How to watch Gossip Girl 2021 online: stream the new HBO Max Original now

The cast of the 2021 Gossip Girl reboot on the Met steps in New York
(Image credit: HBO Max)

After nine years away from Constance Billard, we’re being taken back to find a new group of uber-wealthy students getting trolled by – yep, you guessed it – XOXO, Gossip Girl. Actively embracing LGTBQ issues and the perspectives of POC, get ready for this Gen Z reboot of your favorite guilty pleasure. Read on as we explain how to watch Gossip Girl online now with a subscription to HBO Max.

How to watch Gossip Girl 2021 online

Premiere date: Thursday July 8, 2021

New Episodes: the first 6 are aired weekly until August 12, with the next 6 scheduled for the fall.

Cast: Emily Alyn Lind, Eli Brown, Whitney Peak, Thomas Doherty, Jordan Alexander, Evan Mock, Zión Moreno, Kristen Bell.

Streaming Options: HBO Max (US) | Crave (CA)|  BBC iPlayer | BINGE (AU)

Written and developed by Joshua Safran and based on the novels of Cecily von Ziegesar, Gossip Girl 2.0 provides a fresh perspective on the same privileged universe. There’s a more diverse clique of well-to-do students here, but occupying the same Upper East Side world that Serena and Blair presided over a decade ago. And they’re even more susceptible to Gossip Girl’s brand of scandal, who now utilizes an anonymous Insta account to air the student’s dirty laundry.

Of the original cast, Kristen Bell returns to voice the eponymous antagonist, while the new kids on the Met Steps include fashion-forward influencer Julien Calloway (Jordan Alexander), her philanthropic beau Otto “Obie” Bergmann IV (Eli Brown), Max Wolfe (Thomas Doherty), and Zoya Lott (Whitney Peak) – Julien’s half-sister and an outsider to this tight-knit group.

Also starring Zión Moreno, Emily Alyn Lind, Evan Mock and Savannah Smith, this reboot promises a pleasingly eclectic range of storylines, at least one big twist, and HBO-levels of licentiousness. Keep reading for our guide on how to watch Gossip Girl online now, and prepare to enjoy some shocking revelations with your friends.

How to watch Gossip Girl on HBO Max in the US


Finally, something to gab about! Episode one of the revamped Gossip Girl debuts on HBO Max July 8, with the next batch of episodes being made available every Thursday over five weeks. However, the series will be on hiatus from August 12 until the fall, when the remaining six episodes will be aired.   

There are two subscription options for HBO Max: the $9.99 a month ‘With Ads’ plan, and the ‘Ad-Free’ $14.99 option. You’ll get access to a huge library of top-drawer content with both: revered HBO shows like Game of Thrones, Flight of the Conchords, Euphoria and The Wire, a richly curated selection of titles from Turner Classic Movies, plus iconic films and TV series from Warner Brothers’ 100-year library. Better yet, it’s only place to watch every season of the OG Gossip Girl!

- Head to the HBO Max website to sign up now

What you won’t get unless you opt for the ‘Ad-Free’ plan, however, are Warner Brothers 2021 movie releases, available on HBO Max day-and-date with their cinema release, for a month from their debut. By paying $14.99 a month, you can experience the excitement of opening night from home, with vibrant musical In the Heights currently available to stream in 4K Ultra HD and with Dolby Atmos sound, and Space Jam: A New Legacy up next. But, if you’re not impressed by the service, you can cancel whenever you like.

The 7-day HBO Max free trial has long since been discontinued. But, if you're a current HBO Now subscriber or pay for HBO through your cable provider, you might actually be entitled to HBO Max at no extra cost.

Devices compatible with HBO Max include iPhone and Android devices, Apple and Samsung TVs, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One consoles, Chromecast and Chromebooks, and laptops and PCS. HBO Max on Roku and Amazon Fire Stick is also available.

The cast of the Gossip Girl reboot appearing across photos on smartphone screens

(Image credit: HBO Max)

How to watch Gossip Girl online for FREE in Canada


Further north and fans of this teen drama can watch all new Gossip Girl with a subscription to Crave, Canada’s homegrown streaming platform. It’ll follow the same release pattern as the US, with episode one available on Thursday July 8, and subsequent episodes released weekly.

You’ll need to opt for the Movies + HBO subscription to stream Gossip Girl, which will cost CND$19.98 (plus tax) a month. But first you can enjoy Crave's 7-day free trial, available to new subscribers.

On top of Crave Originals, hit TV shows, classic HBO content and blockbuster films, this membership provides access to the latest HBO Max titles and Hollywood movies concurrent with their US release, such as Zack Snyder’s Justice League and Genera+ion. Plus, you can revisit all six seasons of Gossip Girl circa 2007 for a little nostalgic comfort-viewing.

How to watch Gossip Girl online in the UK FREE


While dates are yet to be confirmed, Gossip Girl 2.0 has been acquired by the BBC for broadcast "later this year" in the UK, where BBC iPlayer will be the place to view episodes live or on-demand. 

Additionally, all 121 episodes of the original series will be added to iPlayer for your binge-watching pleasure soon, featuring leads Blake Lively, Leighton Meester, and You star Penn Badgley.

How to watch Gossip Girl online for FREE in Australia


Binge is bringing new Gossip Girl home for fans Down Under. It will debut on July 8 (meaning Aussies might even get it before American viewers), with new episodes following on a weekly basis.

From only $10 AUS a month, it’s a highly affordable VOD service, and new members are entitled to a generous 14-day free trial, meaning that you won’t pay a thing until the trial period ends. The Basic plan provides a single stream in SD quality, and you can upgrade to Standard and Premium plans if you want additional streams and better video quality.

Once subscribed, you’ll get access to 10,000 hours of content: reality shows, dramas, comedies and documentaries including Keeping Up with the Kardashians, Big Little Lies, Modern Family, Mayans, and all 6 seasons of the 2007-2012 run of Gossip Girl. It also offers more than 800 movies, and content from HBO, FX, and Warner Bros.

Daniel Pateman

Daniel Pateman is a freelance writer, producing articles across the cultural spectrum for magazines like Aesthetica, Photomonitor, The Brooklyn Rail and This is Tomorrow. He also provides text-writing services to individual curators and artists worldwide, and has had work published internationally. His favourite film genre is horror (bring on Scream 5!) and he never tires of listening to Absolute 80s on the radio.