Sex and the City

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Template:Infobox television Sex and the City is an American cable television program based on the book of the same name. It was originally broadcast on the HBO network from 1998 until 2004. Set in New York City, the show focuses on the sex lives of four female best friends, three of whom are in their mid-to-late thirties, and one of whom, Samantha, is in her forties. A sitcom with soap opera elements, the show often tackled socially relevant issues, such as the status of women in society. Sex and the City premiered on June 6, 1998, and the last original episode aired on February 22, 2004.

Overview

Carrie Bradshaw and her three best girlfriends navigate the rocky terrain of being a single, sexually active woman in the new millenium. The show became famous for shooting scenes on the streets and in the bars, restaurants and clubs of New York City, while pushing the envelope of fashion and shattering sexual taboos.

Receiving consistent critical and popular acclaim, it was based on the book that was compiled from the New York Observer column "Sex and the City" by Candace Bushnell. The first season of the show is a free adaptation of its source material, but from the second season on, it took on a life of its own and went farther than the book ever could have. Each episode in season one featured a short montage of interviews that Carrie supposedly conducted while researching her column. These continued through season two, then were phased out.

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.

Characters

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Main characters

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The women of Sex and the City
  • Carrie Bradshaw (Sarah Jessica Parker) writes a weekly sex column titled "Sex and the City" for the fictitious New York Star. Literally, the voice of the show, each episode is structured around her train of thought while writing her column. A member of the New York glitterati, she is a club/bar/restaurant staple who is known for her unique fashion sense; violently yoking together various styles into one outfit (it is not uncommon for her to pair inexpensive vintage pieces with high end couture). Carrie focuses most of her attention on designer shoes, primarily Manolo Blahniks, though she has been known to wear Christian Louboutin and Jimmy Choo as well. Often meeting "her credit card limit" in one shoe shopping trip, it is unclear how the modest income of a newspaper columnist could support such an addiction, but in later seasons, her column is collected as a book and she begins taking assignments from Vogue and New York Magazine. She lives in a one-bedroom apartment in an Upper East Side brownstone, which she eventually buys with money lent by Charlotte after estimating that, over the years, she has spent $40,000 on shoes - money which could have been used as a down payment for the loan towards her apartment. Her blemishes include having had an abortion after one-night stand (ten years prior to the show's continuity) and an affair with a married Mr. Big during her relationship with Aidan. Favorite statement: "I like my money right where I can see it - hanging in my closet."
  • Charlotte York (Kristin Davis) is an art dealer with a Connecticut blue-blooded upbringing. She is the most conservative and traditional of the group, the one who places the most emphasis on emotional love in a relationship as opposed to sex and is always searching for her "knight in shining armor". Often scoffing at the lewder, more libertine antics that the shows presents (primarily in Samantha), she has been known to make concessions that even surprise her sexually freer girlfriends (her participation in dirty talk and "tookus lingus" come to mind). She gives up her successful career as art dealer shortly after her marriage to Dr. Trey MacDougal, a heart surgeon who gives her his Park Avenue apartment upon their divorce. She re-marries her less than perfect, but good hearted, divorce lawyer, Harry Goldenblatt- but only after she converts to Judaism. She is also a graduate of Smith College. Favorite statement: "I've been dating since I was fifteen, I'm exhausted. Where is he!?"
  • Miranda Hobbes (Cynthia Nixon) is a career-minded lawyer, who lives on the Upper West Side, with extremely cynical views on relationships and men. A Harvard University graduate from Philadelphia, 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 becoming pregnant by her on again-off again boyfriend, Steve Brady. The final season finds Miranda and Steve marrying and relocating to Brooklyn to make room for their growing family. Favorite statement: "I can't have a baby. I could barely find time to schedule this abortion."
  • Samantha Jones (Kim Cattrall), the oldest and most promiscuous of the group, is an independent publicist whose relationship pattern could be considered stereotypically masculine. A seductress who avoids emotional involvement at all costs while satisfying every possible carnal desire imagineable. She believes that she has had "hundreds" of soulmates and insists that her sexual partners leave "an hour after I climax". Over the course of the show, she does have a handful of real relationships, one of which was with a woman. She moves to the Meatpacking District before it becomes a fashionable area. Favorite statement: "Fuck me badly once, shame on you. Fuck me badly twice, shame on me."
and "I don't believe in the Republican or the Democratic Party. I just believe in parties!"

