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.
Sex and the City: the comedy
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Free of the constraints of network television, they cursed like R-rated film heroes, discussed sex in graphic detail, had lots of graphic sex and strived to be fabulous rather than likable. It was the cynicism of Gen X, coupled with a sexual awakening post-AIDS crisis, in an era when the city was moving up from grungy to moneyed. And all those high-end dinners and high-calorie drinks never resulted in Miranda bursting the seams of that tiny Patricia Field mini-dress. Yet I loved it. Big Chris Noth until the final episode — and seeking power in the workplace were equal-opportunity ventures in their version of Manhattan. The weather was always temperate, and eligible men were so plentiful they appeared to drop out of the sky, unlike the sleet and rain that made my daily NYC experience too messy for open-toed shoes. They were the primary focus, and male characters were peripheral. It was their conversations we finally got to hear, not men talking about them.
Timothy Olyphant, Kat Dennings and David Duchovny are just some of the faces to keep an eye out for while rewatching the award-winning series. How to tell them apart? But really, is there a difference between year-olds and somethings? Jenny and her friends dress like, talk like, and act like Sam and co. Still working his way up the Hollywood ladder and several years before a starring role in Deadwood , Olyphant appeared as Sam, the something guy whose vortex of great kissing and no-need-for-a-last-name sucks Carrie right in. Unkempt, unconcerned, and cute as hell, Sam is an amusing rewatch not only for the cameo but also for the memories of what it was like dating in your 20s. What better opportunity for a cool guest star than when Carrie Bradshaw kisses a woman for the first time?