30 Sex and the City Facts All Fans Should Know

The reboot of the HBO show is on the horizon: how much do you know about the franchise?

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As Sex and the City reboots closer and closer to its December 9 debut on HBO Max and Crave, fans are so giddy they may spill their cosmos. The original show, based on Candace Bushnell’s columns for The New York Observer and the subsequent book, was a heady cocktail of fashion, friendship, and very grown-up fun.


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For six seasons from 1998 to 2004, she followed four women in New York City: Carrie (Sarah Jessica Parker), Samantha (Kim Cattrall), Charlotte (Kristin Davis), and Miranda (Cynthia Nixon). It also spawned two movies, a prequel TV series, and many fans’ devotion to Manolo Blahnik shoes.

But we can’t help but wonder: How much do you really know about the Sex and the City franchise?

You have probably answered those questionnaires where they ask you which character you are most like. And you can probably recite scenes verbatim (being able to stream everything in Crave helps). But the behind-the-scenes knowledge is what really sets SATC fans apart.

Enter a new SATC collection of the show and both movies – the first ever Blu-ray package available. It has more than three hours of special functions full of all kinds of curiosities. They include two segments on the show’s craze, deleted scenes, alternate series endings, episode commentary, and a writer’s panel discussion. Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s Sex and The City: The Complete Series + 2 Movie Collection is priced at $ 194.99.

Plus, here are 30 facts about Sex and the City that all fans should know:

1. Series creator Darren Star paid Bushnell $ 50,000 for the rights to his columns. The first movie alone grossed more than $ 415 million worldwide.

2. Parker was the only star with a no-nudity clause in her contract. “I was not comfortable with nude scenes, scenes with sex toys or vulgar language, so I did nothing,” she told The Sun in 2010. “My character, Carrie, kissed a lot of men, but that’s all I was. . “


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3. If Parker had turned down the role, Lisa Edelstein would have been the producers’ second choice.

4. Carrie was supposed to be brunette, but the producers changed their minds just before the pilot was shot, because Bushnell was blonde.

5. Charlotte’s last name was Ross in the Bushnell books, but the television writers changed it to York.

6. Charlotte’s portraitist, Davis, did not tell her grandmother about the show and asked her parents not to watch it. Later, Davis’ father, a psychology professor, used the program in lectures on marriage and sexuality.

7. Nixon almost didn’t get the role of Miranda because she was blonde. “I saw Miranda as a redhead,” Star told MTV. “Fortunately, I gave that leap of faith that she would look good as a redhead.”

8. Nixon also wore clip-on earrings while filming because he had no ear piercings.

9. Cattrall turned down the role of Samantha five times.

10. The tutu Carrie wears in the opening credits costs $ 5, costume designer Patricia Field said in a 2012 interview.

11. Speaking of the opening credits sequence, there is an alternate version. Parker is wearing a “formal blue sheath dress,” writes author Jennifer Keishin Armstrong in the book Sex and the City and Us.

12. Carrie’s main love interest, Mr. Big, was supposed to be a unique character. But actor Chris Noth won over the producers. “It became that role,” casting director Russell Gray told Cosmopolitan.com in 2018.

13. It was a particularly sweet development for Noth – Star originally wanted Alec Baldwin for the role.


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14. After Carrie and Miranda visited Magnolia Bakery in season 3, the real life bakery became so popular that she had to hire a janitor.

15. The cocktails on the show, however, were fake. Parker has said the drinks were a mix of water and food coloring or cranberry juice.

16. The season 3 episode in which Berger (Ron Livingston) breaks up with Carrie on a Post-it note was based on one of the writers’ experiences.

17. The music that plays when Charlotte and Trey (Kyle MacLachlan) marry in season three is actually a Scottish funeral tune, a sign that the union would not work, said executive producer Michael Patrick King.

18. The book that Carrie borrowed from the library in the first movie, Love Letters of Great Men, did not exist. But so many fans wanted to buy it that it was later published.

19. Matthew McConaughey plays a fictional version of himself, a Hollywood hotshot who wants to turn Carrie’s columns into a movie, in season 3. But he landed the role only after Alec Baldwin, George Clooney and Warren Beatty did. they rejected.

20. Carrie meets her ex-fiancé Aidan (John Corbett) in season 6 and discovers that she has a baby. That baby is played by Parker’s real-life son, James.

21. In the first film, designer Vivienne Westwood gives Carrie a wedding dress along with a note, which Westwood herself actually wrote by hand.

22. As of September 11, the World Trade Center towers were featured twice in the show’s opening credits. But after the attacks, they were removed.


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23. Spice Girls member Victoria Beckham was set to make a cameo on the show, but had to withdraw. However, her partner Geri Halliwell was a guest star in 2003, as a woman talking to Samantha on a hot summer day.

25. Carrie’s address, 245 E. 73rd St., doesn’t really exist. Neither does Samantha’s (300 Gansevoort St.), Charlotte’s (700 Park Ave.) or Miranda’s (331 W. 78th St.).

26. Instead, exterior shots of Carrie’s home apartment were filmed at 66 Perry Street, and the location sold for $ 9.65 million in 2012.

27. Parker practically lived in heels during filming. “For about 10 years I literally ran in heels. I worked 18 hours a day and never took them off, ”she told Net-a-Porter magazine in 2013.

28. She filmed the scenes in which Carrie writes her columns at the end of the week, with the actress changing her wardrobe, hairstyle and makeup for 18 hours straight.

29. The producers decided on Mr. Big’s first name, John, on a whim while writing the series finale.

30. Carrie asks 92 questions as she writes her columns throughout the show, but not in the last two episodes.



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