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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Steve Marsi is the Managing Editor of TV Fanatic. Follow him on Google+ or email him here.

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Do you think that instead of a season 4 of gossip girl, they will produce season 1 of the it girl in it's place?

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WROST character: we dont even have to say?? come on! i can tell by the inflection its Vanessa. lol! which is hilarious since its reading something online and there is no tone in those words. haha but for me...... WORST = bree, MAUREEN! scott, that REALLY just bad bad useless piece of nothing, Willa! aaaand Olivia, Georgina, JENNY for a majority of the season...
the list goes on.
lol

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ED and Leighton saves gg all the time.people are mostl watching for them.They are two amazing and most talented of young actors.They have great chemistry together what makes us want more Chuck and Blair scenes.During the summer hiatus I only keep watching their s3 scens together.They are a dreamy couple.and perfect match.I want to thank to JS and SS for giving us the most epic couple of the TV ever.Non of the couples even can come close to Chuck and Blair,Blair and Chuck.

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C&B ROCKS AND RULES GOSSÄ°P GÄ°RL.AND THEY ARE DESTÄ°NÄ°ED TO BE TOGETHER.

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Chuck and Blair the best characters of GG.. yayyyy
of course they are.... who says they aren't,has some problems I guess.sorry for you ..

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I WANT MY CHAÄ°R BACK Ä°MMEDÄ°ATELY!!!!!!

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Chair=boring really????
are you watching the same show or are you just can't get over the fact that your favourite characters sucks and can't get the attention because of the viewers passionate love for Chair.actually Chair wasn't boring but just the opposite their even 2 min. scenes save the whole episode during the season.I think this season was boring just because of very short chair scenes per episode.if they could show Chair more than slut Serena idiot Dan boring Nate and even useless Vanessa s3 would completely
rock.and now look at the show the ratings dropped just because the lack of Chair scenes per episodes.
Chair is the heart and soul of the show but exactly when they are together in a relationship they rock the show.

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you are so focused on B & C! I love chair, but you know, I love chair more apart then together. I loved them in the 1st season when they were always fighting, and in the 2nd season when they couldn’t say I love you. But in the 3rd season it was all wrong. In the beginning it was okay (I loved the auction episode!) but after that. The whole drama with his mother and the 1000 times he or she said: you can do it because i love you. blablabla we know it. You got the great chuck bass to say he loves you. And when they broke of (what a jerk C!) Blair was so funny! she became Blair again. The bitch wasn't back, that was what the poster said, but Blair was back! she finally was herself again. With the scheming and all that. and I loved how happy she was when she heard she got in Colombia. And I think Ed is a marvelous actor, wow, but chuck in the end of season 3, I did not like him (sleeping witch jenny humphrey HELLOO WTF!). So maybe they are better apart, i don’t know.
And stop hating Dan please, i think he is hilarious!

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chair is the best.
they basically own the most memorable scenes of this season.
and also thanks for ed westwick and leighton meester. oh and i don't want any serenate porn. thanks. maybe the wiriters could give the scene to chair instead serenate

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A "B" is WAY too generous!

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

Blair: Fashion is the most powerful art there is. It's movement, design and architecture all in one. It shows the world who we are and who we'd like to be. Just like your scarf suggests that you'd like to sell used cars.
Dan: Vanessa gave me this scarf.

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