When you compare Sex and the City with these edgier shows and their self? The women may have been unaccountably wealthy and obsessed with shopping, but they were also optimistic and living life on their own terms. They policed their own and each other's sex lives and made sure friends walked away from degrading suggestions, such as the lover who called Charlotte a "filthy whore" at the point of climax. Even Samantha Jones with her upfront sexual appetites and fondness for experimentation she termed herself "try-sexual" seems wholesome by comparison to today's generation of anti-heroines.
She had sex on her own terms rather than any man's. Whatever the vicissitudes of daily life, the SATC crew seemed to be in charge of their destinies. And if they made a serious mistake - as with Charlotte's long unconsummated marriage to Trey Kyle MacLachlan - they remedied it.
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Chic women took up cupcakes and the pale pink cosmopolitan became thousands of women's cocktail of choice. And then there was stylist Patricia Field's contribution to the show. Her eye steered Carrie's wardrobe and introduced viewers to Fendi baguettes, Manolo Blahniks, and a Vivienne Westwood wedding dress worthy of Versailles.
The show also raised important issues, including Charlotte's fertility issues, Miranda's struggle with breastfeeding and Samantha's breast cancer. No one's claiming the drama was up there with Chekhov, but the writers knew they needed grit in the oyster. Ad Feedback Yes, there were downsides. The rampant consumerism was consistently the least appealing quality.
Hardly the emotional climax true intimacy junkies seek. It also became ever harder to ignore the fact the show was resolutely white, wealthy and, in terms of sexual orientation, orthodox. The decision to make all four women straight when in real life one of them Nixon was gay seems particularly perverse.
Yes, Samantha briefly had a female lover, Maria - but you never doubted she would return to men. On top of all that, Carrie's character seemed to become more solipsistic and capricious as the seasons continued. There was a low point when she left her then fiance, Aidan, just after he'd bought her a flat as a pre-wedding gesture. She appeared outraged when he invoiced her for the cost of the apartment and even extorted a cheque from Big, before realising that wasn't a wise solution.
Instead, she used weepy emotional blackmail on the newly-divorced Charlotte, who sold her engagement ring to help. So much for our feisty, independent heroine! As the show went on I began to wish Miranda's kick-ass feminism and whiplash tongue were more centre stage. Even so, the upsides and whip-smart repartee far outweigh the niggles. Television connoisseurs have tended to think so too. It's also part of popular culture. Some years back, when I was writing a sex column for GQ, a new acquaintance said: Half the women I know feel a strong affinity with one of the cast, and there are weeks when some of us can channel all four in swift succession.
Most fans only need to hear a couple of bars of the show's theme tune to cast aside whatever task they're engaged upon, grab a drink and join their TV besties in the boudoir.