TV Show Accurately Fictionalizes UES Private Schools

Ah, to be young again. Today’s NY Sun runs an article about the new show Gossip Girls, a fictitious depiction of life at an all-girls private high school on the Upper East Side. Created by Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage, the masterminds behind The O.C., it’s loosely based on the books of the same name.

The pilot episode depicts girls in short skirts, drinking at bars and doping in Central Park — typical high school stuff. It’s drawn the ire of parents and administrators (kids from some UES schools were reportedly banned from speaking with Schwartz and Savage), but students think the portrayal rings true. According to The Sun, “‘There are parallels,'” a 2007 graduate of the Spence School, Mina Beveney, said after watching the pilot.”

We’re not surprised. It’s only a matter of time before the kids are playing beer pong with the I-banking set at Brother Jimmy’s, assuming, of course, they weren’t already.