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Parallels between the CW teen drama's (5/16/2012)
One Tree Hill was a brilliant show the first four seasons, in my opinion the best teen show I'd ever experienced. The characters had depth and were developed so well. There was some humour and plenty of endearing moments between characters. They dealt with issues such as drugs, friends, peer pressure, death, homosexuality, relationships, school and growing up in interesting and healthier ways than other shows did. Although the characters aren't angels they admitted their mistakes and would try and correct them. This isn't the case in a show like Gossip Girl, the show simply sends no good messages to teen girls. Chuck and Blair is the most unhealthy, abusive teen relationship I've ever seen. They actually disgust me. Dan and Blair was an improvement but with all the Chuck and Blair nonsense it simply couldn't move forward in a realistic way. Dan and Serena were good, I always felt. Dan made Serena a better person and when she's not with him she's selfish and idiotic. I feel as though Nate is the only character on Gossip Girl who has redeemed himself in someway. He wants a simple relationship with Lola and a good job at the Spectator. He genuinely wants a normal, happy life. Lily has gone backwards and at this point I feel she should probably just be killed off the show and Rufus is as whiny as ever. I see the comparison to Chuck and Nathan but Nathan was actually a good person underneath, although Chuck has been raised terribly by his father they haven't exactly convinced me that he is a good person underneath. Nathan was easily redeemed within the first season of One Tree Hill, he was really a better person than Lucas in the end. They've tried to convince us that Chuck is actually a good person in the last couple of seasons but I'm not convinced. The whole letting go of Blair and getting Monkey and magically transforming into someone good was too forced and didn't feel realistic at all.