Sex And The City star Willie Garson believes the US series was a hit because it pushed boundaries on television.
Broadcast between 1998 and 2004, the romantic comedy drama became an instant smash as it followed the trials and tribulations of Carrie (Sarah Jessica Parker), Samantha (Kim Cattrall), Charlotte (Kristin Davis) and Miranda (Cynthia Nixon) – four New York women bonded by love, life and… designer shoes!
Talking to What’s on TV to mark the release, Willie Garson – who played Carrie’s gay best friend Stanford Blatch in the show – said: “I don’t think it was so much pushing boundaries in society, I think it was pushing boundaries on television. It admitted that women talk about sex and things, just like guys do. It changed the conversation by saying: ‘Hold on, this is really what it is’.”
He went on: “Even with my character, there weren’t a lot of gay characters on television and it’s like: ‘OK, they have this friend, he’s gay, he acts like he’s gay and he talks about being gay – that wasn’t a thing on television really.”
And Willie – who has also starred in shows such as White Collar and NYPD Blue – knows why SATC will still be popular with viewers all these years on.
“It continues to really resonate with people because it’s about love,” he said. “All the fashions and the great jokes and the outrageous situations were basically all just window-dressing and what people are really responding to, whether they know it or not, is that it’s about love: finding it, keeping it, surviving love, looking for love and that was always the arc of the entire thing.”
After six seasons and two movies, the question on everyone’s lips is whether there’s going to be a Sex and the City 3?
“It all comes down to if there’s the right story to tell, someone has time to write it and all the actors can do it… there’s so many things that have to fall into place. But I don’t think anyone has ever said: ‘I would never do that! I would love it – but we honestly have no idea.”
Sex and The City® Season 1-6 is available from Thursday 5th May with the NOW TV Entertainment Month Pass for just £6.99.