I started watching Sex and the City on HBO a month or so ago. It is one of those shows I honestly did not expect to like so much, but my best friend said it was worth it, so I gave it a shot. I have to say, I think any woman in her twenties or thirties would thoroughly enjoy this show. It ran from 1998 to 2004 and won many awards, including Emmy’s and Golden Globes.
Though called Sex and the City, the show isn’t all about sex. Yes, of course there is sex, but by HBO standards, it’s pretty mild, but maybe I’m just comparing it to Game of Thrones. The sex is nowhere near where Game of Thrones goes, that might have something to do with being filmed in the 90’s and Early 2000’s. Yes, Sex and the City deals with relationships, but in my opinion, it is truly about friendship. The kind of love and support you can have with truly great friends, even when men come and go out of your life. The show is funny and at times ridiculous. I can’t imagine meeting someone in the park and saying, “Hey, wanna go on a date?” Either that’s how dating was in the 90’s early 2000’s, or my introverted self just can’t imagine being extroverted enough to ask out a complete stranger. It could also just be the New York City lifestyle, all things I can’t answer for sure.
The New York Star columnist. She is the character the whole show is based around, she writes about her dating experience and mishaps in her column in the Newspaper. Rather impulsive and quite self-centered. Though the show revolves essentially around her, she is my least favorite character. She makes questionable decisions for someone who claims to be a relationship expert. Shoe obsessed, fashion savvy, and comedian of the group, she does well for herself and eventually gets a great book deal. My real issue with her I think is how easy she is to forgive people. I mean Big (rich guy, the person she always compares everyone too, can’t get over him) screws her over royally multiple times, yet she always forgives him, even when her friends are telling her it isn’t worth the pain. Plus, she screwed up the relationship with Aidan (dog lover, furniture maker, perfect for her) not once, but twice. As my best friend put it, “Carrie just has to learn everything the hard way.”
Best PR a person can hire, doesn’t believe in marriage, is always looking for the hottest man around to have some fun with. She is no holds bar, always telling intimate details at the drop of a hat, and is the most interesting character. She isn’t afraid to tell you how it is and the first one to suggest using a man. My favorite scenes with her are when she is in a relationship. It’s such a new thing for her, that it is so entertaining to watch. Whether she is following a guy around because she is convinced he won’t stay loyal, she was correct, or breaking a toe because she can’t handle someone holding her hand, Samantha tends to steal the show a lot of the times.
Lawyer extraordinaire, never apologizes for her success, sarcastic, opinionated, and at times narcissitic. Her character development is fantastic, she ends up being the first one to have a child, and changes, in realistic ways because of it. I also enjoyed that she never apologized for being successful, when Steve ( bartender, from Brooklyn, baby daddy) breaks up with her the first time, it’s because she is so much more successful. Though it hurts, she knows she can’t be upset over something she has worked so hard for. He ends up getting over it, but still, she is one of those, accept me as I am or back off people, and I like that about her. I might also be fond of her because she reminds me of my sister and that is always entertaining.
Art dealer, comes from money, looking for the perfect man, hopeless romantic, and eternally optimistic. Charlotte is my favorite character, maybe because she is so relatable, or simply because she is the oddball of the group. She doesn’t half-ass anything, if she decides she is going to do something, she does it, and she does it in the most over the top way. She’s the least vulgar and most traditional, she just wants to find a man, get married, and have babies. Charlotte is the kind of person who can put a positive spin on anything and ultimately finds exactly what she is looking for. Her eventual husband, well second husband, is the exact opposite of everything she has ever gone for before, and that to me is so realistic. Plus, Harry is hilarious and in awe of his beautiful wife.
The mix of these four different and beautiful women, makes for a great friendship and great television show. I’ve been thinking of picking up the books that Candace Bushnell has wrote, to see if they are as enjoyable, which I’m sure they will be. I haven’t been able to watch the second movie yet, because for some reason it isn’t on HBO, but I’ll watch it eventually. It’s nice to watch a show about women older than me, still looking for love. I greatly enjoyed it and recommend it to women who need some confidence. These fictional women, though based on real women, showed me that loving yourself and supporting your friends should come before anything else.