“Oh no they did not just talk about Sex”
Oh yes, a TV show called Sex & The City broke free from cultural and social restrains, tapping into an uncomfortable territory; speaking freely about sex, orgasms, and sexual identity. From the moment it was launched in 1998, Sex & the City has been raising eyebrows and controversial debates in the industry.
Throughout six seasons, the viewer is presented with strong provocative content in the most natural way. Taboos no longer become taboos, as everything is openly discussed. After watching few episodes, viewers start to expect being exposed to frank, sensitive, and shocking material presented from females’ side of the table.
Sex & the City took it to the next level, it no longer became just a television show; it evolved into a forum generating heated discussions between the network’s audience. As the New York Times said in 2004, that its comedy “so perfectly captures the mood of a culture that it becomes more than a hit: it becomes a sociological event.”
The four main characters in the show make it a point almost in every episode to address the roller coaster of relationships, discussing the constitution of marriage, and pointing out the pros and cons of single life. The show set the rules, new trends, and caused controversy when it came to dating rituals and sexual symbols.
The series projected deep emotions and sexual thoughts circulating in females’ brains into words demonstrated in characters’ actions and conversations. It became the talk of the city, as it became the biggest hit among female viewers. Taking the viewer into the lives of contemporary women, and how the perceive identity, romance, and their bodies; telling their stories in a new refreshing context.
HBO has a powerful reputation, and with Sex & the City it hit the jackpot. For the first time it drifted away from a masculine programming attitude it took on board in the seventies to a new philosophy penetrating the female’s ultra ego.
Season after season, the series became an award-winning sensation, a viewer’s addiction from countries all over the world, even in controversial places like the Middle East. It was one of the few, if not the only, series that had such a great impact on cultures all over the world. It even made it to the cover of Time magazine in 2000 featured as a socio-cultural phenomenon. Single “smart” women who are career oriented have become almost worshipers for the series. It has also become a reference to fashion trends for fashion loving watchers all over the world.
Sex & the City has been largely known to be the masterpiece of gay men, despite the fact that creator, executive producer, and writer Darren Star & second in command Michael King, collaborated with well-known female directors such as: Susan Seidelman and writers such as Cindy Chupack and Elisa Zuritsky. Throughout the seasons, the series has grown gradually in terms of its characterization and the structure.