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Sex and the City - The Complete First Four Seasons

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The first four hilarious seasons that take a skewed female look at dating, mating and relating in New York.

Sex and the City is based on Candace Bushnell's provocative bestselling book. Sarah Jessica Parker stars as Carrie Bradshaw, a self-described "sexual anthropologist," who writes "Sex and the City," a newspaper column that chronicles the state of sexual affairs of Manhattanites in this "age of un-innocence." Her "posse," including nice girl Charlotte (Kristin Davis), hard-edged Miranda (Cynthia Nixon), and party girl Samantha (Kim Cattrall)--not to mention her own tumultuous love life--gives Carrie plenty of column fodder. Over the course of the first season's 12 episodes, the most prominent dramatic arc concerns Carrie, who goes from turning the tables on "toxic bachelors" by having "sex like a man" to wanting to join the ranks of "the monogamists" with the elusive Mr. Big (Chris Noth). Meanwhile, Miranda, Cynthia, and Samantha have their own dating woes.

The second season builds on the foundation of the first season with plot arcs that are both hilarious and heartfelt, taking the show from breakout hit to true pop-culture phenomenon. Relationship epiphanies coexist happily alongside farcical plots and zingy one-liners, resulting in emotionally satisfying episodes that feature the sharp kind of character-defining dialogue that seems to have disappeared from the rest of TV long ago. When last we left the NYC gals, Carrie had just broken up with a commitment-phobic Mr. Big (Chris Noth), but fans of Noth's seductive-yet-distant rake didn't have to wait long until he was back in the picture, as he and Carrie tried to make another go of it. Their relationship evolution, from reunion to second breakup, provides the core of the second season. Among other adventures, Charlotte puzzles over whether one of her beaus was "gay-straight" or "straight-gay"; Miranda tries to date a guy who insists on having sex only in places where they might get caught; and Samantha copes with dates who range from, um, not big enough to far too big--with numerous stops in between.

The third season was the charm, as the series earned its first Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series to go along with its Golden Globes for Best Comedy Series and Best Actress (Parker). One of this season's two principal story arcs concerned hapless-in-love Charlotte and her pursuit of a husband; enter (if only...) Kyle McLachlan as the unfortunately impotent Trey. Meanwhile, Carrie has a brief but memorable fling with a politician who's golden, but not in the way she anticipated. She then sabotages her too-good-to-be-true relationship with furniture designer Aidan (John Corbett) by having an affair with Mr. Big (Chris Noth), who himself has gotten married. Like I Love Lucy, the series benefited from a brief change of scenery with a three-episode jaunt to Los Angeles, where Carrie and company encountered, among others, Matthew McConaughey, Vince Vaughn, Hugh Hefner, and Sarah Michelle Gellar.

The fourth season is just as smart and sexy as ever, mixing caustic adult wit and sharply observed situation comedy on the mean streets of Manhattan, though this time the quartet of singleton city girls must endure even tougher combat in the unending war of love, sex, and shopping. Carrie finally seems to have found her ideal life partner when she is reunited with handsome craftsman Aidan. But can their relationship survive trial by cohabitation? Meanwhile Charlotte seems to have both her dream Park Avenue apartment and a solution to her marital problems with Trey. But when the subject of babies comes up, everything starts to unravel for her, too. It's not just Charlotte who has baby issues either: after what seems like an eternity of enforced sexual abstinence Miranda is horrified to discover she's pregnant. And as for the sultry Samantha, she's on a quest for monogamy, first with an exotic lesbian artist, then with a philandering businessman, with whom to her utter dismay she just might have fallen in love.

