Sex and the City
Season 3
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Country of originUnited States
No. of episodes18
Original networkHBO
Original releaseJune 4 (2000-06-04) –
October 15, 2000 (2000-10-15)
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The third season of Sex and the City, an American television romantic comedy-drama, aired in the United States on HBO from June 4 to October 15, 2000. Based on the eponymous book written by Candace Bushnell, the series was created by Darren Star and produced by Darren Star Productions, HBO Original Programming, and Warner Bros. Television. Star, Barry Josen and Michael Patrick King served as the series' executive producers. The show follows the relationships and sexual escapades of Carrie Bradshaw, a sex columnist for the fictional New York Star, and her friends Samantha Jones, Charlotte York and Miranda Hobbes.

Season three saw a more serialized approach to the series. Carrie begins dating Aidan Shaw, a furniture craftsman who stands as a polar opposite to Mr. Big, who struggles in his marriage to Natasha as well as seeing Carrie with someone else. Miranda and Steve move in with each other but find themselves going in different directions in terms of maturity. Charlotte dates and later marries Trey McDougal, who turns out to be impotent.

Season three, comprising 18 episodes, aired on Sunday nights at 9:00 p.m. Eastern Time Zone. The third season saw a rise in ratings from the previous season, averaging a total of nine million viewers. The show garnered acclaim in its third season, winning the Best Comedy Series awards at the Primetime Emmy Awards and Golden Globe Awards and the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series.


The third season of Sex and the City was created by Darren Star and produced by Darren Star Productions and Warner Bros. Television, in association with HBO Original Programming. The series is based on the book of the same name, written by Candace Bushnell, which contains stories from her column with the New York Observer. The show features production from Barry Jossen, Michael Patrick King, and Star. Season three featured writing credits from Star, King, Jenny Bicks, Cindy Chupack, Becky Hartman Edwards, and Allan Heinberg. The season was directed by Dan Algrant, Allison Anders, John David Coles, Allan Coulter, Dennis Erdman, Nicole Holofcener, Charles McDougall, Michael Spiller, and Pam Thomas.

Cast and characters

See also: List of Sex and the City characters

Season three featured four actors receiving star billing. Sarah Jessica Parker played the lead character Carrie Bradshaw, a writer of a sex column, "Sex and the City", for a fictional magazine and the narrator of the series.[1] Kim Cattrall portrayed Samantha Jones, a sexually confident public relations agent who follows the same relationship rules that men do.[2] Kristin Davis played Charlotte York, an optimistic art museum curator who holds traditional views on relationships.[3] Cynthia Nixon portrayed Miranda Hobbes, an acerbic lawyer with a pessimistic outlook on relationships and a distrust of men.[4]

The season featured a number of recurring guest appearances. Chris Noth reprises his role as Mr. Big, who is currently married to Natasha Naginsky (Bridget Moynahan).[5] Willie Garson portrayed Carrie's gay best friend and talent manager Stanford Blatch.[6] David Eigenberg appears as Steve Brady, a bartender and Miranda's love interest.[7] John Corbett played Aidan Shaw, a laid-back furniture designer who becomes Carrie's long-term boyfriend.[8] Kyle MacLachlan of Twin Peaks fame joined the series portraying Charlotte's boyfriend and later husband Trey MacDougal, a cardiologist from a wealthy family whose marriage to Charlotte is plagued by his impotence and his intruding mother.[9] Frances Sternhagen recurred during the season as Trey's mother Bunny.


See also: List of awards and nominations received by Sex and the City

Primetime Emmy Awards record
1. Outstanding Comedy Series
Golden Globe Awards record
1. Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy
2. Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy (Sarah Jessica Parker)
Screen Actors Guild Awards record
1. Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series

Sex and the City received various awards and nominations during its third season. At the 58th Golden Globe Awards, the series received four nominations, winning two for Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy and Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy, awarded to Sarah Jessica Parker. Kim Cattrall and Cynthia Nixon received their second nominations for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film.[10] At the 53rd Primetime Emmy Awards, the show received ten nominations, including a third nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for Parker and a second nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for Cattrall.[11][12] The series won the award for Outstanding Comedy Series.[13]

At the 7th Screen Actors Guild Awards, Cattrall and Parker received nominations for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series while the cast won the award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series.[14] The show also won Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy at the 6th Golden Satellite Awards,[15] while receiving nominations for Outstanding Achievement in Comedy at the 17th TCA Awards,[16] the Award for Television: Episodic Comedy at the 53rd WGA Awards for episodes "Attack of the 5' 10" Woman" (written by Cindy Chupack) and "Ex and the City" (written by Michael Patrick King),[17] and Outstanding Directing – Comedy Series at the 53rd Directors Guild of America Awards for "Cock a Doodle Do!" (directed by Allen Coulter),[18] among others.


