Sex and the City on Satellite TV
With a racy and intriguing title, Sex and the City became one of the most widely watched and enjoyed shows during its 6 seasons. Millions of American women would tune into HBO on satellite TV to watch four New Yorkers, Carrie, Miranda, Charlotte, and Samantha tear up Manhattan with their endless escapades with men, eternally searching for love. Throughout the seasons, these four women dated a wide variety of men, battled cancer and stereotypes, and won the hearts of all the single girls out there. Since it's final season in 2004, episodes of the show have aired on TBS only to make the antics of these women more widely available to television viewers. Due to the wide popularity of the show, in 2008 a major motion picture was released as a follow up to the series. Sex and the City spoke to a generation of women and is still loved and adored today by its broad fan base.
The show is based on the life of Carrie Bradshaw played by Sarah Jessica Parker. Carrie writes a weekly opinion column that is well known for her brazen and honest approach to relationships between men and women. Each of the women characters encounters her own heartbreak as well as the loves of their lives throughout the six seasons. With distinctly different personalities, each woman brings a different motivation and style of dating to the show. If Samantha played by Kim Cattrall, treats dating and relationships as a sport, then Charlotte, played by Kristin Davis, is the cover girl for fairytale suburbanite romance. Miranda, played by Cynthia Nixon represents the logical side to Carrie's whirlwind romance with Mr. Big, played by Chris North.
The show follows the love lives of Carrie and her three friends as they traipse around Manhattan in some of the most wonderfully decadent and outrageous outfits known to their generation. The release of the Sex and the City movie in high definition dazzled audiences with fashion and clothing and leaving every woman wanting that perfect Louis Vuitton handbag and matching pair of Gucci shoes. Fashion is perhaps the next most important thing to these women after their convoluted love lives. The show has been met with criticism by feminists and anti-consumerism groups for the emphasis on material goods. However, the obsession with fashion is a well-known New Yorker attribute and merely reflects the mentality associated with societal norms.
While men may be expected to tune into their NFL Sunday Ticket, women turn to shows such as Sex and the City to get their dosage of dating sport. The witty, comical writing associated with the show combined with the intricate and twisted love lives of these four women spells a recipe for success. The show's current airing on TBS and other basic package channels proves the continuing relevance of the show in today's society. The huge success of the Sex and the City movie also demonstrates the staying power of these four women. Although the show has officially ended, there are plans for a sequel movie that will begin filming in 2009.