July 4, 2013 at 9:26 am #283819
Never watched this show. My best friend – the first person I came out to and who really, truly befriended me in high school – was obsessed with this show. Her dream was that she and I would move to the Village, rent a loft and be like “the girls”. Instead, I went crazy, did lots of drugs and did the Jack Kerouac thing. She settled in Florida, got pregnant and did the June Cleaver thing.
Needless to say, I never watched this show then. But I’m knee-deep into my tv show marathon. I’m making my way through the 90’s shows now, just reaching the new millenium.
I’m LOVING THIS SHOW. Every single character, though I have a soft spot for Miranda (probably because she’s the character I relate to the most and the least, if that makes sense). Better still, I can see how it influenced SO MUCH, from the female driven dramedies (Weeds, Nurse Jackie, The Big C, etc.) to The Real Housewives of <insert city>.
What are you favorite characters? How about episodes? Any particular season I should watch out for?
I’m up to episode 11 of season 1 and I’ve already caught both movies, so I’m up to date on where they all are. It’s just about getting to see how they got there, mwahahahahaha!July 4, 2013 at 9:48 am #283821
I love this show so much and find it got better as the show went on. All the main women were great and each deserved emmy awards. Most people did not find it good but I just can’t get over how funny the whole thing was. It changed comedy forever showing that sex can be funny. It still remains as great as it was back then but I must say the movies were a bad idea especially the second one which was pure crap and only made the series look worse.July 4, 2013 at 10:09 am #283822
I wouldn’t say Sex And The City influenced female dramedies, but ti certainly opened the doors for those shows. But I can’t see SOTC in Weeds or Nurse Jackie.
It was an uneven show. Fans put it too much on a pedestal and haters make it much worst than it actually was. It has some excellent episodes and storylines, and it also had some terrible, embarassing stuff. The relationship with Aiden was ridiculous the first time round. Charlotte got some pretty weak material for a long time, and once she got good stuff, it was the other ladies (especially Carrie) that started getting bad stuff. I don’t think it is good enough to be a great show, but it’s too good to be considered bad. That fashion show episode was the probably their best moment.
And the finale still sucks.July 4, 2013 at 10:25 am #283823
I don’t mind the show. It’s just not special, and much of it hasn’t aged well. Miranda was the only character I consistently enjoyed. It was an extremely hit or miss from the beginning to end of its run, with a lot of episodes either lacking comedic bite or being thematically condescending. Its first season is rough and fairly witless. Seasons two and three were overall good. I also liked season four, though that’s when its randy nature started to get old and its characters started to grate. Season five and the majority of season six did nothing for me. I thought its series win was deserved, though that was a relatively weak year. However, if Golden Girls is one of your very favorites I’m sure SatC will do it for you (though I personally prefer the older old women).July 4, 2013 at 10:26 am #283824
I liked it a lot when it first aired and thought it was great. Really one of my all time favorites.
Last year I decided to give it another go at the whole show and see how it held up. Season 1 is just normal, the first few episodes are nothing like what the show became and it’s horrible to look at also because the fashion element hadn’t kicked in and it’s really not the show one grows used to once you’re done. So going back to season 1 will definitely be something weird/fun to do when you finish.
Other than that, the show can be pretty terrific when it wants to and then pretty normal too. Season 5 was a low point, very few episodes because of Parker’s pregnancy so they really didn’t do much. But everything before and after is excellent. Season 3 is the best for sure. And the show holds up perfectly, which is up there with the best compliments one can give a comedy series.
The men sometimes were as good as the ladies, all of them really did a fantastic job.
Favorite episode, I wouldn’t know, too much to choose from, The Good Fight, The Real Me. Favorite joke/pun, when a waiter (who I think was Smith, not sure) goes to get the amuse bouche and Samantha all horny for the guy says “mmm..maybe later he can amuse…my bush!”. It’s stupid puns/lines like that that make the show and Catrall’s delivery was amazing. If you’re not into the excessive puns, then be prepared (Michael Patrick King wasn’t as excessive as he is now on 2 Broke Girls, but it did get out of hand sometimes).July 4, 2013 at 10:35 am #283825
I quite liked the show. Especially seasons 2 and 3. I, too, thought season 5 was pretty bad. Season 6 was a bit better, though.
