From Sex and the City, created by Darren Star
Nominated by Susan Ticker
What was it about Carrie Bradshaw that so captured our attention? A huge segment of TV-watchers hung on each of Sex and the City's 94 episodes as if their own lives were playing out on HBO or maybe it was the lives they wondered why they weren't living.
I caught the show in reruns during a time in my life when I desperately needed distracting. I admit I watched the show secretly hoping to hate its shallow focus on everything hip. I came to understand was that it wasn't about the over-the-top fashions, the in-your-face female sexuality, or the perpetual pursuit of cool.
It was, with Carrie at the epicenter, about humanity. And in spite of the lifestyle whether we secretly lusted for it or openly disdained it this humanity is what eventually endeared Carrie (and her Manolos!) to the world.