The fourth season of the American television romantic comedy-drama Sex and the City aired in the United States on HBO. The show was created by Darren Star while Star, Michael Patrick King, John P. Melfi, series lead actress Sarah Jessica Parker, Cindy Chupack, and Jenny Bicks served as executive producers. The series was produced by Darren Star Productions, HBO Original Programming, and Warner Bros. Television. Sarah Jessica Parker portrays the lead character Carrie Bradshaw, while Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis and Cynthia Nixon played her best friends Samantha Jones, Charlotte York, and Miranda Hobbes.
The 4th season, comprising 18 episodes, continued airing on Sunday nights at 9:00 PM during the summer months, but unlike the previous seasons, the first twelve episodes aired during the summer, starting from June 3, 2001 and the remaining six aired during January and February 2002, ending on February 10, 2002. In the United Kingdom, the season was broadcast on Wednesday nights at 10:00 PM, two episodes a night, between January 9 and March 6, 2002. The season continued the series' critical and award success, with the series winning 3 Emmy awards, 2 Golden Globe awards, and a SAG award. Season four also achieved high ratings in the United States and United Kingdom.
The fourth season of Sex and the City was produced by Darren Star Productions and Warner Bros. Television, in association with HBO Original Programming. The series is based on the book of the same name, written by Candice Bushnell, which contains stories from her column with the New York Observer. The show featured production from Antonia Ellis, Jane Raab and series star Sarah Jessica Parker, also an executive producer alongside Michael Patrick King, John Melfi, Cindy Chupack, and Jenny Bicks. Episodic writers return for the fourth season included Bicks, Chupack, Allan Heinberg, King, Julie Rottenberg, and Elisa Zuritsky. New writers enlisted for the season included Nicole Avril, Jessica Bendinger, and Amy B. Harris. The season was directed by returning directors Allen Coulter, King, Charles McDougall, Michael Spiller, and Alan Taylor. Directors new to the series included Martha Coolidge, Michael Engler, and David Frankel.
Like the previous seasons, season four features the same principal cast and characters. Sarah Jessica Parker portrays Carrie Bradshaw, a fashionable thirty-something woman who writes about sex and life in New York City in her column, "Sex and the City", with the fictional New York Star. Kim Cattrall played the promiscuous public relations agent Samantha Jones. Kristin Davis portrayed Charlotte York MacDougal, an optimistic, strait-laced former art curator who remains the most traditional amongst her friends in terms of relationships and public decorum. Cynthia Nixon acted as the acerbic and sarcastic lawyer Miranda Hobbes, who holds a pessimistic view on relationships and men.
The fourth season featured a number of recurring and guest actors whose characters contributed significantly to the series plotlines. Chris Noth reprised his role as Mr. Big, a sly businessman who at this point remains friends with Carrie despite their previous romantic relationships. David Eigenberg portrayed Miranda's on-off boyfriend, bar owner and father of her child Steve Brady. Willie Garson played entertainment manager and Carrie's gay friend Stanford Blatch. Kyle MacLachlan appeared as Trey MacDougal, a doctor with Scottish ancestry and Charlotte's nearly impotent husband. John Corbett reprised his role as Aidan Shaw, a carpenter, bar owner and Carrie's boyfriend-turned-fiancé. Mario Cantone returns to the series as a recurring guest actor, portraying Charlotte's gay friend and former wedding planner Anthony Marantino. Sônia Braga joined the series as Maria Diega Reyes, an artist and Samantha's girlfriend. Frances Sternhagen reprised her role as Trey's overbearing and intrusive mother Bunny MacDougal; she received an Emmy nomination for her performance in the series. James Remar appeared in the fourth season as hotelier and Samantha's boyfriend Richard Wright. Lynn Cohen reprises her role as Magda, Miranda's foreign housekeeper.
"The Real Me" features cameo appearances from comedienne Margaret Cho, Alan Cumming, supermodel Heidi Klum, Ed Koch, Tony Hale, Kevyn Aucoin, Domenico Dolce, and Stefano Gabbana. Lucy Liu appeared as herself in the episode "Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda". In the episode "A 'Vogue' Idea", Candice Bergen portrayed Enid Mead, Carrie's publisher at Vogue magazine. Ron Rifkin played Carrie's boss Julian in the episode.
