Film & TV

! Bradshaw is Back: The Reboot of Sex and the City

Sophie Stamford

Just ten days into what many expect to be another pretty gloomy year, the cast of (well, most of it…) Sex and the City made the prospect of 2021 a little brighter, with a teaser-trailer announcement suggesting the return of the iconic series. The show that very much defined an era, and the lives of its audience, will make a limited 10-episode return to our screens. Whilst it won’t feature our favourite sassy and sex-savvy Samantha, played by Kim Cattrall, we will once again see Carrie Bradshaw, Charlotte and Miranda navigating life, relationships and style, but this time in their fifties. 

With production rumoured to begin in spring, what can we expect from the show’s reboot? Perhaps more importantly, what do we expect to change?

First airing in 1998, Sex and the City was a first-of-its kind series, pushing the boundaries of television with its forthrightness about sex and its diverse presentation of relationships and women’s expectations of men. Based on the book by Candace Bushnell, the show won seven Emmys and eight Golden Globe awards, leading to two feature films in 2004 and 2010.

The show’s influence was vast, and continues to shape young women today (myself being one of them), due to the relatability of characters and their experience. If Carrie’s ‘boy-obsessed, but independent-and-still-happy-with-myself-and-my-girlfriends nature doesn’t resonate with or inspire you, then either Miranda’s career-focused lifestyle, Samantha’s no emotions, just sex view, or Charlotte’s more ‘traditional’ values will. Or perhaps, you aspire to a healthy combination of all of the above. I’d argue that this sense of empowered and empowering women, and of course its iconic and timeless wardrobe, is why conversations about Sex and the City continue. We keep rewatching, recommending, filling our Insta feeds with accounts dedicated to sharing old outfits, or running to podcasts discussing Carrie’s column questions, as we continue to grapple with similar questions today.

However a huge problem with the show, and something that must surely be addressed in the 2021 reboot, is the incredible lack of diversity. Whilst many of us can relate to the characters’ existential crisis’ or dating dilemmas, very few can relate to the characters themselves. A main cast of four white, slim and ‘mainstream-pretty’ women is not acceptable, so we can only hope (surely, expect?) that this will change. Whilst I cannot wait to have Bradshaw back on my screen, I desperately hope that she will be accompanied by a far more diverse cast, giving an honest representation of NYC today.

And speaking of today, I can’t help but wonder how the girls’ lives will have changed. With Instagram becoming the people’s Vogue, will we see Carrie and Charlotte’s coffee dates plastered on Stories, and Reels showcasing their OOTDs? Or better yet, in a life of lockdowns, are they swiping through men on Tinder like dresses on sale on the Zara app? However Bradshaw is doing life right now, I’m sure she’s wearing a pair of the latest Blahniks and is desperate to share her new advice about sex and the city, and I for one, cannot wait to hear it.

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