The 10-episode revival of the hit HBO television series Sex and the City came in the form of “And Just Like That…” which follows the event set 11 years after the events of the 2010 film Sex and the City 2. The series premiered on HBO Max on December 9, 2021, and concluded on February 3, 2022.
Fans were quite excited to return to the story of a group of four women, i.e., Carrie Bradshaw, Charlotte York, Samantha Jones, and Miranda Hobbes, who, despite their different natures and ever-changing sex lives, remain inseparable and confide in each other. Although the revival only showed the life of three of them, Samantha Jones was not present physically in the storyline.
Kim Cattrall, who played the role of beloved Samantha Jones, the oldest and most sexually confident of the foursome, preferred not to get back in the shoes of her character, whom she played for over a decade. As per various sources, Cattrall never wished to return to the role since the news of the third movie was made known to the public. Due to various plotline differences, the film had to be canceled.
Despite being able to create the hype, the reboot of the series wasn’t able to satisfy the fans. The latest episodes turned out to be awkward and tedious. The characters appeared to go through drastic personality changes, and most of the time, these changes seemed to be clashing with their original timeline.
The original series, Sex and The City ran from 1998 to 2004 and had a huge fanbase. The characters were fun, their personalities were terrific, and they concentrated on showing things beyond the lives of the leading star cast.
The leading ladies had undergone some unpleasant changes. Kristin Davis’s Charlotte is a caricature of the wealthy, liberal Karen from her nonbinary middle schooler, to her Black friend, to her widowed best friend—about her.
Cynthia Nixon’s Miranda is a worker-than-thou white lady who crusades for anti-racism by trying to save Black peers from inconveniences that do not have anything discernable to do with their race.
And Sarah Jessica Parker’s Carrie is a prudish-by-today’s-standards podcast guest unwilling to talk graphically about her sex life. And then she is a widow, alone once again and yearning for Mr. Big, until the next first kiss comes along—which it does, in the final moments of the series.
All in all, the show was a bust. And fans truly missed Kim Cattrall’s Samantha.