I watched SATC like it was a religion when it was on. Which is funny because the finale aired while I was attending a very religious liberal arts college who thought students should sign a “Life Covenant” that included NO drinking and NO sexing. So to think we were in the dorms watching pirated copies of the week prior’s episode of Sex in the City is kind of hilarious now.
Watching it last week reminded me how bogus yet great the show was and is today. The concept of these girls, one being a full time writer and another being an art curator and living in Manhattan is in itself laughable not to mention some of the storylines. But man, did we think we identified and man, did we think the girls were SOOOO glamourous?!
While watching it, I remember LOVING Carrie, I even (embarrassingly) had a pen that said “I’m a Carrie.” Watching old episodes now though, show me how truly awful Carrie can be, as a friend, a lover, and a person in general. Also, BIG??? She ended up with BIG?
Steve is far and away the best boyfriend character on the show. Minus the movies in which they made Steve cheat on Miranda which is so out of character I don’t even include it in my personal SATC cannon. #NotMySteve. Not only was he the yin the Miranda’s type-A psycho yang, he was awesome with all of her friends and made an “accident” into a real family. He always wasn’t a major flake like Big or Berger (who I did love him).
Samantha’s Breast Cancer Diagnosis
Samantha’s diagnosis was possibly the most real, well played and convincing storyline of the entire show (tied with Charlotte’s infertility). From her initial diagnosis which comes as a total shock to her willingness to stick her neck (and her connections) out to get an appointment with the best Oncologist for her and the Nun, Samantha took on cancer is a VERY Samantha way. Now we will never speak of the Samantha/Smith break up in the movie. Again, #NotMySamantha.
I LOL-ed at one of the episodes in the marathon last week when Miranda freaked out over the possibility of moving to Brooklyn. As we know Brooklyn is actually one of the “hippest” neighborhoods in the city and her house she eventually buys there is probably worth double what she paid for it in 2004. Let’s also have a good chuckle any time one of the girls poo-poo-ed a trip to Brooklyn, Staten Island, upstate of GOD FORBID, California! Ladies, there is life outside of the city and it is amazing and less self-concerned than you gals are.
Taking ALL the Cabs
You’d think these ladies were made of gold the way they thumb their noses at public transportation and take all the cabs all over the city. Where are these ladies’ Metro cards? You’d think after having your picture on the side of a bus, you’d get some sort of discount.
Clearly we can look back at any period over the last 50 or so years and laugh at the fashion but the late 90s and early 00s were a particularly terrible time for clothes and time has NOT be kind to SATC in the last 15 years. Dear god. Carrie’s newspaper dress, most of Miranda’s work clothes, Charlotte’s denim skirts and ill-fitting tops. Most any of Samantha’s “going out” clothes. They are heinous, so much so there’s even a Tumblr dedicated to their bad fashion. The one thing that lasts? DEM SHOES. They made Manolo Blahnik a household name for a reason.
While sometimes being totally batshit crazy, Sex and the City often laid some truth nuggets on us each week…
The movies are a whole other post… cause I cannot. #NotMySATCMovies. And now I’ve officially overused John Oliver’s catchphrase.
And I wondered… could a show that’s over 15 years old still be relevant to us today? If the ladies of Sex and the City have anything to do with it (and the programmers at E!), YES!
(See what I did there?!) How much to you love/hate Sex and the City now? Did ANYONE like those movies??