Sex and the City, Looking Back After Ten Years

It has been 10 years since the lovely ladies of Sex and the City bowed out of our small screens and became cemented in constant reruns. For 6 years, we followed Carrie Bradshaw, Charlotte York, Miranda Hobbs and Samantha Jones as they fell in love, had their hearts broken, married, divorced and dated practically every guy in Manhattan they conveniently never saw again once they were disposed of!

Based on the book by Candace Bushnell, SATC opened up the world of dating in modern day New York City through the eyes of four single and completely different thirty-something women. Each episode brought with it new men, new daring outfits and new memorable moments that left lasting impressions on its viewers.

When asked what you’d consider to be a classic moment, the first thing that comes to everyone’s mind is “funky spunk”, need I say more? Carrie’s steamy affair with Mr Big provided the thrills, Samantha’s battle with breast cancer provided the tears, Charlotte’s quest for true love provided the giggles, and Miranda’s…well, Miranda provided a bit of each!

If you’re not a New Yorker, it may seem almost unbelievable that some of the plotlines featured in this show could actually happen in real life, but don’t be so sure! Remember Miranda’s humorous confession after learning that Carrie had been dumped by a post-it note? “I was once broken up with by a guy’s doorman!” It turns out that it was art imitating life, as this actually happened to one of the writers!

It has also provided lessons in love for the novice dater with the infamous line that led to a book and a movie: ‘he’s just not that into you’. And if you make that memorable trek into Manhattan, you will discover the Sex and the City tour which visits some of the show’s hot spots, and in turn, has boosted business for some of the spots.

The show didn’t go without its controversy. The Society of Uncircumcised Men, a group no one heard of until season 2 of the show, raised concern when an episode featured Charlotte referring to her boyfriend’s uncircumcised penis as a sharpie. Sorry, boys!

Unlike Friends, the guest stars were modest and didn’t drown every second episode, the Los Angeles double bill excluded. Well known TV stars popped up such as Sarah Michelle Gellar and David Duchovny (ironic?) with some big names like Heather Graham, Matthew McConaughey and, um…Geri Halliwell.

From lazy ovaries to depressed vaginas, SATC had no limits to what it featured. It is no wonder fans were heartbroken when the series came to an end in 2004. However, it turned out not to be the end when a feature-length movie was released five years later in 2009, followed by a sequel. Still not satisfied? The rumour mill is turning with hints of a third instalment, so fingers crossed!


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