Sex and the City aired its first episode on June 6, 1998 — in honor of the occasion, we’re taking a look back at 20 years of SATC. Read all of the Cut’s anniversary coverage here, from rankings of all the male characters to outfits we’re still obsessed with. We’ll update this list with more stories published throughout the week.
From the Archives: Sarah Jessica Parker Would Like a Few Words With Carrie Bradshaw by Emily Nussbaum
This New York Magazine cover story was published in 2008 to celebrate the show’s ten-year anniversary and the release of the Sex and the City movie. “It’s a Manhattan survivalist scenario, I joke — trapped in a Town Car with nothing but Gourmet Garage. ‘Isn’t it glamorous? Do you want a potato chip?’ She offers me both Classic Lays and barbecue.”
The two women who run @everyoutfitonsatc, the “Every Outfit on Sex and the City” Instagram account, discuss their 500,000 followers, creating the popular #WokeCharlotte meme, and SATC costume designer Patricia Field.
Traveling Through Time on the Sex and the City Bus Tour by Kelly Conaboy
When our editors floated the idea that Kelly go on the Sex and the City bus tour, everyone laughed. “Well. I’m sorry to report that in that moment the joke was not on me but instead on all of my co-workers, because — I wanted to go on the Sex and the City bus tour. … I love Sex and the City.”
Carrie Bradshaw’s Tutu Paradox by Rhonda Garelick
For Sex and the City’s opening sequence, Rhonda writes, “Patricia Field put Sarah Jessica Parker in the now-historic outfit of pink tank top and white tutu — an ensemble rich in cultural resonance.”
The Worst Ways that Men Covered Sex and the City by Amanda Arnold
A list of articles written by men about the show from 1999 to 2008. “Throughout SATC’s six seasons, male critics routinely responded to the show with disdain, characterizing everything from Samantha’s pursuit of sex to Carrie’s relationship with Big to the brunch scenes as ‘shallow’ or ‘fatuous’ or ‘frivolous,’” writes Amanda.
I Think About This a Lot: Sex and the City Edition by Gabriella Paiella
I Think About This a Lot is a series dedicated to private memes: images, videos, and other random trivia we are doomed to play forever on loop in our minds. In honor of the show’s 20th anniversary, we asked 15 writers the moments from the show they … think about a lot.
In its six seasons and 94 episodes, Sex and the City presented us with a lot of flings. Kelly Conaboy writes, “Many were very terrible, others were somewhat fine, a few were good, and one was great. Let us remember all of them, painstaking as it may be, from worst to best, together.”
The Very Best Memes from Sex and the City by Madison Malone Kircher
“Two decades past the premiere, SATC continues to provide seemingly endless meme fodder,” says Kircher. We’ve ranked some of our favorites memes from the show using a scale of one to five Carrie Bradshaws.
For the Sex and the City pilot episode, Kelly writes, “Couldn’t you ever help but wonder: What is it like to live each day knowing that you played ‘the asshole’ in the first episode of one of the most influential television series in history?”
12 Fashion People on the Sex and the City Looks They’re Still Obsessed With by Emilia Petrarca
Twelve editors, stylists, and those with an encyclopedic mind for Sex and the City share their favorite outfits from the show — ones an untrained eye have even missed — and what makes them so unforgettable.
We’ll update this page with more SATC stories throughout the week.