|Sex and the City|
|Created by||Darren Star|
|Starring||Sarah Jessica Parker
|Narrated by||Sarah Jessica Parker|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||6|
|No. of episodes||94 (List of episodes)|
|Executive producer(s)||Michael Patrick King
Sarah Jessica Parker
|Location(s)||New York City|
|Camera setup||Single camera|
|Running time||30 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Darren Star Productions
HBO Original Programming
|Picture format||480i SDTV|
|Original run||June 6, 1998– February 22, 2004|
|Followed by||Sex and the City: The Movie|
Set in New York City, the show focused on four American women, three in their mid-thirties and one in her forties. The quirky series had multiple continuing story lines and tackled socially relevant issues such as sexually transmitted diseases, safe sex, and promiscuity. It specifically examined the lives of big-city professional women in the late 1990s/early 2000s and how changing roles and expectations for women affected the characters.
The show was primarily filmed at New York City's Silvercup Studios and on location in and around Manhattan. Since it ended, the show has been aired in syndication on networks such as TBS, WGN, and many other local stations. However, basic cable outlets at local stations excise certain explicit show content that was broadcast in the original version. In 2007 it was listed as one of Time magazine's "100 Best TV Shows of All-TIME."
The show was based in part on writer Candace Bushnell's book of the same name, compiled from her column with the New York Observer. Bushnell has stated in several interviews that the Carrie Bradshaw in her columns is her alter ego; when she wrote the "Sex and the City" essays, she used her own name initially; for privacy reasons, however, she created the character of Carrie Bradshaw, a promiscuous woman who was also working as a writer and living in New York City. Carrie also has the same initials, a flourish emphasizing her connection with Bushnell.
Darren Star, the show's creator, paid $50,000 to Bushnell for "lock, stock, and barrel" rights to her columns, according to fellow author Toby Young. The show "bears only a passing resemblance to its source material"; the columns were "darker and more cynical" than the "gentler" series that Star produced. According to Sex and the City: Kiss and Tell, by Amy Sohn, Star wanted to create a show that expressed true adult comedy, lesbianism and sex in an up-front way.
The narrative of the show focuses on Carrie Bradshaw and her three best friends, Miranda Hobbes, Charlotte York and Samantha Jones. The women discuss their sexual desires and fantasies, and their travels in life, love and lesbianism. The show often depicts frank discussions about romance and sexuality, features a short montage of interviews of people living in New York City regarding topics discussed in that episode. These continue through season two but are eventually phased out.
Another feature that would eventually be scrapped is Carrie breaking the fourth wall (for example, looking into the camera and speaking to the audience directly in an aside). Bradshaw would question scenarios and ideas, asking the audience for an opinion or insight on different situations. The pilot also has the characters of Miranda and Charlotte as well as a few minor characters speaking directly to the camera/audience. The last such event by Carrie occurs in episode three of the second season, "The Freak Show".
The method of expressing inner monologues is shifted exclusively to voiceovers by Carrie in future episodes. Her main narration usually revolves around the premise of that week's "column," where she often sums up her thoughts with, "I couldn't help but wonder..." As she says that, her computer monitor is shown while she is typing the text of her voiceover.
|Carrie Bradshaw||Sarah Jessica Parker|
She is the narrator of each episode. Each episode is structured around her train of thought while writing her weekly column, "Sex and the City," for the fictitious newspaper the New York Star. A member of the New York glitterati, she is a club/bar/restaurant staple who is known for her unique fashion sense (particularly footwear: Manolo Blahniks to be exact). This is evident in the episode "The Real Me" in season four, when she is asked by Lynne Cameron (played by Margaret Cho) to be in a New York fashion show. She works on her PowerBook in her apartment, writing newspaper articles focusing on the different aspects of her relationships. In later seasons, her essays are collected as a book and she begins taking assignments from Vogue and New York Magazine. Carrie is not house-proud (her oven is used for storage); her one-room, rent-controlled apartment is in an Upper East Side brownstone. Carrie is a simple/open-minded girl looking for love, but also having fun in the process. She experiences moments of both happiness in her independence and loneliness, and is probably the most relative to normal everyday females. Most can relate to her. Despite several long-term boyfriends, Carrie is entangled with "Mr. Big" (Chris Noth) in a complicated, multifaceted on-and-off-again kind of relationship.
