• Network: HBO
  • Series Premiere Date: Jun 6, 1998
Season #: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

Mixed or average reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 17
  2. Negative: 6 out of 17

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Critic Reviews

  1. Boston Globe
    Reviewed by: Matthew Gilbert
    Apr 8, 2013
    Almost none of the characters is particularly likable - unless he or she is angling for something. What's refreshing about Sex and the City is that it pushes to a darkly comic extreme the situations that already fuel the many urban-singles sitcoms on network TV, particularly those with female leads like "Suddenly Susan" and "Caroline in the City." More social satire than sitcom, it looks openly at relationships steeped in ambivalence, fear, and the games people play. [6 Jun 1998, p.C6]
  2. USA Today
    Reviewed by: Robert Bianco
    Apr 9, 2013
    Enough to make you re-evaluate the virtues of celibacy...Here's a thought: Perhaps these whiners can't find great guys because they're not so great themselves. [5 June 1998, p.12E]
  3. St. Louis Post-Dispatch
    Reviewed by: Gail Pennington
    Apr 9, 2013
    The series itself turns out to be less "candid and comic" (as HBO puts it) than tired and tacky. [4 June 1998, p.G6]
  4. Washington Post
    Reviewed by: Tom Shales
    Apr 8, 2013
    Sarah Jessica Parker has an in-your-face face. In her new HBO comedy series, Sex and the City, she always seems to be thrusting it forward. She's in love with the camera. Unfortunately, it's unrequited...Parker, with her scraggly hair and jutty jaw, is certainly not the worst thing about this smirky-jerky sexcom, but she usually seems so light and funny that it's dismaying to see her in bad form, looking like a walking flea market and coming across about as subtly as a tsunami. [6 June 1998, p.C01]
  5. Orlando Sentinel
    Reviewed by: Hal Boedeker
    Apr 8, 2013
    Though stylishly directed, Sex and the City isn't especially funny, and it isn't as campy as Melrose Place in its prime. [6 June 1998, p.E1]
  6. Deseret News
    Reviewed by: Scott D. Pierce
    Apr 8, 2013
    A dark, outrageously cynical, cold take on the lives of thoroughly unpleasant people living in present-day Manhattan...What's supposed to be entertainment is wearisome, whiny and annoying. [6 June 1998, p.E07]
  7. Reviewed by: Terry Kelleher
    Jun 26, 2013
    Parker is appealing as always, but watching the show is an empty diversion—like scanning a gossip column about people who don't exist.
  8. Los Angeles Times
    Reviewed by: Howard Rosenberg
    Apr 8, 2013
    As shamelessly superficial as the crowd it memorializes, but so sophisticated in its approach to shallowness that it's also great fun. [5 June 1998, p.F28]
  9. Houston Chronicle
    Reviewed by: Ann Hodges
    Apr 8, 2013
    It's somehow not as funny or as clever as it's meant to be. It tries very hard to be sophisticated, provocative and kinky. But underneath the big city smugg-and-smirk of these junior would-be movers and shakers are some very lonely people. [6 June 1998, p.11]
  10. Variety
    Reviewed by: Phil Gallo
    Apr 9, 2013
    Single and in their 30s, each is a distinct blend of guile, guts and needfulness, traipsing through the dating world with predictable and even trite results, their chatter constantly hitting on sex, relationships and sex. Some good acting and some nicely shot romantic interludes provide some redemption for the series, but scripts need to loosen up and inherit some of the playfulness the actresses bring to their roles. [3 June 1998]
  11. Reviewed by: Caryn James
    Apr 9, 2013
    Each slight, breezy half-hour is fresh and funny.
  12. Reviewed by: Alice King
    Jun 13, 2013
    Funny fabulousness ... [with] a few too many talk-to-the-camera moments.
  13. The Hollywood Reporter
    Reviewed by: Irv Letofsky
    Apr 9, 2013
    What may be a reasonable, even sexy premise comes out flat, bitter and flaccid...Neither director nor cast can do anything much with Star's awkward script, which is choppy and burdened with impossible dialogue. But worst is that the smarty mood leaps beyond cynical, and his characters are too disagreeable to make funny. [3 June 1998]
  14. Chicago Sun-Times
    Reviewed by: Lon Grahnke
    Apr 9, 2013
    Parker projects a saucy style, but her Carrie character comes across as an arrogant skeptic with an I-don't-really-care attitude. She avoids emotional risks. Despite her rampant curiosity and calculated posing, Carrie prefers to keep her distance as a journalist. [4 June 1998, p.43]
  15. New York Daily News
    Reviewed by: Erik Mink
    Apr 9, 2013
    From the constant smoking to the constant whining, Star, who wrote several of the scripts, has again given his actors and directors dialogue and plot lines that make it virtually impossible for them to do anything but laboriously go through the motions of real life. [4 June 1998, p.104]
  16. New York Post
    Reviewed by: Michele Greppi
    Apr 9, 2013
    We won't be able to avoid the realization that "Sex" as we knew it was a lot more fun than it is as Darren Star, who persists in seeing all New York as "Central Park West," knows it. [5 June 1998, p.113]
  17. Dallas Morning News
    Reviewed by: Manuel Mendoza
    Apr 8, 2013
    When the series moves away from stereotyping its main female characters into the slutty (Kim Cattrall), the savvy (Cynthia Nixon) and the sweet (Kristin Davis), and dives right into the muck of the boy-girl thing, it's laugh-out-loud funny. [6 June 1998, p.1C]
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 43 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 38 out of 43
  2. Negative: 2 out of 43
  1. Nov 10, 2013
    A classic! This first season it's VERY VERY VERY SEXY. Just what it was supposed to be. It fails sometimes for being TOO material andA classic! This first season it's VERY VERY VERY SEXY. Just what it was supposed to be. It fails sometimes for being TOO material and superficial, and the generalizations about sexual men's and women's behaviour may be offensive sometimes. But, overall, a funny show to watch while you're bored. Full Review »
  2. Jun 12, 2013
    As a man in his late twenties I’ll admit I’m not exactly in the target audience for this show but generally the very best comedy and dramaAs a man in his late twenties I’ll admit I’m not exactly in the target audience for this show but generally the very best comedy and drama series can be universally, if not enjoyed, at least appreciated by people of different ages or genders. When it comes to Sex and the City however I find the majority of the attempts at humour fall flat whilst the show is just not well written enough to work effectively when aiming to work as a drama. I’ll pass on this one thanks. Full Review »