10 Shows Like 'Gossip Girl' to Watch Next

If you're craving more shows full of teen drama, mysterious gossip spillers, or rich and dysfunctional family dynamics, here are 10 shows like 'Gossip Girl' to binge next.
by Taylor Freitas — 

From left to right: Leighton Meester and Blake Lively in 'Gossip Girl'

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Based on the novel series by Cecily von Ziegesar, Gossip Girlis a beloved teen drama about privileged young people in New York, most of whom live on Manhattan's exclusive Upper East Side. The most scandalous moments of the teenagers' lives are documented by a mysterious blogger known as Gossip Girl (voiced by Kristen Bell), whose identity isn't revealed until the final season.

Much of the drama revolves around Blair Waldorf (Leighton Meester), the ambitious but petty queen bee at the Constance Billard School for Girls, and her more laid-back best friend, Serena van der Woodsen (Blake Lively), a well-known party girl in the city's social scene. 

But the girls aren't the only high schoolers making names for themselves in New York. Over at St. Jude's School for Boys, Chuck Bass (Ed Westwick), Nate Archibald (Chace Crawford), and Dan Humphrey (Penn Badgley) — all of whom share romantic moments with Blair or Serena at some point in the series — are stirring up drama of their own.

Developed by Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage, Gossip Girl ran for six seasons on The CW and went off air a decade ago this month. Last year, HBO Max debuted a revival of the series (also titled Gossip Girl), which follows a new generation of students in the city, with Bell returning as the voice of Gossip Girl.

If you're craving more shows full of teen drama, mysterious gossip spillers, or rich and dysfunctional family dynamics, here are 10 shows like Gossip Girl to binge next, ranked by Metascore.


Regé-Jean Page and Phoebe Dynevor in 'Bridgerton'



Metascore: 73
Best for: Fans of seductive and lavish period pieces set in Britain
Where to watch: Netflix
Seasons: 2 (so far)

Based on the books by Julia Quinn, Netflix's Bridgerton is a Regency-era romance drama set in 1800s London. Although it takes place in a much different time and place than Gossip Girl, Bridgerton also features a loose-lipped narrator who shares scandalous gossip about society's elite. In this case, she's known as Lady Whistledown (voiced by Julie Andrews). Much of the drama revolves around the eight Bridgerton siblings — including oldest son Anthony (Jonathan Bailey) and oldest daughter Daphne (Phoebe Dynevor) — who are making their high-society debuts as members of one of London's most prominent families.

"Bridgerton has a soapy, compelling way about it." — Gwen Ihnat, AV Club


Cole Sprouse in 'Riverdale'

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Metascore: 68
Best for: Fans of classic comics and mysterious teen dramas
Where to watch:

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Seasons: 6 (so far)

Created by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, this CW seriestakes place in the fictional small town of Riverdale. The show follows Archie Comics' most iconic characters — Archie Andrews (KJ Apa), Betty Cooper (Lili Reinhart), Veronica Lodge (Camila Mendes), and Jughead Jones (Cole Sprouse— during and after their time at Riverdale High. A dark and dramatic story, the show begins with the group in high school but follows them in their years after, as well. Though they've taken different paths in life, the friends come back together in Riverdale, where they face evil forces, develop supernatural abilities, and uncover dark secrets that threaten to damage their town's wholesome reputation.

"An eerie and offbeat take on the high school mythos — both addictive and confusing in equal parts." — Sonia Saraiya, Variety


From left to right: Adam Brody and Ben McKenzie in 'The O.C.'


The O.C. 

Metascore: 67
Best for: Fans of soapy teen dramas with great soundtracks
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Seasons: 4

They might be set on opposite coasts, but there are plenty of parallels between Gossip Girl and The O.C., including Schwartz, who created the latter series. It centers on a group of high schoolers in affluent Newport Beach, Calif. In the middle of it all is the adorably nerdy Seth Cohen (Adam Brody) and his loving parents, Sandy (Peter Gallagher) and Kirsten (Kelly Rowan) who take in Ryan Atwood (Ben McKenzie), an underprivileged teen with a traumatic past who falls for the Cohens' neighbor, Marissa Cooper (Mischa Barton).

"The O.C. may be a lousy title but it's cast, written and directed well." — Mike McDaniel, Houston Chronicle


The cast of 'Skins'


Skins (2007)

Metascore: 66
Best for: Fans of international coming-of-age dramedies with serious undertones
Where to watch:

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Seasons: 7

The UK's Skins hit airwaves in 2007, following a group of teenagers dealing with heavy issues like substance abuse, mental illness, and sexuality. Each episode spotlights a particular character (or multiple interlinked characters), such as popular boy Tony Stonem (Nicholas Hoult), his on-again, off-again girlfriend Michelle Richardson (April Pearson), and his secretive younger sister Effy (Kaya Scodelario). There's also Tony's geeky best friend Sid Jenkins (Mike Bailey) and his troubled love interest Cassie Ainsworth (Hannah Murray). The cast changes in later seasons, but the show continues to highlight the ups and downs of teenage life in England.