|Samantha Jones||Kim Cattrall|
She is the oldest and most sexually confident of the foursome. Samantha is an independent businesswoman, with a career in public relations. She is confident, strong, outspoken, and calls herself a "try-sexual" (meaning she'll try anything once). One of Samantha's best qualities is her loyalty to her friends. She believes that she has had "hundreds" of soulmates and requires that her sexual partners leave "an hour after I climax." During the course of the show it is revealed that Samantha's glamorous, impenetrable facade and dismissive approach to love actually hide a sensitive, caring nature. Samantha has a number of relationships in the show. In Season 6, Samantha's character further develops when she is suddenly diagnosed with cancer when visiting a plastic surgeon for a breast implant consultation. An operation and chemotherapy challenge Samantha, but she beats cancer and it becomes clear the experience has renewed her with a new perspective on life and love with her most permanent and fulfilling relationship yet, with a younger man, the handsome model/actor, Smith Jerrod. In the movie, Samantha is still in love with Smith, they are living in California, where both of their careers are running fast. She begins to ask herself if a stable relationship is really for her.
|Charlotte York||Kristin Davis|
|She works in an art gallery and has had a conventional Connecticut upbringing. She is the most optimistic of the group, the one who places the most emphasis on emotional love as opposed to lust, and is a true romantic; always searching for her "knight in shining armor." She scoffs at the lewder, more libertine antics of her friends (primarily Samantha), presenting a more traditional attitude about relationships, usually based around "the rules" of love and dating. Despite her traditional outlook, she has been known to make concessions (while married) that even surprise her more sexually liberated girlfriends. Charlotte was a "straight A" student who attended Smith College where she was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma (note that there are no sororities at the real Smith College) majoring in art history with a minor in finance. During the series, it is also revealed that Charlotte was voted homecoming queen, prom queen, "most popular," student body president, track team captain and was active as a cheerleader and teen model. After a long struggle to get pregnant and one miscarriage, Charlotte and her husband adopt a little girl from China and named her Lily, after Charlotte's favourite flower. In the 2008 movie, Charlotte is still in love with her husband and Lily is now four years old. Unexpectedly, Charlotte discovers that she is pregnant and gives birth to a girl at the end of the movie. The baby is named Rose.|
|Miranda Hobbes||Cynthia Nixon|
|She is a career-minded lawyer with extremely cynical views on relationships and men. A Harvard Law School graduate from Philadelphia with two siblings, she is Carrie's best friend, confidante, and voice of reason. In the early seasons, she is portrayed as masculine and borderline misandric, but this image softens over the years, particularly after she becomes pregnant by her on/off boyfriend, Steve Brady, whom she eventually marries. The birth of her son, Brady Hobbes, brings up new issues for her Type A, workaholic personality, but she soon finds a way to balance career, being single and motherhood. Of the four women, she is the first to purchase her own apartment (across the park from Carrie, on the Upper West Side), and later a home in Brooklyn. In the 2008 movie, Miranda is dealing with the choice of either divorcing Steve or forgiving him after he admits that he has had sex with somebody else outside their marriage.|
|Mr. Big/John Preston||Chris Noth||Seasons 1 – 6 + Movie|
|"Mr. Big" (aka Big) is a pseudonym for the charming, attractive, sarcastic, and wealthy love interest for Carrie Bradshaw. He is the reason for many of Carrie's breakdowns as he never seemed ready to fully commit to Carrie. During the course of the series he marries Natasha, who is ten years younger than Carrie. An affair with Carrie destroys Big's marriage and Carrie's relationship with her other major love interest, furniture designer Aidan. In the final episode, Mr. Big realizes that life without Carrie is nothing. He is a big jazz fan and a heavy cigar smoker with plenty of money to burn. His first name, John, was not revealed until the end of the series finale, and his full name John James Preston not until the movie.|
|Steve Brady||David Eigenberg||Seasons 2 – 6 + Movie|
|He is Miranda's on and off boyfriend throughout the series since he was introduced in the second season. He eventually marries Miranda at the end of Season 6, after they had a child together at the end of Season 4. He is one of the few men on the show meant to counter-balance all the emotionally unstable men encountered throughout the series, as he is a constant and sensitive male character. His alcoholic mother, Mary Brady, played by Anne Meara, is also a prominent recurring character.|
