What have their characters got that makes this show so hot? Ravenous libidos, nutty outfits, and an appetite for the bone!
Single thirtysomething or fortysomething ladies date lots and lots of men and one woman and go through every possible dating foible out there. While earlier seasons had a Guy of the Week set-up and dating foibles drove the plots, the later ones were considerably more character based and focused on their respective long term relationships.
While mostly episodic, there were several story arcs. Adapted from Candace Bushnell's tell-all New York Observer column and subsequent book of the same name.
Sex and the City provides examples of the following tropes: Averted with the phone numbers. The producers signed up for phone numbers expressly so they could use them on the show and not have to do this.
However, Carrie's address for the first few seasons, East 73rd Street, doesn't exist it's right where Second Avenue crosses. Played straight though in some episodes in earlier seasons such as the episode "Valley of the Twentysomething Guys". Heather Graham makes an appearance in "Critical Condition". All Girls Want Bad Boys: Carrie's continuous mooning over and getting back with Mr.
Big is an example of this. Miranda starts dating a guy who is a verbally abusive, bossy asshole in public, which she hates, but also a bossy asshole in the bedroom, which she loves. All Guys Want Cheerleaders: Miranda worries Robert is more interested in a cheerleader for the Knicks. All Women Love Shoes: Taken Up to Eleven. One can't help but notice that the shoes they are wearing in the page image have a prominent focus. Pretty much the modern Trope Codifier. Deconstructed in an episode where Carrie needs money for a mortgage but has spent so much on her shoe collection that she doesn't have enough left.
Anguished Declaration of Love: Miranda to Steve The Artifact: The first season's episodes usually included montages of extras talking directly to the camera, supposedly answering Carrie's questions for her column and allowing the writers the opportunity to pad the show out a little with throwaway lines.
By the second season, the characters could more effectively carry each episode, and they began reducing those scenes and got rid of them as a narrative device at the end of the season.
After Miranda contracts chlamydia, she tells Steve he needs to be tested, but assures him, "men are just carriers". This is completely false. Men can have chlamydia—or any STD—just as easily as a woman.
If anything, it's women who could be seen as "carriers", as they are often asymptomatic and therefore completely unaware that they even have the disease, resulting in them unwittingly passing it on to a lover—this is demonstrated in the fact that Miranda didn't even know she had it until she went for a check-up. Charlotte's King Charles Cavalier Spaniel is purchased because it has "one leg shorter than the others" and shown at a Westminster-like dog show in that episode, without training, while in heat.
There's a lot wrong here, starting with the fact that estrous is an immediate disqualification from dog shows. The idea that an unevenly hocked dog with no prior experience, an amateur handler and a disqualifying as well as obvious and terribly disruptive to the other dogs medical condition could win any sort of legitimate major dog show is as accurate as saying Carrie Bradshaw could enlist and play for the NFL.
The only thing remotely justifying about it is that the judge was enamored with the handler — but even that wouldn't have helped her get all the way to the show ring. Although, from what her previous owner said, she'd had extensive training and been entered in dog shows before, but never managed to win. At the Opera Tonight Author Avatar: Carrie Bradshaw, for Candace Bushnell.
In one episode Samantha meets a great guy It squicked her out to no end. Big's wife to Carrie. As far as middle aged single Manhattan women go, they're pretty good finds to say the least.
To make it more interesting, nearly every one of the stores, clubs, and restaurants they hit is real. In interviews with some of the creators, they mention one of their goals for the series was to show that New York City is more than just the crime-ridden alleys and full of scary homeless men you see on TV. Bigger Is Better in Bed: Several episodes mention this, but it's notably subverted in one where Samantha thinks she's going to have the best sex of her life with a well-hung man, and finds out she actually doesn't enjoy it.
Played straight with an inversion on another occasion, also with Samantha. She dates a guy who is not well endowed, and has trouble enjoying sex with him as well. Apparently, Samantha needs her guys to be right at the top of the bell curve in terms of size. Funny enough, once she realizes the guy she is dating is too big, she mentions that she misses the guy who was too small, much to Carrie's surprise. Carrie's friends are the blonde Samantha, brunette Charlotte, and redhead Miranda and Carrie's caramel curls making her the designated Other One.
The movie has a scene in which Samantha does this as a Valentine's Day present for her lover. Some of the censoring of lines were not quite subtle. There's a friggin fire! Though it did feature a near-shot of a male member, and had one of the most revealing sex scenes.
Braces Of Orthodontic Over Kill: Miranda wore braces in "Hot Child in the City", after learning she was a tongue thruster. She had her braces removed by the end of the episode once she decided that being a tongue thruster was the lesser of two evils. Break the Motivational Speaker: When Charlotte takes Carrie to a relationship motivational speaker, Charlotte's almost tragically unsuccessful attempts at trying to find Mr.
Right ends up stumping the speaker, who ends up suggesting she might just not be trying hard enough. Much to Carrie's frustration. Samantha flips out when Richard rebuffs her advances, accusing him of wanting to break up and of seeing someone else. He calmly and reasonably points out that he's in the middle of work and also answers the questions she posed to him during her rant—"Where were you this afternoon?
It seems like a great moment for her to learn not to be jealous and suspicious, except it turns out that she didn't believe a word he said and upon following him, learns that he IS cheating on her, thus making her supposed overreaction completely justified.
All of the girls got moments like this. Carrie realizes she needs to stop being a spendthrift. Charlotte gives her the money for a down payment and she goes right back to the spending habits that got her into this mess, etc. When the foursome goes to L. They get married in The Movie. Charlotte dates an incredibly flamboyant straight guy, and thinks she's found the best of both worlds when it comes to men.
But in the end she realized she wanted to be with a guy who's willing to step on a spider for her, and not stand on a chair screaming like a girl. Once per Episode finds Carrie at her computer summarizing the day's events. Played with when in one episode as she is typing on her computer, the narration suddenly is interrupted when the computer malfunctions.
Too many to count. Heck, there are even female examples — such as Samantha who loves hot, steamy, casual sex. Caught with Your Pants Down: Miranda had a brief encounter with a guy who actually called his parents over specifically for them to accidentally walk in on them in bed, much to Miranda's horror.
Somewhat in the final season. Charlotte struggles with infertility and a miscarriage, Samantha develops breast cancer.