I think it was hailed as such initially, and people still recognise that it had that impact at the time, saying it broke the mould and paved the way for other shows to follow. It was unashamed in discussing sex etc, and it was groundbreaking to have a show do that from a woman’s perspective back then.
I think when viewed now it doesn’t have that same impact, because twenty odd years on it isn’t taboo in the same way to have women openly discussing sex, so it doesn’t quite have that same feminist impact. Through a 2020 feminist lens, they basically spend all their time talking about men as if there’s nothing else that matters as much, and they’re also four wealthy white women, so the show’s feminism isn’t intersectional and says little about the lives of most women. So in some respects, I have seen people reappraise the show, the above is the gist of bits I’ve read from feminists. I think its also sometimes more harshly assessed after the abomination which was the second SATC film, which really did seem totally tone deaf on every level, and really did make the show look very dated.
Thats how my gf views it, but she was also like, “its ok to just say ‘I like this show’, you don’t have to defend it as a timeless political statement thats as relevant now as it once was. Its OK to just like SATC without drawing stupid comparisons to much better shows like Sopranos”
Exactly, which is why the show isn’t dated like SATC is. Back when it aired we weren’t meant to view these guys as being good, they were pieces of shit then and they’re still pieces of shit through a modern, 2020 lens.