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Sex and the City
Season 1, Episode 1
Airdate June 6, 1998
Written by Darren Star
Directed by Susan Seidelman
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Sex and the City is the first episode of the first season of Sex and the City, and the first episode overall.

Guest Stars: Chris Noth (Mr. Big), Willie Garson (Stanford Blatch), Ben Weber (Skipper Johnston), Bruce McCarty (Peter Mason), Jeffrey R. Nordling (Capote Duncan), Bill Sage (Kurt Harrington), Scott Bryce (Tim), Donna Hanover (Realtor), Sarah Wynter (Elizabeth), Johnny Cienatiempo (Driver), Navia Nguyen (Tatiana), Laura Silverman (Alyssa)


Plot Overview

At 'another thirtysomething birthday' celebration for Miranda, Carrie and her friends discuss the possibility of having sex like men. An experiment with an old flame yields positive results for Carrie, but his seemy description of their situation makes her uncomfortable with her ability to have sex without feelings.

Miranda gives Skipper a chance, and Sam has a one night stand with the man Charlotte wouldn't sleep with on the first date.


  • Carrie's Question: It's like the riddle of the Sphinx - why are there so many great unmarried women, and no great unmarried men?
  • Charlotte's address in this episode is West Fourth and Bank
  • Carries's address in this episode is 72nd Street 3rd Avenue
  • Elizabeth, the English journalist of whom Carrie speaks in the opening sequence, is played by Australian actress Sarah Wynter, who also plays Kate Warner on 24.

Arc Advancement


  • Carrie meets Mr. Big for the first time





The Show

Behind the Scenes

Allusions and References

  • The Riddle of the Sphinx

In Greek mythology, the Sphinx was a female beast who sat outside Thebes and asked passers-by; "Which creature in the morning goes on four feet, at noon on two and in the evening upon three?" Those who could not answer, she strangled. The answer to the riddle was man - he crawls on four legs as a baby, walks on two feet as an adult and walks with a cane in old age.

  • The Last Seduction

A movie starring Linda Fiorentino as a femme fatale who initiates a solely sexual relationship with another man.

  • 89 Ross Bleckner

A New York artist whose series of 'stripe' paintings revitilized interest in optical art in the 1980s.

  • It was like that bar in Cheers where everybody knows your name

Cheers was a long running 80's/early 90's sitcom. The show's theme song began with, 'Sometimes you want to go/where everybody knows your name.'

  • (Samantha) had the sort deluded self confidence that caused men like Ross Perot to run for president

Ross Perot is a businessman who, in 1996, founded the 'Reform Party' and ran for president.

Memorable Moments


  • Mr. Big: "Abso-fucking-lutely."


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