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Sex and the City
SATC Title.jpg
Format Romantic comedy
Created by Darren Star
Starring Sarah Jessica Parker
Kim Cattrall
Kristin Davis
Cynthia Nixon
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
Darren Star
Sarah Jessica Parker
Location(s) New York City
Camera setup Single camera
Running time 30 minutes
Production company(s) Darren Star Productions
Rysher Entertainment
HBO Original Programming
Original channel HBO
Picture format 480i SDTV
Audio format Stereo
Original run June 6, 1998 (1998-06-06) – February 22, 2004 (2004-02-22)
Followed by Sex and the City: The Movie
External links
Official website

Sex and the City is an American cable television series. The original run of the show was broadcast on HBO from 1998 until 2004, for a total of ninety-four episodes.

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."[1]



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.[2]

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.[3] The show "bears only a passing resemblance to its source material";[3] the columns were "darker and more cynical" than the "gentler" series that Star produced.[3] According to Sex and the City: Kiss and Tell, by Amy Sohn,[4] 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.

Overview of characters

Main characters

Character Actress
Carrie Bradshaw Sarah Jessica Parker
I'm looking for love. Real love. Ridiculous, inconvenient, consuming, can't-live-without-each-other love.

—Carrie Bradshaw, in the series final

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
I do love you Richard, but I love me more.

—Samantha Jones

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.

Also starring

Character Actor/Actress Duration
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.

Viewer response and impact

Sex and the City premiered on HBO, June 6, 1998, and was one of the highest-rated sitcoms of the season, and the last original episode aired on February 22, 2004.

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.[5]

However, the characters have been criticized for being shallow, superficial, and self-absorbed.[6]


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.[7]. 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."[8]

Awards and recognition

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 SeriesMusical 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."[1]

Broadcast and distribution

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.

The United States cable channel HBO was the original broadcaster. TBS and WGN began showing edited reruns of the series. The series then went into international syndication.

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".

In the Republic of Ireland, TV3 premiered Sex and the City in February in 1999. Since 2006 repeats of the series aired on 3e.

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
 Australia Nine Network
W Channel
1999 – June 2004
2005 – 2007
January 2008 – present
 Brazil Rede 21
Fox Life
2004 – 2006
2006 – present
2007 – present
 Bulgaria Nova Television
Fox Life
2002 – 2006
2009 – present
 Canada HBO Canada 1999 – present
 Czech Republic ČT1 2006 – present
 Finland MTV3 June 1, 1999 – November 23, 2004
 France Téva
August 28, 1999 – 2004
October 18, 2000 - 2005
 Georgia Rustavi 2 2000-2004
 Germany ProSieben
Comedy Central
2001 – 2006
2009 – present
 Greece Alter
Alpha TV
2002 – 2008
2009 – present
 Hungary Viasat 3 2003 – present
 Ireland TV3
February 1999 – 2004
2006 – present
 Israel Channel 2 (Reshet)
1999 – present
2007 – present
 Poland TVP2
Comedy Central
2008 – 2009
2008 – present
 Romania HBO Romania
Acasă TV
Prima TV
HBO Comedy
1998 - 2004
1999 - 2000 (moved to sister channel, Acasă TV)
2000 - 2006
2007 (only the first seasons)
2009 - present
 Russia НТВ
MTV Russia
~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  ?
 Turkey Cine5
2000 – 2004
2006 – 2008
2008 – present
 Ukraine 1+1
~2000 – 2004
2009 – present
 United Kingdom Channel 4
Comedy Central
1999 – 2004
2004 – present
2004 – 2006, 2008 – present
2008 – present
 United States HBO
June 6, 1998 – February 22, 2004
2004 – present

DVD releases

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.

Soundtrack releases

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.

  • Sex and the City – Soundtrack [Import]
Sire Records
Includes the main theme from the show, written by Douglas J. Cuomo and features Mark Berman on keyboards
  • Sex and the City – Official Soundtrack (two disc set)
March 1, 2004
Sony TV
36 Hits, including the likes of Kylie Minogue, Justin Timberlake, Beyoncé, Cyndi Lauper, Jamiroquai and Aretha Franklin, among others.
  • Irma at Sex and the City – Part 1 – Daylight Session (two disc set)
April 19, 2004
Irma Records
Ambient and chilled sounds from the show's soundtrack
  • Irma at Sex and the City – Part 2 – Nightlife Session (two disc set)
April 19, 2004
Irma Records
House and electronica sounds from the show's soundtrack
  • "Sex and the City: The Movie- Labels or Love by Fergie"
website for the song (,,20194808,00.html)
Movie's soundtrack
  • "Sex and the City: The Movie Volume 2
Movie's soundtrack


A feature film based on Sex and the City, written produced and directed by Michael Patrick King, has been produced.[9][10][11] 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.[12]

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.[11][13][14]

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.[13]

Evan Handler, David Eigenberg, David Connelly Blair, Jason Lewis, and Willie Garson reprise their roles.

Filming of the Sex and the City movie was completed early December 2007.[15]

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.[16]

In November 2008, Cattrall confirmed that a second movie was in the works and is expected to begin filming in August 2009.[17] 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.[18]

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.