Recurring characters

Friends

  • Stanford Blatch (Willie Garson), often referred to as the shows "Fifth Lady", is Carrie's best friend outside of the three women. A gay talent agent with a sense of style parallel only to Carries, you get the impression that they have a long standing relationship built within their younger, wilder days on the New York City club and bar scene. The only supporting character to receive his own storylines(occasionally), he represents the shows most constant gay point of view to sex on the show; generally based around the physical insecurities and inadequacies of someone who doesn't "have that gay look". In the last two seasons of the show, he is partnered with Broadway dancer, Marcus Adente.
  • Anthony Marentino (Mario Cantone) is an event planner that becomes close to Charlotte after styling her first wedding(he goes on to style Charlotte's H&G photo shoot, her second wedding and Carrie's book release party. He is not self-defacing like Stanford and freely presents no-nonsense(often bawdy) advice to Charlotte. (Upon hearing that she hadn't had sex since her divorce, he exclaims; "if you don't put something 'in there' soon it'll grow over!")
  • Magda (Lynn Cohen), the Ukranian housekeeper-cum-nanny who was introduced in the third season becomes an ersatz mother figure and a thorn in Miranda's side. Her attempts to push traditional marriage/motherhood attitudes on Miranda are both subtle (buying her a rolling pin "To make pies. It's good for a woman to make pies.") and intrusive (replacing her vibrator with a statuette of The Virgin Mary).

Boyfriends

All the boyfriends listed below were the focus of a significant story arc spanning multiple episodes. Additionally, the four main characters all went on dates or had sex when they were single---often with male characters (and in Samantha's case, one female character) who appeared in only one, two, or at most three episodes of the program.

