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Sex and the City is the iconic HBO series starring Sarah Jessica Parker as journalist Carrie Bradshaw. The show immediately captured the attention of women when it premiered in 1998. It was the first time that women over the age of 30 had a show that spoke directly to them. Sex and the City sparked the beginning of a cultural moment that encouraged women to talk to each other more freely. Talking about the show was sometimes more entertaining than actually watching the show, which eventually cast a larger than life shadow over real-life New York City.

Carrie is the most conventional thinker of her group of friends. She is a reluctant romantic, slow to admit when she has fallen in love. She sometimes finds herself caught between her inner desires and the social expectations of modern, liberated women. Miranda, played by Cynthia Nixon, is an uptight lawyer who represents the voice of reason. Kristin Davis plays Charlotte, who is pure and innocent. She is often shocked by the uncouth manners of New Yorkers, and she has trouble figuring out how to have casual relationships. It is not surprising when she finds herself in an unsatisfying marriage. Kim Cattrall's Samantha is hard to take seriously. She is brash and sexually liberated, but she occasionally speaks truths that resonate with all women.

Sex and the City follows these four friends as they fall in and out of relationships with men, but the love the women have for each other always takes precedence. Viewers turned every episode into an event, dressing up like their favorite characters and drinking cosmopolitans. The show's stylist, Patricia Field, became a fashion celebrity. She outfitted the actresses in clothes that had nothing to do with prevailing trends and subsequently started a large number of them. Manolo Blahnik shoes were virtually unknown until Carrie announced her obsession with them. Women started wearing nameplate necklaces and large flower brooches when Carrie wore them on television. New York City saw an onslaught of Sex and the City-related tourism. Even the tiny Magnolia Cafe received customers in droves after Carrie bought desserts there.

Sex and the City started out as a gritty portrait of real women making it in the city. It evolved into a campy lifestyle fantasy, which is either a downturn or an improvement depending on one's perspective. The show remains one of the definitive programs of the new millennium.

Sex and the City is a series that is currently running and has 6 seasons (94 episodes). The series first aired on June 6, 1998.

Where do I stream Sex and the City online? Sex and the City is available for streaming on HBO, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Sex and the City on demand at HBO Max, Amazon Prime, Amazon, Hulu, HBO NOW, Vudu, Microsoft Movies & TV, The Roku Channel, Sling, Google Play, Apple TV online.

6 Seasons, 94 Episodes
June 6, 1998
Comedy Drama
Cast: Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis, Cynthia Nixon, Chris Noth
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  • Carrie has an awkward meal with Petrovsky's ex-wife and begins to wonder if she can ever live up to his ex. On the streets, Carrie meets some of her fans who want to throw Carrie a party. In New York, Samantha drives Smith away when her sex drive begins to fade, but Smith lets Samantha know that he has strong feelings for her, even when she has no sex drive. Charlotte and Harry finally receive good news about their adoption. Steve and Miranda agree to let his mother live with them after she has a stroke. Back in Paris, Petrovsky ends up slapping Carrie during a fight, and runs into Big, who is there to help her pick up the pieces.

  • Before leaving for Paris, Carrie runs into Big and tells him that she wants him out of her life. After one last dinner with the girls, Carrie leaves for Paris. In New York, Samantha speaks at a breast cancer benefit and Charlotte goes to Carrie's in search of an adoption recommendation, but ends up talking to big instead. After talking with Miranda, Samantha and Charlotte, Big decides to go to Paris after Carrie.

  • At a dinner party, Petrovsky breaks the news that Carrie is moving with him to Paris, and Miranda doesn't take the news well. A death at a party causes Carrie to re-examine her life, and the girls' lives, in order to make a decision about Paris.

  • Carrie and Petrovsky have dinner together, but Carrie walks out on him when he talks about a friend he had that died of cancer. Samantha's treatments go well, except for the fact that her hair starts to fall out. Smith helps her feel better when he shave his head, and the two go out together, both bald. Charlotte and Harry continue to have trouble conceiving, and Charlotte ends up adopting a dog. Meanwhile, Steve and Miranda look at houses in Brooklyn after they both feel that the apartment is too cramped.