Pop culture references

  • MADtv parodied the show as "Sluts and the City." The HBO slogan "It's not TV, it's HBO" became "It's not TV, it's porn (with Emmys)." MADtv's Michael McDonald appears as Carrie in drag with a visible crotch bulge. Nicole Sullivan, Mo Collins, and Alex Borstein also appeared in the sketch as Samantha, Charlotte, and Miranda.
  • On The Simpsons episode "Half-Decent Proposal," the show was parodied as "Nookie in New York." Patty described it as "a show about four single women who act like gay men."
  • On Family Guy episode "You May Now Kiss the... Uh... Guy Who Receives," Brian identifies the core content of the show as "three hookers and their mom".
  • The TBS sitcom My Boys, episode "Douchebag in the City," parodied the four female lead characters of Sex and the City by having the former editor of female main character PJ Franklin coming to Chicago to visit. The friend/editor displays very overt characteristics of what one would presume would be an attempt by a New Yorker to emulate Carrie Bradshaw, down to having cultivated friendships with three caricatures of Miranda, Charlotte, and Samantha, whom she brought along to Chicago. The point of the comparison is best nailed home when a passing bus splashes water on her and she turns around shocked, in slow motion, as in the opening credits of Sex and the City.
  • The tagline of the Showtime series The L Word—"Same sex. Different city"—parodies the show's title.
  • The magazine Time Out New York released a cover mocking the overmilking of Sex and the City and the lack of reasons for creating a movie, by showing the four main characters of the series being gagged, along with an accompanying article about why many New Yorkers are sick of the show.[19]
  • Entertainment Weekly has named the show #5 on its list of the best shows in the past 25 years.[20] It also named Sarah Jessica Parker's outfit in the opening credits of the show #2 on its list of the top 50 Pop Culture Moments that rocked Fashion.[21] It has also named the theme song #8 on its list of the top 25 TV show theme songs in the past 25 years.[22]
  • In Disaster Movie, Jason Boegh played Carrie Bradshaw as a drag queen who fights with "Juney" (Crista Flanagan) for her refuge in a city that is being destroyed.


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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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Season 1 (1998)

Sex and the City

Carrie : Welcome to the age of un-innocence. No one has breakfast at Tiffany's and no one has affairs to remember.

Big : Oh, I get... You've never been in love.
Carrie : Wait... have you ever been in love?
Big : Abso-fucking-lutely!

Models and Mortals

Carrie : Modelizers are obsessed not with women but with models, who in most cities are safely confined to billboards and magazines, but in Manhattan actually run wild on the streets, turning the city into a virtual model country safari where men can pet the creatures in their natural habitat.

Charlotte : I just know no matter how good I feel about myself, if I see Christy Turlington, I just want to give up!
Miranda : Well, I just want to tie her down and force-feed her lard, but that's the difference between you and me.

Bay of Married Pigs

Carrie : Charlotte treated marriage like a sorority she was desperately hoping to pledge.

Carrie : Everywhere I looked, people were standing in two's. It was like Noah's upper west side rent-controlled ark.

Valley of the Twenty Something Guys

Carrie: Men in their forties are like the New York Times Sunday crossword puzzle: tricky, complicated, and you're never really sure you got the right answer.

Samantha: All I'm saying, that this is—this is a physical expression that the body was, well, it was designed to experience. And P.S., it's fabulous.
Charlotte: What are you talking about?! I went to Smith!
Samantha: Look, I'm just saying... the right guy, and the right lubricant...
[The girls start laughing when the car hits a hole]
Charlotte: What was that?!
All: A preview?!

The Power of Female Sex

Carrie : We had such a fantastic connection. Then he leaves me money. I don't understand. What exactly about me screams "whore"?
Miranda : Besides the thousand dollars on the end table?

Samantha : Money is power. Sex is power. Therefore, getting money for sex is simply an exchange of power.
Miranda : Don't listen to the dimestore Camille Paglia.

Secret Sex

Carrie : I will not be the first one to speak. And if he never calls me again, I'll always think of him fondly. As an asshole.

Carrie : The truth is, I was dying to sleep with him. But isn't delayed gratification the definition of maturity?

Carrie : I can't be hemmed in by rules. I go with my emotions.

The Monogamists

Carrie: Are we dating? I thought we were just sleeping together.

Random woman : Monogamy is fabulous. It gives you a deep and profound connection with another human being, and you don't have to shave your legs as much.

Carrie: I've done the merry go round, I've been through the revolving door, and I feel like I've met somebody I can stand still with for a minute and... don't you wanna stand still with me?
Big: You dragged me out to a park at three in the morning to ask me if I wanna stand still with you?
Carrie: ...Yes.

Three's a Crowd

Charlotte : Jack says that I have a fire inside me.
Carrie : You tell him they make a cream for that.

Ken : It's over! I told my wife [about us]!
Samantha : Who is this?

The Turtle and the Hare

Miranda : Wow! A guy who doesn't want to get married! Film at eleven!

Samantha [about the Turtle] : Once we get the breath under control, I'm going to take him shopping for a whole new wardrobe. He's a cute little fixer-upper!
Carrie : Sweetheart, he's a man, not a brownstone.

The Baby Shower

Miranda : Maybe it's maturity or the wisdom that comes with age, but the witch in Hansel and Gretel—she's very misunderstood. I mean, the woman builds her dream house and these brats come along and start eating it.

Carrie [buying a pregnancy test] : Which kind do I get?
Miranda : Here. This one's on sale: half off.
Carrie : I just spent $395 on a pair of open-toed Gucci's last week. This is not the place to be frugal.

The Drought

Woman on the street : They say the average 33-year-old woman has sex 3.5 times a week. I'd like to know who that woman is.

Miranda [to a heckling construction worker] : You got what I want? You got what I need?? What I to GET LAID. What I to GET LAID. I NEED to GET LAID!

Oh Come All Ye Faithful

Carrie [seeing Mr. Big leaving church with his mother] : There he was, wearing Armani on a Sunday: Mr. Big. I'll admit it was a bit of a shock. Up until that moment I thought he only believed in the Yankees.

Charlotte : So, which church does his mother go to?
Carrie : Park Avenue Presbyterian.
Charlotte : Good church! It's one of the best on the east side!
Carrie : What, are you rating churches? Is there a Zagat guide for that?
Miranda : Four stars. Great bread; disappointing wine selection.

Season 2 (1999)

Take Me Out to the Ballgame

Charlotte : It takes half the total time you went out with someone to get over them.
Carrie : I always like a good math solution to any love problem.

Miranda : How did it happen that four such smart women have nothing to talk about but boyfriends? It's like seventh grade with bank accounts.

The Awful Truth

Susan Sharon : It's 100% Italian cashmere and light as a feather.
Carrie : God, I love it! It's a cashmere-acle!

