Sex & the City Sitcom Analysis #2

The sitcom “Sex & The City” is a structured narrative that uses versatile ways to present everyday obstacles facing modern women. In a successful but daring attempt to “bridge the gap between television series and movies.”

Creator, executive producer, and writer, Darren Star wandered from the traditional form of how sitcoms are usually shot, using a live studio, and four cameras.  He was keen on having this series look physically unique. Each episode looked like a mini movie; it was shot on film, depended on on-location shoots and maintained a high production image. Sex & the City boldly sent the message that it did not need an artificial laughter track; Star was confidant in the sense of humor carried in his series and influenced many other series in abandoning the laughter track.

Unlike other feminist comedy shows, which depended on one lead character, four females in Sex & the City shared the leading role. These four women stole the show and the hearts of millions, engaging more than 7 million households.)

A large amount of the series were shot outside the studio and on the streets of New York. Almost every episode featured the women exploring and interacting with the city. Restaurants, bars, and cafés featured on the show became the “it spots”, places New Yorkers want to be seen at.

The blend of artistic representation, and visually appealing cinematic shots highlighted the talent of the filmmakers who left their signatures on every episode. The writing is the pillar the show stands on; executing adult content in a sharp witty script, is what makes Sex & the City stand out from the crowd.

The characters in the series are very much seen as individuals that have multiple identities and have very little concern when it comes to self-morals. The most important question in Sex & the City is: does it feel or look good, and never, is it good for their bodies and health.


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