If we talk about the critical response to Gossip Girl, we can say that the show initially received mixed reviews. The show is basically an adaptation of the bestselling novel series so the show was regarded as one of the more anticipated new shows of the 2007-08 TV season. According to the survey by OTX, the Gossip Girl was one among the top ten list of the new shows that audience were aware of. Considering the critical response to Gossip Girls, the show further received positive reviews from different publication like Variety, the Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle as well as Boston Globe. However, metacritic gave it a score of 54 based on the reviews of 26 different publications.
The author of the book series ‘Gossip Girl’ has also expressed her support for the show, describing that all her major plots were there in the pilot. Going further with the critic’s response to Gossip Girls, the show also received criticism from the Parents Television Council especially with its ‘OMFG” ad campaign from April 2007. Moreover, the Gossip Girl show has also been labeled episode ‘Victor/Victrola” the worst television program of the week in which the episode originally was broadcast.
The critical response to Gossip Girl first season significantly becomes more positive when the show continued to broadcast. And when the second season of Gossip Girl was broadcast, critical response to show became more favorable. Metacritic gave the second season of the show an improved score of 71. However, the New York Daily News also shows gave positive reviews of the Gossip Girl season two, designated to the best show ever.
Considering further with the critical response to Gossip Girls, the show was also being criticized by Janet Malcolm, towards the end of the first season stating that the drama series only relates to the original only in names & outlines of the characters. She further described that, "Without von Ziegesar's fast, mocking commentary to propel them, the TV episodes are sluggish and crass – a move from Barneys to Kmart."