Samantha : That can be a turn-on.
Miranda : Sure, but now he wants me to reciprocate and I can't. I never could.
Carrie : Why not?
Miranda : Because sex is not a time to chat. In fact, it's one of the few instances in my overly articulated, exceedingly verbal life where it is perfectly appropriate -- if not preferable -- to shut up. And now suddenly I have to worry about being stumped for conversation? -- no thank you.
Charlotte : Just keep talking about his big cock.
Samantha : Correction -- his big, beautiful cock.
Carrie : We're using the C-word now?
Miranda : I can't use adjectives

The Freak Show

Miranda : I'm sorry, if a man is over thirty and single, there's something wrong with him. It's Darwinian. They're being weeded out or propagating the species.
Carrie : Okay, well, what about us?
Miranda : We're just choosy.

Miranda [looks at watch]: I have to go feed my cat.
Carrie [voiceover]: Miranda had invoked our code phrase, honed over years of bad parties, awful dates and phone calls that wouldn't end. Unfortunately, I wasn't ready to accept defeat. [out loud] I thought you already fed your cat.
Miranda : I have to feed it again.
Manhattan Guy : Cat people are freaks.

They Shoot Single People, Don't They?

Carrie : When did being alone become the modern-day equivalent of being a leper? Will Manhattan restaurants soon be divided up into sections -- smoking / non-smoking, single / non-single?

Samantha : If I had a son, I'd teach him all about sex
Carrie : If you had a son, we'd call Social Services!

Four Women and a Funeral

Charlotte : Everyone needs a man. That's why I rent. If you own and he still rents, then the power structure is all off. It's emasculating. Men don't want a woman who's too self-sufficient.
Samantha : I'm sorry, did someone just order a Victorian straight up?

Big : I never really thought about it.
Carrie : Oh come on. Everybody wonders what happens after you die.
Big : I'm too busy wondering who's dinging my car in the garage.

The Cheating Curve

Samantha : Nobody told me it was BYO man!
Carrie : Well, what did you expect? It's a lesbian art show.
Samantha : I know! But don't straight guys usually follow them around to see what they're going to do?

Carrie : Well, I think maybe there's a cheating curve. That someone's definition of what constitutes cheating is in direct proportion to how much they themselves want to cheat.
Miranda : That's moral relativism!
Carrie : I prefer to think of it as quantum cheating.

The Chicken Dance

Charlotte : I just don't understand. How could you forget someone you slept with?
Carrie : Toto, I don't think we're in single digits anymore.

Carrie : Are you sure you can leave the Guest Book unattended?
Miranda : Its a bullshit job, Carrie. People know what to do with the guestbook.

The Man, The Myth, The Viagra

Carrie : I'm at Big's.
Miranda : You're at Big's? You and I are having dinner tonight!
Carrie : Well, he got this veal...
Miranda : You blew me off for a piece of politically incorrect meat??

Old Dogs, New Dicks

Carrie : You've never seen an uncircumsized one?
Charlotte : I'm from Connecticut!

Miranda : If 85% [of men] aren't circumsized, that means I've only slept with 15% of the population, tops.
Carrie : Wow, you're practically a virgin!

The Caste System

Carrie : Now I've laid down a gauntlet. He either has to say "I love you" back or I guess I'm going to have to break up with him.
Charlotte : Well, how long are you going to give him?
Carrie : Well, I didn't put an expiration date on the sentiment, but I figure it's got the shelf life of a dairy product. It's going to start to curdle in about a week.

Steve : What's wrong with corduroy?
Miranda : I don't have enough time to tell you what's wrong with corduroy.


Samantha : I never leave underwear at a guy's place because I never see it again.
Charlotte : What happens to it?
Samantha : Nothing; I just never go back.
Carrie : Doesn't that get a little expensive, disposing of lingerie every time you sleep with a guy?
Samantha : That's why I stopped wearing underwear on dates.
Miranda : And that's why I'm never borrowing a dress from you again.

Charlotte : I am so confused. Is he gay or is he straight?
Carrie : Well, it's not that simple anymore. The real question is, is he a straight gay man or is he a gay straight man?
Carrie [voiceover] : The gay straight man was a new strain of heterosexual male spawned in Manhattan as the result of overexposure to fashion, exotic cuisine, musical theatre and antique furniture.

La Douleur Exquise!

Charlotte [about a waiter dressed in a bondage outfit] : How does he wait on tables dressed like that? It's humiliating.
Carrie : Well, the summer I worked at Howard Johnson's I had to wear an orange hat.

Samantha [to Charlotte] : I wonder what your fetish is.
Stanford : Charlotte has a thing for Crabtree & Evelyn potpourri.

Carrie : After we made love I knew it was over. Did I ever really love Big or was I addicted to the pain? The exquisite pain of wanting someone so unattainable?
Big : Come to bed.
Carrie : I wanted to go to him, but I felt like I was tied to the chair. Some part of me was holding me back, knew I'd reached my limit. And just like that, I united myself from Mr. Big, I was free, but there was nothing exquisite about it.

Games People Play

Samantha : The only place you can control a man is in bed. If we perpetually gave men blow jobs we could run the world!
Carrie : And at least our hands would be free to greet dignitaries and stuff.

Carrie: [about therapists] First they want you to come there two times a week, then three times a week, and eventually you're starting every sentence with 'my therapist says...'
Miranda: My therapist says that's a very common fear.

The Fuck Buddy

Samantha : Carrie, you can't date your fuck buddy.
Carrie : Say it a little louder, I don't think the old lady in the last row heard you.
Samantha : You're going to take the only person in your life that's there purely for sex, no strings attached, and turn him into a human being? Why?

Miranda : You double-booked?
Carrie : How do you conceive pulling this one off?
Charlotte : Early dinner with bachelor number one, late supper with bachelor number two.
Samantha : My god, you're turning into a man!
Carrie [voiceover] : Apparently Charlotte had done more than just break a pattern. She had actually changed genders.
Charlotte : I just don't know how I'm going to eat two dinners in a row.
Carrie [voiceover] : And just like that, she was a woman again.


