Sex and the City

a US comedy television series about four female friends in their 30s who are all single and live in New York. The main character, Carrie Bradshaw, played by Sarah Jessica Parker, writes a newspaper column called Sex and the City about the sex lives of people in Manhattan.

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      American comedy series filmed over six seasons (1998–2004) in New York City by Home Box Office; it became one of the most popular and influential television series of the late 1990s and early 2000s.

      Based on Candace Bushnell's best-selling book of the same name and created by Darren Star (Beverly Hills 90210 [1990–2000] and Melrose Place [1992–1999]), Sex and the City takes a candid and comical look at the lives and loves of four Manhattan career women in their thirties. Carrie Bradshaw (Sarah Jessica Parker), a writer and self-described sexual anthropologist, philosophizes about modern sex life in a newspaper column, drawing from her own experiences and those of her friends, who participate actively in the Manhattan dating scene as they search for the perfect partner. The central characters in the series include the self-sufficient sexual predator Samantha (Kim Cattrall), the cynical and headstrong Miranda (Cynthia Nixon), and the idealistic and naive Charlotte (Kristin Davis). The dynamics of their relationships are revealed with wit and playful irreverence as the four friends experience love, loss, and betrayal. Carrie's tumultuous relationship with the charismatic yet emotionally unavailable Mr. Big (Chris Noth) underpins the story line, forming a defining relationship in the series against which all of Carrie's other affairs are compared.

      In celebrating the bond of friendship and understanding among women, Sex and the City explores how changes in women's roles in society, both in the workplace and behind closed doors, impact their relationships with men. The characters' love affair with New York itself is one of the major relationships explored in the series and is in many ways the star of the show. Sex and the City was nominated for 55 Emmy awards, winning seven of them.

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