!!Tropes relating to the show.

* AccidentalInnuendo: In "A Woman's Right To Shoes," Charlotte says she's having a "teabag situation" with Harry. Samantha thinks she's referring to a particular sex act, but Charlotte just meant that Harry kept leaving used teabags around and staining her furniture.
* AmericansHateTingle: This American made TV series was considered to be very daring and groundbreaking for addressing issues of sex and relations that others shows to that point didn't discuss. Especially from a female standpoint. Other viewers in the US watched it because they felt it was ''hot and saucy''. In Europe the show was appreciated more for its comedy and camp value, because the fact that the main cast always has sex without removing their bra or with [[ModestyBedsheet the sheets covering up their genitals]] [[CoversAlwaysLie comes across as still very prudish for a show with the word ''sex'' in the title]].
* AwesomeEgo: Samantha.
* CrackIsCheaper: Carrie manages to end up in financial trouble due to her reckless shoe buying.
* CrowningMomentOfAwesome: Carrie and Big in the "The Big Time". You know it shouldn't be, but it is. Big kisses her:
-->'''Carrie''': Fuck you. (He continues to kiss her). Fuck ''you''. (She kisses him back). Oh, fuck me.
* CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming: Harry's proposal to Charlotte.
* DoNotDoThisCoolThing: TheMovie ostensibly had a message about rejecting the importance of labels (in both senses of the word), despite large chunks of the movie which are practically in-movie commercials for designer labels. The orgiastic display of wedding dresses ''alone''... In a larger sense, the series as a whole falls victim to this concept. We're supposed to be at least somewhat horrified by the narcissism and shallowness that's all-too-frequently on display, but the characters and their environment are a bit too glamorous for the "moral" to really take. Bushnell's original columns were considerably more trenchant in their appraisal of their social milieu.
* DoubleStandard: Many critics feel the series in general has a rather double standard. Had the show been about five men who have countless one-night stands and dump their partners afterwards for the same, sometimes nitpicky, reasons the women in this show do it would have caused an outrage among feminists. Also, for a show that is praised for talking about sexual taboos it does enforce a lot of stereotypes about genders too, being that all men should be strong, fearless and [[BiggerIsBetterInBed well-endowed]].
** As well, for a show geared towards women, there was a very bad example of a DoubleStandard rampant in film and television. Throughout their on-again, off-again relationship, any pursuit of Big by Carrie--leaving a few things at his apartment, wanting to meet his mother, saying, "I love you"--was made out to be pathetic, clingy, etc., and was always "punished" somehow, usually by Big freaking out and pulling away from her, sometimes even outright breaking up with her. But after Big married Natasha, he flat-out stalked Carrie for several weeks--calling her constantly, lurking outside her building waiting for her to come home, continuing to lurk until her boyfriend left, sneaking into the building and practically trying to push his way into her apartment, only stopping when she warned him that her boyfriend was coming back, following her to the hotel she was staying at, following her into the elevator, then grabbing and kissing her repeatedly. Throughout all this, she repeatedly and explicitly tells him to leave her alone, and in the elevator, continually pushes him away, telling him "Fuck you" (essentially, "''no''"), before finally succumbing to his advances. While it's undeniable that Carrie certainly could be stalkerish with Big, her behavior was always portrayed negatively and typically resulted in her being dumped, whereas Big's harassment and virtually forcing himself on her was made out to be sexy and romantic and resulted in him getting her back.
* HilariousInHindsight: Miranda's reaction to Samantha's SuddenlySexuality, considering the fact that Cynthia Nixon is engaged to another woman. (And has dealt with having fallen in love with a woman extremely well; [[IronicEcho not dissimilar to the way Samantha did, in fact.]])
** An even better example of this is a first season episode where Miranda is assumed to be gay by a co-worker, who sets Miranda up with a female date for a company event. At the end of the episode, she considers how life would be much easier if she were a lesbian, testing this by kissing her same-sex date.
* HollywoodHomely: Miranda, though men aren't put off by her looks so much as her powerful career and a demeanor that intimidates and emasculates them (however, at least one guy in-show ''really'' finds that attractive). Harry arguably qualifies as well, as he's portrayed almost as a hideous beast at times.
* HollywoodPudgy: Miranda's "baby weight", Samantha in the movie after she gains -- at most -- five pounds.