Duncan : I'm just one of those weird male aberrations who prefers to be married. I like stability, I like routine. I like knowing there's people waiting for me at home. I guess that makes me sound pretty dull.
Miranda : Are you kidding? You're the heterosexual holy grail.

Samantha : I fucked a guy once because his family had a pool. He was pretty much of a nerd, but... I'd go over there and get all cocoa-buttered up. His mom loved me. She was always serving me Kool Aid and chips.
Carrie : Kool Aid?
Samantha : Yeah! Kool Aid! I was thirteen. And honey—you should've seen my tan!

Was It Good For You?

Miranda : I'm trying to change my bed karma. I figure if I can make my bed a place I really want to be, others will feel the same.
Carrie : Aah, the Field of Dreams.
Miranda : Exactly. If you build it, he will come.

Carrie [about her date who wouldn't kiss her] : I couldn't figure it out. I knew he wanted me because during my lean-in-and-kiss-me-good-night move, I accidentally on purpose felt his pop-up-and-say-hello.

Twenty-Something Girls vs. Thirty-Something Women

Charlotte : It's a really cute three bedroom cottage and they're giving us a fantastic deal for the month of August.
Carrie : Yeah, of course it's a good deal. It's haunted with cheating boyfriends and sexual rejection.
Samantha : We could always burn sage.

Carrie : And then I realized something, twenty-something girls are just fabulous, until you see one with the man who broke your heart.

Ex and the City

Carrie : There is no way that the love that I had with Big is the same thing that he has with Natasha.
Miranda : "Natasha"? When did you stop calling her "the idiot stick figure with no soul"?

Carrie : Then I had a thought: maybe I didn't break Big. Maybe the problem was he couldn't break me. Maybe some women aren't meant to be tamed. Maybe they need to run free, until they find someone just as wild to run with.

Season 3 (2000)

Where There's Smoke

Miranda : What is it about fireman, even when they aren't that cute, they're cute... ya know?!
Samantha : Its that whole hero complex
Carrie : And then there's the weight restriction
Charlotte : Its because women just really want to be rescued.

Charlotte [drunk] : I'm nice. I'm pretty, and smart! I'm a catch!

Politically Erect

Carrie : I figured we made a good match. I was adept at fashion; he was adept at politics. And really, what's the difference? They're both about recycling shop-worn ideas and making them seem fresh and inspiring.

Stanford : I can only stay a few minutes. I got tickets to the Vagina Monologues.
Carrie : Why?
Stanford : Just because I don't eat at the restaurant doesn't mean I can't hear the specials.

Attack of the Five Foot Ten Woman

Carrie : There are very few things this New Yorker loves as much as Sunday brunch. You can sleep until noon and still get eggs anywhere in the city, alcohol is often included with the meal, and Sunday is the one day a week you get the single woman's sports pages: the New York Times wedding section.

Carrie : I've talked to her twice. Once I was in a cowboy hat and once I was in my bra. I'm like frickin' Annie Get Your Clothes On.

Boy, Girl, Boy, Girl

Samantha : I once dated a guy who liked to wear my underwear but I've never gone the other way.
Stanford : See, when you're gay, everyone can wear everyone's underwear.
Charlotte : That's hygienic.

Carrie [about her date] : He's not that young.
Miranda : He's twenty-six. His generation has a totally different letter than ours.

No Ifs, Ands Or Butts

Charlotte : shouldn't be talking like that at all, Samantha, it's rude and politically incorrect.
Carrie : Sweetie, a reminder: Samantha is rude and politically incorrect.
Miranda : She's an equal opportunity offender.

Samantha : [after her date's sister harassed her because she's white] Talk about politically incorrect! She can't diss me because I'm white!
Carrie : Please tell me you didn't say diss...
Charlotte: Maybe you should stop seeing him, Samantha. Race is a very big issue.
Samantha: No, there is no reason to bring race into this. Chivon is a sweet man. We have great sex--and he happens to have the biggest--
Charlotte: [interrupts loudly] --black cock! We know! He has a big black cock!
Samantha: I was about to say "biggest heart" that you're so interested, yes. He does have a big black cock. [smiles contently]

Are We Sluts?

Charlotte : Do you think I'm a whore?
Samantha : Oh please, if you're a whore, what does that make me?
[All the girls are silent]

Carrie : Wow! It's like a Danielle Steele novel in here!
Aidan : From a writer, I'm pretty sure that's an insult.

Drama Queens

Miranda : Steve is completely predictable but that's one of the things I love about him. He's just so comfortable and safe.
Carrie : Are you dating a man or a minivan?
Samantha : Your relationship is my greatest fear.

Charlotte : Allow me to get right to the point, guys. After careful consideration, I have decided that I am getting married this year.

The Big Time

Charlotte : Do you have another?
Carrie : Ladies, I am not Tampax central. Put on list: buy tampons.
Charlotte : Well, I have them at home but they won't fit in my Kate Spade purse.
Miranda : Wow — Kate must have a tiny vagina.

Miranda : I do want [a baby] eventually and my clock is running out... I mean, I've only got like a million viable eggs left.
Carrie : Three hundred of which we just killed with those martinis at lunch.

Easy Come, Easy Go

Samantha : Well, let's just say it: you won.
Carrie : Was there a contest?
Samantha : Oh please! There's always a contest with an ex. It's called "who will die miserable."

Charlotte : I proposed to myself!
Carrie : What?
Charlotte : Yes. I suggested he have a tomato salad, then I suggested we get married.
Carrie : Wait. What exactly did he say?
Charlotte : Alrighty!
Carrie : Alrighty? He said alrighty? Now I'm thinking the upsetting thing isn't that you proposed, it's that you proposed to a guy that says "alrighty."
Charlotte : Oh, Carrie, stop!
Carrie : Alrighty.

