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“And Just Like That” Falls Flat

Asking for more from Manhattan’s favorite mavens. 50something confidence is hard to find in the SATC reboot.

Like many New York women of a certain era, Sex and the City was a revelation for me. Even if you were less Manhattan and more middle America, that cast of thirtysomething “singletons” empowered women to do it their way long after Mary Tyler Moore threw her hat in the air. So did they, meaning Carrie and company, make it after all?


As I awaited the first season of the SATC reboot And Just Like That, I was hoping for something that shows the joy and confidence of life as a fiftysomething woman. Instead, I got a lukewarm, overly woke bonanza where Big kicks the bucket, and the once-iconic female friendships feel empty and shallow. And cut to Season Two, when Carrie, the sex columnist, can’t say “vagina” on her podcast, and Charlotte is obsessed with making a MILF list at her teenage daughter’s school. Don’t get me started on Miranda and THAT strap-on. As the kids say, CRINGE.

I like this observation from Vogue, whose young writer is asking for something more than this dumbed-down drivel:

“What about a storyline that celebrates how women can reinvent themselves in their 50s and own it—with no quivering insecurity? Wouldn’t that be more exciting to explore and offer more opportunities for their friendships to shift and mature instead of being reduced to Carrie phoning Che to have a teenage conversation about dating Franklyn? Yes, the women might be facing some of the same scenarios they did in their 30s, but assuming they’d react to them similarly is disappointing.

These successful, previously self-assured, confident, outspoken women have been reduced to timid versions of their former selves. It’s a massive missed opportunity to show that, for the most part, older women don’t give a fuck.”

An opportunity to show young and older women what it’s like to live life in your 50s has been reduced to characters that are hard to like

Adding on new characters like Lisa Todd Wexley (Nicole Ari Parker), Seema Patel (Sarita Choudhury), Che Diaz (Sara Ramirez), and Dr. Nya Wallace (Karen Pittman) as new friends do little to solve the problem. I doth think they give far too many fucks.

Insecure. Petty. Childish even. An opportunity to show young and older women what it’s like to live life in your 50s has been reduced to characters that are hard to like. Even Carrie, an idol to many of us, is a cranky jerk. Yes, she just lost her husband, but sleeping with her podcast producer, who wears an undershirt to bed while watching cooking shows, is about as exciting as dry toast. 

I haven’t seen the whole season, but even Carrie going to retail therapy at Bergdorf Goodman felt uninspired and sad. Charlotte’s prim and proper thing no longer suits her, and Carrie’s outfits lack cool urban chic and feel a bit phoned in. Miranda struggling with the strap-on is an apt metaphor for fashion and friendships that are no longer joyful but maybe even painful.

But besides flaccid friendships and fashion faux pas (did anyone else see that feather out of place on Lisa Todd Wexley’s Valentino hat on the way to The Met Ball or Charlotte’s awful double Burberry moment?), what I miss most of all about the show is the other main character of this iconic story, and that is New York City.

Sure, the fancy restaurants appear, and the aforementioned Met Ball is a milestone, but the heart and soul of the city are long gone from the show. That spontaneous, special 212 sauce was grounding season after season, making it all the more relatable for those who live and love here. Now the city is just as bland as the characters, and New York is many things, but bland is not one. Just last week, I saw a guy pooping in public, followed by Daniel Day-Lewis getting into an Uber on crutches in the West Village. Iconic. So, Carrie, Carrie where did our love go? And is there life beyond (cancelled and departed) Big? 

What’s missing most is a love of self

Because the show was always about finding love. Love of friends. Romantic love. Manolo love. But as this magnetic group ages, they all feel lost. And to me, what’s missing most is a love of self. For those of us at a certain age, isn’t that the greatest love of all?

I need characters we can root for. This crew has made it Birkin big but has completely devolved into dusty versions of themselves. From Carrie hiding in her old apartment and faking COVID to Miranda going meek to Charlotte sweating a stupid list, I can’t. This version of the show is not smart. Not stylish. Not remotely sexy. And I’m not buying it. If all l have to look forward to is the return of Aiden (snoozefest) or a cameo from Samantha (I’m here for it), I should probably start re-watching Girls. At least none of those characters were likable to begin with. Where do we go from here, Hollywood? My self-love (and disposable income) are waiting.

See medical disclaimer below. ↓


  1. I still love the show and enjoy the characters evolving still stylish still friends
    still seeking love…… Adien and all.

  2. I think what you are having trouble with is the awkward reimagining and identity shifts one goes through. It’s not all rainbows and unicorns and giving no fucks. That’s not real. It’s exploring some new things and having them…go flat or not fit. I agree, some of decisions (like Carrie moving back to her apt) feels regressive. Carrie is not who she was then but perhaps it’s the cozy and safe comfort of the familiar that is understandable given unexpected loss of Big. A stop gap if you will, before she truly moves on.

  3. Thank you for putting into words my exact feelings. This is why I gave up 1/2 way into season 1 of the reboot. I didn’t even know they were attempting a 2nd season (and I subscribe to HBO Max). Drivel. Boring. Uninspired.

  4. TOTALLY AGREE. I am embarrassed for the writing. And let us not forget Carrie might have been able to save Big if she stopped hugging his dying body and called an ambulance!! Geez, isn’t that the first step in not dying? The new women are tokens not people. The need to cover every polically/socially correct subject is beyond annoying. Why hasn’t one of them fallen into monetary decline, like so many women over 50.? It’s so stupid and self congratulatory it’s difficult to express without breaking into nervous hives. Samantha’s balls to the wind life moved the story, the rest of these women are not as interesting as “The Housewives” franchise and who needs them either? COME ON Michael Patrick King let these rich boring women go and bring us real women over fifty.

  5. I never liked the idea of this show–and have yet to read a positive review of the new series. Women over 50 need better film stories told/written by them. Most screenwriters reduce aging to bad jokes and even worse images. If you want to see strong women on screen I offer–Sarah Lancashire in Happy Valley and Sharon Small in London Kills, Acorn TV.

  6. I absolutely love it – warts and all – and think SATC wasn’t realistic either – they were sometimes silly and shallow and imperfect then too. As one of the ONLY TV shows focused on 50 plus women it needs way, WAY more support from all of us, and a hell of a lot less criticism. They look older. Shock horror. Their botox or filler isn’t always perfect. And? The fashion is sometimes great, sometimes, not. There’s a few character that we don’t yet really care about. BUT…It’s still a great watch IMO. SATC had its ups and downs too… After all, we women only have true equality when we can be as average and middling as many men in leadership or on TV.

  7. I’ve never been a huge fan of the show (Their lame attempt at diversifying the cast feels like pandering) but I did occasionally watch for the fashion. This season is so tired, the dialogue so dull that I’ve been using it as background while I do something else. Time for them to hang up their Manolos.


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Sheri Radel Rosenberghttps://unapologeticstyle.substack.com/
Sheri Radel Rosenberg is a Philly-born, Brooklyn-based writer who explores style, beauty, culture, and midlife with wit, warmth, and wisdom. Her story includes successful forays in the worlds of trend forecasting, ad agency photo production, ghostwriting, and strategic messaging development for fashion and beauty brands - all while amassing a slip dress collection that would make any Gen Xer proud. At the dawn of social media, Sheri launched her personal blog–which combines her passion for writing with her style obsession–and she hasn’t looked back. As Style Editor for the AGEIST, she’s inspired by the styles of the 70s and the 90s, along with all the beautiful people she sees daily in NYC.


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