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The first season of the hit tv show Sex and the City introduces us to the four main characters, Carrie, Charlotte, Miranda, and Samantha. It was controversial at the time, and asked questions such as are relationships the religion of the 90's, and can women have sex like men? It is set in the city of New York, the dating battlefield.
Carrie is the main character, and the narrator. She's a neurotic, manolo obsessed newspaper columnist, and has a heart of gold. Charlotte is the eternal optimist, the only die-hard romantic left in New York. Miranda is a cynical, sarcastic lawyer, believing she is entitled to be single and still enjoy regular orgasms. Samantha is a maneater, a hybrid of the ego of a man, and the body of a smoking hot woman, with a strongly inbuilt resistance to any kind of commitment.
Over the first series we see the four women dating a range of unsuitable men, encountering dating hurdles such as threesomes, married guys, religion, and models. We also meet Mr Big, the love of Carrie's life. In this series we see Carrie breaking the 'fourth wall'; she speaks directly to the audience, and so do other characters, answering questions that Carrie has posed in her musings for her weekly column. This is a feature that briefly appears in the second series, then is abandoned. It's funny, it's clever, and the fashion is to die for.
Sex and the City is much loved by women the world over, and here is where it all began! If you are a SATC lover, or looking to see what it's all about, I would highly recommend this series. I hope this was helpful, thank you for reading.
the first season of sex and the city showed us a whole new world of new york's women over 30. Four women named Carrie, Charlotte, Miranda and Samantha - every girl is one of the them. Carrie is the lead character and in the first season essentially narrates the story. She works as a sex columist for the daily star newspaper. Charlotte is the romantic park avenue princess searching for her perfect prince. Samantha is the sex obsessed single gal who is 'fabulous'. Finally, Miranda is the sarcastic, critical and serious one of the group. By the end of season 1, episode 1, you will have fallen in love with the four single girls and learnt a hell of a lot about sex and the troubles with love and new york guys.
Sex and the city is a great series to watch with friends but slight warning, it is an addictive show so make sure you have plenty of time on your hands!
*** WARNING - THIS REVIEW MAY CONTAIN SEXUAL REFERENCES ***
This is where it all began... the phenomenon that is Sex and the City!
*************** What's it all about? *****************
Four friends - Carrie, Samantha, Miranda and Charlotte all live in New York. They are single ladies, loving life, shoes and sex!
*************** The plot *****************
This series sets the scene and introduces us to the four main characters.
Carrie is a writer who has started dating Mr. Big (this relationship runs through every series of Sex and the City and climaxes in the film which was released in 2008). In this series the relationship between Carrie and Big starts to flourish, we see them in the early stages of the relationship, but at the end of series Carrie dumps Big because she realises that they want different things out of a relationship.
We see Samantha loving life and having fun with lots of different men and we also see her move into a new apartment she has just purchased independently.
After dumping Skipper the drip, Miranda (who is rather cynical about relationships) goes through a sex drought and Miss Prim Charlotte discovers the joys of "the rabbit"...and I'm not talking about the fluffy kind!
This series is about introducing us to the characters and learning about them. In this first series the style to the programmes is very different from later episodes, the programmes are less polished and lots of random strangers have short monologues with the episodes, where they talk about their views on relationships and sex.
******************* Main cast ***********************
Carrie Bradshaw : Played by Sarah Jessica Parker;
Samantha Jones : Played by Kim Cattrall;
Miranda Hobbs : Played by Cynthia Nixon;
Charlotte York : Played by Kristin Davis.
************** Would I recommend it? ***************
The first series of Sex and the City is great because it really lays the foundations of the long-running series.
I would recommend this for any avid Sex and the City fan, as well as those who really enjoyed the film but didn't watch it Sex and the City television. It's nice to see where it all began. You can pick this up for a good price now, so shop around and enjoy!