|Aidan Shaw||John Corbett||Seasons 3 – 4, 6 + Movie (unconfirmed)|
|Manhattan furniture designer Aidan is Carrie's next serious boyfriend after a breakup with Mr. Big. Carrie met him when her friend Stanford Blatch noticed his photo in the newspaper, and insisted that they visit his store. Their first relationship ends when Carrie confesses, on Charlotte's first wedding day, that she had an affair with Mr. Big. Later in the series, Carrie and Aidan get back together and become engaged. However, Carrie breaks off the engagement when she realizes that she is not ready to get married, and he is unwilling to wait for her. He appears for the last time in Season 6, with a baby and a wife much to Carrie's surprise.|
|Stanford Blatch||Willie Garson||Seasons 1 – 6 + Movie|
|He is Carrie's best friend outside of the three women. A gay talent agent from an aristocratic family with a sense of style paralleled only by Carrie's, viewers receive the impression that they have a long-standing relationship built within their younger, wilder days in the New York City club and bar scene in the 1980s. He had said that they have been friends since Carrie was riding the subways and wearing Candie's. The only supporting character to receive his own storylines on occasion, Stanford represents the show's most constant gay point of view to sex on the show, generally based on the physical insecurities and inadequacies of someone who does not "have that gay look." In the last two seasons of the show, he is partnered with Broadway dancer Marcus Adente, however in the movie, he is single. He is sometimes associated with Anthony Marentino, a gay wedding planner, and friend to Charlotte.|
|Smith Jerrod||Jason Lewis||Season 6 + Movie|
|He is a young waiter Samantha seduces. She tries to maintain her usual sex-only relationship with him, but he slowly pushes for something more. He is a wannabe actor whose career Samantha jump starts using her PR connections (including changing his name to "Smith Jerrod" from "Jerry Jerrod"), getting him a modeling job that turns into a film role. Just when she thinks Smith's age and experiences aren't enough for her, he gives her unconditional support during her fight with breast cancer. In the final episode, Smith flies back from a film set in Canada just to tell her that he loves her, which she counters with "You have meant more to me than any man I've ever known," which, for Samantha, is a far greater statement than it might be for anyone else.|
|Harry Goldenblatt||Evan Handler||Seasons 5 – 6 + Movie|
|He is Charlotte's Jewish divorce lawyer who is incredibly attracted to her from the beginning. She is not attracted to him initially, but tries to pursue a sex-only relationship with him, which leads to one of exclusivity and love as opposed to her relationship with Trey, which was reversed in this aspect. After her conversion to Judaism and one big argument that sends them in separate directions for a few weeks, the two marry and begin trying to have/adopt a child. In the end, they are approved for a Chinese adoption and adopt a girl.|
|Aleksandr Petrovsky||Mikhail Baryshnikov||Season 6|
|Referred to by Carrie occasionally as "The Russian", he is a famous artist who becomes Carrie's lover in the final season. He sweeps her off her feet with huge romantic gestures and shows her the foreign pockets of New York that she has never seen before. Her relationship with him brings up all sorts of questions in Carrie's mind about finding love past "a certain age" and whether or not she wants children. When he's preparing to return to Paris for a solo exhibit he invites Carrie to come live with him, which, after several deliberations (and one fight) with her friends, she does. After spending some time there, she realizes that he will never reciprocate the level of emotional involvement that she offers because his life and career will always come first.|
The series was divided up into six seasons altogether. The first season was twelve episodes (two discs of 6), the second season was eighteen episodes (three discs of 6), and the third season was eighteen episodes (three discs of 6). Then the fourth season was eighteen episodes (three discs of 6), the fifth season was eight episodes (two discs of four), and the final season was twenty episodes. In total, there were 94 episodes of Sex and the City.
|Season||Ep #||First Airdate||Last Airdate|
|Season 1||12||June 6, 1998||August 23, 1998|
|Season 2||18||June 6, 1999||October 3, 1999|
|Season 3||18||June 4, 2000||October 15, 2000|
|Season 4||18||June 3, 2001||February 10, 2002|
|Season 5||8||July 21, 2002||September 8, 2002|
|Season 6||20||June 22, 2003||February 22, 2004|
Sex and the City: The Movie was released nationwide in the USA on May 30, 2008 and, as of December 24, 2008, has made $413,129,126 worldwide.
