Sex and the City

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From Wikipedia:

Sex and the City is an American television comedy-drama series created by Darren Star and produced by HBO. Broadcast from 1998 until 2004, the original run of the show had a total of ninety-four episodes. Throughout its six-year run, the show received contributions from various producers, writers and directors, perhaps most significantly from Michael Patrick King.

Set and filmed in New York City and based on the book of the same name by Candace Bushnell, the show follows the lives of a group of four women – three in their mid-thirties and one in her forties – who, throughout their different natures and ever-changing sex lives, remain inseparable and confide in each other. Starring Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis and Cynthia Nixon, the quirky series had multiple continuing storylines that tackled relevant and modern social issues like sexuality, sexually transmitted diseases, safe sex, promiscuity, and femininity while exploring the difference between friendships and relationships.

The series received both acclaim and criticism for its subjects and characters, and spawned two feature films: Sex and the City (2008) and its sequel Sex and the City 2 (2010) and spin-off by The CW, The Carrie Diaries. It also won 7 of its 54 Emmy Award nominations, 8 of its 24 Golden Globe Award nominations, and 3 of its 11 Screen Actors Guild Award nominations. Sex and the City still airs in syndication worldwide and has been listed on Entertainment Weekly's end-of-the-decade "best of" list and 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, played by Sarah Jessica Parker. Carrie Bradshaw was a writer living in New York City. Carrie also has the same initials, a flourish emphasizing her connection with Bushnell.

Cast and characters

Carrie Bradshaw

Played by Sarah Jessica Parker, Carrie Bradshaw 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. Carrie's one-room apartment is in an Upper East Side brownstone. Stanford Blatch, a gay talent agent from an aristocratic family played by Willie Garson, is Carrie's best friend outside the other three women.

Carrie is entangled with Mr. Big (Chris Noth), whose name is eventually revealed to be John James Preston, in a tumultuous, on-and-off-again relationship. He is the reason for many of Carrie's breakdowns as he never seems ready to fully commit to Carrie. He is once divorced by the time the series opens, depicted as a prominent businessman, a big jazz fan, and a heavy cigar smoker. When Carrie and Big break up, Manhattan furniture designer Aidan Shaw (John Corbett) is Carrie's next serious boyfriend in season three. Aidan is seen as being somewhat more traditional and patient about relationships than many of Carrie's other love interests. Aleksandr Petrovsky (Mikhail Baryshnikov) is a famous artist who becomes Carrie's lover in the final season. Despite their age difference, 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.

Samantha Jones

The oldest and most sexually confident of the foursome, Samantha Jones (Kim Cattrall), 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). Samantha has a number of extremely brief sexual relationships in the show, including a lesbian relationship with an artist named Maria (Sônia Braga) and later with hotel magnate Richard Wright (James Remar). Jerry/Smith Jerrod (Jason Lewis) is a young waiter Samantha seduces in the final season. He is a much younger, struggling actor whose career Samantha jump starts with her PR connections. He mentions being a recovering alcoholic that attends AA. He also shows a fierce loyalty to Samantha throughout their relationship.

Charlotte York Goldenblatt

Working in an art gallery, Charlotte York Goldenblatt (Kristin Davis) has had a conventional Connecticut upbringing. She is the most optimistic of the group and the one who places the most emphasis on emotional love as opposed to lust. A true romantic, Charlotte is always searching for her "knight in shining armor." 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, and track team captain in addition to being an active cheerleader and teen model. Trey MacDougal (Kyle MacLachlan) is an attractive Park Avenue cardiologist with a pedigree and country house whom Charlotte meets in season three. Trey's large Scottish family is headed by his mother "Bunny," a manipulative, overbearing sort that complicates his relationship with Charlotte. When their relationship ends, she meets Harry Goldenblatt (Evan Handler), a Jewish divorce lawyer, at the beginning of season five. She is not attracted to him initially but they begin a relationship that eventually leads to marriage.