* {{Jerkass}}: Carrie has a few moments where she could be considered a horrible friend. She kicks Samantha out of her room ''while she's taking a bath'' and shoves her off into another room down the hall just so she can have sex with Big. When Samantha gets a chemical peel and ends up burning off a layer of her face, she still attends Carrie's book release party, but all Carrie can do is mock her appearance! She also yells at Charlotte for not giving her money although she spent it all on shoes, never listens to her friends when they talk about their personal lives and can come off a bit stalker-ish when it comes to Big, spying on he and his mother when they go to church. Not to mention breaking Aidan's heart ''twice.'' Carrie can be a bit judgemental of Samantha's sex life, as well.
* OneSceneWonder: Lexie Featherstone.
* PeripheryDemographic
** Gay men, famously, to the point it's almost considered more of a "gay show" in the popular imagination than it is a "chick show".
** Straight males, too. See TestosteroneBrigade.
* TheRedStapler: The name "Aidan” seemed to increase in popularity possibly as a result of the show.
* TearJerker: Although it dances with becoming {{Narm}}, the scene in which Carrie is begging Aidan to take her back after she slept with Big.
-->'''Carrie''': You have to forgive me. You have to forgive me. You ''have'' to forgive me. (Begins to weep). You have to ''forgive'' me.
** Much better than it sounds.
** Also, Miranda releasing all the pent-up emotion about her mother's death during a fitting for a new bra.
** Charlotte and Trey realizing that their marriage is beyond repair. He shows up at a magazine shoot featuring their penthouse that he hadn't wanted to do. When she tells him he can leave if he wants, he firmly says, "No. This is important to you".
** Richard SlutShaming Samantha and refusing her a job because she slept with his architect. Samantha points out the hypocrisy by saying, "If I were a man, you would have shaken my hand and given me a key to your office." She makes it to the elevator before breaking down in tears. (Although it becomes better when Richard calls Samantha back and offers her the job anyway because her speech impressed him.)
* TestosteroneBrigade: While its male fanbase is often stereotyped as being [[FagHag composed primarily of]] CampGay men who watch it for the fashion, during its prime it also had a very large contingent of straight male fans, as it featured a ton of female skin and enough of the male perspective (at times) to occupy straight men's interest.
* WhyWouldAnyoneTakeHerBack A few examples, but most notably with Carrie and Aiden after she had an affair with Big. He was still deeply hurt by it, could no longer trust her at all, and in the end they realized the damage was done and there [[AvertedTrope is no saving the relationship]].

!!Tropes relating to the film:
* CriticalResearchFailure: In the second film, Miranda blithley informs the girls that 'Han ji' is how you say 'Yes', apparently after reading umpteen travel guides on the UAE. It's actually Hindi, and while there is a large Indian expat population in the Middle East, any decent guidebook would tell you that in Arabic one says 'Aywa'.
* DesignatedHero: Carrie, whom the audience is ostensibly supposed to identify with and care about, is a self-and-shoe-obsessed character whom in real life would be an extremely annoying girlfriend/wife, and not a very good friend.
** Especially a KickTheDog moment in the second movie where, when Charlotte says [[GenreSavvy it's not a wise idea for her to go out to dinner with Aidan]], after all that's happened between them, Carrie retorts, "Okay, you're crazy, you are crazy in Abu Dabi. Just because you're worried about your marriage, everybody's gonna cheat. Have a nice night." Poor Charlotte is almost in tears after that, and Carrie ''does'' end up kissing Aidan, so Charlotte was right all along.
** Samantha in the second film. She's blatantly and ''constantly'' disrespectful towards the culture of the country she's visiting, repeatedly refuses to put something less revealing on even when Miranda begs her, acts like she did nothing wrong when she's arrested for public indecency - and ''then'' thinks it's a good idea to throw condoms at Muslim men on the way to prayer!
* HilariousInHindsight: The waiter in the first movie mistaking Miranda and Carrie for a couple when Cynthia Nixon is a bisexual in real life.
* {{Wangst}}: When Big almost calls his and Carrie's wedding off in the first movie, Carrie's reaction is to go to bed sick and depressed like someone died, and Samantha at one point has to ''spoonfeed'' her while she basically looks like a victim of war or a natural disaster.
** In the second film Charlotte is incredibly stressed out with having to raise her two children...except that she's a stay-at-home mother, ''and'' has a full-time live-in nanny to help her! Well, fair enough, we all deal with stress differently...but the big breaking point, where she has to hide from her children in a closet? Happens because her elder daughter gets paint on her skirt while they were baking cupcakes. [[WhatAnIdiot A cream vintage Valentino skirt, which she decided to wear whilst baking cupcakes and finger-painting with her children]].
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