  • Carrie learns that Petrovsky has a 22 year-old daughter and doesn't want any more children, leaving Carrie to wonder if she's willing to give up children for Petrovsky. At her cancer treatments, the male physician offends Samantha, so Samantha sets out to get on a female doctor's schedule. Miranda and Steve leave for their honeymoon, but the location Steve chose drives Miranda crazy. Brady is left in the care of Carrie and Charlotte, and Charlotte stresses out the entire time.

  • Carrie's relationship with Petrovsky continues to go well, but his extravagant gifts become too much for Carrie. Steve and Miranda decide to get married and begin to plan their wedding. Harry tries to be romantic by taking Charlotte to a fancy French restaurant, but the gesture is lost when they both come down with food poisoning. Samantha decides she wants breast implants but receives startling news from the plastic surgeon.

  • Carrie and Aleksandr sleep together, but Carrie is surprised when she wakes up to find that Aleksandr uses his apartment for his business. Charlotte continues to recover from her miscarriage and volunteers with the blind to take her mind off things. Steve moves back into Miranda's apartment, but having Dr. Leeds living in the building makes Miranda uncomfortable. Samantha discovers that Smith's feelings are true, but only after she has an affair with Richard.

  • At an art exhibit, Carrie meets Aleksandr Petrovsky, an artist, who soon asks her out. Charlotte is devastated when she and Harry finally conceive, but she miscarries. Robert tells Miranda that he loves her, through cookies, making Miranda think that she may never be able to express her feelings. However, this proves to be untrue at Brady's first birthday party. Samantha finds gray hair 'down there' and dyes it to cover up the grays, but the dye job goes bad.

  • Big returns to New York for a angioplasty and Carrie is upset when she hears the news. However, after the surgery, Carrie does her best to help Big recover. Samantha and Smith's relationship becomes awkward when Smith tries to hold Samantha's hand while they're in public. Meanwhile, Miranda stresses over how to tell Steve about her new relationship, but Steve finds out for himself when he walks in on the two. Charlotte decides to try Eastern medicine to help her problems with getting pregnant.

  • Carrie's high school boyfriend, Jeremy, calls Carrie and asks her to go to dinner with him. Carrie is plesantly surprised and begins to reconnect with him until he reveals the real reason that he's in town. Samantha is unable to get into a new SoHo club but soon finds away to get in. Charlotte and Anthony run into Stanford and Marcus, and at lunch, Charlotte reveals something that leads Marcus to break up with Stanford. Meanwhile, Dr. Leeds moves into Miranda's building and the two get closer.

  • Carrie and Stanford attend a baby shower for Kyra and Chuck, friends of the two, where Carrie's new expensive shoes are stolen. Carrie then comes up with a plan to get the shoes replaced. When Brady gets the chicken pox, and Miranda contracts them soon after, her doctor, Robert Leeds, comes to take care of her, but their relationship moves quickly past doctor/patient. Charlotte and Harry work through newlywed problems and Samantha has a run-in with noisy children at a fancy restaurant.

  • Carrie is introduced to Harry's best man, and ends up having a one-night stand with him. Miranda hides from Steve's new girlfriend, knowing that if she met her, she'd have to accept that Steve moved on. Charlotte and Harry's wedding day doesn't go as planned, and Samantha admits to herself that she misses Smith.

  • Carrie is dumped by Berger through a post-it that he left, and ends up bashing him to some of his friends at a nightclub. Charlotte is thrilled about her engagement to Harry and the girls take her on a barhopping bridal party. Miranda's confidence rises when she is able to fit into her skinny jeans and Samantha thinks that she and Smith are moving to fast when he calls her his girlfriend.

  • Carrie gets called for jury duty and is unable to get out of it. Later, she and Berger decide to take a one week break from each other. Miranda begins to feel the pressures of being a single mother when Brady sees Magda as more of a mother figure than Miranda. Meanwhile, people at the synagogue try to set Charlotte up and Samantha continues to help Smith with his career.

