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Free of the constraints of network television, they cursed like R-rated film heroes, discussed sex in graphic detail, had lots of graphic sex and strived to be fabulous rather than likable. It was the cynicism of Gen X, coupled with a sexual awakening post-AIDS crisis, in an era when the city was moving up from grungy to moneyed. And all those high-end dinners and high-calorie drinks never resulted in Miranda bursting the seams of that tiny Patricia Field mini-dress. Yet I loved it.
Big Chris Noth until the final episode — and seeking power in the workplace were equal-opportunity ventures in their version of Manhattan. The weather was always temperate, and eligible men were so plentiful they appeared to drop out of the sky, unlike the sleet and rain that made my daily NYC experience too messy for open-toed shoes. They were the primary focus, and male characters were peripheral.
It was their conversations we finally got to hear, not men talking about them. Successful TV series with female-driven narratives were rare back then, and those that did survive past one season were often centered around motherhood or marriage. Was the cast super white in a city that was not? Perhaps if it was rebooted for the MeToo era, it would tackle issues of representation, harassment in the workplace, or even the workplace.
I never remember seeing any of them at work, except when Carrie was writing her column at home, in her way-too-nice-for-casual-lounging underwear. And HBO might still be the home box office you watched only when you were too tired to change the channel. The series, which predated Tinder, streaming, Facebook and smartphones, has influenced the modern TV viewing experience far more than Carrie, Samantha, Miranda or Charlotte could have ever imagined when they were still making booty calls from pay phones. They broke down barriers, even if it was with the swing of an absurdly priced Fendi handbag.
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