See also: List of Sex and the City episodes

No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
U.S. viewers
311"Where There's Smoke..."Michael Patrick KingMichael Patrick KingJune 4, 2000 (2000-06-04)301N/A
Carrie meets a politician named Bill Kelley at a FDNY calendar benefit in Staten Island. Miranda gets help from Steve after she undergoes LASIK eye surgery. Tired of waiting for a fairytale romance, Charlotte begins aggressively searching for a "Prince Charming" to marry. Samantha dates the pinup-boy fireman she met at the benefit.
322"Politically Erect"Michael Patrick KingDarren StarJune 11, 2000 (2000-06-11)3023.60[19]
Carrie continues dating her politician beau, but he later reveals to have a golden shower fetish. Miranda does not know how to respond when Steve asks her to "go steady". Charlotte throws a "used date" party to find a new man. Samantha dates a short man who shops at the Boy's Department in Bloomingdale's.
333"Attack of the 5'10" Woman"Pam ThomasCindy ChupackJune 18, 2000 (2000-06-18)3033.98[20]
Carrie must confront her past with Big when she runs into Natasha, Big's wife. Miranda hires Magda, a Ukrainian maid with very traditional values. Charlotte deals with some of her body image issues at a spa. Samantha gets banned from Helena Rubinstein when she gets physical with a masseur.
344"Boy, Girl, Boy, Girl..."Pam ThomasJenny BicksJune 25, 2000 (2000-06-25)3043.69[22]
Carrie dates a twenty-something man who is openly bisexual. Miranda deals with personal issues when Steve proposes moving in with her. Charlotte poses as a drag king for an artist at her gallery. Samantha butts heads with her new twenty-something male assistant. Alanis Morissette guest-stars.[21]
355"No Ifs, Ands, or Butts"Nicole HolofcenerMichael Patrick KingJuly 9, 2000 (2000-07-09)3053.97[23]
Carrie's smoking becomes a problem when she goes on her first date with Aidan Shaw. Miranda makes more time for Steve in her life. Charlotte dates the worst kisser she's ever met. Samantha dates a black man whose sister does not agree with their interracial relationship.
366"Are We Sluts?"Allison AndersCindy ChupackJuly 16, 2000 (2000-07-16)306N/A
Carrie wants to sleep with Aidan, but he's reluctant to rush into a physical relationship. Miranda discovers she has chlamydia and has to inform her past sexual partners. Charlotte's new boyfriend calls her names during sex. Samantha's neighbors disapprove of her sex life after a late-night visitor lets in a burglar.
377"Drama Queens"Allison AndersDarren StarJuly 23, 2000 (2000-07-23)3074.56[24]
Carrie obsesses about her perfect relationship when Aidan suggests she meet his parents. Miranda enjoys her intimate life with Steve. Charlotte gets upset when a married friend won't set her up with his bachelor buddy. Samantha tries Viagra while sleeping with a doctor.
388"The Big Time"Allison AndersJenny BicksJuly 30, 2000 (2000-07-30)3083.93[25]
Carrie runs into Big who confesses that he misses her and can't stop thinking about her. Miranda gets annoyed with Steve's childish habits when he suggests they have a baby together. Charlotte falls in love with Trey after only a few weeks of dating and is convinced he's "The One". Samantha believes she's hit menopause when her period is a week late.
399"Easy Come, Easy Go"Charles McDougallMichael Patrick KingAugust 6, 2000 (2000-08-06)3093.50[26]
Big tells Carrie that he's leaving his wife. Miranda deals with her breakup and Steve moving out of the apartment. After meeting the MacDougal family matriarch, Charlotte maneuvers Trey into making an "alrighty" proposal. Samantha is upset when dating a hot guy with "funky spunk".
4010"All or Nothing"Charles McDougallJenny BicksAugust 13, 2000 (2000-08-13)3104.42[27]
Carrie feels guilty and wants to quit her affair with Big. Miranda enjoys phone sex with a co-worker from Chicago. Charlotte negotiates the terms of her prenuptial agreement with Trey's mother, Bunny. After celebrating her move to the new apartment in the exclusive Meatpacking District, Samantha's bout of the 'flu gives her a pessimistic outlook on life.
4111"Running with Scissors"Dennis ErdmanMichael Patrick KingAugust 20, 2000 (2000-08-20)3114.64[28]
