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Sex, shoes and self-obsession: How a TV show changed the way women saw themselves

As a date is confirmed for the Sex and the City spin-off, we look back at the legacy of the much-loved series and ask if the new show can have the same impact on another generation of viewers

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Cynthia Nixon, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kristin Davis in 'And Just Like That'

Cynthia Nixon, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kristin Davis in 'And Just Like That'

The original stars in 'Sex and the City', including Kim Cattrall as Samantha Jones

The original stars in 'Sex and the City', including Kim Cattrall as Samantha Jones

A scene from 'And Just Like That'

A scene from 'And Just Like That'

Carrie with Big (Chris Noth) in 'Sex and the City'

Carrie with Big (Chris Noth) in 'Sex and the City'

Carrie's fashion was iconic in 'Sex and the City'

Carrie's fashion was iconic in 'Sex and the City'

Lena Dunham in 'Girls'

Lena Dunham in 'Girls'

Cosmos featured a lot in 'Sex and the City'

Cosmos featured a lot in 'Sex and the City'

'And Just Like That'

'And Just Like That'

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Cynthia Nixon, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kristin Davis in 'And Just Like That'

It’s not very often that three women in their mid- to late-50s break the internet, but earlier this month, as a trailer for Sex and the City’s spin-off series And Just Like That was released, everyone suddenly had an opinion. Would the show return to its earthy, truth-telling roots? Would things go the regrettable way of the two big-screen outings, which is to say, a non-triumph of style over substance? Would the core friendship group (Carrie, Miranda, Charlotte) be the same without Samantha? What do all those dresses mean? And why is Miranda, a partner in a law firm, taking the subway anyway?

All of these questions will be answered soon, as the series hits Irish screens on December 9. Anticipation certainly seems to have reached fever pitch, although a trace of trepidation — the uneasy feeling that a dead horse is being flogged — remains. Whatever team you’re on as a viewer, the series has reached a Holy Grail of sorts, in that it has everyone talking.


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