Carrie's boyfriends
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Chris Noth as Mr. Big
  • Mr. Big (Chris Noth) both excites and eludes Carrie throughout the run of the show, as she always believes he is the man for her, but many times, he's not able to fulfill her emotional needs. A wealthy financier (Samantha calls him "the next Donald Trump" in the pilot), who is based on New York publisher, Ron Galotti. Carrie and Big's on again, off again relationship begins and ends in season one and then a second time in season two. After two years of commitment issues and emotional unavailibility, Mr. Big marries a twenty-something Ralph Lauren executive named Natasha(Bridget Moynahan). Within seven months of his marriage he begins to pine after Carrie and starts to have an affair with her, until Carrie breaks it off. After divorcing Natasha, Big and Carrie become friends, with their sexual history always lying just beneath the surface. He eventually moves to San Francisco, but is visited once by Carrie, while on her book tour and he returns to New York a year after that for an angioplasty. In the end of the series, he returns to tell Carrie he is ready to commit to her, but is brutally rebuffed. He doesn't give up and, after the blessing of Charlotte, Samantha and Miranda, tries to re-claim her love one last time in Paris. In the end, the two prepare for an open, honest relationship in New York.
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John Corbett as Aidan Shaw
  • Aidan Shaw (John Corbett) is Carrie's other long-term boyfriend. He is a sweet, good natured furniture designer and Mr. Big's emotional opposite. At first, Carrie is put-off by their seemingly perfect relationship and over time works through her issues of emotional unavailability, but ultimately, it is she who cannot meet his needs and they break up for good. In season three, Aidan ends their relationship when she comes clean about cheating on him with a married Mr. Big. They get back together a year later, eventually move in together and she accepts his marriage proposal before the break up for the second and final time. It is revealed in the final season that Aidan marries another designer(Cathy) and has a baby boy, Tate.
  • Jack Berger (Ron Livingston) was Carrie's intellectual counterpart. A sardonic humorist writer whose career is cooling down just as Carrie's is heating up. Theirs was a relationship of witty banter and common thoughts, but everything falls apart when his defeated attitude clashes with her contented state. Carrie learns, when it comes to relationships, Berger's talk is just that; after they agree to try and make things work, he breaks up with her through a post-it note.
  • Aleksandr Petrovsky (Mikhail Baryshnikov) is a famous Russian artist who becomes Carrie's lover in season six. He sweeps her off of her feet, but eventually, she wants the relationship to be deeper than a storybook romance. He also shows little interest in her friends and will not consider another child, already having a grown-up daughter of 22. However, she quashes her doubts about the relationship and accepts Petrovsky's invitation to move to Paris with him, as she needs a lasting love in her life and irrationally fears that past a certain age, love could be hard to find again. But after spending some time there, she realizes that he will never reciprocate the level of emotional involvement that she wants because his career will always come first, and she cannot keep her mind off Mr. Big.
Charlotte's boyfriends
  • Trey MacDougal (Kyle MacLachlan) fits Charlotte's knight in shining armor archetype to a tee, and eventually, she marries him (after she incidentally proposes to him at dinner, and he says, "all righty"). They have marital problems from the beginning, mostly centered around his erectile dysfunction, and things escalate when Charlotte finds out it would be very difficult for her to have a baby, which she deeply desires. Eventually, they separate and divorce.
  • Harry Goldenblatt (Evan Handler) is Charlotte's divorce lawyer. Although he is not even in the ballpark of Charlotte's ideal man in that he is short, bald, hairy, and often somewhat crude, they fall in love. Harry refuses to marry a non-Jew, so Charlotte, the Episcopalian Princess, converts to Judaism. After this, they have a falling out and break up. Eventually, Harry returns and proposes to Charlotte, and they marry. After that, they adopt a Chinese baby girl (after Charlotte becomes pregnant and has a miscarriage).
Miranda's boyfriends
  • Skipper Johnson (Ben Weber) is a geeky, sensitive twentysomething who is a friend of Carrie's, then becomes Miranda's enamored boyfriend in season one. The relationship doesn't last because Miranda does not want the same level of commitment.
  • Robert Leeds (Blair Underwood), a physician who moves into her building during season six, is the seemingly perfect man: successful, sexy, and utterly devoted to her. Robert and Miranda have lots of fun and great chemistry, but when he leaves her a giant chocolate chip cookie that says, "I Love You," Miranda panics, devours the entire thing, then tries to ignore it. She realizes that, despite all the idyllic aspects of her relationship with Robert and all the flaws in her relationship with Steve (below), it's Steve whom she loves. She breaks up with Robert.
  • Steve Brady (David Eigenberg) is a bartender (who later opens a bar with Carrie's ex, Aidan) who Miranda meets in a bar and sleeps with in what appears to be a one-night stand after being stood up by Carrie, who is at Big's home cooking veal (to which she responds, "You ditched me for a piece of politically incorrect meat?"). He falls for Miranda despite her initial resistance, and the one-night stand morphs into a relationship. The difference in income, aspirations, and status between the two becomes a serious issue, and they break up twice during the series. In season four, he is diagnosed with testicular cancer and must have one testicle removed. He and Miranda have sex in what Samantha calls "a mercy fuck," and Miranda gets pregnant. At first she considers having an abortion, but changes her mind when she realizes that it may be her only chance to have a child. She gives birth to a boy, Brady Hobbes. They decide to raise the baby together, but separated. In season six, they get back together, then marry in an small, intimate ceremony. They move to a house in Brooklyn.
Samantha's lovers
  • Maria (Sonia Braga) is a sensual artist that Samantha meets at an exhibit while admiring her work. Samantha is drawn to Maria's strong aura but quickly steps back when she realizes Maria wants to more than just friends. The chemistry is too strong, and it isn't too long before Samantha is introducing her lesbian lover to her stunned friends. This is Samantha's first step toward commitment, and while she greatly admires and respects Maria, they part ways a few episodes later because Samantha can't stand the monogamy and misses the 'penis.'
  • Richard Wright (James Remar) is an extremely wealthy hotel magnate who meets his match in bed in Samantha. He seduces her, and they have a no-strings-attached sexual relationship. Their relationship eventually escalates, and both parties struggle to keep their emotional distance. Eventually, both profess their love for each other, and they try to have a monogamous relationship. Samantha's heart is broken when she catches him having an affair. Richard begs Samantha to forgive him, and eventually they reenter the relationship. However, Samantha's doubts about Richard's fidelity get the best of her and she breaks it off with him before she gets hurt again.
  • Smith Jerrod (Jason Lewis) is a young waiter Samantha seduces in a trendy restaurant. She finds out he is an actor and becomes his publicist. Her first advice is to change the awkward name "Jerry Jerrod" to "Smith Jerrod." After Samantha takes control of his publicity and gets him a gig posing nude for an Absolut ad, his career takes off. Ironically, Smith is an alcoholic and attends AA meetings. When Samantha is diagnosed with breast cancer, Smith sticks by her side, shaving his signature long hair as a sign of solidarity. At the end of the series, Samantha and Smith are still together and in love.

