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Sex & The City - Season 6 (15)



Review: Jack Foley & Hollie Cade

All the episodes from the final series of Sex And The City:
Episode titles: to market to market, great sexpectations, the perfect present, pick-a-little talk-a-little, lights camera relationship, hop skip and a week, the post-it always sticks twice, the catch, a woman's right to shoes (a.k.a. no shoes, no service), boy interrupted, the domino effect, one, let there be light, the ick factor, catch-38, out of the frying pan, the cold war, splat!, an american girl in paris (part une), an american girl in paris (part deux).

FANS of American television imports were forced to say a tearful farewell to several of the top-rated shows this year, as they came to an end after entertaining viewers for years.

Principal among them was the loss of Friends, after ten hugely successful years, but following closely behind was the ladies' favourite, Sex and the City.

The show - which starred Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis and Cynthia Nixon - featured the lives and loves of four New York socialites as they plotted a path through the notorious dating game.

Renowned for its evocative storylines and raunchy plots, the show regularly pushed back television taboos, featuring its stars (and Cattrall in particular) in all manner of compromising sexual positions.

Yet, all good things had to come to an end and the question remained whether the show could finish as strongly as it began.

The answer is yes, in my opinion, rounding off the stories of each character in an appropriately witty, yet emotional manner.

For the show's main guide, Columnist Carrie Bradshaw finally got her long-time love, Big, to commit, after he was forced to rescue her from Paris (where she had gone with a potential Russian suitor).

While for Cattrall's nymphomaniac, Samantha Jones, the story arc involved her to coming to terms with cancer and losing her sex drive, but eventually finding a companion in a model, Smith, who seemed to genuinely love her (the scene in which he cut off his hair, as Sam loses hers through chemotherapy, was one of many highlights).

Of the remaining characters, Davis' publicist, Charlotte, eventually found someone to adopt, with her partner, Harry, and Nixon's lawyer, Hobbs, mellowed somewhat towards her lover, Steve's impaired mother, who eventually comes to stay with them.

Each story, while laced with tragedy, offered some hope for fans that each of the women would remain happy long after the final credits rolled.

And it provided a suitably satisfying finale to a show that had consistently delighted and surprised throughout its six seasons.

The show had an undeniable sparkle and, for women especially, provided a set of characters and (sometimes) situations that they could relate to - even if some of the wilder episodes were a little outrageous.

Yet, another part of the allure was seeing just how far the producers would go and season six still had plenty of raunch to offset the emotion.

The DVD box set is therefore an essential purchase for any fan of the series - you'll be laughing and crying in equal measure.

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