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'Sex and the City' A to Z Guide

by Maggie Furlong, posted May 23rd 2008 8:16AM

Sex and the CityThe alphabet according to Carrie, Miranda, Charlotte and Samantha

Can you believe we said au revoir to Carrie and the ladies over four years ago?

Luckily their six glorious seasons of friendships, love and, yes, plenty of sex will live on in syndication forever, much to the delight of old fans and new admirers.

In honor of the 'Sex and the City' movie, we present the ultimate guide to the series' best moments -- those that made us laugh, cry and want to invest all our money in sex toys and shoes.


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We said au revoir to Carrie and the ladies four years ago, but their six glorious seasons of friendships, love and, yes, plenty of sex will live on in syndication forever, much to the delight of old fans and new admirers. In honor of the <a href='http://movies.aol.com/movie/sex-and-the-city-2008/30247/main' target='_blank'>'Sex and the City' movie</a>, we present the ultimate guide to the series' best moments -- those that made us laugh, cry and want to invest all our money in sex toys and shoes. -- <i>By Maggie Furlong</i>

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A Is for Abso-f***ing-lutely

After Carrie asks Mr. Big if he's ever been in love, his famous one-word answer should've told our heroine everything she needed to know. Would he lie to her? Uh-huh. Did he play with her emotions? You betcha. But was he ultimately up for falling in love? Abso-f***ing-lutely.

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B Is for Brunch

Food, gossip and cocktails before noon -- what more could a girl ask for? Brunch was always on the calendar for Carrie, Miranda, Charlotte and Samantha to catch up after an eventful weekend. Dishing on everything from oral sex to lack of sex to kinky sex at their favorite table, they served up the hottest dish ... with a side of fruit and wheat toast.

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C Is for Cosmopolitans

A reminder to all you big 'Sex' fans: No viewing party is complete without several batches of cosmos. The perfect blend of strong and sweet, girly but tough -- vodka, cranberry, lime juice and Cointreau should be kept on hand to shake up the ladies' signature cocktail.

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D Is for Dating

Each gal had her own dating rules, but only Carrie was paid to share her tricks of the trade with a column, a book and her own near-disastrous class at the Learning Annex. Her students weren't too pleased to learn their master was a fellow singleton, but Carrie's dating history and knowledge from her gal pals kept them all from demanding refunds.

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E Is for Emmys, et al

With 55 Emmy nominations and 7 wins -- including Outstanding Comedy Series in 2001 -- and another 24 Golden Globe nods and 8 wins, critically acclaimed fan favorite 'Sex' raked in the big awards throughout the series' run.

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F Is for Fashion

From the &#252;ber-chic to the avant-garde and downright over-the-top, the styles of <a href='http://www.aoltv.com/show/sex-and-the-city/53301/main' target='_blank'>'Sex and the City'</a> speak louder than words. Remember Carrie's nameplate necklace and signature giant flower pins? What about her "fashion roadkill" moment on the catwalk? And that hot pink Oscar de la Renta frock Aleksandr gave her? The show made closets everywhere weep with jealousy.

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G Is for Guest Stars

With brief stints by everyone from <a href='http://www.aoltv.com/celebrity/matthew-mcconaughey/196967/main' target='_blank'>Matthew McConaughey</a>, <a href='http://www.aoltv.com/celebrity/carrie-fisher/89886' target='_blank'>Carrie Fisher</a> and <a href='http://www.aoltv.com/celebrity/heather-graham/28094' target='_blank'>Heather Graham</a> (as themselves) to <a href='http://www.aoltv.com/celebrity/blair-underwood/72431' target='_blank'>Blair Underwood</a> (as Miranda's boyfriend, Dr. Robert), <a href='http://www.aoltv.com/celebrity/amy-sedaris/347556' target='_blank'>Amy Sedaris</a> (as Carrie's book publicist) and <a href='http://www.aoltv.com/celebrity/mikhail-baryshnikov/80911' target='_blank'>Mikhail Baryshnikov</a> (as Carrie's artist fling), the show was always a fun place for stars to come play.

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H Is for Hotspots

The famed 'Sex and the City' tour in New York City spins by some of the more memorable locales made famous by the show, including Magnolia Bakery, the Jimmy Choo shop, Tao, Sushi Samba, Il Cantinori and O'Neal's Speakeasy, all in just three hours. Yes, it's a three-hour tour people actually <i>want</i> to go on.

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I Is for Independence

The most important lesson of the show -- and one that audiences learned along with the main characters -- was the importance of self-sufficiency. Although all the women ended up "taken" in the end, they only managed successful relationships after realizing that they didn't need men in their lives to be happy and fulfilled.

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J Is for John

Only ever referred to as Mr. Big, Carrie's on-again, off-again love went nameless until the series finale. In the very last scene, with Carrie back from Paris and back with the perfect man she'd pursued for so long, her cell phone's caller ID reveals his real name: John.

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K Is for Ka-ching!