All or Nothing

Samantha : Don't beat yourself up. Aidan hasn't said "I love you" yet. Until he does, you're a free agent.
Carrie : What is that, The Rules according to Samantha?
Samantha : See? I'm more old fashioned than you think.

Miranda [reviewing Charlotte's prenuptial agreement] : Listen, this is just their opening offer. It's totally standard to go back in and negotiate.
Charlotte : Negotiate? I can't even buy stuff on sale!

Running With Scissors

Miranda [looking at a bridal magazine] : Ooh! Cute purse!
Charlotte : No purses! There's no time for purses! This is gown-specific!
Miranda : What's your theme again? A Nazi wedding?

Samantha : What if I have it?
Carrie : You don't have it.
Samantha : Sometimes it takes me a really long time to get over a cold.
Carrie : That's not AIDS, it's central air conditioning.

Don't Ask, Don't Tell

Miranda [talking about a man wearing a kilt]: I wonder what they wear underneath those?
Samantha : I'll find out!

Charlotte [After the wedding] I finally get to sleep with Trey.
Carrie : Excuse me?
Miranda : You haven't slept with him yet?
Samantha : Honey, before you buy the car you take it for a test drive!

Escape From New York

Charlotte : So how are you?
Carrie : I'm good. How are you?
Charlotte : Great.
Carrie : I told Aidan about the affair and he broke up with me.
Charlotte : Trey and I never had sex on our honeymoon.
Carrie : You win. So. Should we get more coffee or should we get two guns and kill ourselves?

Samantha : I've got something to make you feel better. [hands Carrie and Miranda packages]
Carrie : Oh! Dildos before 10 am! I'm all perked up!

Sex and Another City

Miranda : Maybe it's time that I stop being so angry.
Carrie : Yeah, but what would you do with all your free time?

Miranda: [to Samantha, who's offered to take Charlotte to a Playboy Mansion party] Why would that cheer her up? Does she look like a 22-year-old frat boy?

Hot Child in the City

Samantha : Are you in pain? I'm in pain just looking at you.
Miranda : I'm a 34-year-old woman with braces and I'm on a liquid diet. Pain doesn't begin to cover it.

Psychiatrist : One client rather whimsically dubbed his anus "the chocolate starfish."
Trey : Are you quite sure you went to Yale?


Miranda : They're starting to die on us.
Charlotte : Oh my god.
Samantha : Well, at least you weren't stood up.
Miranda : 35 and they're dying! We should just give up now.
Carrie : Well, on the bright side this could explain why they don't call back.
Charlotte : How did he...
Miranda : Heart attack. At the gym.
Carrie : See? This is why I don't work out.

Charlotte : We've been trying, you know, to...
Samantha : Fuck?
Charlotte : Whatever. And it's just not...
Samantha : Getting big and hard?
Carrie : What is this, dirty Mad Libs?

What Goes Around Comes Around

Carrie : I came here today because I needed to say how sorry I am. I am deeply sorry for what I did to you. It was wrong and I'm sorry.
Natasha : Are you through?
Carrie : Yes. Thank you for listening.
Natasha : Wait.. I'm sorry too.
Carrie : You are?
Natasha :Yes, I'm sorry about it all. I' m sorry he moved to Paris and fell in love with me. I'm sorry that we ever got married. I'm sorry he cheated on me with you and I'm sorry that i pretended to ignore it for as long as I did. I'm sorry I found you in my apartment, fell down the stairs and broke my tooth. I'm very sorry that after much painful dental surgery this tooth is still a different colour than this tooth. Finally I'm sorry that you felt the need to come down here. Now, not only have you ruined my marriage, you 've ruined my lunch.

Carrie : The universe may not always play fair, but at least it's got a hell of a sense of humor.


Samantha: [At a BBQ] Who wants a weiner?
Transexual: Girl, I'm trying to get rid of one!

Carrie :[Narrating] Later that night, I got to thinking about men, and women and relationships. Or more to the point, how women feel men disappoint them in relationships. Then a radical, almost earth-shattering thought popped into my head. What if everything isn't the man's fault? After a certain age, and a certain number of relationships; if it still isn't working and the ex's seem to be moving on and we don't, perhaps the problem isn't the last boyfriend, or the one before him, or even the one before him! Could it be, that the problem isn't them, but horror of horrors - is it us?

Season 4 (2001–2002)

The Agony and the 'Ex'tasy

Miranda: [Reading from a singles introduction pamphlet] "Don't let him slip away!"
Carrie: I know. It's almost like a threat. We have him, but he's slipping away, slipping, oops, there he goes!

Woman at party: Oh, what a beautiful wedding ring! Where's your husband?
Charlotte: Oh, um, he's not here. We're actually taking some time apart. We're separated - not legally separated, nothing legal, oh God no! We're just taking some time to figure things out. We got married really fast - love at first sight, didn't think it through. So now we're talking and trying to figure out what he - actually, we, he and I - really want. We love each other so much but that doesn't always mean a marriage is working does it? No, it does not. We had some problems. In the bedroom. But it was more about the fact that we got married so fast. So, now we're just talking and trying to figure things out - just talking, nothing physical. I think it's better if we just talk. So we are talking until we figure it all out. So, no, he's not here.
Woman: Oh, okay. I have to... [to friend] Don't talk to her.

The Real Me

Charlotte: [talking about her vagina] I don't want to look. I think it's ugly.
Miranda: Well maybe, that's why it's depressed!

Carrie: [Carrie is fallen on the runway and she gets up] When real people fall down in life, they get right back up and keep on walking.

Defining Moments

Samantha : Oh, who cares what you are! Just enjoy it.
Charlotte : No, I need to know where we're going.
Carrie : Yes, we'd like to know where you're going as well, since evidently you'll be having sex there.

Carrie: I just left "silent Y" in the bathroom. Oh and P.S., apparently the eighties are back.

What's Sex Got to do With It?

Miranda: [mocking Samantha's announcement that she is now a lesbian] Oh, I forgot to tell you - I'm a fire hydrant!

