The top Sex And The City episodes fall into one of two categories. There are those who make for joyful, carefree escape: endless cosmopolitans, rent-controlled Upper East Side apartments, journalists who can afford Prada, and countless affairs with guest stars from Bradley Cooper to Vince Vaughn. Then there are those who struggle with the complicated (and often harsh) realities of being female in a patriarchal society: occasional sexism in the workplace; tired alteristic standards of beauty; the constant, never-ending pressure to “just settle down”; and the ever-present dilemma of whether or not to have children when everyone seems to be expecting you. There were 93 installments in the drama’s original Six Seasons series – some good, some bad, and some deeply ugly. Before the restart of Sex And The City, here are the best to watch again right now.
1. “Valley of the 20 year olds”
Season 1, episode 4
This is a classic episode where Carrie is seduced by a would-be boy band member from the ’90s who flashes his tongue ring at a bar and happens to live in a nuclear fallout shelter decorated by Jerry Garcia. It’s also the point where Charlotte begins to reveal that she is actually the worst. Her three priorities in dating, according to Carrie, are “looks, manners, money” – a romantic approach that backfires a bit when her investment banker du jour tells her to try anal sex after a few weeks of dating. Bonus points for the girls’ in-depth conversation about the performance dynamics associated with climbing up the buttocks in the back of a cab.
2. “The baby shower”
Season 1, episode 10
Nothing good happens when the Big 4 leave their natural habitat in Manhattan – aggressive bikini waxes in LA, cultural gaffes in Paris, sexually transmitted diseases in the Hamptons, and not even getting me up and running in Abu Dhabi. Her mishaps at a Reformed Connecticut party girl’s home on The Baby Shower, however, are both funny and poignant – with each character weighing their own feelings about motherhood. Also noteworthy: Samantha and Miranda’s baby shower gifts, a bottle of scotch and pastel colored condoms.
3. “Take me to the ball game”
Season 2, episode 1
Each main character is the climax “herself” in this episode. Carrie torments her relationship with Mr Big – both in Manhattan (“an abandoned battlefield full of emotional landmines”) and at a Yankee game in the Bronx where she takes a baseball player to the Dolce & Gabbana party and lines up endlessly strange baseball metaphors about their romantic life. (“If I were a ball player, I would hit whatever is really bad.”) Miranda is personally sacrificed by the cloakroom and loves her PalmPilot. Charlotte tries to resolve a relationship problem with a Barneys purchase and communication without communication. and Samantha uses various unsuspecting objects to demonstrate the size of her boyfriend’s penis.
4. “You shoot individual people, don’t you?”
Season 2, episode 4
After staying outside all night, a tequila-soaked Carrie has her portrait taken for the cover of New York’s issue of “Single & Fabulous,” just to get the magazine to show a photo of her that looks like “something inside caught in a drain ”. and a damn editorial (“How much fun is club hopping at 40?”) that puts all girls in shitty relationships. Samantha has a date with a salsa club owner. Charlotte begins to sleep with her boyfriend “Mr Fix-It”. and Miranda has terrible sex with an ophthalmologist. (To him: “I know all about the anatomy of women. I’m a doctor.” She: “You are an ophthalmologist.”) One of the best depictions in the series about the emotional contortions that (mostly female) people go through as a result of single shaming -Bullshit.
5. “The attack of the 5’10” woman “
Season 3, episode 3
This episode is mostly about Carrie, after reading about the wedding of Big and Natasha’s Hamptons in the New York Times Style section, obsessively comparing herself to the Ralph Lauren executive and Samantha to a lunch from Women in the Arts goes along in the hope of meeting her archenemy. More importantly, this is the first episode of Sex And The City to feature Miranda’s housekeeper and nanny Madga making artful presentations out of herbal tea bags and replacing Miranda’s vibrator with… a Virgin Mary statuette. Miranda’s impeccable response: “I am a 34 year old single woman living in New York. I drink coffee, have sex, buy cake, and enjoy battery-powered devices. “Charlotte is there too.
