Parents' Guide to

Sex and the City

By S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Smart, sassy, sexy -- and for mature viewers only.

TV HBO , Syndicated , TBS Comedy 1998
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 14+

Based on 18 parent reviews

age 15+

This is a Great Show

Sex and the City was a Good Show. But It is Not for Kids Under Age 15, Because, There's Little Bit Too Much Adult Sex. If Kids Under Age 15 and Want to Watch a Comedy Show, They Should Stick With Seinfeld, Family Guy or The Simpsons. Even, Kids is After Age 15, They Should Be Accompanied By an Adult Who is 18 Years Old or Older. Also, Kids Needs to Be 18 Years Old to Watch Sex and the City Accompanied, Because, It is Rated TV-MA.
age 3+

Great for everyone

I rated this as 2+ because I think it’s really up to how mature parents view their kids. It’s really not that bad of a show!

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (18 ):
Kids say (24 ):

But blissfully, the title doesn't say it all; what makes this HBO classic (now broadcast nightly in syndication) so delightful is that it's also about a distinctly post-modern version of family: friends. As Carrie herself would probably type on her omnipresent laptop: Where would life be without friends? Though various men (and some women) may flit in and out of their lives, the four women always have each other, and that's a joy to watch onscreen. Never have friendships been rendered so completely as in Sex and the City -- the women may be fabulous, but their relationships unfold in completely human glory, warts and all.

Not that the show's perfect. In fact, sometimes, the characters play too much to type: Sex-starved Samantha wears thin, as when she beds a fireman (do viewers really need to see her in yet another strange position?); it's hard not to wonder just how Carrie can afford such expensive shoes on a writer's budget; Charlotte's preppy shtick borders on Pollyanna; and Miranda's simply too harsh. And the men? Most of them, including Carrie's main squeeze, Big (Chris Noth), are ne'er-do-wells, ready to break hearts. But just when the show verges on irritating, it's rescued by witty writing and intelligent acting. (In one episode, when Carrie confronts her judgmental tendencies toward Samantha, the dialogue is stingingly, startlingly believable.) Often, if not always, the writers snap the show back to cold, harsh truths. And thank goodness for that.

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