The Sex and the City: The Movie DVD was released on September 23, 2008.
The show became well known and lauded for its frank dialogue about women and sex. An unlikely supporter of the show is author Orson Scott Card. Card stated that although the crudity of the series left him numb, the show contained some of the best writing on television.
However, the characters have been criticized for being shallow, superficial, and self-absorbed.
Sex and the City has been analyzed by feminists both as an example of progress in women's rights and life options, and as an example of the effects of corporate culture, marketing and the more individualistic strands of feminism in presenting women's empowerment as mainly tied to achieving coupledom, beauty, and personal upward mobility, rather than collective organisation for progressive change.. Entertainment Weekly put it on its end-of-the-decade, "best-of" list, saying, "The clothes from SATC Raise your cosmos! A toast to the wonderful wardrobe from Sex and the City, which taught us that no flower is too big, no skirt too short, and no shoe too expensive."
Over its course of six seasons, "Sex and the City" was nominated for over 50 Emmy Awards, winning seven times. Among the Emmys the show won were two for Outstanding Casting for a Comedy Series (Jennifer McNamara), one for its Costumes, a trophy for Outstanding Comedy Series for its third season in 2001 (the first time ever a cable channel wins Outstanding Comedy Series), Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series in 2002 for the episode "The Real Me", and for its final season in 2004, Emmys for Sarah Jessica Parker (Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for the episode "An American Girl in Paris, Part Deux"), and Cynthia Nixon (Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for the episodes "One and "Ick Factor"). It has also been nominated for 24 Golden Globe Awards, and won 8. Its wins included Best TV Series — Musical or Comedy, and Best Actress in a TV Series — Musical or Comedy, (Sarah Jessica Parker) for three consecutive years from 2000 – 2002, Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Mini-Series, or Movie for Kim Cattrall, and another one for Parker. In 2007 it was listed as one of Time magazine's "100 Best TV Shows of All-TIME."
Season one of Sex and the City aired on HBO from June to August 1998. Season two was broadcast from June until October,1999. Season three aired from June until October 2000. Season four was broadcast in two parts: from June until August 2001, and then in January and February 2002. Season five, truncated due to Parker's pregnancy, aired on HBO during the summer of 2002. The twenty episodes of the final season, season six, aired in two parts: from June until September 2003 and during January and February 2004.
Sex and the City is currently syndicated in the US by HBO corporate sibling (under Time Warner) Warner Bros. Television Distribution. CBS Paramount Television (successors to Rysher Entertainment and Paramount Television) and their distribution arm own international rights.
In Australia, the Nine Network aired the first run of the show Every Monday Between 9:30 pm and 11:00 pm. After 2004 the Cable Channel W. Channel aired it until summer 2008 when Arena TV started airing it in a block with Will & Grace with promos stating "all the good guys are gay".