"The pictures fill in the blanks, and even as Skins strains credibility, it achieves moments of poetry." — Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times


The cast of 'Outer Banks'


Outer Banks 

Metascore: 61
Best for: Fans of teen dramas with a healthy dose of action, adventure, and mystery
Where to watch: Netflix
Seasons: 2 (so far)

Outer Banks tags along with a group of teenage pals in coastal North Carolina and — like Gossip Girl — showcases the divide between different social classes. On one end, there are the working-class "Pogues," led by John B. Routledge (Chase Stokes). They frequently clash with the "Kooks," a higher-class subset of islanders who come from wealth and privilege. Outer Banks follows John B and the Pogues as they investigate his father's disappearance and, in the process, make a shocking (and potentially lucrative) discovery that could change their lives.

"Inconsistent but generally fun young adult drama." — Brian Tallerico, RogerEbert.com


Danielle Rose Russell in 'Legacies'

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Metascore: 59
Best for: Fans of supernatural-themed high-school dramas
Where to watch:

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Seasons: 4

On Legacies, a spin-off of The Originals and part of The Vampire Diariesfranchise, Danielle Rose Russell stars as Hope Mikaelson, a teenage girl who comes from a family of vampires and werewolves. Following her parents' deaths, Hope attends the Salvatore School for the Young and Gifted, where she learns how to control her magical abilities. On campus, she's joined by other supernatural beings from The Vampire Diaries universe, including witchy twins Lizzie (Jenny Boyd) and Josie Saltzman (Kaylee Bryant), whose father, Alaric (Matthew Davis), is the school's headmaster and Hope's mentor.

"It's slickly produced, but it all comes back to a formula that CW has mined a few times too many, where raging teen hormones are further complicated by extraordinary abilities." — Brian Lowry, CNN


AnnaSophia Robb (left) in 'The Carrie Diaries'

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The Carrie Diaries 

Metascore: 58
Best for: Fans of sweet comedy-dramas set in the '80s
Where to watch:

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Seasons: 2

AnnaSophia Robb plays a young Carrie Bradshaw inThe Carrie Diaries, the CW's prequel to HBO's Sex and the City. The series follows Carrie as she narrates her journey from high school in Connecticut to the beginning of her writing career in New York. As she adjusts to life in Manhattan, she tries to maintain a relationship with her love interest from home, Sebastian Kydd (Austin Butler), despite the distance and ongoing drama between them. In its second season, the show also re-imagines Carrie's first encounter with Samantha Jones (Lindsey Gort), one of her closest friends in Sex and the City.

"Mostly boilerplate teen soap that lacks the (umm) zest of Sex and the City — a good thing, in case you're wondering." — Verne Gay, Newsday


Lucy Hale in 'Pretty Little Liars'


Pretty Little Liars 

Metascore: 55
Best for: Fans of suspenseful and slightly spooky teen mysteries
Where to watch:

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Seasons: 7

Like Gossip Girl, Pretty Little Liars is a teen drama based on a book series (in this case, the author is Sara Shepard). It's set in fictional Rosewood, Penn., an idyllic and exclusive community that's turned upside down after a local girl, Alison DiLaurentis (Sasha Pieterse), goes missing. The year after her disappearance, her four closest friends — Emily Fields (Shay Mitchell), Spencer Hastings (Troian Bellisario), Hanna Marin (Ashley Benson), and Aria Montgomery (Lucy Hale) — start receiving mysterious messages from an anonymous person named "A," who threatens to expose all of their darkest secrets.

"Pretty Little Liars is one of those shows that manages to mildly, and perhaps unintentionally, spoof its genre while fully participating in it, and that's not a bad thing at all." — Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times


Elizabeth Gillies in 'Dynasty

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Dynasty (2017)

Metascore: 52
Best for: Fans of sexy soap operas built around family drama
Where to watch:

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Seasons: 5

Five years after Gossip Girl ended, Schwartz developed Dynasty with Savage and Sallie Patrick, so if you enjoyed watching dysfunctional rich families feud on Gossip Girl, then you might enjoy this series, which is a reboot of the 1980s original. Set in Atlanta, Dynasty showcases the ongoing drama within the Carrington family — led by patriarch Blake (Grant Show) and his daughter Fallon (Elizabeth Gillies) — who constantly fight amongst themselves and with their rivals, the Colbys, over everything from business deals to romantic interests to family legacies.

"Some fun possibly can be had here amid all the back-stabbing, sneering, secrecy and infidelity." — Ed Bark, Uncle Barky


AnnaLynne McCord in '90210'

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Metascore: 47
Best for: Fans of cheesy young adult dramas set in sun-soaked locales
Where to watch:

Seasons: 5

90210 is a 21st-century installment of the Beverly Hills, 90210 franchise, which takes place at the fictional West Beverly Hills High School in Southern California. It revolves around the Wilson family, including siblings Annie (Shenae Grimes) and Dixon (Tristan Wilds), who have recently enrolled at West Beverly after their father, Harry (Rob Estes), accepted a job as the school's principal. After an initial adjustment, Annie and Dixon find themselves fully immersed in the Beverly Hills lifestyle, and most of the show's five seasons follow the siblings as they begin their adult lives in their new town.

"Well, it wasn't Masterpiece Theatre, and it wasn't outright terrible." – Maureen Ryan, Chicago Tribune