Cameos

As Sex and the City gained popularity, a number of celebrities had cameos on the show, some playing themselves and some playing characters. These include the following:

Episodes

Season 1 (1998)

# Episode Title Director Writer Original Airdate
1 Sex and the City Susan Seidelman Darren Star June 7, 1998 (HBO)
2 Models and Mortals Allison Maclean Darren Star June 7, 1998 (HBO)
3 Bay of Married Pigs Nicole Holofcener Darren Star June 21, 1998 (HBO)
4 Valley of the Twenty Something Guys Allison Maclean Michael Patrick King June 28, 1998 (HBO)
5 The Power of Female Sex Susan Seidelman Jenji Kohan July 5, 1998 (HBO)
6 Secret Sex Michael Fields Darren Star July 12, 1998 (HBO)
7 The Monogamists Darren Star Darren Star July 19, 1998(HBO)
8 Three's A Crowd Nicole Holofcener Jenny Bicks July 26, 1998 (HBO)
9 The Turtle and the Hare Michael Fields Nicole Avril, Sue Kolinsky August 2, 1998 (HBO)
10 The Baby Shower Susan Seidelman Terri Minske August 9, 1998 (HBO)
11 The Drought Matthew Harrison Michael Green, Michael Patrick King August 16, 1998 (HBO)
12 Oh Come All Ye Faithful Matthew Harrison Michael Patrick King August 23, 1998 (HBO)

Season 2 (1999)

# Episode Title Director Writer Original Airdate
1 Take Me Out to the Ballgame Allen Coulter Michael Patrick King June 6, 1999 (HBO)
2 The Awful Truth Allen Coulter Darren Star June 13, 1999 (HBO)
3 The Freak Show Allen Coulter Jenny Bicks June 20, 1999 (HBO)
4 They Shoot Single People Don't They? Allen Coulter Michael Patrick King June 27, 1999(HBO)
5 Four Women and a Funeral Allen Coulter Jenny Bicks July 4, 1999 (HBO)
6 The Cheating Curve John David Coles Darren Star July 11, 1999 (HBO)
7 The Chicken Dance Victoria Hochberg Cindy Chupack July 18, 1999 (HBO)
8 The Man, The Myth, The Viagra Victoria Hochberg Michael Patrick King July 25, 1999 (HBO)
9 Old Dogs, New Dicks Alan Taylor Jenny Bicks August 1, 1999 (HBO)
10 The Caste System Allison Anders Darren Star August 8, 1999 (HBO)
11 Evolution Pam Thomas Cindy Chupack August 15, 1999 (HBO)
12 La Doleur Exquisite! Allison Anders Ollie Levy, Michael Patrick King August 22, 1999 (HBO)
13 Games People Play Michael Spiller Jenny Bicks August 29, 1999 (HBO)
14 The Fuck Buddy Alan Taylor Darren Star September 5, 1999 (HBO)
15 Shortcomings Dan Algrant Terri Minsky September 12, 1999 (HBO)
16 Was It Good For You? Dan Algrant Michael Patrick King September 19, 1999 (HBO)
17 Twenty-Something Girls Vs. Thirty-Something Women Darren Star Darren Star September 26, 1999 (HBO)
18 Ex and the City Michael Patrick King Michael Patrick King October 3, 1999 (HBO)