Channel 4 originally aired the series in the UK with the first episode shown in early 1999. As of August 2009 a double bill of the show airs each weeknight at 10:30pm on Comedy Central (UK) and a double bill airs on Wednesdays from 9pm on Fiver
|Country||TV Network(s)||Date of Premiere|
|Argentina||Canal 9||2009 – present|
|1999 – June 2004
2005 – 2007
January 2008 – present
|2004 – 2006
2006 – present
2007 – present
|2002 – 2006
2009 – present
|Canada||HBO Canada||1999 – present|
|Czech Republic||ČT1||2006 – present|
|Finland||MTV3||June 1, 1999 – November 23, 2004|
|August 28, 1999 – 2004
October 18, 2000 - 2005
|2001 – 2006
2009 – present
|2002 – 2008
2009 – present
|Hungary||Viasat 3||2003 – present|
|February 1999 – 2004
2006 – present
|Israel||Channel 2 (Reshet)
|1999 – present
2007 – present
2008 – 2009
2008 – present
|1998 - 2004
1999 - 2000 (moved to sister channel, Acasă TV)
2000 - 2006
2007 (only the first seasons)
2009 - present
|~2000 – 2004
March 8, 2010 – present
|Serbia||B92||2004 – 2008, 2009|
|Slovenia||POP TV||2002 – 2008, 2009 – present|
|South Korea||OnStyle||2008 – present|
|The Middle East||Showtime Arabia Showseries||?|
|2000 – 2004
2006 – 2008
2008 – present
|~2000 – 2004
2009 – present
|United Kingdom||Channel 4
|1999 – 2004
2004 – present
2004 – 2006, 2008 – present
2008 – present
|June 6, 1998 – February 22, 2004
2004 – present
All six seasons of Sex and the City have been released commercially on DVD, with season six being split into two parts. They have been released officially on region 1 (Americas), region 2 (Europe & Middle East), region 3 (Korea) and region 4 (Oceania & South Pacific) formats, but illegal bootleg editions have also surfaced for region 3 (Thailand) as well as region 0 (Universal) and can even be found on eBay. In addition to their region encoding, releases vary depending on which region they were released in. Region 2 DVDs of Sex and the City have been criticized by some fans for having little or no special features, but region 1 editions have included director commentary, cast interviews and more.
In addition to standard single season DVD box sets of the show, limited edition collectors' editions have also been released that include all 6 seasons in one complete set. Even these vary between region 1, 2 and 4. While Europe got a complete set that came with special 'shoe box' packaging (a reference to Sarah Jessica Parker's character's love for shoes in the show), the USA and Canada version came packaged in a more traditional fold-out suede case and with an additional bonus DVD including many special features. Mexico's and Oceania's edition come packaged in a beauty case.
As well as missing out on some special features, many fans in Europe had trouble with the region 2 edition of the season 1 DVD. Unfortunately, the show was not converted into a PAL video signal, and remained in its original American NTSC format. This caused some compatibility problems with some European television sets and DVD players. All subsequent Region 2 DVD releases of the programme were appropriately transferred to PAL video using the original film prints, and season 1 has since been re-released in PAL format. Outside the US, Sex and the City boxed sets were released through Paramount Pictures (whose parent Viacom interestingly once owned HBO's rival Showtime, before the CBS Corporation split at the end of 2005) – who owned at once, certain rights to the programme's broadcast as well – it was probably because of Paramount's "no-extras" policy that the region 2 DVDs were criticized. American and Canadian DVDs were released through the programme's original broadcasters, HBO. In Australia, single editions have been released, where each disc is sold separately. In South Korea, due to the popularity of the show, a complete, six-season, special DVD shoebox set was released—600 limited edition sets in 2005; 850 limited edition sets in 2006—at suggested retail price of $300 (US). All of them sold out immediately.
Selected episodes are also available as part of the Sex and the City Essentials DVD collection. These are four separately-packaged discs containing three selected episodes that fit a common theme.
There have been several CDs released to accompany the series Sex and the City, two of which (the albums from Irma Records) contain tracks used in the show's actual soundtrack.
A feature film based on Sex and the City, written produced and directed by Michael Patrick King, has been produced. The film originally was slated for production near the end of the broadcast series run in 2004, but the movie deal fell through at that time. Multiple press reports at the time indicated a personal dispute between Parker and Cattrall, as well as Cattrall's refusal to sign a contract for the film at a pay scale considerably less than Parker's.
Michael Patrick King wrote and directed, and the four lead actresses returned to reprise their roles, and Chris Noth signed to reprise his role as "Mr. Big." In addition, Oscar-winner Jennifer Hudson appears in the film as Carrie's assistant. New Line Cinema distributed the film, and New Line president of production Toby Emmerich, Richard Brenner and Kathy Busby oversaw the project. Parker and John Melfi produced. Filming started on September 19, 2007 in New York City.
The plot of the film revolves around the lives of the four main characters, four years after the time frame of the finale of the HBO series.
Filming of the Sex and the City movie was completed early December 2007.