Charlotte: TREY! I'm tired of being married to your penis. I'm a person! And this is supposed to be a relationship! And I am DONE walking on eggshells. Ooooooo, don't talk about moving in, in front of the penis cause it might go soft. And, and the penis likes this and the penis doesn't like that and THE PENIS WANTS TO BE MEASURED!

Ghost Town

Charlotte : Your mother decorated this entire apartment, didn't she.
Trey : Of course! Mother does all our houses.
Charlotte : I should have known. The plaid, and the mallards...
Trey : You don't like them?
Charlotte : No! It's like we live in the Museum of Natural Ugliness!

Maria : You call this a relationship?
Samantha : Well, it's tedious and the sex is dwindling, so from what I've heard, YES!

Baby, Talk is Cheap

Charlotte : I promise I won't become one of those mothers who can only talk about diaper genies.
Carrie : Good.
Samantha : [after Charlotte walks away] What the hell is a diaper genie?
Carrie : I don't know... someone you hire to change a kid's diaper?

Carrie : How did this happen? How did they get the message that the ass is now on the menu?
Miranda : I bet there's one loud-mouthed guy who found some woman who loved it and told everyone 'women LOVE this!'
Carrie : Who is this guy?
Miranda : Who's the woman who loved it?
Samantha : Don't knock it 'till you've tried it!
Carrie : Bingo!

Time and Punishment

Samantha : Fuck men. We have to run to Helga the Hot Waxer every other week, but them? How would they like it if we told them to shape their hedge, trim their trunk?
Carrie : Plant their bulbs? I'm sorry, we are talking about gardening, aren't we?

Carrie : I got to thinking about relationships and partial lobotomies: two seemingly different ideas that might just be perfect together—like chocolate and peanut butter.

My Motherboard, My Self

Samantha : I've lost my orgasm.
Carrie : In the cab?
Charlotte : What do you mean, 'lost'?
Samantha : I just spent the last two hours fucking with no finale.
Carrie : It happens. Sometimes you just can't get there.
Samantha : I can always get there.
Charlotte : Every time you have sex?
Carrie : She's exaggerating. Please say you're exaggerating.
Samantha : Well, I'll admit I have had to polish myself off once or twice, but yes! When I RSVP to a party, I make it my business to come.

Charlotte : Those flowers were supposed to say "We're so sorry, we love you," not "You're dead, let's disco"!

Sex and the Country

Trey : She's expecting us. If we miss the orchid show she'll be devastated.
Charlotte : Then I guess we'll just have to have sex at your mother's.
Trey : People having sex in Connecticut? There's a first time for everything.

Carrie : The only way to get anything to eat in the country is to make it yourself...I'm in no mood for Bisquick!

Belles of the Balls

Miranda : Men — wait, let me rephrase that — some men...
Carrie : Good move, counselor. That will look much better on the court transcripts of this dinner.

Steve: [on getting a replacement ball that's still in clinical trials] He says it's perfectly safe.
Miranda: That's what they said about the Ford Pinto. Think about it Steve, you want a Pinto near your penis?

Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda

Carrie: You're pregnant? Really?
Miranda: No, I just thought it would be a fun thing to say. Fuck!

[before Miranda's abortion appointment]
Miranda: How long before I feel back to normal?
Carrie: You're going to have to ask them that.
Miranda: How long for you?
Carrie: [crosses fingers] Any day now.

Just Say Yes

Charlotte : For something called a fling, it looks like a lot of work.
Bunny : That's what I used to tell Trey about you!

Miranda: I don't know why they call it morning sickness, because it lasts all fucking day long. Unless it's M-O-U-R-N, as in "mourning the loss of your single life."

The Good Fight

Miranda : I don't know... is it okay to fuck one guy when you're pregnant with another guy's baby?
Carrie : If one more person asks me that today!

Carrie : I used to think those people who sat alone at Starbucks writing on their laptops were pretentious posers. Now I know: They are people who have recently moved in with someone.

All That Glitters

Samantha [answering the phone] : Well, it's about fucking time! Get over here and do me!
Carrie : Is that your standard greeting now?

Charlotte : Aaah! It's gay porn!!
Miranda : What was your first clue?
Charlotte : You said we were watching an independent film! I brought biscotti!

Change of a Dress

Carrie : Ooh! I forgot about the washer and dryer! I've been dreaming about that my whole New York life!

Miranda : It's amazing. In a courtroom, reasonable doubt can get you off for murder. In an engagement, it makes you feel like a bad person.

Ring A Ding Ding

Miranda : [reading the card Richard wrote Samantha] "Style for Style. Best, Richard."
Carrie : Best. Yikes.
Miranda : "Best" is the worst.
Samantha : "Best" is like signing "Not Love."

Miranda : I'm telling you: the fat ass, the farting .. it's ridiculous. I am un-fuckable. And I have never been so horny in my entire life. ... That's why you're supposed to be married when you're pregnant, so somebody is obligated to have sex with you.

A 'Vogue' Idea

Miranda : But who would I invite [to my baby shower] besides you guys?
Samantha : All the bitches who made you go to theirs!

Carrie: You think it's as simple as my dad walked out therefore I'll always be screwed up about men?
Miranda: My father came home at seven on the button every night and I still have no clue.

I Heart NY

Samantha : If you want out of this, just say it.
Richard : I don't want to have sex once and I want out?
Samantha : What about yesterday?
Richard : We were at the opera!
Samantha : I was bored!

Carrie : Maybe our mistakes are what make our fate. Without them, what would shape our lives? Perhaps if we never veered off course, we wouldn't fall in love, or have babies, or be who we are. After all, seasons change. So do cities. People come into your life and people go. But it's comforting to know the ones you love are always in your heart. And if you're very lucky, a plane ride away.

Season 5 (2002)

Anchors Away

Carrie [to Samantha] : This past week I've seen Miranda's boobs and Charlotte's boob. Why don't you show me your boobs too and the circle is full?
[Samantha flashes her boobs]
Carrie : I was kidding!

