Remember Blair, Serena & Hanna, Aria? Check out the 7 similarities between Gossip Girl & Pretty Little Liars

Blake Lively, Leighton Meester starrer Gossip Girl and Ashley Benson, Lucy Hale starrer Pretty Little Liars has some unique similarities. Read more to find out.
Similarities that Gossip Girl and Pretty Little Liars have in common.Similarities that Gossip Girl and Pretty Little Liars have in common.
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Pretty Little Liars is an American teen drama mystery thriller television series developed by I. Marlene King and is loosely based on the novel series of the same name written by Sara Shepard. The series follows the lives of four high school girls whose clique falls apart after the disappearance of their leader. One year later, the estranged friends are reunited as they begin receiving messages from a mysterious figure named "A" who threatens to expose their deepest secrets. The series features an ensemble cast, headed by Troian Bellisario as Spencer Hastings, Lucy Hale as Aria Montgomery, Ashley Benson as Hanna Marin, Shay Mitchell as Emily Fields, Sasha Pieterse Sheaffer as Alison DiLaurentis and Janel Parrish as Mona Vanderwaal.


Gossip Girl is an American teen drama television series based on the book series of the same name written by Cecily von Ziegesar. Narrated by the omniscient blogger 'Gossip Girl' (voiced by Kristen Bell), the series revolves around the lives of privileged upper-class adolescents living in Manhattan's Upper East Side. The series begins with the return of Upper East Side teenage girl Serena Van Der Woodsen (Blake Lively) after her mysterious absence. Serena is reunited with her frenemy Blair Waldorf (Leighton Meester) and her mother Lily Van Der Woodsen (Kelly Rutherford), while she also meets Dan Humphrey (Penn Badgley), an aspiring writer from Brooklyn. Other main characters are played by Chace Crawford, Ed Westwick, Taylor Momsen, Jessica Szohr, Matthew Settle and Kaylee DeFer.

If you have watched Gossip Girl and Pretty Little Liars, then you will know that there are some striking similarities between the two series. Check them out.


1] Both show’s characters have cyber stalkers

A and Gossip Girl's motto is to harass their peers. They are unknown to the characters. A and Gossip Girl use their peers information, share them in order to destroy their lives. The only difference here is that A wanted to kill the liars, whereas Gossip Girl sat back and enjoyed the drama unfold.

2] Gossip Girl used Pretty Little Liars theme song even before the latter aired


In season 1 episode 10 titled ‘High Society’ of Gossip Girl, the theme song is played at the debutante ball when everyone is dancing. The song is called Secrets by The Pierces. It was used as the theme song for Pretty Little Liars.

3] The pilot starts with one of the main characters returning to the town 



Serena Van Der Woodsen returns to the town after spending a year in boarding school after believing she was responsible for the drug overdose and death of Pete, whom she and Georgina Sparks were with during his death; Serena then enrolled at the Knightley School to escape the Upper East Side. While Aria and her family moved to Iceland for a year, after Alison went missing. 

4] CeCe’s are present in both shows 


CeCe in Pretty Little Liars is Alison DiLaurentis' sister aka ‘A’, whereas CeCe in Gossip Girl is Serena Van Der Woodsen’s grandmother.

5] The love triangles



There are love triangles in both the series. In Pretty Little Liars, there is a love triangle between Hanna, Caleb and Spencer, and in Gossip Girl, one of the many love triangles was between Serena, Dan and Blair. Both of the guys, Caleb and Dan dated Hanna and Serena first, respectively. Then went on to date their best friends Spencer and Blair and hid it from Hanna and Serena.

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6] There were also parental love triangles



In Pretty Little Liars, Jessica DiLaurentis and Peter Hastings had history. Jessica and Peter had a sordid affair and had a son, Jason DiLaurentis. They did their best to hide their affair, but both Alison and Spencer eventually found out, and the revelation shattered Spencer's relationship with her dad. Since Charles was a DiLaurentis, Spencer wondered if he may be her brother too.

In Gossip Girl, Rufus Humphrey and Lily Van Der Woodsen had dated when they were teenagers. Rufus is Dan’s father, while Lily is Serena’s mother. Serena and Dan dated on and off throughout the series and at the end even got married. Rufus and Lily had a secret kid when they were young and kept the kid a secret. Later in the series, Rufus and Lily got married making Serena and Dan step-siblings; however, they got divorced.

7] Dan and Ezra’s similarities

Dan and Ezra both write a book by the end of the series. They both had relationships with one of the main character of the series, which had a grand entry in the pilot. 

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