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It was a short but sweet fifth season for Sex and the City, as HBO's resident comediennes found themselves affected by forces beyond their control--the pregnancies of both Sarah Jessica Parker (Carrie) and Cynthia Nixon (Miranda). A truncated shooting schedule to accommodate the actresses forced this season to be reduced to a mere eight episodes, and indeed, you can tell both actresses are expecting. (Carrie's wardrobe became more outlandish and more concealing than usual.) Still, the actresses and creators forged ahead, creating a handful of episodes that if short in content were long on emotion and laughs. Whereas the fourth season found all four grappling with various relationships, the fifth season focused on the perils of being single, with a new intensity lacking in the previous sexcapades. Carrie and Miranda wrestled with their solitary lifestyles, albeit with new attachments--Miranda had new baby Brady and single motherhood, while Carrie found herself in the world of publishing as the author of a real-life book of her columns. Charlotte (Kristin Davis) wondered if she'd ever find another man, while Samantha (Kim Cattrall) finally got rid of the one that had been vexing her far too much, hotelier Richard (James Remar). If the season as a whole felt less than the sum of its parts, those parts were some of the best comedy in the show's history, from Samantha's anointment as the "Michiko Kakutani of vibrators" to Carrie's stressful, one-degree-from-fiasco book launch party. (And fear not, Chris Noth's Mr. Big does pop up now and again.) The season's climactic episode, "I Love a Charade," found all four at the straight wedding of a seemingly gay pal (Nathan Lane) and contemplating their future with a wry, bemused tone. It was one of the series' best episodes ever, equally touching and funny, and grounded the show in an emotional maturity that announced that after all their wild travails, these women had truly grown up. --Mark Englehart

DVD Features

  • Available subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Available Audio Tracks: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • 8 uncut, half-hour episodes on two discs
  • 3 audio commentaries by Executive Producer Michael Patrick King
  • Number of discs: 2

Cast

Sarah Jessica ParkerCarrie Bradshaw
Kim CattrallSamantha Jones
Kristin DavisCharlotte York
Cynthia NixonMiranda Hobbes
David EigenbergSteve Brady
James RemarRichard Wright
Mario CantoneAnthony Marantino
Matt ServittoGabe
Molly ShannonLily Martin
Amy SedarisCourtney Masterson
Willie GarsonStanford Blatch
Candice BergenEnid Mead
Robert John BurkeWalker Lewis
Ron LivingstonJack Berger
Frances SternhagenBunny MacDougal
Heather GrahamHerself
LisaGay HamiltonKendall
Chris NothMr. Big
Nathan LaneBobby Fine
Evan HandlerHarry Goldenblatt

  • Genre: TV
  • Director: Martha Coolidge
  • Producer: HBO
  • Length: 540 min
  • Aspect ratio: 1.33:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaJul 21, 2002
  • Ratings
    North AmericaR
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaDec 30, 2003
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