2. Gossip Girl (2007-2012)
Original Release Date: Gossip Girl was originally released in 2007 and ran for 6 seasons before ending in 2012.
Ratings Achievements: Gossip Girl was a huge hit for The CW and helped launch the network after UPN and WB combined. Its legacy has even secured a Gossip Girl reboot on the upcoming HBO Max.
Critical Acclaim: The early seasons of Gossip Girl were appreciated by critics for their high-quality soapy genre, although it is commonly thought that the latter seasons began to decline in quality.
About the Role: Blake Lively played Serena Van der Woodsen, the It girl of the series who arrives back in New York City during the pilot episode after something mysterious happens while she was away at boarding school.
Simply the Best: This was Blake Lively’s breakout role and what she is best known for nowadays. Her ever-changing relationship with characters like Blair Waldorf, Dan Humphrey, and Nate Archibald is essentially the stuff of legend for the fans of the series. Even today people still argue about who Serena should have ended up with and still talk about her friendship with Blair.
Lively was able to play Serena as the party girl everyone wanted to be while also ensuring people understood how vulnerable she was and even though she was perceived as flawless, she was truly far from perfect.