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Reviewed by Jason Zingale
t's hard to talk about the award-winning HBO series "Sex and the City" without at least cracking a smile. The groundbreaking sitcom about four thirty-something women and their sexual adventures throughout New York City shocked men and women all over the country in 1998 when rules were broken and sexual philosophies established.
Sarah Jessica Parker stars as Carrie Bradshaw, a sex columnist who peruses through the big city for research along with her three best friends: Samantha (Kim Cattrall), a public relations executive; Charlotte (Kristin York), an art dealer; and Miranda (Cynthia Nixon), a lawyer. Together, the women help Carrie in her research while they discuss such topics as modelizers (men who only date models), threesomes, vibrators, younger men, and the twenty-something women stealing all the good men in New York.
The show can easily be described as a chick series, but it still proves to be funny for men every once and while. Watching the show with your wife or girlfriend will also score major brownie points in the relationship, and while most of the material is directed toward the female audience, men can also learn a thing or two about women that they probably didn't really want us to know in the first place.
The first season of the show is presented in a two-disc set containing all 12 episodes and a few extra features. The video transfer isn't very good with many of the episodes displaying a disappointing grainy quality. This effect doesn't appear on the VHS version of the show so I really don't know why this happened.
The extras in the two-disc set aren't first-rate either but include a short TV spot, biographies on the cast/crew, scene selections that contain a text summary and video preview of each episode, as well as a short featurette entitled "Inside Sex and the City." None of the extras are very enticing to those thinking of buying the first season on DVD, but considering the enjoyment you'll receive from the episodes alone, you'll hardly notice the lack of intriguing extras. Overall, "Sex and the City: The Complete First Season" is a sexy, humorous and incredibly worthwhile two-disc DVD set featuring a wonderful show with so-so extras.