<a href='http://www.aoltv.com/celebrity/sarah-jessica-parker/55134' target='_blank'>Sarah Jessica Parker</a> earned $15M for bringing her iconic Carrie Bradshaw to the big screen (and acting as producer as well), but reports say the movie took so long to be made because of <a href='http://www.aoltv.com/celebrity/kim-cattrall/11829' target='_blank'>Kim Cattrall</a>'s money demands. In the end, rumors say she managed a $6M payday, with <a href='http://www.aoltv.com/celebrity/kristin-davis/238934' target='_blank'>Kristin Davis</a> and <a href='http://www.aoltv.com/celebrity/cynthia-nixon/52802' target='_blank'>Cynthia Nixon</a> only earning $2M a piece.

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L Is for Love

Even though the ultimate storyline of the show was about the search for love -- with all the women finally (seemingly) finding happiness at the series' end -- it also touched hearts because of the women's affection for one another and their journey to love themselves, man or no man. Awww.

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M Is for Men

Stanford Blatch, Aidan Shaw, Richard Wright, Ray King, Dr. Robert Leeds, Trey MacDougal, Smith Jerrod, Jack Berger, Anthony Marantino, Friar F***, Steve Brady, Aleksandr Petrovsky, Harry Goldenblatt, Skipper Johnston, Bill Kelley ... between gay best friends, flings and true love, the list goes on and on.

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N Is for New York City

Often referred to as the fifth character, the backdrop of Manhattan brought even more life and energy to an already exhilarating show. The magical streets paved the way for carriage rides in the park, jitneys to the Hamptons, cross-island cab rides, busses to Atlantic City and even an alleyway Manolo Blahnik mugging.

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O Is for Orgasms

Sex and orgasms: There's sweet Charlotte's take ("Orgasms don't send you Valentine's Day cards."), and then there's man eater Samantha's. Even though the sexually liberated lady once managed to lose her big O, we can't think of anyone else who'd take as much pleasure in getting it back again.

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P Is for Post-It

You think you've been through bad break-ups? Carrie's office-supply-dispensed diss from fellow writer Jack Berger certainly sticks to the top of our list. Seemingly a perfect match for Carrie's wit and creativity, Berger turned out to be emotionally spineless, breaking up with our heroine via Post-It note.

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Q Is for Quotables

Frenemies. Double-booking. Alrighty. Diaper genie. Schooner. Rebecca. Fabulous. Revirginized. Deja-f***. Emotionally slutty. Everything but. Urban shoe myth. Addiction. Tongue-thruster. Bed, Bath and Friggin Beyond. Undesirable candidate. Eat me. If one of these makes you laugh, the show's witty dialogue has done its job.

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R Is for Rabbit

If you hadn't heard of (or experienced) the Rabbit vibrator, Miranda's detailed description of its bells and whistles was the sex toy's best sales pitch. Of course, it was Charlotte's obsession with her adorable new pulsating pal that made being single and a recluse seem a lot more enjoyable.

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S Is for Shoes

They put Jimmy Choo and Manolo Blahnik on the map, and style mavens never knew to look for the shiny red sole of a Christian Louboutin before the ladies made them covetable. Carrie's footwear fetish was only problematic when she tried to buy her apartment -- only to discover she'd spent more than $40K on shoes.

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T Is for TBS

Edited for basic cable, TBS' nightly re-airings have attracted a new, younger audience for <a href='http://www.aoltv.com/show/sex-and-the-city/53301/main' target='_blank'>'Sex and the City.'</a> The show still sizzles, sans any actual between-the-sheets action, even gaining praise from 'tween stars like 15-year-old <a href='http://www.aoltv.com/celebrity/miley-cyrus/474330' target='_blank'>Miley Cyrus</a>, who says it's her "favorite show."

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U Is for Unforgettable

Eating pizza and dancing to 'Moon River.' Getting drunk on Staten Island iced teas with a room full of sexy firemen. Running off to Paris on a whim for love. Having the Chinese take-out guy laugh at your predictable order. Seeing two grown men vie for a lady -- with a game of HORSE. These are only a few of the greatest moments in 'Sex' history.

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V Is for V-Spot

They had them waxed, dyed, toyed with, oil painted to be hung in museums, worked out with weights; Charlotte's (oddly named Rebecca) was even depressed once -- yes, we're talking about vaginas. The show's ongoing down-there discussion gave male and female viewers a modern view of hoo-has and C U Next Tuesdays.

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W Is for Writing

At the heart of the series' storytelling were journalist Carrie and her risqu&#233; sex column. Each episode began and ended with her brainstorming and typing up a new article on her laptop, with her voice-over commentary, one-liners and astute observations peppered throughout.

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X Is for (Se)X-Rated

The title wasn't on accident ... these women had a lot of sex! Their most memorable forays into Freakytown -- including Sam's swing-ing good time, Carrie's politico beau's unusual urination fantasy, Charlotte's brush with boob magazines and Miranda's phone sex relationship -- won't be nearly as wild in G-rated reruns. Sigh.

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Y Is for Younger Men

The ladies were known to dip their toes into the kiddie pool of men: Carrie dated a fried chicken-eating pothead who still lived at home; Charlotte got crabs from a Hamptons 20-something; Miranda flirted with a kid in a sandwich costume; and Samantha was the proudest cougar of the bunch, landing hot boy toys like Smith Jerrod.

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Z Is for Zeitgeist

With so many awards, syndication on multiple networks and an influence on fashion, slang and the way women live and love, the ladies of 'Sex and the City' are officially part of the pop culture landscape.

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