Gossip Girl Season Three Report Card: B

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The 2009-10 season may be in the books, but a new season is just a few months away, and in the meantime, the break gives us a chance to offer up critiques on various programs.

Heading into the summer, TV Fanatic will grade and review a number of the small screen's biggest hits. Most recently, The Good Wife received an A from our editor-in-chief.

Now, on to Gossip Girl - a show with a fan base so fanatical that it truly belongs on a site called TV Fanatic, and will surely have plenty of its own opinions to share below.

What did we think of the third season of the CW drama? Who was its best character? Did it live up to expectations? Where are we headed next? Read on. Find out. Chime in.

Best character: Chuck Bass and Blair Waldorf (tie). Disclaimer: This is not to disparage other characters, all of which we enjoy. But to us, Chuck and Blair remain the heart of Gossip Girl. Together or apart, Ed Westwick and Leighton Meester steal every scene with humor, passion, chemistry and just enough mischief under the surface to keep things interesting.

Worst character: We don't even have to say.

A Chair Heart to Heart

Chuck and Blair remain the heart and soul of Gossip Girl.

Best use of guest stars: Michelle Trachtenberg is always great as Georgina Sparks, who always seems to stir up trouble and had quite a surprise for Dan in the season's closing moments. On the flip side, no disrespect to Sebastian Stan, Desmond Harrington and William Baldwin, but some guest stars (cough, Hilary Duff) take away more screen time than they're worth.

Best episode: "The Debarted." The first half of the season ended on a bittersweet note as Chuck came to terms with Bart's death, one year later, with the help of Blair. Meanwhile, Serena's affair with Tripp blew up in her face and landed her in a hospital bed. Nate heroically came to Serena's physical and emotional rescue. Vintage Gossip Girl - more so than the OMFG season finale.

Best storyline: The downward spiral of Jenny Humphrey. In a season that many fans felt lacked the drama of the first two, Little J won't be getting any of the blame. She turned on pretty much everyone, her own father and brother included, became a hard ass drug dealer, and slept with Chuck freaking Bass. That will be a tough act to follow next season - and we can't wait.

Worst storyline: One of the best things we can say about Season 3 is that most episodes were enjoyable on their own - nothing stands out as glaringly weak. Still, the characters' stories didn't flow very well at times, and the season began slowly at NYU. Also, the various plot lines were detached off from each other a lot, and certain arcs, such as Chuck's mom, were full of holes.

Hopes for 2010-11: That Chuck returns to health. Ascension to elite status for Blair at Columbia and more struggles for social supremacy overall. Story lines for Nate and Serena that doesn't necessarily involve a relationship, or each other. A dramatic clash between Jenny and Blair as J returns to Manhattan. As for couples we hope to see, we leave that debate to you.

Overall grade: B. The fact that only a minority of respondents to our survey listed Season 3 as their favorite speaks to its overall inconsistency. It was perfectly enjoyable, with few if any bad weeks, but there was a continuity missing. Near the end of the year, when the gang finally got back together and Nate reminisced about past schemes, it was like he spoke for us as well.

That's why we're giving it a B for the season. While we love it week in and week out, the fire was missing for significant stretches. As things intensified in April and May, the producers found it again, leaving us with a shocker of a finale that sets the stage for some potentially amazing developments. With renewed focus on characters in the right situations, it can get better.

What were your impressions of the season - and what would you like to see in Season Four? What characters and episodes worked best and which did not? Discuss below!

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Kosi

hahaha yes im peonies lol everyone is peonies yay!

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What I would like to see in season 4: Blair and Chuck teaming up to take down Jack for good. Jack already messed up with them 2 times and it pisses me off. Blair and Chuck are supposed to be the manipulative, evil, smart ones, not the ones that get played everytime. I want my fierce, bitch, evil Chair back, and I want them to be evil and plot TOGETHER, not against each other Blair and Chuck hot and sexy scenes. NS and DV got a lot of sexy scenes this season, and Chair not even one? WTF I really feel that the writers sabotaged cb on purpose this season, or they are really dumb. it's sad how they ruined such great characters and amazing couple in season 3,

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It's so weird what they did with Chuck and Blair this season, and Im not only talking about them as a couple, but individual characters too. In the first half of the season Chuck was acting way too old for his age, and Blair like a 5 year old girl. They made Blair so dumb and Chuck so boring. In the second half of the season Chuck was completly OOC, like, selling Blair out to his uncle? REALLY? WTF? Its sad how the writers didnt make CB team up and take Jack down, And It just seemed like the writers made a real point of no sex for CB. And I can't for the life of me think WHY... Really, season 3 sucked, and I wanna believe that in season 4 they are gonna rebuild CB and make them amazing and epic again but I have zero faith on the writers and producers. They only care about OMG moments. And I find funny how Josh said he loves the passion, well, to me and a lot of people the OMG moments are just killing the passion and love for the show. I really dont care that much anymore. Why should I? It's clear the writers and producers dont care and will do whatever they want to create stupid and contrived drama.

