Sex and the City
Sex and the City, an iconic and timeless property, has been through its fair share of screen-time. From its six seasons airing on HBO to its time on the big screen in Sex and the City (2008) and sequel Sex and the City 2 (2010), the charming yet dramatic tales of Carrie Bradshaw are told from her first person narrative writing a sex column. It is no wonder that the Sex and the City adventures have held wide popularity throughout their existence, but for nostalgia’s sake, I’d like to explain just how novel and hitched into relevance its entire legacy truly is.
Aiming to reach an audience of anyone interested in fantasizing about a promiscuous life in the Big Apple, Bradshaw writes tales of encounters-both sexual and romantic- and weaves in her own hint of comedy to allow levity to relationships commonly given too much gravity in our mundane lives. An example of this would be after the divorce between Charlotte York and her ex-husband Trey MacDougal. While pining over her lost “one big love” she meets her “putz” of a divorce lawyer. Bald, loud, ill-mannered, Harry constantly flaunts his affection toward Charlotte. In no time, Charlotte falls in love with Harry and even converts to Judaism for him. The irony of such a relationship displays just how complex and clever creator Darren Shaw truly made the Sex and the City empire.
With the proper Charlotte, practical Miranda, promiscuous Samantha, and playful Carrie, Sex and the City encompasses all parts of a woman one might aspire to be. Throughout the show and movies, each woman holds their own experiences good and bad, explicit and heartfelt, allowing the viewer to connect with them on surface and deeper levels. For such reasons, the Sex and the City empire gives each viewer the opportunity to live vicariously through each character. I doubt that this gem of a show (and successive movies) will ever lose potential in society as it holds such a unique balance of comedy and sexuality for anyone to enjoy. As I grow as an individual, I will always cherish Bradshaw’s (and Shaw’s) honesty and unique approach to life as it tells us that love is not dead and one shouldn’t be afraid to have fun while searching for it.