I started watching Sex and The City a bit later than everyone else! I saw a few episodes from series 4 or 5 on TV and really enjoyed them, so I forced myself not to keep watching and bought this DVD so I could start at the beginning. Having watched some later episodes first, I found some of the filiming - namely when Carrie asks a question for her column and she and others responding talk straight to camera - a bit odd but I soon got used to this and absolutely loved this series! And I still do! I have had this set for 3 or 4 years and I have watched it SO many times and I never get tired of it. I feel that I can relate to a lot of the stories, I love the characters and I love the blend of comedy and emotional drama. There is very few TV shows, if any, that I could watch again and again, but I never get bored of this series. I would highly recommend this DVD set to anyone who hasn't watched SATC, because I don't know how anyone couldn't love it!!
For any Sex and the City fan, you MUST see every episode! Why leave some? Wouldn't it be a dream for them to release a new series? So if you were a late starter, you won't be disappointed when you revisit the first series.
Like any pilot, the start of a series is quite experimental. You get a sense of the younger Carrie and see the first meeting of Mr Big! The girls are all single, so the episodes are mainly made up of different dates, which are always amusing, surprising and original!
If you are new to buy it now, it is a little dated but I always find this amusing! They also have these little random clips of New Yorkers giving their say on the general theme of the programme, for instance on an episode about monogamy, there were a few short clips of random New Yorkers saying what they thought. These are pretty cute!
The series is also satisfyingly long, with twelve episodes. It really comes into it's own and you get the history of the girls. This would be fab for a night in with a take-away!
Ground breaking Television OK, so Sarah Jessica Parker has a dodgy red dye job (for the pilot only, thankfully), the actors are still addressing the camera as if they are on MTV voxpops, and the number of men these women meet is dizzying. This is still television history. Who knew that a show about four women looking for love (or just a decent date once in a while) would shape the way sex is presented onscreen? Never before had we heard so many f-words, c-words and talk of "up the butt." This is not a show you would want to watch with your mother, but it does offer a glimpse into what life might have been like if you too were a promiscuous New Yorker. Perhaps that is the appeal of the show - after all, most of us do think that we ARE Carrie Bradshaw. (Or is that just me?) Not all of us, however, have the kind of lifestyle which allows us to go out sipping cocktails with our glamorous friends, or date a different guy with every night.
The show may have had a slightly shaky start, but it soon found its feet and brought up the kind of issues that had been taboo up until then. Forget the sexual deviances - it was the first time I'd seen the issue of farting in bed with your lover ever being addressed.
The strength of the show is in the well rounded characters - Carrie, the introspective fashion fiend, Miranda, the ball busting lawyer who needs the right man to bring out her softer side, Samantha the man eater and Charlotte, the sweet little Rules girl who falls victim to a rampant rabbit addiction. Throw in a fifth character - the photogenic city of New York, (normally woefully underused) and men who are handsome, charismatic and commitment phobic. What do you get? The best TV show for years. Men - if you watch this, you will learn everything you will ever need to know about women. I'm just sayin'.
With Sex and the City exiting our screens last year, all we can do now is watch old episodes. And the season 1 DVD is a great place to start.
We all know the basics of the show - 4 New York women, trying to fit their careers and men around their friendships. Consistently described as revolutionary and able to show how strong and competent women are, Sex and the City has shown no signs of losing popularity.
For all SATC fans the pilot episode is compulsory viewing. It threw viewers straight in at the deep end, as we were confronted by 4 women talking about sexual power (and positions). Also in this episode we see Carrie playing with the idea of 'having sesx like a man', i.e. having sex with no emotional involvement; Miranda continually throwing her date's kind words back in his face; and Charlotte and Samantha inadvertently spending the evening with the same man. In this opening episode we are also introduced to long-standing characters Stanford, and the infamous Big.
The early episodes of SATC are interesting because obviously now we all know how the show ends. We are able to see how the characters started out, knowing how the writers changed and mainpulated them throughout the 6 seasons. We can also see in these early episodes how the writers changed the charcters to make them more accesible - an easy example of this is in Miranda, in the opening few episodes she is a very strong and possibly even harsh character; as time has gone on she has softened a lot. Also in the opening episode we see a glimpse of Samatha looking dismayed as she realises that sex is all, once again, she is going to get from a man. This brief vulnerability from Samantha is something that we don't really see again from her, particularly in the first series.
