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"Sex and the City"
This paper reviews and examines the success of the sexually explicit comedy series "Sex and the City."
# 67470 | 1,369 words | 5 sources | MLA | 2006 | US
Published on Jul 10, 2006 in Film (Television) , Film (Analysis, Criticism, Etc.)


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This paper explores the vital components involved in the phenomenal success of HBO's comedy series "Sex and the City" which was loosely based on "New York Observer" columnist Candace Bushnell's personal life.The series' target audience was gender specific to women of varying ages as the four women in the series also varied in ages. This paper discusses the manner in which "Sex and the City" (SATC) utilized various types of humor that nearly always hit their target. The four main characters were written for easy viewer identification. Carrie Bradshaw the main character, was the most balanced of the quartet. Miranda was the workaholic lawyer, Charlotte dreamed of the classic American family while Samantha was the most outlandish with her refreshingly blatant attitudes towards men and sex. Many of the ideas for the show came from writers Julie Rottenberg and Elisa Zuritsky's own experiences living in Manhattan. This paper also discusses the inclusion of the essential fifth character in the series, the small island of Manhattan, which Rottenberg and Zuritsky drew their inspiration from for their plots and comedy. This paper also discusses the style of writing involved which accounted for the success of the series as well as the impact the comedy had on society, which was not always perceived as positive.

From the Paper:

"This professor's commentary was on the third season of SATC when the foursome had run into many pitfalls in their relationships, such as Carrie having cheated on Aidan with Mr. Big, who was ending his marriage, and Carrie encountered her feelings for Aidan and Mr. Big and her betrayal. The third season revealed how the characters were growing and the depth of their relationships without hurting the series' lively approach. Aside from the show's glitz and frivolity, SATC poses basic human questions that many women can relate to and the characters were highly relatable so much so that many women asked one another, "Who are you more like?" From the same side of the road, there were other groups who were offended by the show's starkness about sex."

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