Best and Worst TV Shows That Come Out in 2021

The reboot of “Gossip Girl” ushers in a new group of private schoolers.

A still from HBO Max's "Gossip Girl."

Jordan Alexander on “Gossip Girl.”

Karolina Wojtasik/HBO Max

Rotten Tomatoes score: 36%

Summary: A new group of Manhattanites, including Julien (Jordan Alexander), Zoya (Whitney Peak), and Kate (Tavi Gevinson), try to root out which friend is sharing their secrets online.

Despite the best efforts of the cast, critics said “Gossip Girl” was little more than a poor imitation of the original show. 

“We’re here for the drama — for rich, beautiful teens being terrible to each other,” Jenna Guillaume wrote for Sydney Morning Herald. “But the new ‘Gossip Girl’ is not quite that, adding in a layer of power and race dynamics that it doesn’t seem fully capable of unpacking.”

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