Apart from the pilot episode there are several other unmissable episodes in this series, notably 'Valley of the Twenty-Something Guys' where Carrie and Samantha venture into the world of dating younger guys; 'Secret Sex' where the gang discuss their previous lovers that they have been ashamed to introduce to their friends; 'The Baby Shower' where the gang discover how the 'other' women live; and 'Oh Come, All Ye Faithful', where Carrie and Big make some tough decisions about their futures.
It is intersting to see in these episodes how the writers and directors decided to change and adapt the show. One notable difference is that in the early episodes we see opinions given by lots of other characters. This is a feature we do not see in any other series. It is interesting to note and see that it was decided to focus on the 4 girls and introduce as few other characters, paritcularly women, as possible. In doing this it means our attentions, and sympathies, are constantly with our 4 heroines.
As I said, we all know how the show ends, who ends up with who, etc. etc. But it's still both entertaining and interesting to see how it all started and watch the relationships develop. The introduction of a character that you know has a certain amount of longetivity is a joy to watch.
SATC is so popular because it appeals to so many women. The 4 central characters are all so different, you can't help but relate to aspects of at least one of them. SATC wasn't popular because of it's humour; although, it is very funny, full of dry wit and sarcasm that can make you laugh out loud; but it spoke to single women everywhere and gave them a voice. This series is not as serious as the later ones turned out to be, not dealing with issues like cancer, death and marriage as the closing seasons did. However, this does not take anything away from the episodes; it is still very poignant watching the girls stumble along making mistakes. The early series' are the ones in which the girls make their mistakes, the later ones are those in which they learn from them.
However, the episodes are really the only selling point of the DVD, as it comes with no special features, other than brief cast bios and episode summaries. This is not a DVD to be bought if you're after an extra insight into the series. Another annoying aspect is that there is no 'play all' feature, so you cannot just sit back and watch all 12 episodes in one go, after every one you have to go to one of the menus and select an episode again.
Overall, this is not a DVD to buy for special features, but the episodes are each so entertaining to watch that this doesn't matter. Sex and the City is a very clever and witty piece of television, and these early episodes show this brilliantly.
With the whole first series in your front room, who needs a life? An eye opener of a series, the four heroines quickly becoem your best friends after a couple of episodes, as they discuss all of your thoughts over a cosmopolitan so you no longer feel ashamed at living the life you do, as a single gal out on the town… For a single girl, this series makes me feel I am not alone in the search for the perfect cocktail bought for me by the perfect man whilst wearing my perfect Manolos. For a married girl, I can imagine it would make you feel nostalgic for your old life and a slight outcast from the rest of the world – especially in the first series where the emphasis seems to rely less on Sex as the name would suggest and more on being single and ‘un-coupled’. However, as a single girl, I could not feel more refreshed watching episodes dealing with women having sex like men! Well Done Darren Star! Finaly, it’s the smug marrieds that are outcasts – not the smug singles!!
I have the VHS tapes of Series 1, each of four tapes with three epsiodes on. To cut down on one VERY lenghtly opinion, I'm going to do an opinion for each of the four tapes available. So getting started, this first tape has the episodes (1) Sex and the City (2) Models and Mortals and (3) Bay of Married Pigs. ____________________ (1) Sex and the City This is where it all began. I only discovered this fantastic programme from the current series on TV, Series 4. This first series differs in that often Carrie Bradshaw(Sarah Jessica Parker, the lead) will turn to the camera as in a documentary - something absent from the current series. This very first episode is an introduction to the characters - at a 'thirtysomething' birthday party (we never hear what age exactly) for Miranda Hobbes (Cynthia Nixon), they (excluding Charlotte) decide that they will start having sex like men - one night stands, no messy relationships, "no feelings". We discover the characters of the four girls here. Carrie, a journalist writing a column entitled 'Sex and the City' is leader of the pack, everybody's shoulder to cry on, unsure of what she wants, fashion mad, and most importantly, obsessed with shoes (espensive ones). Miranda has a tougher exterior image - a professional, cynical woman who loves to swear and express herself using only facial emotions - she likes to overdramatise a situation, needs good sex but inside is a real sweetie who very occasionally breaks down. She is often the driving force in the group. Charlotte York (Kristin Davis) is the least open-minded of the gang. She's classically attractive, working in an art gallery and loves her job - and she makes no secret about wanting to find a man for marriage. She's the one who's normally the most disgusted by Samantha's exploits. Samantha Jones (Kim Cattrall) is the most interesting,intruiging and humourous character in the show. Sexually open minded beyond anyone's wildest dreams, she's a P
