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The world fell in love with Carrie (Sarah Jessica Parker), Miranda (Cynthia Nixon), Samantha (Kim Cattrall), and Charlotte (Kristin Davis) in 1998 when Sex and the City premiered on HBO. The characters on the groundbreaking series inhabited TV screens after six years but not before changing the TV landscape. Fans were heartbroken to say goodbye to their favorite characters but were able to revisit them when two Sex and the City movies premiered in the years following the show’s end.

Sex and the City ran for six seasons but when it ended, audiences still wanted more from Carrie, Samantha, Charlotte, and Miranda. Transitioning from the small-screen to the big-screen, the New York City women became the subjects of the first Sex and the City movie. 

First ‘Sex and the City’ movie premiered in 2008

Four years after Sex and the City ended on HBO, Sex and the City: The Movie hit theaters. The film picked up where the show left off with Carrie and John James Preston aka Mr. Big (Chris Noth) together. In the movie, they were continuing their lives together, buying a lavish apartment, and preparing for their wedding. Of course, there were bumps along the way which Miranda, Samantha, and Charlotte supported Carrie through. 

As for the rest of the characters, Miranda spent the film trying to save her failing marriage to Steve (David Eigenberg) and Samantha continued her relationship with Smith Jerrod (Jason Lewis) on the West Coast. Meanwhile, Charlotte, who had adopted a daughter with her husband, Harry (Evan Handler), became pregnant. Of course, throughout the entire film whether they were laughing while sipping on cosmopolitans at a hip bar or heartbroken, they wore designer clothes. 

Reviews were good but not great

Fans of Sex and the City rushed to theaters to see Sex and the City: The Movie but reactions were mixed. Audiences appreciated the reunion but the film fell a little flat with critics who gave it a 49% on Rotten Tomatoes whereas viewers awarded it a 77%. 

Kristin Davis, Sarah Jessica Parker, Cynthia Nixon, and Kim Cattrall in the 'Sex and the City' movie
Kristin Davis, Sarah Jessica Parker, Cynthia Nixon, and Kim Cattrall in the ‘Sex and the City’ movie | Richard Corkery/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images

How to watch ‘Sex and the City: The Movie’

Unfortunately for Sex and the City fans, the first film based on the series isn’t the most easily accessible. It’s available to rent on Amazon for $3.99. It’s also available with the “Watch Now with Live TV” feature on Hulu but it’s not on Netflix.

‘Sex and the City 2’ hit theaters in 2010

Although the response to the first Sex and the City weren’t all positive, they were enough for a sequel. After Carrie and Big ended up getting married in a small ceremony at the end of the first Sex and the City movie, fans likely couldn’t help but wonder: Where will they go from here? The movie didn’t hint at a sequel but nevertheless Sex and the City 2 premiered two years later. 

All in need of a break from marriage, motherhood, and the grind of their daily lives, the four friends traveled to Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, for a lavish getaway. While contemplating how to bring back “sparkle” to her marriage to Big, she crossed paths with her old flame Aidan Shaw (John Corbett).

Audiences and critics didn’t care for Sex and the City 2 despite the film earning $95 million at the box office. Reviewers awarded it a measly 16% on Rotten Tomatoes while audiences were a bit more generous with a score of 43%. Evaluate Sex and the City 2 yourself by watching it on Netflix or renting it for $3.99 on Amazon. 

How to watch ‘Sex and the City 2’

Oddly enough, Sex and the City 2 is available to stream on Netflix but the original is not. The sequel is also available to rent on Amazon for $3.99 and streaming is available on Hulu with the Live TV option.

Today, fans are wondering whether or not the franchise will attempt to redeem itself with a third installment