I couldn’t help but wonder: how is it possible that it’s been 18 years since the iconic show “Sex and the City” premiered? Carrie, Charlotte, Miranda and Samantha’s love and life dilemmas seem as relevant in 2016 as they did in 1998. Maybe that’s because the show was so revolutionary in its frank discussion of sex and dating and its powerful portrayal of the strength of female friendships — not to mention Patricia Field’s trendsetting costume design, which made must-haves out of iconic pieces like the Fendi baguette and Manolo Blahnik Hangisi jeweled pump.
To celebrate the first episode of SATC — which premiered 18 years ago today — we’ve rounded up our three favorite episodes.
Season 2, Episode 18: “Ex and the City”
There is possibly no scene more empowering to a young, single woman than when Carrie spontaneously confronts an engaged Mr. Big in front of The Plaza, quoting “An Affair to Remember.” But the real gem came when she walked away, famously saying, “Maybe some women aren’t meant to be tamed. Maybe they just need to run free until they find someone just as wild to run with them.”
Season 6, Episode 12: “One”
I can’t for the life of me choose which of this episode’s big moments I love more. What could be sweeter than Miranda and Steve, both in relationships with other people, declaring their love for each other while lighting their son’s birthday candles in Miranda’s laundry room? The only thing that could possibly top it is when Charlotte, heartbroken after her miscarriage, sees an Elizabeth Taylor biography on TV, hoists herself off the couch, and shows up to the birthday party in a pink dress and updo worthy of Liz herself.
Season 4, Episode 17: “A Vogue Idea”
Completely ignoring the Miranda and Charlotte baby shower subplot, this episode is stellar because we get to see Carrie inside the Vogue offices. The only thing better than her new short hairdo and off-the-shoulder pinstripe suit is — one of the the best moments in the entire show — when a tipsy Miss Bradshaw declares, “I’m drunk at Vogue.”