Those oft spoken "Sex and the City" questions, asked in soothing voice-over by New York Star dating columnist Carrie Bradshaw, have in recent years become the target of hilarious memes and "I-can't-believe-she-said-that" quips , complete with an eye-roll. But let's not pretend Carrie, played by Sarah Jessica Parker, who wrote about her stalled dating life and the lives of her three best friends, didn't have some solid dating gems. Unlike its small screen predecessors before them, like "The Golden Girls" and "Designing Women," Darren Star's comedy was a more unsanitized version of what women were really talking about in the '90s over cosmopolitans. The three women who linked arm-in-arm with Carrie on those New York streets were power lawyer Miranda Hobbes, portrayed by now-New York gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon, public relations magnate Samantha Jones, played by Kim Cattrall, and art gallery dealer turned stay-at-home mom Charlotte York, played by Kristin Davis. They weren't waiting on Prince Charming to come and save them from a life of career work.
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Broadcast from until , the original run of the show had a total of 94 episodes. Throughout its six-year run, the show received contributions from various producers, writers, and directors, principally Michael Patrick King. Set and filmed in New York City and based on Candace Bushnell 's book of the same name , the show follows the lives of a group of four women—three in their mid-thirties and one in her forties—who, despite their different natures and ever-changing sex lives, remain inseparable and confide in each other. Starring Sarah Jessica Parker as Carrie Bradshaw and co-starring Kim Cattrall as Samantha Jones , Kristin Davis as Charlotte York , and Cynthia Nixon as Miranda Hobbes , the quirky series had multiple continuing storylines that tackled relevant and modern social issues such as sexuality , safe sex , promiscuity , and femininity , while exploring the difference between friendships and romantic relationships. The deliberate omission of the better part of the early lives of the four women was the writers' way of exploring social life—from sex to relationships—through each of their four very different, individual perspectives. Sex and the City has received both acclaim and criticism for its subjects and characters, and is credited with helping to increase HBO's popularity as a network. The series placed fifth on Entertainment Weekly 's "New TV Classics" list,  and has been listed as one of the best television series of all time by Time in and TV Guide in
24 Thoughts I Had While Watching "Sex And The City" For The First Time
The very first episode of Sex and the City premiered 20 years ago this month. To mark this auspicious anniversary, ELLE. I did not have a television at the time even if I did, I was never home long enough in those days to do much more than sleep. Subsequently, even though I was certainly aware of the SATC phenomenon—not least because I was waiting tables at the time and there was an epidemic of Cosmo orders—I did not see my first episode of the show until a year and nine months after the last episode had aired in and my roommate gifted our apartment the DVD set of the series.
Timothy Olyphant, Kat Dennings and David Duchovny are just some of the faces to keep an eye out for while rewatching the award-winning series. To fully appreciate the groundbreaking series and its female-driven stories, these episodes need to be watched in their original form. Twenty years after the groundbreaking series premiere, the actor and executive producer reveals the biggest misconception about Carrie, and which iconic accessory she kept from set. Executive producer Michael Patrick King celebrates the seminal series by looking back at its humble beginnings — and evolution into an international phenomenon.