Carrie continues her affair with Big, and tells Samantha after a girly night and Miranda after a drink on their cocktail night. Charlotte finds out by accident, when she bumps into them on the street together. No longer meeting in hotels where nobody knows them in to avoid getting caught, Natasha comes home early from the Hamptons catching Carrie in Big's apartment. She chases Carrie out, falls down the stairs and cracks her tooth. Carrie takes her to the emergency room where she tells Big "they are so over they need a new word for over". Miranda tries continually to get Carrie to end her affair. Charlotte hires stylist Anthony Marentino to help her find the perfect wedding dress. Samantha meets the "male version of herself", but he refuses to sleep with her until she takes an HIV test.
4212"Don't Ask, Don't Tell"Dan AlgrantCindy ChupackAugust 27, 2000 (2000-08-27)3124.16[29]
Carrie struggles to find the right time to tell Aidan about her affair. Miranda tells a guy she's a stewardess in hopes of getting a date. Charlotte has her dream wedding and marries Trey MacDougal—even after attempted late-night tryst reveals Trey's serious shortcomings. Cunning linguist Samantha sleeps with Trey's Scottish cousin, despite being unable to understand him.
4313"Escape from New York"John David ColesBecky Hartman Edwards & Michael Patrick KingSeptember 10, 2000 (2000-09-10)3134.20[30]
Carrie, Samantha and Miranda travel to Los Angeles. Carrie meets with actor and producer Matthew McConaughey to talk about optioning her columns to make a film. Miranda wrestles with the level of unabashed sexuality in Los Angeles. Charlotte uses the Internet to deal with Trey's impotence problem. Samantha meets a dildo model.
4414"Sex and Another City"John David ColesJenny BicksSeptember 17, 2000 (2000-09-17)3144.76[31]
Carrie meets Keith Travers (Vince Vaughn), a publicity agent for celebrities who shows her the perks of the rich and famous in Los Angeles. Miranda meets an old friend from New York who has lost his East-Coast edge. Charlotte goes to Los Angeles after becoming frustrated with Trey's sexual problems. Samantha meets her idol, Hugh Hefner, and gets the girls invited to a party at the Playboy Mansion.
4515"Hot Child in the City"Michael SpillerAllan HeinbergSeptember 24, 2000 (2000-09-24)3154.94[32]
Carrie dates a hunky comic-book store owner who still lives with his parents. Miranda gets braces. Charlotte is shocked when she catches the supposedly impotent Trey masturbating. Samantha's latest client is Jenny Brier (Kat Dennings), a 13-year-old Jewish-American princess, planning her million-dollar bat mitzvah.
4616"Frenemies"Michael SpillerJenny BicksOctober 1, 2000 (2000-10-01)3165.35[33]
Carrie teaches a seminar on how to meet men at The Learning Annex, but it turns out to be as unsuccessful as her own love life. Miranda dates one of Carrie's ex-boyfriends (known as Asshole Jim), whom she meets at the funeral of a dead never-met blind-date. Charlotte gets frustrated with her sex life with Trey. Samantha gets in a fight with Charlotte about her attitude toward sex.
4717"What Goes Around Comes Around"Allen CoulterDarren StarOctober 8, 2000 (2000-10-08)317N/A
After getting mugged in broad daylight, Carrie decides to talk with Natasha about her affair with Big, in order to clear herself of bad karma. Miranda dates a handsome NYPD detective and becomes self-conscious about her own looks. Unhappily married Charlotte struggles with her lust for a hunky gardener at Trey's family house; she and Trey decide to separate. Samantha meets another Sam Jones, who turns out to be an NYU student and desperate virgin.
4818"Cock a Doodle Do!"Allen CoulterMichael Patrick KingOctober 15, 2000 (2000-10-15)3184.71[34]
Carrie meets with Big for the first time since his marriage ended. Miranda gets frustrated when she thinks the Chinese take-out girl mocks her stay-at-home lifestyle. Charlotte moves back into her old apartment and gets an uplifting visit from Trey in the middle of the night. Samantha feuds with the raucous transsexual prostitutes who conduct business outside her apartment at two in the morning.

Home media

Sex and the City: The Complete Second Season
Set details Special features[35]
  • 18 episodes
  • 3-disc set (DVD)
  • 1.33:1 aspect ratio
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround
  • Spanish: Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono
  • French: Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround
  • Audio Commentary of 4 Episodes with Executive Producer Michael Patrick King
  • Cast biographies
  • Episode Previews
  • Episode Index & Chapter Reviews
DVD release date
Region 1 Region 2 Region 4
May 21, 2002 (2002-05-21) July 1, 2002 (2002-07-01)[36] October 2, 2008 (2008-10-02)[37]


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