  • After taking Berger out on a date to celebrate the success of her book, Carrie's success makes Berger feel like she's rubbing her success in his face. Samantha continues to date Jerry and tries to help him become big in New York, first by changing his name. Charlotte is still down about being dumped by Harry, and Miranda tries to get closer to Steve.

  • Carrie takes Jack out to dinner with her and the girls and things go well until he gives Miranda relationship advice. Later, Carrie criticizes Jack's book and shuts down on her. Meanwhile, Samantha and Jerry continue to act out their sexual fantasies. Miranda tries to use Jack's advice, and Charlotte demands that Harry propose to her.

  • Carrie visits Jack at his apartment, and while there, Jack opens his "ex-file". Miranda continues to hide her feelings for Steve from him, and has to deal with his new relationship moving to a new level. Charlotte prepares for her conversion, and Samantha tries to make up for getting her lover fired.

  • Carrie and Jack continue to have the perfect relationship until they realize that they don't have the same passion for each other in bed. Meanwhile, Samantha pursues a waiter at a raw foods restaurant, Miranda uses TiVo to fill the void left by Steve, and Charlotte announces she's converting in order to be with Harry.

  • Carrie has a hot date with Jack but worries the entire time that she'll screw it up. To calm down, the girls suggest that she has a "sim-u-date" prior to her date with Jack. Though the "sim-u-date" doesn't go well and Carrie runs into Aiden, she decides to still go on her date with Jack. Meanwhile, Charlotte is still in love with Harry, and Harry still refuses to marry a non-Jew. Miranda admits her feelings for Steve, but is crushed when she finds out that he's in a relationship. Samantha sleeps with her new stockbroker neighbor and he gives her stock tips.

  • The girls are invited to one of Carrie's friend's, who was supposedly gay, wedding to a woman. Harry invites Charlotte to be his date, and accepts, on one condition. Samantha arranges for the party to be thrown at Richard's house. At the party, Carrie runs into Jack Berger, who asks her out. Meanwhile, Miranda and Steve unexpectedly start having sex again.

  • Carrie travels to San Francisco on her book tour, and Samantha accompanies her. There, Carrie tries to get Big to sleep with her, but has no such luck. Charlotte is given divorce papers by her lawyer, and ends up having sex with him.

  • Carrie runs into a woman who dated Aiden after her, and worries when she implies that Carrie really hurt Aiden. Later, she reads her rave book reviews in the New York Times. Meanwhile, Miranda continues having a hard time being a mother, and Charlotte confronts Bunny.

  • Carrie gets ready for her book release party but has a hard time finding a 'plus one' to accompany her to the party. Samantha gets ready for the party by having a chemical peel, which turns out disastrous. Charlotte finds the perfect 'plus one' but when Bunny ruins her plans. Meanwhile, Miranda has to adjust to dating now that she's a single mother.

  • Now that Carrie has a book deal, she and Samantha go to Barnes and Noble in search of cover ideas. Together, they come up with something 'smart and sexy'. Samantha begins to think that she's too old to have the lifestyle that she's living, and Charlotte, still worried she'll be an old maid, secretly consults self-help books for advice. Miranda continues to try to lose baby fat by joining Weight Watchers, where she meets Tom "Big Boned".

  • Richard declares his love to Samantha and buys her a big ring to show his forgiveness. Carrie thinks that she's getting fired, but the editor has great news for her instead. Meanwhile, Steve wants Brady to be baptized, and Miranda asks Carrie to be his Godmother.

  • The girls begin to adjust to Miranda's new life with her newborn, which Samantha has a hard time with. Charlotte decides she's finally over Trey and goes out to find her next love, but Carrie, on the other hand, starts to think she's out of great loves now that both Aiden and Big are gone. Meanwhile, Samantha tries to get Richard back and Miranda tries to get the hang of breastfeeding.

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