The 1 Most Hated Episode of ‘Sex and the City’ Isn’t What You Think

Deciding on the worst episode of a series can cause some real arguments among fans. Since taste is subjective, some Sex and the City viewers appreciate early episodes while others are more captivated by later installments. No matter what, most agree that the series overall adds up to something amazing.

But considering that Sex and the City aired from 1998 until 2004, there are bound to be problematic themes that seem very dated by today’s standards. From a lack of diversity to LGBTQ stereotypes, the series has faced some harsh criticism especially as HBO Max gears up to launch a reboot.

However, there’s only one episode with the lowest ranking on IMDb, and it’s not necessarily the most offensive one by today’s standards.

Fans were sometimes annoyed by Carrie and Mr. Big’s relationship

Carrie and Big
Sarah Jessica Parker (Carrie) and Chris Noth (Mr. Big) | Paramount Pictures/Newsmakers)

The central relationship in Sex and the City revolved around the main character Carrie Bradshaw (Sarah Jessica Parker) and Mr. Big (Chris Noth). It becomes clear early on that Big has serious commitment issues, yet Carrie cannot move on from him, even as she tries to date other people.

Some fans find Carrie’s devotion to Big relatable and even romantic. But others get fed up with Carrie clearly settling for less than she deserved. Maybe that’s why one of the most hated episodes includes yet another example of Carrie and Big stuck in a state of relationship limbo.

 The worst-rated episode of ‘Sex and the City’ is simply forgettable

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There’s one definitive method for determining the worst-rated episode of the popular HBO series. According to IMDb, the lowest-ranked episode from all seasons was “Defining Moments” from season 4.

The plot has Carrie going on a semi-date with Big during a weird point of their on-again, off-again relationship. While there, she meets a jazz musician and realizes she’s attracted to him, which causes some confusion for her.

Meanwhile, Charlotte deals with her husband Trey insisting on only having sex in public places. Miranda is seeing a man who is a little too open about using the bathroom and wants her to do the same.

Overall, it’s a skippable episode that fans gave a 7.1/10 rating. It’s not the most offensive or ridiculous but perhaps the crime of being boring is even worse than that.

The series finale earned top marks for wrapping up ‘Sex and the City’

One episode that no fans find forgettable is the critically acclaimed series finale, which also happens to be the top-rated installment with an impressive 8.8 rating on IMDb.

In “An American Girl in Paris: Part Deux” Carrie finally recognizes that Petrovsky is selfish and terrible for her after all. Charlotte and Harry adopt a baby girl, Miranda allows Steve’s ailing mother to move in, Samantha finally admits she has feelings for Smith, and Big heads to Paris to sweep Carrie off her feet.

Making a finale that pleases everyone is no small feat. But showrunners manages to wrap up every storyline in a satisfying way, leaving everyone looking forward to the future. Sadly, the subsequent movies ruined some of that, and now fans are terrified the reboot will make matters even worse.

We’ll just have to tune in to find out.