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  • Actors: Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis, Cynthia Nixon, Chris Noth
  • Directors: Alan Taylor, Alison Maclean, Allen Coulter, Allison Anders, Charles McDougall
  • Format: Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 11
  • Studio: Home Box Office (HBO)
  • DVD Release Date: May 20, 2003
  • Run Time: 999 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00008O38D
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #394,253 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Sex and the City - The Complete First Four Seasons" on IMDb

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By J. Reyes on September 15, 2003
First off, let me say I am a hardcore Sex and the City fan. If there was a game show based on the series, I would win! However, the DVD set has several flaws and lack extras.
The menus are cumbersome and there is no Play All feature. Each episode is only 30 minutes. If I am going to sit down and watch several episodes or even the entire season all at once, I don't want to keep scambling with the remote every 30 minutes when an episode is over.
In addition, when you select an episode and press play, another menu pops up that has a synapsis of the the episode you're trying to watch. You have to press Play (or Enter)again in order to watch the episode. This is extremely annoying after a while because most people that buy these dvds are hardcore fans that already knows what the episode is about based on the title alone. And if you don't, after a while you will, and you will get annoyed that this menu opens up when you already know what the episode is about, and you want to see the show already--but you have to press Play once again to get the show started!!!

In addition, the opening credits of the show is not constructed in a way that it can easily be skipped over from the show so if you want to by pass the opening, don't press forward on you remote, you will just go to the main menu screen and then have to go throuh the annoying menu dance that I was complaining about before.
There is a lack of extras. I have seen so many documentaries and interviews about the show, but you will not find them on these dvds. I can't believe they didn't take the time out to put these extra features on the dvds.
Finally, the covers for the dvd box set series are so flimsy.
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If you are a sex and the city fan, you cannot help but love the fourth season as much as the first three.
Amazingly you can see the difference and the direction this show is taking if you start watching in from Season 1.
Although I must note that when the show first started out it was more of a comedy and now it is more of a drama.
The show in the beginning made me laugh with all it's sexual slurs and comments, and now it makes you misty thinking about their loves and lives and it seems it almost always ends on a sad note, as these girls move on and explore love and loss and breakup and heartaches, and you can't help but go through the emotional trauma along with them.
They say that the 4 characters - Carrie Brandshaw, Charlotte York, Miranda Hobbs, Samantha Jones are supposed to represent all women out there, and sure enough you can see a little bit of yourself in one of the 4 girls.
As a HUGE fan of Carrie and Mr. Big, I love their relationship and the course of events that happen to them in this season.
Season 3 really made Chris Noth - AKA Mr. Big - seem more unlikable to viewers, and he comes back this season as his regular, sauve, handsome, charming self.
One feature I love about the DVD's featured in 3rd and 4th season is the view with Comentary portion. You might want to view all the episodes and then go back to the episodes with Comentary and view those because the writers talk over the show, but it's amazing how much more you can learn about the show and how much attention and detail is put into every single second of this show that you won't even notice half the time unless it is pointed out to you.
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When I first encountered my first episode of SATC I never knew that before my eyes was a obession. A obession with wanting to watch four women with four totally different lives, and four totally different personalities come together and create a life lession in each episode that every single one of us can relate too, rater it be Carrie, Charlotte, Miranda, or Samantha or all four of them. Each one of these lady brings something that we all either went through or know someone that went through it and that's a rear thing to find in television now. That's why I recommend the Sex and the City DVD collection for all women and MEN because even men can relate too some of the things that these four ladies go through and if not them you can relate to the men in the show who may not have the main roles but they get their roles across. If you buy just one Sex and the City season on DVD I guarantee you'll be buying all seasons afterward like myself.
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HBO's Sex and the City shoes, oops, I mean SHOWS, just how incredible television can be. These characters are flawed, but we find them endearing just the same. The series features four sexy, sassy Manhattan women with wardrobes, jobs, and boyfriends almost any woman would envy. Samantha's the ultra-libidoed PR executive, Charlotte is a romantic at heart, Miranda is the woman in a man's world, and Carrie is the tortured artist with the shoes to match. The four of them make quite an impressive comedic ensemble.
What makes this DVD collection a must is that you can pour yourself a glass of wine each evening for weeks and watch these over and over again. You get the full picture of why these characters behave the way they do. It's like reading an epic novel!
I recommend this series for anyone looking for television with a bite. Never before has a series hooked me the way Sex and the City has, and I look forward to the upcoming season.
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