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  • Series Premiere Date: Jan 14, 2013
  • Season #: 1 , 2
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  • Summary: The prequel to the Sex and the City series follows the life of Connecticut high school junior, Carrie Bradshaw, as she begins her journey with an internship at a Manhattan law firm in the 1980s.
  • Genre(s): Drama
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 23
  2. Negative: 4 out of 23
  1. Reviewed by: Gail Pennington
    Jan 14, 2013
    The CW's attempt to capture the magic of "Sex and the City" in a prequel, set in 1984, could have gone very wrong. But The Carrie Diaries is surprisingly right.
  2. Reviewed by: Leah Greenblatt
    Jan 11, 2013
    [AnnaSophia Robb is] compelling, and the show has a sweetly corny charm. [18 Jan 2013, p.71]
  3. Reviewed by: Robert Lloyd
    Jan 14, 2013
    The situations are stock--John Hughes wrote this playbook pretty thoroughly--and the dialogue does not exactly crackle. But it is all well-staged and believably played and at times it becomes quite lyrical and, even, moving.
  4. Reviewed by: Marisa LaScala
    Jan 14, 2013
    The rest of the show goes on to prize sweetness over superficiality.
  5. Reviewed by: Ed Bark
    Jan 14, 2013
    AnnaSophia Robb is appealing enough in the title role, but Monday's first episode starts to sag from all the CW-ian title character narration and overall pop tune heaviness.
  6. Reviewed by: Ellen Gray
    Jan 14, 2013
    The CW series that takes "Sex and the City" fashionista and sexual anthropologist Carrie Bradshaw all the way back to 1984 Connecticut, and high school, the fit's a little off.
  7. Reviewed by: Zeba Blay
    Jan 11, 2013
    While it's not surprising that The Carrie Diaries is unlikely to appeal to fans of the HBO franchise, it's still disappointing that much of what made that series work has given way to cliché and oversimplification.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 20
  2. Negative: 2 out of 20
  1. Jan 17, 2013
    Carrie Diaries is a show that makes you think you're watching a John Hughes movie. A show that features 80s fashion, music and NYC is really charming. It definitely doesn't look like a SATC prequel, but its fun to watch a teen show with promising nostalgia. Expand
  2. Apr 3, 2013
    This show is the best show ever. It really fascinates me and I am always excited for Mondays when it airs. I really think that its only for girl teens and preteens. I really enjoy this show because I am young. I hate how there's a good chick flick movie and you never want it to end sometimes. That's why I like the Carrie diaries because its like an on going chick flick. Expand
  3. Nov 10, 2013
    First of all, I never watched SATC before watch TCD, so, to me, TCD it's a wonderful sitcom, that works and make you addicted easily. It's fun to watch, colorful, delightful and a very smart teen show. Also, the soundtrack it's SO amazing. CW should release it. Expand
  4. Jan 20, 2013
    I thought the shop was adorable and muchly needed. As a fan of Sex and the city I missed seeing a show with a womans voice around. I loved the opportunity to see where she came from and to see her grow and form into who she was in Sex & the City. Though heaps of critics are unsure about AnnaSophia Robb I think she is just sweet and innocent enough to play the role of Carrie. I'm excited to see what it brings and I truly didn't want episode one to end. It made me feel like a child again and I loved the John Hughes feel to it. It's exciting and dynamic and the characters have depth to them. Can't wait to see more. Expand
  5. Jan 22, 2014
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Literally love this show so much. I didn't think it would be good at first but after watching the pilot I was hooked. I then showed all my friends the pilot and they told me they were hooked as well! It's an extremely climactic representative of teenage life and the struggles and joys of it. Carrie is an extremely relatable character and her insights are true and helpful to apply in real life. The reason I took one point off is because after finishing the first season on Netflix (which took me a week that's how exciting the show is) Carrie and her boyfriend had broken up AGAIN and I feel like they break up way too much. Sorry for the spoiler.... anyway that deserved one point off but otherwise the show is literally one of the best shows I've watched and it makes me nostalgic when I've finished the new episode on Friday night. I always want more of this show and I would definitely say watch it right now! Why are you still reading my review? GO! Expand
  6. Oct 6, 2013
    The younger version of me enjoys this. But the 19 year old me thinks that it's good show with promise ...but with such a predictable plot. I stuck it out for the whole season and I did enjoy it maybe it's a bit of a guilty pleasure idk. I will watch the season two premiere and see if I should continue or not. Expand
  7. Jan 16, 2013
    oh no not sex in city prequel i mean seriously saw the trailer of the show i said why???? this look so stupid we dont want to watch how Carrie was a teenager still it not going to be successful come on maybe last 5 episode knowing this show wont be as big as sex in city which i find totally find bore. Expand

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