Anthony : When's the last time you had sex?
[Charlotte pauses to think]
Anthony : If you had to think about it it's been too long.
Charlotte : Well, when was the last time you—
Anthony : 10:30 today at the gym!

Unoriginal Sin

Samantha : My friends don't believe you.
Richard : Am I dating your friends?
Samantha : With your track record I wouldn't put it past you.

Carrie : So you're a pessimist, right?
Miranda : Have we met?

Luck Be an Old Lady

Miranda : Why do we get stuck with old maid and spinster and men get to be bachelors and playboys?

Miranda : I am so excited! I have been dreaming of being alone with these for months.
Carrie : I love that The New Yorker is your porn.

Cover Girl

Courtney [showing Carrie her book cover] : Let me talk you through it. Blurred background, aah, fast paced city. And you, naked with nothing but your ideas.
Carrie : I get it. But, see, no matter how fast paced the city, I always manage to get my clothes on before I leave the apartment.

Charlotte : What kind of diet book are you looking for?
Miranda : I don't know. Something with a title like How to Lose That Baby Fat by Sitting On Your Ass.

Plus One is the Loneliest Number

Charlotte : He should've mentioned her earlier.
Samantha : But not too early. I hate it when men do that. "I have a girlfriend." Calm down, I just asked if that seat was taken!

Miranda : I didn't tell Walker I had a baby.
Charlotte : How could you not mention it?
Miranda : It didn't come up! If Walker had asked me directly, "have you given birth recently," I would've said... first of all, define "recently."

Critical Condition

Miranda : No, he's not sick. He's not hungry, he's not teething, he just wants to scream. I'm doing everything I can but I can't please him. If he was 35 this is when we would break up.

Carrie : Damn! Why is that girl still bothering me?
Samantha : Honey, you have to let it go. If I worried what every bitch in New York was saying about me, I'd never leave the house.

The Big Journey

Miranda: It's times like this I wish women could go to male prostitutes.
Samantha: Women do.
Carrie: No, only in bad screenplays and first novels.

Samantha: Rumor has it a group of guys not resembling the elephant man just got on and they're having a bachelor party in the bar car. Get dressed!

I Love a Charade

Harry : Charlotte, I have to marry a Jew.
Charlotte : She can marry a gay guy and you can't marry an Episcopalian?

Carrie Bradshaw: He doesn't need her money, he was one of the original investors in "A Chorus Line."
Miranda Hobbes: Just when I thought it couldn't get any gayer than "Mr. Broadway has to tinkle."

Season 6 (2003–2004)

To Market, To Market

Miranda : Twenty dollars for a hamburger. Oh, that's reasonable.
Samantha : Pathetic! When I moved to this neighborhood, the only thing that cost twenty dollars was a hand job from a tranny.

Harry Goldenblatt: [talking about his mother's insistence that he marry a Jewish woman] Keeping tradition alive is very important to her. She lost family in the Holocaust.
Charlotte York: [makes a face]
Harry Goldenblatt: What?
Charlotte York: Well, now I can't say anything because you've brought up... the Holocaust.

Samantha : No smoking in bars? What's next, no fucking in bars?
Miranda : Well, first there would have to be a no-fucking section.

Great Sexpectations

Carrie : Meanwhile, I was finally confident I could heat up my sex life, because I was a sex columnist, I was resourceful, and I was drunkitty drunk drunk.

Samantha: Did you finally bugger Berger?
Carrie: How long have you been waiting to say that?
Samantha: It just came to me.
Carrie: Yes, I finally buggered Berger.
Charlotte: [clapping] Yay!
Miranda: [to Charlotte] You realize you're now applauding intercourse.

The Perfect Present

Samantha : Tell me why we're going to this again?
Carrie : She's an old friend going through a breakup. We're being supportive.
Samantha : On a Friday night?
Charlotte : She tried to kill herself!
Miranda : It was six Advil!
Charlotte : On an empty stomach!

Charlotte : Doesn't that waiter look familiar?
Samantha : I fucked him.
Carrie : [sarcastically] Oh! That guy!

Pick-A-Little, Talk-A-Little

Samantha: Your parents named you Jerry Jerrod? No wonder you drank.
Jerry: Right?

Charlotte: Oh, good morning Mrs. Collier. I'm a Jew now. How are you?

Lights, Camera, Relationship

[Berger is shocked by the price of a Prada shirt]
Prada Sales Guy : But you will wear it forever!
Berger : Yeah, I'd have to! Does it also somehow open into a small studio apartment?

Carrie : It's a check from our publishers. They sold my book in Paris. It's an advance from France!

Hop, Skip, and a Week

Smith [looking at his Absolut Hunk billboard] : Fuck me!
Samantha : Well, that's the first thing every woman in town will be saying after she sees it.
Smith : It's huge!
Samantha : And that's the second.

Big: How are things with that guy, Hot Dog?
Carrie: Berger.

The Post-It Always Sticks Twice

[Miranda can fit into her "skinny jeans."]
Charlotte : How'd you do it?
Miranda : Well, I got pregnant, became a single mother, and stopped having any time to eat.
Samantha : Oh, that's a diet I won't be trying.

Billy : All I'm saying is that there's no good way to break up with someone.
Carrie : Well, it's funny you should mention that Billy, because, actually, there is. You can have the guts and the courtesy to tell a woman, to her face, that you no longer want to see her. Call me crazy but, I think that, you can make a point of ending your relationship in a manner that does not include an e-mail, a doorman, or a missing persons report. I think you could all get over your fear of looking like the bad guy and actually have the uncomfortable break-up conversation Because, here's what; Avoiding that is what makes you the bad guy. And just so you know, Alan -
Andrew : Andrew.
Carrie : Uh huh. Most women aren't angry, irrational psychos. We just want an ending to a relationship that... That is thoughtful and decent and honors what we had together. So my point, Billy, is this; There is a good way to break-up with someone, And it doesn't include a post-it!

