‘Sex and the City’: Was Miranda and Steve’s Love Story The Most Realistic?

By the time that Sex and the City wrapped its sixth season, every one of the ladies was happily in a relationship. Charlotte York found her happy ending with Harry Goldenbatt, Carrie Bradshaw found her way back to Mr. Big,  Samantha Jones reluctantly fell into a rhythm with Smith Jared, and Miranda Hobbs finally found “the one” in Steve Brady. While every relationship had its ups and downs, it would appear as though Miranda and Steve’s relationship was the most realistic.

Opposites do attract

They say that opposites attract, and there are no two TV characters who were more opposite than Miranda and Steve. A high-powered lawyer who didn’t believe in love fell for a charismatic bartender, who, while not on Miranda’s professional level, certainly brought something utterly unique to the table.

Their differences did drive a wedge between them, more than once, but even that feels completely realistic. Most people have a relationship that they seem to run back to, time and time again, hoping to get it right. Stever and Miranda finally made it work, but they needed a couple of false starts to get there.

Their relationship problems felt relatable

Miranda and Steve’s relationship was not smooth sailing, but unlike the emotional push and pull of Carrie and Big’s relationship, Miranda and Steve’s issues felt relatable. During their first attempt at a relationship, Steve ended things because of their income disparities. As a bartender, Steve simply couldn’t keep up with Miranda. During their second shot at a relationship, Miranda just couldn’t reconcile her type-A personality with Steve’s laidback nature.

The pair finally made it work, after having a child together. Sure, their relationship timeline wasn’t traditional, but it felt completely organic. Neither seemed to force the relationship to conform to societal standards and, in the end, it all worked out.

They leave Manhattan for their son  

Thought Catalog argues that Miranda would have never left Manhattan for Brooklyn, but, when you look at it from another angle, the plotline makes perfect sense. Miranda was not prone to making decisions based on emotion alone. She was incredibly pragmatic and logical. Logically, Miranda realized that Brady was growing up and would need more space. Logically, Miranda knew that buying a place in Manhattan that would accommodate Brady’s needs was financially out of reach. No matter how much she loved Manhattan, Miranda loved Steve and Brady more.  

The duo faced the same problem that thousands of parents who call Manhattan home face. Once a child arrives, parents often start questioning whether the pitfalls of life in Manhattan with a child outweigh the cultural benefits. Sure, when Miranda and Steve hopped the Brooklyn Bridge for more space, it wasn’t a hip decision, but interest in the Burrough has continued to grow. Steve and Miranda were not only a realistic couple, but apparently, they were trendsetters.