R fashion obssessed partner in crime with Carrie. She hates relationships and tries not to sleep with a man more than once - most often can't rememember people's names who she's shared the night with. She's the wise cracking gal and is my personal favourite character. This first epsiode introduces you to the gang and we see Skipper (bit of a geeky guy, Carrie's friend, has a crush on Miranda), Mr Big (loaded, middle aged businessman, starts off with Samantha before moving onto Carrie's affections) and Stanford (Carrie's gay friend, looking for love but never able to find it) for the first time. This is a great series opener, shocking for people who've never seen anything like it before, with no holds barred. The first five minutes are almost entirely docusoap, with various cast members being asked about the question of relationships. The rest of the episode is spent intoducing the various relationships the cast have with each other and other people. Watch this first opener and get hooked. __________________ (2) Models and Mortals Miranda goes to a dinner party with her new boyfriend, only to be told by her hostess later on that he's a 'modelizer' - who likes to sleep with models, and is only dating Miranda after they told him to bring someone "who could carry on a conversation" -"and then he brought you - so obviously not a model!" She dumps him. This episode then delves into the phenomenon of modelizers and models ("who turn the city into a model safari"). Miranda thinks they should be shot and are giraffes with big breasts. Charlotte feels ugly when she sees a model; Miranda wants to run her over; Samantha has the same dress as her. This episode really shows each of the four girls in their characters. The episode investigates models' intelligence - "they have brains, they just don't use them" and one even claims "I am literate, I read a magazine from cover to cover." The episode then moves on to a modelizer who li
kes to videotape his sexual exploits - of course, Samantha loves this idea and gets him into bed fast. Carrie continues to flirt with Big, sleeps with a male model who she discovers has feelings and can't stand other models, before Stanford calls to speak to him because he has a desperate crush on the guy. This is another great episode, continuing the process of getting to know the characters if you've never seen the series before. ____________________ (3) Bay of Married Pigs This is the best episode so far, investigating whether there is a cold war between marrieds and singles. Carrie is invited to a married couple's beach house for the weekend - "if they didn't have a beach house I would have hated them." Except of course, the husband decides to flash her - "full frontal friend." Carrie tells his wife, before having to leave quickly, obviously meeting the girls for lunch to discuss what happened. Samantha particularly wants to know about size, resulting in some great innuendo regarding the restaurant pepper grinder. Miranda believes married people are the enemy, who pity single people. Stanford believes it's not war, just out and out battle. Carrie discovers "single bashing for the new millennium" - a gay couple asking her to be their surrogate mother. Miranda discovers her law firm think she's gay and set her up with lesbian on a blind date. She decides to play along - she's determined to be a partner in the firm "even if I'm a lesbian partner", her boss's wife wants to add a "lesbian couple to their circle." Miranda doesn't keep up the charade longer than one dinner party, although tests to see if she'sa lesbian by kissing her date - she's not. Carrie's new boyfriend has friends who are all couples and he himself wants to settle down and get married - at his housewarming party, Samantha gets drunk - she slept with all the married guys there, and goes home and sleeps with the doorman. Carrie dumps her boyfrie
nd - she doens't know what she wants. Charlotte dumps hers because he liked the wrong china pattern. This is the best episode in that it covers a range of emotions, shows the girl's in a different light in that they don't know what they want and leaves you wanting more. _____________ This first tape is brilliant - the episodes are only around 25 minutes each, but they never seem too short. There's great humour, good issues and brilliant characters covered here, although Charlotte still remains a little bit unknow at this point, having featured in no major story lines. This is a great start to a fabulous TV show.
Episodes: 1. Sex and the City, 2. Models and Mortals, 3. Bay of Married Pigs, 4. Valley of the Twenty-Somethings, 5. The Power of Female Sex, 6. Secret Sex, 7. The Monogamists, 8. Three's a Crowd, 9. The Turtle and the Hare, 10. The Baby Shower, 11. The Drought, 12. Oh Come All Ye Faithful