As I mentioned last week, I went on a quick jaunt to New York City. I lived there for grad school, and then went back six months later for an internship. I hadn’t been back since I left for good more than a year ago, so when one of my NYC friends invited me to her wedding, I knew I had to go back, not only to see everyone, but to soak up the city again.
One thing that stood out to me was that despite this being 2011 (almost 2012!), several years after the show ended, I still heard tons of people commenting on Sex and the City. We were in line for a drink and I heard someone say, “This is so Sex and the City!” I heard one woman wistfully proclaim, “I want to find my own Mr. Big.” Even one of my friends said the hotel I was staying at “was just like Sex and the City.” I think my head might have exploded if I was in the vicinity of a Magnolia Bakery or Manolo Blahnik store.
Now, I am a fan of the show; I find it entertaining, with equal parts fluff (the clothes, shoes, and accessories) and seriousness (Samantha’s cancer, Charlotte’s difficulty conceiving). I especially enjoy watching it on lazy Sundays. But it can also be an unrealistic portrayal of the city and life there, especially when you take a look at Carrie. The movies, I think, are even worse; those are parodies of what fans turned the actual show into.
My question is, how long will the show stay relevant? Are we going to see bright-eyed, twenty-somethings flock to the city in 2030, exclaiming, “I’m such a Carrie!” When I visit, will I always hear people commenting on how Sex and the City everything is? Do I have to start the trend of saying, “That’s so Seinfeld!”?
I’m always curious about what turns shows from hits to obsessions. Not-so-oddly enough, the Golden Girls is similar to Sex and the City in that it’s been off the air for years (although much longer than SATC) and still has a rabid fan base. Just look at the Betty White resurgence over the past few years. However, young people aren’t taking it one step too far and migrating to Miami and devouring cheesecake.
Although the last episode of Sex and the City aired in 2004, there are endless repeats on E!, the Style Network, and probably other channels. I guess it will remain relevant as long as these re-runs air and the movies keep coming out, but I think it would be nice to have a new – and much more realistic – show capture people’s imaginations.