Whether or not you succumbed to the idea of spending $12 to sit in a theater for a whopping 2 1/2 hours to see the latest "Sex And The City" film, it's not hard to admit that before they started taking things to the big screen, Carrie and her gang of gal-pals had a good thing goin'. After six successful seasons on HBO, a syndication deal on TBS, feminist praise and backlash, and a notoriously expensive wardrobe budget, HBO's Sex and the City easily has become TV's ultimate say-anything girls' guide to single life in the big city. Even though the women were well into their 30s and beyond (and fabulous), the show approached a slew of issues that women of nearly all ages could relate to in some way, including friendship, romance, aging, professional life... and of course, plenty of shoes.
In honor of the show's good 'ol days, and in response to the fact that whenever I'd try to watch it on TBS it was never an episode I wanted it to be, I've assembled a list of Sidereel's 10 favorite episodes, in no particular order. Trust me, this was an incredibly different choice, and it even sparked some heated debate between my friends and I, but I believe the finished product is a well-rounded selection of laughs, tears, and good times that Carrie would approve of. Samantha might be disappointed (nudity was not part of my criteria), but hey, as their sequel film proved, you can't please everybody!
1. Season 6, Episode 20: An American Girl in Paris (part deux)
Synopsis: After Petrovsky leaves Carrie behind for a second time in Paris, she begins to wonder if she's doomed to follow in Juliet's footsteps.
Why We Love It: Even if you weren't a Big fan, the series closer was one of the sweetest ways to end a show in a way that still managed to be subtle and open-ended. I like to pretend this is where things truly ended; unfortunately, Hollywood had to step in and trample all over it.
2. Season 2, Episode 2: The Awful Truth
Synopsis: Charlotte gets a puppy, Henry, in lieu of a perfect man. Miranda talks dirty with her lover.
Why We Love It: As the token awkward one, Miranda exemplifies all the embarrassing moments that are painful yet hilarious to watch, as long as it's not happening to you! Her attempt to talk dirty in bed was one of the most entertainingly awkward moments of the whole series.
3. Season 6, Episode 7: The Post-It Always Sticks Twice
Synopsis: Carrie is fuming after Berger dumps her via Post-It note.
Why We Love It: A Post-It? Seriously? This episode deals with one of the most notorious TV break-ups of all time. And while we know we should never bad-mouth our ex to his friends, it was pretty satisfying watching Carrie do it!
4. Season 4, Episode 2: The Real Me
Synopsis: Carrie is asked to be a model on a fashion show mixing real models and real people.
Why We Love It: Everyone knows Carrie's fashionably fabulous, but this is her chance to really work it! Plus, although we hate to see her stumble, it reminds us that while she does somehow manage to afford designer duds, she is just a normal gal who doesn't feel at home on a runway!
5. Season 3, Episode 2: Politically Erect
Synopsis: Carrie eventually consummates her relationship with Bill Kelley, but is put out when he reveals a fantasy of his.
Why We Love It: One great thing about Carrie's promiscuity is that it makes for some pretty hilarious hook-up stories. And 2 words for all you Mad Men fans: Roger Sterling!
6. Season 5, Episode 5: Plus One is the Loneliest Number
Synopsis: Carrie's single status speaks volumes at her book-release party; Miranda approaches the dating scene as a single mother; Charlotte has an unexpected visitor.
Why We Love It: It shows that even Carrie ends up dateless sometimes, but that it shouldn't put a damper on your proudest moments! I wish all taxi drivers were nice enough to buy you hot dogs when you're feeling down.
7. Season 6, Episode 6: Hop, Skip, and a Week
Synopsis: Charlotte gets unwanted attention at the synagogue; Samantha's PR machine works a little too well; Miranda feels the pressure of being a lawyer and a single mother.
Why We Love It: Harry proposes to Charlotte in a totally unexpected PDC (public display of cuteness). It gets me every time, especially with the pretty twinkly music in the background.
8. Season 4, Episode 10: Belles of the Balls
Synopsis: Carrie goes to the country with Aidan and ends up accidently inviting Mr. Big when Willow breaks up with him.
Why We Love It: This amazingly awkward episode further solidifies Aidan's status as "Too Good For Carrie!" Who else would put up with her ex totally crashing their romantic getaway?
9. Season 3, Episode 11: Running with Scissors
Synopsis: Carrie's reignited affair with Mr. Big puts a increasing strain on her relationship with Aidan, and she meets Natasha again in the worst of circumstances: while letting herself out of the Bigs' home.
Why We Love It: We knew it had to happen some time, and when Natasha finally catches Carrie red-handed, it's a dramatic sequence of events that gets my heart racing just thinking about it!
10. Season 4, Episode 8: My Motherboard, My Self
Synopsis: Carrie freaks out when her computer crashes because her whole life was on the computer. Everybody starts telling her that she should have backed up her work.
Why We Love It: AHHH! As people who practically live on our computers, we totally feel you, Carrie. What. a. Nightmare.
Got any other favorite Sex and the City episodes that didn't make the list? Share with fellow fans below!