Season 3 (2000)

# Episode Title Director Writer Original Airdate
1 Where There's Smoke... Michael Patrick King Michael Patrick King June 4, 2000 (HBO)
2 Politically Erect Michael Patrick King Darren Star June 11, 2000 (HBO)
3 Attack of the 5'10" Woman Pam Thomas Cindy Chupack June 18, 2000 (HBO)
4 Boy, Girl, Boy, Girl Pam Thomas Jenny Bicks June 25, 2000 (HBO)
5 No Ifs, Ands Or Butts Nicole Holofcener Michael Patrick King July 9, 2000 (HBO)
6 Are We Sluts? Nicole Holofcener Cindy Chupack July 16, 2000 (HBO)
7 Drama Queens Allison Anders Darren Star July 23, 2000 (HBO)
8 The Big Time Allison Anders Jenny Bicks July 30, 2000 (HBO)
9 Easy Come, Easy Go Charles McDougall Michael Patrick King August 6, 2000 (HBO)
10 All or Nothing Charles McDougall Jenny Bicks August 13, 2000 (HBO)
11 Running With Scissors Dennis Erdman Michael Patrick King August 20, 2000 (HBO)
12 Don't Ask, Don't Tell Dan Algrant Cindy Chupack August 27, 2000 (HBO)
13 Escape from New York John David Coles Becky Hartman Edwards, Michael Patrick King September 10, 2000 (HBO)
14 Sex and Another City John David Coles Jenny Bicks September 17, 2000 (HBO)
15 Hot Child in the City Michael Spiller Allan Heinberg September 24, 2000 (HBO)
16 Frenemies Michael Spiller Jenny Bicks October 1, 2000 (HBO)
17 What Goes Around Comes Around Allen Coulter Darren Star October 8, 2000 (HBO)
18 Cock-A-Doodle-Do Allen Coulter Michael Patrick King October 15, 2000 (HBO)

Season 4 (2001-2002)

# Episode Title Director Writer Original Airdate
1 The Agony and the 'Ex'tacy Michael Patrick King Michael Patrick King June 3, 2001 (HBO)
2 The Real Me Michael Patrick King Michael Patrick King June 3, 2001 (HBO)
3 Defining Moments Allen Coulter Jenny Bicks June 10, 2001 (HBO)
4 What's Sex Got to Do With It? Allen Coulter Nicole Avril June 17, 2001 (HBO)
5 Ghost Town Michael Spiller Allan Heinberg June 24, 2001 (HBO)
6 Baby, Talk Is Cheap Michael Spiller Cindy Chupack July 1, 2001 (HBO)
7 Time and Punishment Michael Engler Jessica Bendinger July 8, 2001 (HBO)
8 My Motherboard, My Self Michael Engler Julie Rottenberg, Eliza Zuritsky July 15, 2001 (HBO)
9 Sex and the Country Michael Spiller Allan Heinberg July 22, 2001 (HBO)
10 Belles of the Balls Michael Spiller Michael Patrick King July 29, 2001 (HBO)
11 Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda David Frankel Jenny Bicks August 5, 2001 (HBO)
12 Just Say Yes David Frankel Cindy Chupack August 12, 2001 (HBO)
13 The Good Fight Charles McDougall Michael Patrick King January 6, 2002 (HBO)
14 All That Glitters... Charles McDougall Cindy Chupack January 13, 2002 (HBO)
15 Change of a Dress Alan Taylor Julie Rottenberg, Eliza Zuritsky January 20, 2002 (HBO)
16 Ring A Ding Ding Alan Taylor Amy B. Harris January 28, 2002 (HBO)
17 A "Vogue" Idea Martha Coolidge Allan Heinberg February 3, 2002 (HBO)
18 I Heart NY Martha Coolidge Michael Patrick King February 10, 2002 (HBO)