Miranda Hobbes

A career-minded lawyer with sometimes cynical views on relationships and men, Miranda Hobbes (Cynthia Nixon) is a Harvard Law School graduate from Philadelphia with two siblings. Miranda is often seen as the practical voice of reason in the group. In the early seasons, she is portrayed as a bit masculine and borderline misandric, but this image softens somewhat over the years, particularly after she becomes pregnant and gives birth. Her storyline then explores the difficulties she faces as a single woman juggling a beloved but demanding career along with motherhood, dating, and relationships. During the series, she purchases a condo in the city's Upper West Side and later a home in Brooklyn. Steve Brady (David Eigenberg), is Miranda's on-and-off boyfriend throughout the series after being introduced in the second season. 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 (Anne Meara), is also a prominent recurring character.

Darren Star on the development of Sex and the City
Patricia Field on her inspiration for the Sex and the City costume design and the budget for the show
Michael Patrick King on being asked to join Darren Star on Sex and the City
Darren Star on the legacy of Sex and the City
Timothy Van Patten on his work on Sex and the City
Anne Meara on her recurring character on Sex and the City
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Chris Albrecht

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Chris Albrecht on Sex and the City

Patricia Field

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Patricia Field on some signature costume choices from Sex and the City; the "Carrie" necklace 
Patricia Field on how she came to be the Costume Designer for Sex in the City  after the pilot was shot
Patricia Field on her doubts that Sex and the City would be a show people would watch
Patricia Field on her work as a costume designer on Sex and the City; on the success of the show resting in the casting by Darren Star; on each of the stars
Patricia Field on the color palettes she used on Sex and the City
Patricia Field on her inspiration for the Sex and the City costume design and the budget for the show
Patricia Field on some signature costume choices from Sex and the City; the tutu and tank top in the opening sequence
Patricia Field on the impact Sex and the City  was having on women's fashion as the show became popular
Patricia Field on how designers became increasingly eager to send clothes to Sex and the City; on some of the designers that became staples such as Chanel, Manolo Blahnik
Patricia Field on her process of costume designing for Sex and the City "it begins with the script"
Patricia Field on how the writers on Sex and the City began writing to the fashion, such as an episode where "Carrie" says "I lost my Choos" (referring to Jimmy Choo shoes); the clothes became famous
Patricia Field on some of the more memorable fashion trends that Sex and the City  created: the big flower, pearls
Patricia Field on the impact Sex and the City  had on women at the time, on having "fun with clothes"; on not anticipating trends
Patricia Field on hiding Sarah Jessica Parker's real-life pregnancy on Sex and the City with wardrobe and the challenges
Patricia Field on her proudest achievement as costume designer on Sex and the City  and its impact on women "it broke down the uniform"

Michael Fuchs

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Michael Fuchs on HBO Sports programming and HBO post-his departure

Michael Patrick King

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Michael Patrick King on writing the first Sex and the City movie 
Michael Patrick King on being asked to join Darren Star on Sex and the City
Michael Patrick King on writing for Sex and the City
Michael Patrick King on becoming Executive Producer and writing for Sex and the City
Michael Patrick King on Sex and the City

Anne Meara

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Anne Meara on her character's role in the finale of Sex and the City
Anne Meara on her recurring character on Sex and the City

Roscoe Orman

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Roscoe Orman on his appearance on Sex and the City

Timothy Van Patten

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Timothy Van Patten on directing the final 2 episodes of Sex and the City
Timothy Van Patten on his work on Sex and the City

Darren Star

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Darren Star on the development of Sex and the City
Darren Star on the impact of Melrose Place and its thematic connection to two of his other shows, Beverly Hills, 90210 and Sex and the City
Darren Star on casting Sex and the City
Darren Star on the Sex and the City writers room and the comedy of the show
Darren Star on having characters address the camera on Sex and the City, and eliminating the device in later seasons
Darren Star on how the writers plotted out the first season of Sex and the City
Darren Star on the intended audience for Sex and the City
Darren Star on the way sex was depicted on Sex and the City
Darren Star on his favorite gags and storylines on Sex and the City
Darren Star on a Sex and the City gag that HBO objected to
Darren Star on Chris Noth as "Mr. Big" on Sex and the City  and the real-life inspiration for the character
Darren Star on the men of Sex and the City
Darren Star on the Sex and the City series finale
Darren Star on the legacy of Sex and the City

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