You Won’t Believe These Early Reviews of Sex and the City Are Real

Say what you will about the state of pop culture in 2018 (a reality star for president, who met with another reality star in the Oval Office to discuss prison reform?), but some things may have changed for the better.

Take, for instance, our understanding of Sex and the City. The series is now heralded as one of the greatest 30 minute romantic dramedies ever to have graced the small screen—but, as it turns out, the critics didn’t always feel that way.

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Ahead of the 20th anniversary of the iconic show with the delightfully frank title, we did a deep dive into what TV critics had to say about the show when it first debuted in 1998. Spoiler: Not everyone was a fan.

From unnecessary comments about Sarah Jessica Parker’s face to calling Samantha “over-the-hill,” I couldn’t help but wonder, were TV reviews always this subtly (and not so subtly) sexist?

For the full run down, read on.

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