Season 5 (2002)

# Episode Title Director Writer Original Airdate
1 Anchors Away Charles McDougall Michael Patrick King July 21, 2002 (HBO)
2 Unoriginal Sin Charles McDougall Cindy Chupack July 28, 2002 (HBO)
3 Luck Be An Old Lady John David Coles Julie Rottenberg, Eliza Zuritsky August 4, 2002 (HBO)
4 Cover Girl John David Coles Judy Toll, Michael Patrick King August 11, 2002 (HBO)
5 Plus One is the Loneliest Number Michael Patrick King Cindy Chupack August 18, 2002 (HBO)
6 Critical Condition Michael Patrick King Alexa Junge August 25, 2002 (HBO)
7 The Big Journey Michael Engler Michael Patrick King September 1, 2002 (HBO)
8 I Love a Charade Michael Engler Cindy Chupack, Michael Patrick King September 8, 2002 (HBO)

Season 6 (2003-2004)

# Episode Title Director Writer Original Airdate
1 To Market, To Market Michael Patrick King Michael Patrick King June 22, 2003 (HBO)
2 Great Sexpectations Michael Patrick King Cindy Chupack June 29, 2003 (HBO)
3 The Perfect Present David Frankel Jenny Bicks July 7, 2003 (HBO)
4 Pick-A-Little, Talk-A-Little David Frankel Julie Rottenberg, Eliza Zuritsky July 14, 2003 (HBO)
5 Lights, Camera, Relationship Michael Engler Michael Patrick King July 21, 2003 (HBO)
6 Hop, Skip and a Week Michael Engler Amy B. Harris July 28, 2003 (HBO)
7 The Post-It Always Sticks Twice Alan Taylor Liz Tucillo August 4, 2003 (HBO)
8 The Catch Alan Taylor Cindy Chupack August 11, 2003 (HBO)
9 A Woman's Right to Shoes Tim Van Patten Jenny Bicks August 18, 2003 (HBO)
10 Boy, Interrupted Tim Van Patten Cindy Chupack August 25, 2003 (HBO)
11 The Domino Effect David Frankel Julie Rottenberg, Eliza Zuritsky September 7, 2003 (HBO)
12 One David Frankel Michael Patrick King September 14, 2003 (HBO)
13 Let There Be Light Michael Patrick King Michael Patrick King January 4, 2004 (HBO)
14 The Ick Factor Wendey Stanzler Julie Rottenberg, Eliza Zuritsky January 11, 2004 (HBO)
15 Catch-38 Michael Engler Cindy Chupack January 18, 2004 (HBO)
16 Out of the Frying Pan Michael Engler Jenny Bicks January 25, 2004 (HBO)
17 The Cold War Julian Farino Aury Wallington February 1, 2004 (HBO)
18 Splat! Julian Farino Jenny Bicks, Cindy Chupack February 8, 2004 (HBO)
19 An American Girl in Paris, Part Une Tim Van Patten Michael Patrick King February 15, 2004 (HBO)
20 An American Girl in Paris, Part Deux Tim Van Patten Michael Patrick King February 22, 2004 (HBO)


Quotations

The following are quotations from the TV special, Sex And The City: A Farewell, that aired introducing the final episode:

Michael Patrick King, Executive Producer: "People thought, oh it's just about sex or it's just about fashion. And then slowly over the years people start to see it's really about love ... and relationships ... and sex ... and basically the battlefield of trying to be in love – whether it be with another person or with yourself."

Sarah Jessica Parker: "What the show has to have, and has had to have in order to survive six years, is a soul."

Kim Cattrall: "The show is a valentine to being single."

David Eigenberg: "They were honest about sex, they were honest about the humor of sex."