Season four of Sex and the City debuted on June 3, 2001 with the episodes "The Agony and the 'Ex'-tacy" and "The Real Me". The episodes were seen by 6.49 million people and 5.93 million people respectively. Viewership for the first twelve episodes of the season held above five million viewers, with a majority of them crossing 5.5 million viewers. Unlike the second and third seasons, season four aired twelve episodes in the summer and the remaining six in the winter to make room for the new miniseries Band of Brothers. The remaining six episodes that aired in the winter set highs for the series, with the premiere episode "The Good Fight" attracting 7.30 million viewers and a 4.7 household rating, translating to 4.97 million households. Another reason for the split in season broadcast was the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center in New York. It was deemed inappropriate to continue the Series' broadcast after the devastation in the same city the show was set, and would have seemed insensitive to the victims and families. The seventeenth episode "A 'Vogue' Idea", which was viewed by 4.34 million viewers, garnered the lowest ratings of the season. The season finale episode "I Heart NY" garnered the series' highest ratings at the time, 7.39 million viewers watching it upon initial broadcast and achieving a 4.9 household rating.
At the 54th Primetime Emmy Awards, Sex and the City received ten nominations and won awards for Outstanding Casting for a Comedy Series, Outstanding Costumes for a Series for the episode "Defining Moments", and Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series for the episode "The Real Me", which directed by Michael Patrick King. The series was also nominated for the award for Outstanding Comedy Series for the fourth time, but lost to Friends. Parker was nominated for the award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for the fourth time. Kim Cattrall and Cynthia Nixon were both nominated for an Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Emmy for their respective portrays of Samantha Jones and Miranda Hobbes, being Cattrall's third nomination and Nixon's first.
Carrie slept with Kurt Harrington in the first episode of the series to prove that women can "have sex like men" without emotional attachment. It's clear they'd been sleeping together on and off for years, but no relationship had ever formed.
Carrie and Paul engaged in a mild flirtation throughout the episode after she revealed she was a huge fan of his fashion photography. They drank wine and looked through his photos while he piled on the compliments.
Carrie's relationship with city comptroller candidate Bill Kelley was promising at first. He persistently pursued her after her "bad breakup" with Mr. Big in the first season, and he quickly included her in his life. She became the perfect politician's girlfriend, sporting vintage Halston and attending campaign events.
Carrie met Dr. Bradley Meego while attending a book party in the city. The meet-cute soon turned into a Hamptons summer romance, but Carrie wasn't sure if she actually liked him or if he was just "good on paper."
After abandoning her friends and career in New York City, Carrie moved to Paris to be with Petrovsky, an acclaimed artist. However, she soon realized that he wasn't her one true love after finding herself constantly alone and wondering what it would have been like to be in the city of lights with her old flame, Mr. Big.
Mr. Big might have been the right guy for Carrie, but Aidan was the perfect guy, period. Introduced in the third season as an all-American furniture designer with an adorable dog and floppy hair, Aidan was immediately portrayed as the antithesis of aloof businessman Mr. Big.
Roy's hurt to find out that Keeley has been talking about this to everyone at AFC Richmond. But after some profound and unexpected knowledge about giving people space comes his way via Jamie Tartt, Roy takes Keeley's feedback. He prepares her a bath and gives her some much-needed one-on-one Keeley time. The "Roy's Sorry for Not Understanding Keeely" playlist he puts on even has Sade's "By Your Side," which played in the Sex and the City episode at the end and during Samantha's storyline after Richard gave some male full-frontal nudity. (Was that the only male full-frontal nudity of the show?? Again, iconic, I say.) Phew, Keeley and Roy are still good, y'all.
The Sex and the City episode also ends with Carrie and Aidan making amends and Carrie not actually wanting the space that Aidan gives her. But considering where Carrie and Aidan's relationship ends up (Carrie ends their engagement just two episodes later), it's not exactly the template that Ted Lasso fans should want Keeley and Roy to follow. So instead, it's probably a good sign that Keeley took the alone time that Roy gave her. Because years from now, I really don't need Keeley kissing Roy in Dubai after she has married Jamie.
If models could cause otherwise rational individuals to crumble their presence, exactly how powerful was beauty? (season:1 episode:2, side note: Some of my brain cells just die because of this question ? )
When you date someone, how many people become emotionally involved? When you sleep with some, are screwing the family?(season:2 episode:15, side note: Technically these are the question 27 and 28 but they are for the same episode so go figure it out.) 2b1af7f3a8