Picks and Pans Review: Sex and the City

UPDATED 06/08/1998 at 01:00 AM EDT Originally published 06/08/1998 at 01:00 AM EDT

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Nothing against sex, understand. It's the city part of this Gotham-centric new series that gets on our nerves. Created by Darren Star (Beverly Hills, 90210) and based on the 1996 book by Candace Bushnell, the comedy stars Sarah Jessica Parker as a columnist for a fictional New York City newspaper. Her beat is the singles scene, and her research essentially consists of socializing with her friends. There's a lot of ostensibly sophisticated conversation about "this city" and what makes its sexual playing field uniquely hazardous. One hunk (whose first name is Capote) is described as "one of the city's most notoriously ungettable bachelors," and another (played by ex-Law & Order cop Chris Noth) is typed as "the next Donald Trump" but "younger and much better-looking." Parker is appealing as always, but watching the show is an empty diversion—like scanning a gossip column about people who don't exist.

Bottom Line: Better you should go out on a date

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