Kim Cattrall: "Being single used to mean that nobody wanted you, now it means you're pretty sexy and you're taking your time deciding how you want your life to be ... and who you want to spend it with."

Broadcasters

In the United Kingdom, Channel 4 and its digital sister channel E4 broadcast episodes of "Sex and the City", while older episodes are rerun on Paramount Comedy. In Canada, the show airs on Bravo! Canada and Citytv Toronto, and in Germany it is shown on Pro7. In the Netherlands, the show is aired by NET 5, and in Sweden it is aired by TV3 and ZTV. In Italy the show airs on La7. In Australia it was broadcast on the Nine Network. It is now shown on Ten, on Monday nights, and also features on the pay t.v. channel 'W', on weeknights. In Japan, the show is aired by Lala.tv. In Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore, Hong Kong, India, and Pakistan the show airs on HBO Asia (season 1-6). Sex and the City was banned in Singapore until July 2004, when the government allowed the television series to be aired on cable after being censored. In Latvia this serial can be seen on TV3. In Denmark it is currently shown on TV3 as well. In the Philippines, its reruns are being aired by RPN 9.

Criticism

Some commentators have criticized the television show as promoting immorality by encouraging a hedonistic lifestyle and treating women as sexual objects. Additionally, they argued that it is at times mere pornography with a superficial plot. The characters are also wealthy and unabashedly elitist, which raises further questions about the morality of the show.

Others claim in response that Sex and the City is an attempt to realistically – yet artistically – portray sexual behavior in the urban United States. Others have noted that the show tends to portray its main characters as shallow and superficial.

When Sex and the City was run in syndication on TBS, some viewers organized boycotts of the station, arguing that this would put the program within access of young children.

Some commentators criticized Sex and the City's distorted presentation of female sexuality, claiming the sexuality is more akin to that of the allegedly gay, male writers of the show. The frequent obsession with penis size by one character is taken to be atypical of women and more typical of a phallocentric male focus. Others have charged that the ridiculing of men with small penises is wrong, contributing to body issues for men similar to that of young women over their weight or breast size.

DVD Releases

All six seasons of "Sex and the City" have been released commercially on DVD. They have been released officially on Region 1 (USA, Canada) and Region 2 (Europe) formats, but illegal bootleg editions have also surfaced for Region 3 (Korea, 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 DVD's of "Sex and the City" have been criticised by some fans for having little or no special features, but Region 1 editions have included Director Commentary, Cast Interviews and more.

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Region 1 Edition of Complete Set

In addition to standard single season DVD Boxsets 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 and 2. While Europe got a complete set that came with special "Shoebox" 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.

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Region 2 Collectors Edition "Shoe Box"

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. Thankfully, the Season 1 boxset is the only one to suffer from this problem, and all subsequent Region 2 DVD releases of the programme were appropriately transferred to PAL Video. In Europe, "Sex and the City" boxsets were released through Paramount - who own certain rights to the programme's broadcast aswell. American and Canadian DVD's were released through the programme's original broadcasters, HBO.

Soundtrack Releases

There have been several CD Albums released to accompany the series Sex and the City. These releases span various record labels and some are even unofficial. The two albums from Irma Records are seen to be the best because they contain tracks used in the show's actual soundtrack that are difficult to find elsewhere. The other two releases have little or no tracks that appear on the programme's actual soundtrack.
Sex and the City - Soundtrack [Import]
2001/2002
Sire Records
13 Chart Hits - Including the Main Theme from the Show

Sex and the City - Official Soundtrack
March 1st, 2004
Sony TV
2 Disc Set - 36 Hits.

Irma at Sex and the City - Part 1 - Daylight Session
April 19th, 2004
Irma Records
2 Disc Set - Part of a 2 Part Collection. Ambient and Chilled Sounds from the Show's Soundtrack

Irma at Sex and the City - Part 2 - Nightlife Session
April 19th, 2004
Irma Records
2 Disc Set - Part of a 2 Part Collection. House and Electronica Sounds from the Show's Soundtrack

External links

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