Sex and the City is an American romantic comedy-drama television series created by Darren Star for HBO. It is an adaptation of Candace Bushnell’s 1997 book of the same name.
The series premiered in the United States on June 6, 1998, and concluded on February 22, 2004, with 94 episodes broadcast over six seasons. Throughout its development, the series received contributions from various producers, screenwriters, and directors, principally Michael Patrick King.
Set and filmed in New York City, the show follows the lives of a group of four women—three in their mid-thirties and one in her forties—who, despite their different natures and ever-changing sex lives, remain inseparable and confide in each other.
Starring Sarah Jessica Parker (as Carrie Bradshaw) and co-starring Kim Cattrall
(as Samantha Jones), Kristin Davis (as Charlotte York), and Cynthia Nixon
(as Miranda Hobbes), the series had multiple continuing storylines that tackled
relevant and modern social issues such as sexuality, safe sex, promiscuity,
and femininity, while exploring the difference between friendships and romantic relationships.
The deliberate omission of the better part of the early lives of the four women was the writers’ way of exploring social life—from sex to relationships—through each of their four very different, individual perspectives.
Sex and the City has received both acclaim and criticism for its subjects and characters, and is credited with helping to increase HBO’s popularity as a network.
The series has won several accolades, including seven of its 54 Emmy Award nominations,
eight of its 24 Golden Globe Award nominations, and three of its 11 Screen Actors Guild
Award nominations. The series placed fifth on Entertainment Weekly’s “New TV Classics”
list, and has been listed as one of the best television series of all time by Time in 2007 and TV Guide in 2013.
The series still airs in syndication worldwide. It spawned two feature films, Sex and the City (2008) and Sex and the City 2 (2010), and a prequel television series commissioned by The CW, The Carrie Diaries (2013–14).
On January 11, 2021, a continuation of the original Sex and the City series was announced. The sequel series will be titled And Just Like That… and will feature the original stars, with the exception of Kim Cattrall.
It will be launched via HBO Max and will comprise of 10 half-hour episodes. Production will begin in late Spring 2021
The show was based in part on writer Candace Bushnell’s 1997 book of the same name, compiled from her column at The New York Observer.
Bushnell has said in several interviews that the Carrie Bradshaw in
her columns is her alter ego; when she wrote the “Sex and the City”
essays, she used her own name initially, but for privacy reasons,
later created the character played in the series by Sarah Jessica Parker.
Carrie Bradshaw was a writer living in New York City.
Carrie Bradshaw and Candace Bushnell have the same initials, a flourish emphasizing their connection. Moreover, just as Carrie Bradshaw has articles for the fictional New York Star published as a book in later series, the entire Sex and the City series is based on a compilation of Bushnell’s own columns for the New York Observer.
Sex and the City creator Darren Star wrote the pilot with Parker in mind as Carrie. According to Parker, “I was flattered but didn’t want to do it.
He convinced me, begged me to do it, and I signed a contract.
“The pilot episode was subsequently shot in June 1997, a year before the series premiered.
However, Parker disliked the pilot, saying “I hated the look, the clothes … I didn’t think it worked” and feared it would end her career.
She wanted to get out of the contract, offering to work in three HBO movies unpaid.
Though Star would not release her, he listened to her concerns and implemented major changes before shooting the first season.
Parker said: “The funny thing, after the first episode of season one, I never looked back and the rest is history. I never thought, though, that the show would become what it has become.