The Catch

Carrie : I tried the trapeze yesterday for that piece that I'm writing.
Charlotte : I could never! I have the most terrible fear of heights.
Carrie : Well, I do not. You've seen my shoes.

Charlotte [wearing her wedding dress] : Is it okay?
Anthony : Okay? You're Audrey Hepburn... owitz!

A Woman's Right to Shoes

Samantha : I'm so sick of these people with their children. I'm telling you, they're everywhere! Sitting next to me in first class, eating at the next table at John Schu—
[A child runs by]
Samantha : Look at that. This place is for double cappuccinos, NOT double strollers.
[Glances at Miranda]
Samantha : I'm sorry.
Miranda : Hey, no need to apologize. I wouldn't bring Brady here. Mommy needs two hands to eat her eight-dollar cake!
Charlotte : You're not going to defend children?
Miranda : No, I don't like any children but my own.

Carrie : Think about it. If you are single, after graduation there isn't one occasion where people celebrate you. ... Hallmark doesn't make a "congratulations, you didn't marry the wrong guy" card. And where's the flatware for going on vacation alone?

Boy, Interrupted

Charlotte : You're marrying him!
Carrie : Will you stop? He doesn't even live in New York, he lives in Denver.
Charlotte : People move! It would be so romantic.
Carrie : Or tragic. Seriously. If I had the guy in high school, what have I been doing for the last twenty years?

Charlotte : Did I ever tell you I was a cheerleader?
Miranda : No, because you knew I would mock you endlessly.

The Domino Effect

Charlotte : Big is in town?
Carrie : Yeah, he's here for a little heart thing.
Miranda : What, is he on the wait list to get one?

Samantha : He did something to me that was so perverse! Okay, I'm just going to say it. He tried to hold my hand.
Carrie : You mean to tell me that Smith is a hand-holder? And to think he once served us food.


[A performance artist is starving herself and refusing to speak while on public display]'
Aleksandr : You don't think it's significant?
Carrie : Oh please! There are depressed women all over New York doing the exact same thing as her and not calling it art. I mean, if you put a phone up on that platform, it's just a typical Friday night waiting for some guy to call.

Carrie : I was specifically told there would be no clowns. There's nothing scarier than a clown.

Let There be Light

Charlotte : I could see it going somewhere.
Carrie : Oh please, listen, half the time I can't even understand him. We have nothing in common, he's in and out of Europe...
Charlotte : That could be good!
Samantha : Honey, you're not listening. She only wants him to be in and out of her.
Carrie : Yes, but in a much less obvious-sounding way.

Charlotte [testing fragrances] : Maybe cucumber basil?
Samantha : Why would you want to smell like a salad?

The Ick Factor

Miranda : I said no white, no ivory, no nothing that says virgin. I have a child. The jig is up.

Miranda: I don't even care about the wedding. I just want to be with Steve.
Charlotte: [crying] Oh, Miranda!
Miranda: Ok, this is exactly what I don't want. No tears.
Carrie: [crying] Oh my God.
Samantha: [crying] I can't believe it.
Miranda: That's it! You're all freakin' me out. [Gets up to leave] Samantha, I expected more from you.


Miranda : What I don't understand is, if they got it all, why do you need chemo?
Samantha : Because he's an asshole!
Carrie : Evidently there could be something microscopic.
Samantha : Like his dick!
Carrie : Excuse me, do you have cancer or Tourette's?

Charlotte York: [on the phone with Miranda] Brady saw us having sex!
Miranda: And?
Charlotte York: He was looking at me, during -!
Miranda: Charlotte, he doesn't know what that is. He doesn't know where his nose is.
Charlotte York: [yelling] Harry! Brady can't be anywhere near this conversation!
Harry Goldenblatt: I think it's too late, he just said, "Sex is dirty."
Charlotte York: That's not funny!

Out of the Frying Pan

Aleksandr : I love your house. It's so you.
Carrie : Small and artless?
Aleksandr : No, warm and lovely.

Miranda : Why do I think living in Manhattan is so fantastic?
Carrie : Because it is.

The Cold War

Miranda : I had to walk all the way from the subway in these heels. My feet are killing me.
Steve : Why didn't you just carry them and wear sneakers like everyone else?
Miranda : Stop. You can take me out of Manhattan but you can't take me out of my shoes.

Miranda : I don't talk to Steve about my work.
Carrie : And he doesn't mind?
Miranda : I think he prefers it that way.
Carrie : But you guys share everything else.
Miranda : Because we're in Brooklyn. There's no one else to talk to!


Charlotte : I didn't know Lexi had so many friends.
Carrie : Well, she wasn't always so tragic. Remember the 80's? She was the it girl.
Samantha : I thought I was the it girl.
Miranda : Well, it's your word against a dead girl's, so—you win!

[Carrie and Miranda are fighting because Miranda does not want Carrie to move to Paris with Petrovsky]
Carrie: Just say it! You don't like him!
Miranda: Fine! I don't like him!
Carrie: Then don't you go to Paris with him. [walks away]

An American Girl in Paris (Part Une)

Mr. Big : You're moving to Paris with a Russkie?
Carrie : You do this every time! Every time! What do you have, some kind of radar? 'Carrie might be happy, it's time to sweep in and shit all over it!'

Big : [to Miranda, Charlotte, and Samantha] You're the loves of her life and a guy's just lucky to come in fourth.

An American Girl in Paris (Part Deux)

Carrie : I'm someone who is looking for love. Real love. Ridiculous, inconvenient,consuming, can't-live-without-each-other love. And I don't think that love is here in this expensive suite in this lovely hotel in Paris.

Carrie : Later that day I got to thinking about relationships. There are those that open you up to something new and exotic, those that are old and familiar, those that bring up lots of questions, those that bring you somewhere unexpected, those that bring you far from where you started, and those that bring you back. But the most exciting, challenging and significant relationship of all is the one you have with yourself. And if you can find someone to love the you you love, well, that's just fabulous.


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