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Best Charactors : Chuck and Blair
Worst Charactors: Chuck and Blair
They were really hit or miss this past season. Chuck with no sex drive in the beginning (lame) acting almost lake Blairs Father instead of her boyfriend (lame) His angst scenes were perfect as usual....but he never showed any passion for Blair....and the screwy way she was acting in the first half...I don't blame him. Second half is where they both shine as actors...but I agree with alot of people on here that it would have been nice to see them written better as a couple then they were...NO HOT SCENES...I JUST DON'T GET IT??? and when their sex life was referenced...it was always something kinky..."punishment, Anna Karena, everyone knows in threesomes the third person is always a stranger" Really Blair? I thought she was a little more straight laced then that lol. ...I mean the writers really do need to read some fanfic out there.(which is sad, they should be the ones inspiring the fan fic writers) Then in the second half..Chuck doing what he did...needed an explanation for the audience...because he was just so outta charactor from the first half...good drama but no continuity.
Best guest star: Georgie and CeCe..Please MORE CeCe
favorite episodes: lost boy, thanksgiving, debarted, last tango
Next season:
I really don't see how they can redeem chuck...Blair might get over it and take him back...I just don't know how they can be that special to each other anymore esp after shes said they deserved each other because they hit rock bottom...like they're never gonna be wanted by anyone else...(those kinds of remarks don't make for epic relationships) they just sound like two losers stuck with one another lol..they were suppose to understand each other..this season they were clueless at the end. And Chuck will not have any real family left..Rufus and Dan won't want him...Lily loves him but will have to choose rufus...I don't know, it will be interesting to see how they resolve all of the bullshit

Peonies-and-stockings

Can't you read? Just for you, I'll copy and paste: "As we are at it you should know I am also "clouds like bubbles", everyone else that ever said anything against Chuck/Blair and wrote some of the super nutty pro Chuck/Blair comments on here, just to make you look bad." kosi said something against Chuck/Blair, so of course it was me. Why are you even questioning that? Guys, really.
Oh, if I were you I wouldn't agree to HDD - she is one of the fake posts I did to make Chair fans look super nutty.

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@HDD
totaly agree!! @kosi
now people are prob going to think your this peonies person, but you have to admitt it looks like your this person too right now. (enough time to make a profile) it looks like they are the same person to me. how pathetic

Leilaonailan

Worst character: Vanessa. GET HER OFF THE SHOW, PLEASE. Also, that's not Dan's baby.

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I dont agree. I didnt like season 3, I would give it a D. It was awful. Chuck and Blair are still the best characters but that's because Nate, Serena, Dan and Vanessa are some of the worst characters I have ever seen on TV. Nate and Serena are so dull, and Dan and Vanessa are boring, judgmental, couldnt care less about them. And I love chair but the writers really dont know how to write them, and it annoys me because they are amazing character and the actors are great, why underuse them like they did in season 3? And Chuck selling Blair out to his rapist uncle? WTF were the writers smoking? And instead of making Chuck redeem himself they just kept destroying his characters. Jenny and Chuck was such a stupid move, like all the main characters have to hook up with each other? I really dont fell like watching season 4. Im sure next is gonna be Dan and Blair or Chuck and Serena hooking up and no way Im gonna keep watching such an awful show.

Kosi

@jane and @lmao just because there is more than one person posting things against chair doesn't mean they are all the same person THERE IS WAY MORE THAN ONE PERSON WHO DOESN'T LIKE CHAIR
GET OVER IT

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@peonies
aww i'm glad you are admitting your double post as another person.

Gossip Girl Quotes

And who am I? That's one secret I'll never tell ... You know you love me. XOXO, Gossip Girl

Gossip Girl

[to Jenny] That's the thing. You need to be cool to be queen. Anne Boleyn thought only with her heart and she got her head chopped off. So her daughter Elizabeth made a vow never to marry a man. She married a country. Forget boys. Keep your eye on the prize, Jenny Humphrey. You can't make people love you, but you can make them fear you. For what it's worth, you're my Queen. I choose you.

Blair
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