Fewer again might have predicted its lasting legacy. Comparisons between the two shows were pretty much inevitable, given that both featured a group of four different girls navigating their professional and personal lives in New York City. As the 20th anniversary of Sex and the City looms large, its four characters, and the actresses who played them, are rarely far from view. Cynthia Nixon , who played cynical lawyer Miranda Hobbes , last month announced her intention to run for governor of New York. It became clear that many found it hard to separate Nixon, a committed public education and marriage equality activist, from her most famous role. Earlier in the year, her co-stars Sarah Jessica Parker Carrie Bradshaw and Kim Cattrall Samantha Jones , became the subject of press scrutiny for perhaps less edifying reasons. After Parker sent condolences to Cattrall following the death of her brother in February, Cattrall issued a public reply on Instagram. You are not my friend. Old rumours about on-set cliques, wildly different paychecks and ongoing tensions between the two promptly resurfaced.
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But they talked more explicitly, certainly about their bodies, but also about their desires and discontents outside the bedroom, than women on TV ever had before. As if that were a good thing. Mob shows, cop shows, cowboy shows—those are formulas with gravitas. In fact, it was a bold riff on the romantic comedy: the show wrestled with the limits of that pink-tinted genre for almost its entire run.
Sex and the City requires little introduction. The six-season series about the professional, romantic, and social lives of four something women in New York featured protagonists who were candid and explicit about their sex lives and put female friendship above marriage. There are certain parts of the show, however, that have not aged well.
The very first episode of Sex and the City premiered 20 years ago this month. To mark this auspicious anniversary, ELLE. I did not have a television at the time even if I did, I was never home long enough in those days to do much more than sleep.