The film's world premiere was in London's Leicester Square in early May 2008. The film was released on May 28, 2008 in the UK and was released May 30, 2008 in the US with an unprecedented $55.7 million three-day gross. The debut made Sex and the City the top-opening R-rated romantic comedy of all time.
In November 2008, Cattrall confirmed that a second movie was in the works and is expected to begin filming in August 2009. It was confirmed in January 2009 that all four leading ladies had committed to a sequel and would be commanding higher salaries for the second film.
The second installment of the film had began filming on September 1, 2009, with Sarah Jessica Parker and Chris Noth. On September 18, 2009, Kim Cattrall, who plays Samantha Jones, was pictured in a wedding dress speculating that her character might be getting married in the film.
It has also been confirmed that a third film is planned and, if the script is good enough, will go into production around the time the second film is released to cinemas. It is also confirmed, by Sarah Jessica Parker, that the proposed third film will be the last movie and will finish the Sex and the City franchise for good.
For movie quotes, please see Sex and the City: The Movie.
Sex and the City is an HBO series that depicts the lives and loves of 4 single women living in trendy Manhattan.
|Sex and the City Episodes|
|Season 1 (1998)||Season 2 (1999)||Season 3 (2000)||Season 4 (2001–2002)||Season 5 (2002)||Season 6 (2003–2004)|
|"Sex and the City"||"Take Me Out to the Ballgame"||"Where There's Smoke"||"The Agony and the 'Ex'tasy"||"Anchors Away"||"To Market, To Market"|
|"Models and Mortals"||"The Awful Truth"||"Politically Erect"||"The Real Me"||"Unoriginal Sin"||"Great Sexpectations"|
|"Bay of Married Pigs"||"The Freak Show"||"Attack of the Five Foot Ten Woman"||"Defining Moments"||"Luck be an Old Lady"||"The Perfect Present"|
|"Valley of the Twenty Something Guys"||"They Shoot Single People, Don't They?"||"Boy, Girl, Boy, Girl"||"What's Sex Got to do With It?"||"Cover Girl"||"Pick-A-Little, Talk-A-Little"|
|"The Power of Female Sex"||"Four Women and a Funeral"||"No Ifs, Ands Or Butts"||"Ghost Town"||"Plus One is the Loneliest Number"||"Lights, Camera, Relationship"|
|"Secret Sex"||"The Cheating Curve"||"Are We Sluts?"||"Baby, Talk is Cheap"||"Critical Condition"||"Hop, Skip, and a Week"|
|"The Monogamists"||"The Chicken Dance"||"Drama Queens"||"Time and Punishment"||"The Big Journey"||"The Post-It Always Sticks Twice"|
|"Three's a Crowd"||"The Man, The Myth, The Viagra"||"The Big Time"||"My Motherboard, My Self"||"I Love a Charade"||"The Catch"|
|"The Turtle and the Hare"||"Old Dogs, New Dicks"||"Easy Come, Easy Go"||"Sex and the Country"||"A Woman's Right to Shoes"|
|"The Baby Shower"||"The Caste System"||"All or Nothing"||"Belles of the Balls"||"Boy, Interrupted"|
|"The Draught"||"Evolution"||"Running With Scissors"||"Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda"||"The Domino Effect"|
|"Oh Come All Ye Faithful"||"La Douleur Exquise!"||"Don't Ask, Don't Tell"||"Just Say Yes"||"One"|
|"Games People Play"||"Escape From New York"||"The Good Fight"||"Let There be Light"|
|"The Fuck Buddy"||"Sex and Another City"||"All That Glitters"||"The Ick Factor"|
|"Shortcomings"||"Hot Child in the City"||"Change of a Dress"||"Catch-38"|
|"Was it Good For You?"||"Frenemies"||"Ring A Ding Ding"||"Out of the Frying Pan"|
|"Twenty-Something Girls Vs. Thirty-Something Women"||"What Goes Around Comes Around"||"A 'Vogue' Idea"||"The Cold War"|
|"Ex and the City"||"Cock-A-Doodle-Do"||"I Heart NY"||"Splat!"|
|"An American Girl in Paris (Part Une)"|
|"An American Girl in Paris (Part Deux)"|
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