SATC; The TV Series and Movies
The 4 Single New York Gals
This American Television Romantic Sitcom came to our screens in 1998; giving a different perspective to 4 best friends, living in the Big Apple, finding success in their careers and on the path of finding love. It is based on a novel by Candace Bushnell. Is there a happy ending for them all? The great thing about these women and what they experience have had a big impact on us, the viewers. This being in their female perspective, and what they have to endeavour; going through what every other woman worldwide has experienced at one point or another, regardless of them being in the city. The relationships with men, women and each other is continuous and despite their differences, they all manage to entertain us and give hope. Every episode and storyline shows them tackling relevant and social issues such as marriage, children, sexuality, safe sex, promiscuity, femininity and monogamy; all the while determining the differences between friendship and romantic relationships.
After all the dates, do these women learn from their experiences? Do we?
Portrayed by Sarah Jessica Parker, is the main character. She is the fun loving, caring and ever fashionable, writer. She narrates the episodes and discusses the issues raised; regardless of her involvement. Who could forget her look?Designer clothes and (my personal favourite) an amazing collection of Jimmy Choo and Manolo Blahnik shoes!
"The fact is, sometimes it's really hard to walk in a single woman's shoes. That's why we need really special ones now and then to make the walk a little more fun". Carrie (Season 6, Episode 9- A Woman's Right to Shoes)
There are various relationships and issues she has to personally face, From monogamy, betrothal, marriage, "water sports" and premature ejaculation to name a few. Her best gay friend is Stanford Blatch (Willie Garson); they help each other through relationships problems and gossip! Who could forget the other heart-wrenching relationships Carrie has; Jack Berger (Ron Livingston), Aleksandr Petrovsky (Mikhail Baryshnikov) and the one I thought she should of ended up with Aiden Shaw (John Corbett).
We see Carrie go through the struggle of determining a stable relationship with Mr Big- John James Preston (Chris Noth); their relationship was off and on throughout the 6 years. However,they do get married in the movies and face issues only married couples can relate to.
This sweet, naïve woman is portrayed by Kristin Davis; she, out of the 4, is the only one to never lose faith and commitment in finding and securing love in relationships and art. She dates several guys, marries twice and after the long struggle of starting a family; it happens.
Like the other women she faces her own challenges and conundrums. From discovering the ever favourite sex toy, sexually transmitted infections, marriage, anal sex, oral sex, erectile dysfunction, and being "reproductively challenged" to say the least.
"Maybe we can be each other’s soul mates. And then we can let men be just these great, nice guys to have fun with." Charlotte (Season 4, Episode 1- The Agony and the 'Ex'-tacy)
She has been the inspiration for women everywhere; for the ever commitment to herself in finding love and going through the conventional routes of career, marriage, children and believing in true love is out there for everyone.
This woman was known for her bar jumping, bed hopping and open mindedness about all of the ins and outs of sexuality and encounters is portrayed by Kim Cattrall. Her confidence within herself can be misconstrued as being a maneater; however, being the oldest in the group her promiscuity is lesson for the other women in what truly is 'great sex'.
Her love for sex is obvious; but like the others faces her own issues. Being the oldest she has concerns for the approaching menopausal age; she has no intention on getting married or having children as she "loves her life". She has a few relationships but nothing compares to Jerry/Smith Jerrod (Jason Lewis); he not only managed to tame her, but he was there for her throughout the traumatic scare of breast cancer, during treatment and recovery period. Sam overcomes her fears of commitment including holding hands and living with him.
"I think I have monogamy. I must've caught it from you people", Samantha (Season 4, Episode 15- Change of a dress)
Her strong willed, fashionable, confident and sexual encounters makes her my favourite character! She was never afraid to say what she was thinking;acting on instinct, she knows what she likes and wants and in most cases gets it!
This lawyer, is certainly the most cynical about love and relationships; portrayed by Cynthia Nixon. Despite her pessimistic views on dating, life, love, marriage and children; she finds herself becoming one of those women she used to pity. Miranda falls in love with a bartender who she considers to not be her type; what started as a one night stand turned into something much more magical!
Steven "Steve" Brady (David Eigenberg) and Miranda had a son, Brady, miraculously may I add, what was meant to be pity sex resulted in a baby. After all the ups and downs the pair got married; and out of all the girls weddings I loved the most because it was meaningful and the perfect way for the single gal who was thought would never would wed.
"He has one ball, and I have a lazy ovary! In what twisted world does that create a baby? It's like the Special Olympics of conception." Miranda (Season 4, Episode 11- Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda)
Like every other career driven woman, dating didn't come easy and later on in the stable relationships the realisation of balancing her time between working long hours, motherhood and spending time with her partner.
To me, apart from the day of her wedding; the first sign of the softer and more vulnerable side of Miranda is seen when she loses her mother. It was the first time a parent was lost in the series, and it showed how it affected the 4 best friends in such a way we never thought possible.
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Regardless if you are a fan and binge watch them, or catch the odd episode; you are guaranteed to get the 4 different personalities from each of the characters. You will laugh, cry and discover who your favourite character is. You will find you prefer certain seasons better than others, including the movies and spot special guest appearances.
No matter what it is that has got your attention to the show; whether it be the love aspect of the story lines, the racy sex scenes, the actors, the sarcasm or the fashion - millions of people have got the DVDs (including myself) and continue to re-watch the show. Each season raises everyday modern issues, I value the show for experiencing and putting them into the story-lines as many of these thoughts and situations are not spoken about aloud; it brings a different perspective to them all as it's not fictitious situations. These circumstances could or may affect anyone, around the world, at different points in their lives or people around them.
The only thing you should ask yourself and therefore ask myself is Will I continue to watch it all back to back every so often? Despite knowing all the story-lines? My dislike to some of the decisions made? Have I learned anything from these people and their situations?
My answer is simple...
...In the words of Mr. Big, "Abso-fuc-kin-lutley".
Who is your favourite NY Gal?
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