6. “Don’t ask, don’t tell”
Season 3, episode 12
“Don’t ask, don’t tell” takes the fairytale wedding in the Upper East Side and turns it on its head – Charlotte discovers Trey’s impotence problem on the eve of her wedding. She decides to continue the ceremony anyway (“Charlotte was 34 years old, single and in a $ 14,000 dress – she got married”). Meanwhile, Carrie tells Aidan selflessly about her big mistake on her best friend’s wedding day and then comes to church late. To quote Samantha: “Marriage does not guarantee a happy ending, only an ending.”
7. “My motherboard, my self”
Season 4, episode 8
If you like gallows humor this is your episode. After Miranda’s mother suddenly dies of a heart attack in Pennsylvania, Charlotte becomes the “Martha Stewart of Death”. Samantha goes through 1,001 sex positions with the NYU wrestling trainer in search of her “lost” orgasm. and Carrie is spectacularly terrible to Aidan, even after buying her a fabulous retro turquoise Macbook (with handle) when her old computer dies. It’s worth thinking again when Samantha casually condemns her fellow suburbs with the phrase, “Well, I won’t find my orgasm in this city.”
8. “Change of dress”
Season 4, episode 15
There are many milestones in this episode – none of which are approached conventionally. Charlotte tries to dance her way through a divorce. Miranda “fakes” a sonogram (“Everyone else is beaming about my pregnancy, when will I be?”), And Carrie has an allergic reaction to the prospect of marriage – breaking out in a rash after trying on a puff-sleeve rhinestone . covered wedding dress. Samantha, on the other hand, considers monogamy after falling in love with the venomous bachelor archetype Richard.
9. “Anchor away”
Season 5, episode 1
Of the many Sex And The City episodes that praise New York, “Anchors Away” is the most pleasant to watch. (Specifically, the team filmed it shortly after September 11th.) After giving birth in last season’s finals, Miranda adjusts to the realities of motherhood despite telling the other girls to only use Brady as a “big wallet ” consider. while the rest of the girls sail in honor of Fleet Week, both Samantha and Charlotte take the opportunity to turn a blinker for the night. It also shows the cult scene where Samantha, with the help of a female NYPD member, publishes angry flyers about Richard cheating all over Manhattan.
10. “Plus one is the loneliest number”
Season 5, episode 5
No other Sex And The City episode goes so well with this one when it comes to cameos. (Not even the LA episodes are comparable.) There’s Mario Cantone as Anthony Marentino, who was brought in to organize the launch party for Carrie’s first collection of essays. Amy Sedaris as the ridiculously thirsty publisher wearing her headset (“All Condé Nast is coming, including GQ – who actually has straight men”); and Candice Bergen returns as Carries Vogue editor, the Miranda Priestly prototype Enid Frick. For what it’s worth, this is also the beginning of Carrie’s Berger chapter. Oh dear god, the puns.
11. “The ick factor”
Season 6, episode 14
“The Ick Factor” is without a doubt one of the most touching episodes of Sex And The City – it revolves around Miranda’s wonderfully matter-of-fact wedding to Steve. (Miranda when shopping for a wedding dress: “I didn’t say white, no ivory, nothing that Virgo said. I have a child. The stencil is high.”) Then there is Samantha’s breast cancer diagnosis, which causes a heartwarming reaction in all of the girls – and a nice Henry James-style subplot in which Carrie takes up American pragmatism with Alexander Petrovsky’s Russian romanticism.
Season 6, episode 18
When is the party really and really over? “Splat!” tackles sexism and ageism directly in ways that are rare for Sex And The City. Most dramatic is Kristen Johnston’s appearance as Lexi Featherston, a “slurred” 80s celebrity who falls to death over a cigarette at Enid’s Euro-intellectual-themed cocktail party. (Your parting words? “I’m so bored I might die.”) Then there is Enid himself, giving Carrie a heartbreaking speech after meeting Petrovsky. “That’s not fair. He’s my age and you have him. And I’m literally in no man’s land. No man anywhere. Men can date anyone, any age, but let’s be honest … most of them prefer that Bimbos. So if you are a successful 50 year old woman there is a very small pool. “
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