‘Sex and the City’: 3 Times Carrie Bradshaw Was a Good Friend

When Sex and the City premiered in the late 1990s, viewers seemed to connect with Carrie Bradshaw the most. Years after the series aired its final episode, new viewers have pointed out how problematic Carrie could be. The famed sex columnist was a little selfish and judgmental. That does not mean she couldn’t be a great pal, though. Carrie showed up for Miranda Hobbes, Samantha Jones, and Charlotte York multiple times during the series. Do you remember these three times that Carrie was a good friend?

Carrie Bradshaw offered Miranda Hobbes support without question

While some fans would suggest that Samantha and Carrie were the closest, Miranda and Carrie appeared to be the true best friends when looking at the series. Carrie and Miranda just seemed to understand each other on a deep level, allowing them to provide the type of support that would work best for each other. Carrie came through for Miranda multiple times.

Cynthia Nixon as Miranda Hobbes and Sarah Jessica Parker as Carrie Bradshaw chat while sitting on a bench in New York City during the filming of 'Sex and the City'
Miranda Hobbes and Carrie Bradshaw | RJ Capak/WireImage

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In season 4, Carrie offered Miranda the quiet, non-showy support she needed at her mother’s funeral. Instead of allowing her friend to walk down the aisle alone while she mourned, Carrie stepped out to walk with her. It was a quiet way of proving that she understood Miranda implicitly. Carrie also offered Miranda support when she considered having an abortion and again when she decided to keep the baby.

Carrie Bradshaw defended Charlotte York against a mean self-help guru

Charlotte was largely non-confrontational. When someone came at her aggressively, she preferred to remain quiet. Carrie seemed to understand that Charlotte wasn’t one to defend herself. In a particularly raw moment, Carrie stood up to a mean self-help guru who attempted to shame Charlotte for not finding her next great love.

Kristin Davis as Charlotte York and Sarah Jessica Parker as Carrie Bradshsaw sitting on a bench in Central Park during a scene for 'Sex and the City' in 2001
Kristin Davis as Charlotte York and Sarah Jessica Parker as Carrie Bradshaw in ‘Sex and the City’ | Tom Kingston/WireImage

In “Unoriginal Sin,” the second episode of season 5, Charlotte began attending meetings to help her find love again. After dragging Carrie along with her to a seminar, Charlotte stood up and explained that she wasn’t sure she believed in love anymore. The self-help guru scolded Charlotte and suggested she wasn’t putting herself out there. In short, she told Charlotte that she was trying hard enough. The look of shame and sadness on Charlotte’s face was too much for Carrie to bear. She stood up, defended her friend, and eventually helped Charlotte move along. The moment was among Carrie’s best friendship moments.

Carrie took care of Samantha when she was sick

Samantha was the most independent of her friends. She appeared to have the fewest hang-ups and the fewest insecurities. Because of her nature, she didn’t require support from her pals very often. Still, Carrie was there to help her when she did need support. 

Kim Cattrall as Samantha Jones and Sarah Jessica Parker as Carrie Bradshaw walk down a Manhattan street while filming an episode of 'Sex and the City'
Samantha Jones and Carrie Bradshaw in ‘Sex and the City’ | James Devaney/WireImage

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In season 3, Samantha woke up with the flu. Carrie showed up to craft a concoction of cough syrup and Fanta soda for her. She also reassured Samantha that she wasn’t alone because she didn’t have a man in her life. Samantha’s vulnerable moment passed quickly, but Carrie was still there for her when she needed some help.