Sex and the City 10 Years Later: The Final Rankings


It's been a decade since HBO’s beloved series went off the air, so we figured it was time to look back and see what still works, and what doesn't.

On Saturday, February 22, it will have been 10 years since the end of Sex and the City, Darren Starr and Michael Patrick King’s ravishingly decadent romantic romp through pre-crash New York City. Ten years and two movies later, the show has ceded its cultural prominence, as a new generation fixes its eyes on an entirely different kind of aspirationalism. What that aspiration is, exactly, isn’t yet clear, but the days when thousands, if not millions, of young women trained their gaze on a city life of flashy careers and upscale brunches and fabulous parties seem decidedly over.

If, of course, they ever existed in the first place. There’s no doubt that Sex and the City had some pretty hefty cultural influence, elevating once-niche luxury brands to household-name status, serving as inspiration for countless blogs and articles about dating and city life and, anecdotally anyway, leading to a huge uptick in brunching. But really, who knows how many people actually followed the show's siren call to Manhattan, only to face inevitable disappointment.

A decade later, those trends are largely gone, but there’s still the show—this great, thrilling, maddening, occasionally dumb show. As a longtime fan of the show who hadn’t watched an episode in some time owing to exhaustion—I probably tore through the whole series at least twice in 2005 and 2006—I decided to re-watch the entire thing recently to see how it looks now that its of-the-moment modernness has given way to vintage charm. Here’s a ranking of the seasons, from worst to best, as it looks a decade later.

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