I haven’t seen it since it aired, though. So, it may look different when viewed now.July 4, 2013 at 10:49 am #283827
I didn’t watch it until it had finished airing and my girlfriend at the time got the box set. So, we watched it together and it was fine. I would even say overall I enjoyed it in a sort of guilty pleasure sort of way. I can see why women would really enjoy the show because it empowers women and that’s great. But I always felt the men they wrote in were very poorly written and very hard to take most of the time. I have never met any men as neurotic as some of the men they wrote on there. Big was fine, Aiden annoyed me, Burger started of good but turned into the most ridiculous man ever on there (except maybe Theroux’s character in his second arc), the Russian felt like a plot device and all the guest actor, one off men just felt silly. Harry was cool as was Steve… and I really liked all of the gay male characters on the show except maybe when Cantone would get a little too hammy. Overall, it’s a decent show but hardly a cornerstone in the history of television.
It should go without saying but the women carried the show but the men were the detriment.July 4, 2013 at 11:34 am #283828
The writing for the men (and that includes the gay men as well) was always awful. The writters simply did not know how to write male characters. Mr. Big is usually the go-to example for obvious reasons, but Aiden and his cheesy dialogue and terrible character development is the much worst offender. But then again, all the men had cheesy dialogue and terrible character development. The closest they got to a well written male was Steve, and even him is merely ok, and can have moments that are rather underwritten or make less of him. Harry started well, but eventually he became nothing but a supporting husband that barely did anything by the end.July 4, 2013 at 11:38 am #283829
Yeah, I really don’t see how the gay men were any better. I too liked Steve at least in the earlier seasons. He was easily the most individual and engaging male. Plus, David Eigenberg was adorable and had a decent ass.July 4, 2013 at 11:41 am #283830
Blair Underwood had a much better ass, but a very bland character as well. Still, Blair Underwood’s ass.July 4, 2013 at 12:09 pm #283831
I never had that big of an issue with the men because it was never about them. Sure, a bit better writing would’ve been good, but it wasn’t like they were the worst characters ever on television, or a reason to dislike the show.
Berger and Theroux’s character don’t apply here as they were awful characters because they were supposed to be awful men. Specially in Berger’s case. Countless shows have played this card of the guy who feels jelous of the girlfriend that makes it while he doesn’t, so it wasn’t any different here and Carrie with him was good to watch, as was the post-it ending. Theoroux was great in his arc, and this was also a very believeable character as was his mother.
Aidan got annoying, yes, Big was never that developed but I think we weren’t supposed to know that much to keep him as he was.
Steve was the best, I agree with that.
The russian was terrible but they did write him in a way that I think nobody would want Carrie to end up with him. So that worked. They wanted to put Carrie in this situation where everyone around her knew except her. It was an easy plot device with a lot of easy storylines to get her back to Big. I always felt it was a situation that meant “well, Big is not as bad as the Russian, so go to him” and let’s end this thing like every woman wants to, with the bad guy…or the one with the least problems, since they screwed them over, yet again, in the movie.July 4, 2013 at 12:38 pm #283832
Blair Underwood had a much better ass, but a very bland character as well. Still, Blair Underwood’s ass.
Blair’s ass was rounder, but not nearly as fit. Also, he’s never done much for me. He has more of a daytime soap presence.
A huge aspect of the show were its romantic relationships, especially later on, and guys like Big and Aiden were around for a while. So, they shouldn’t have been so bland. It’s for me not one of the show’s biggest problems. But the relationships would have been more interesting if the guys were better written.July 4, 2013 at 1:19 pm #283833
SATC will always have a special place with me. Season 2 is my favorite with season 3 being a close 2nd. My feelings for the show have changed but it’s still a great rainy day pleasure.