The pilot episode of Sex and the City shows how well-structured and compelling the storylines have persisted throughout to create one of the most successful television series ever made.
Carrie Bradshaw opens narrating third-person every woman's idealistic dream of their perfect relationships; she describes a British writer in Manhatten that falls in love with an American man. Every polished aspect falls into place to secure an overly-comforting aura which inevitably, like dreams, shatters like a window looking through into reality.
Bradshaw continues to introduce what connotations "reality" really refers to in modern-day Manhatten. A clever technique is used when she asks: "How the hell did we get into this mess?": genders are automatically severed into two tribes that are described almost as if in battle: Women are innocent and possess unity, whereas men are the 'issue'.
As depicted, every individual seems to 'know' the scenario too well and offers imperative accounts on what the problems are surrounding love in Manhatten. Interestingly all of these bold statements conflict to reveal no winners and only losers fighting for love.
Five minutes into the episode the four now famous characters are introduced: Carrie, Charlotte, Samantha and Miranda discuss the ways in which each believes men and women should act before and during a relationship. Discussion soon turns into a dispute over tactics at the round table.