Sex and the City

Season 1 Episode 1

Sex and the City

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Jun 06, 1998 on HBO



  • Trivia

    • Trivia: If you look really closely (and hit pause at just the right time) when Carrie shows off her column to the camera, you will see that her article is the exact same thing she has been narrating up until this point (and it repeats itself).

    • Trivia: This is the first time we are introduced to Mr. Big, and throughout the entire series, until the final episode, we never learn his "real" name.

    • Carrie's apartment is different in this episode then in all of the other episodes.

    • During the opening credits a bus is seen twice, the first time you see the bus there are people on it, the second time, 3 seconds later they have disappeared.

    • Mr. Big's car windows aren't tinted when he offers Carrie a ride. When she gets out and asks him a question, they are tinted.

  • Quotes

    • (After Carrie gets off Mr. Big's car)
      Carrie: Wait! Have you ever been in love?
      Mr. Big: Abso-fucking-lutely.

    • Carrie: It's like the riddle of the Sphinx. Why are there so many great unmarried women, and no great unmarried men?

    • Carrie (voiceover): I didn't understand. Did all men secretly want their women promiscuous and emotionally detatched? And if I was really having sex like a man, why didn't I feel more in control?

    • Mr. Big: So what have you been doing lately?
      Carrie: You mean besides going out every night?
      Mr. Big: Yeah. I mean, what do you do for work?
      Carrie: Well, this is my work. I'm sort of a sexual anthropologist.
      Mr. Big: You mean like a hooker?
      Carrie: No. I write a column called 'Sex and the City.' Right now I'm researching an article about women who have sex like men. You know, they have sex and then afterwards they feel nothing.
      Mr. Big: But you're not like that?
      Carrie: Well, aren't you?
      Mr. Big: Not a drop. Not even a half of a drop.
      Carrie: Wow! What's wrong with you?

    • (After Carrie had sex with Kurt and she left him 'hanging')
      Carrie (voiceover): After I began to get dressed, I'd realized that I'd done it. I'd just had sex like a man. I left feeling powerful, potent and incredibly alive. I felt like I owned this city. Nothing and noone could get in my way.

    • (After someone bumped Carrie and she dropped her purse, all its contents falling out. Mr Big helps her get her stuff)
      Carrie (voiceover): Number one, he's very handsome. Number two, he's not wearing a wedding ring. Number three, he knows I carry a personal supply of ultra-textured Trojans with a reservoir tip.

    • Carrie: So what're you doing later?
      Kurt: I thought you weren't talking to me for the rest of your life.
      Carrie: Who said anything about talking?

    • Mr. Big: Oh, I get it... You've never been in love.
      Carrie: Oh yeah?

    • Carrie: Welcome to the age of un-innocence. No one has breakfast at Tiffany's and no one has affairs to remember.

    • Samantha: You see that guy? He's the next Donald Trump. Except he's younger and much better looking.

    • Skipper: I'm a romantic. I just have so much feeling.
      Carrie: Are you sure you're not gay?
      Skipper: No!

    • Elizabeth: He never did call, of course. Bastard! I don't understand. In England, looking at houses together would've meant something.

    • Miranda: (at the transvestite restaurant for her birthday) It's like that guy Jeremiah, the poet. I mean the sex was incredible but then he wanted to read me his poetry and go out to dinner and the whole chat bit and I'm like 'Let's not even go there.'

    • Peter Mason, Toxic Bachelor: There's not one woman in New York who hasn't turned down ten wonderful guys because they were too short or too fat or too poor. Why don't these women just marry a fat guy? Why don't they just marry a big fat tub of lard?

    • Carrie: Cupid has flown the co-op!

  • Notes

  • Allusions

    • In Carrie's first article, she says "Welcome to the age of Un-innocence.  No one has Breakfast at Tiffany's, and no one has Affairs to Remember".  These are allusions to the popular movies Breakfast at Tiffany's (a movie about a young New York socialite becomes interested in a young man who has moved into her apartment building.) and An Affair to Remember (a movie about a couple who falls in love and agrees to meet in six months at the Empire State Building).

    • In the opening credits, Carrie's ad on the side of the bus says, "Carrie Bradshaw knows sex* (*and isn't afraid to ask)."

      This is an allusion to the 1972 Woody Allen film, "Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex* *But Were Afraid to Ask."

    • The Last Seduction

      Samantha makes reference to the movie Last Seduction which is about a woman who steals her husband's drug money and she use her beauty to entrap men.

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