much going for it.

The Secret Circle

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When a 16 year old teen moves in with her grandmother after the death of her mother, she learns that she’s a witch, turning her world upside down. She, along with her 5 witch friends, embark upon an adventure that’s going to get you hooked.

Again, don’t judge it just because it’s a teen-centric show. An adult would love it just as much as the next teenager. Once it gets pasts a couple of slow-burning episodes, it begins to get darker, tenser and more mysterious.

I think you’d love its unpredictable plot. It’s going to keep you guessing. There is drama, romance, witchery and much more. What’s not to love about it?

Honorable mentions

Once you’ve given the above shows a try, you should try Gilmore Girls, The Hills, The O.C., The Lying Game, The City and Privileged. There are many more TV shows I didn’t include in this list. Do you think I missed out on anything important? Let me know in the comments section.

Comments

Cynthia Gatt on September 04, 2020:

In my opinion, Gossip Girl and One Three Hill are indeed the best

A on July 15, 2020:

gossip girl is the best series i know of

Beth on June 30, 2020:

Gossip girl is the best show of there will ever be

E on November 05, 2019:

Beverly Hills, 90210 is similar to gossip girl in a lot of ways.

xoxo Titose on May 31, 2019:

I actually loved reading this. I think I’m now a new fan of this site! Accurate reviews!

Lee on April 12, 2019:

Time to add LEGACIES, the spinoff of the originals. Revolves around Hope Michaelson. Black Lightning, New girl, Yound and Hungry, and Baby Daddy

bella on October 28, 2018:

the 100 sucks and i only watched half of the other shows but 90210, the carrie diaries one tree hill and the originals are amazing

glenn on February 04, 2018:

what about revenge

B on December 01, 2017:

The 100 is definitely worth watching! It's so good.

Glenn on October 25, 2017:

Teen wolf is so amazing