TV review: ‘Sex and the City’s’ Carrie Bradshaw returns in new CW series

By Caitlin Brown

The new CW show, “The Carrie Diaries,” a prequel to the famous show “Sex and the City,” premiered last Monday night.

“The Carrie Diaries” focuses on Carrie Bradshaw’s teenage years and the trials and tribulations of any teenager.

The plot lines of “The Carrie Diaries” should be similar to the plot lines featured in “Sex and the City,” with less on-screen sex.

Since the show is geared toward teenagers and is on a public network, the show will not have the gratuitous amount of sex featured in “Sex and the City.”

The pilot episode, titled “Lying and Consequences,” begins with Carrie, played by AnnaSophia Robb, narrating her life and dreams.

AnnaSophia Robb is not the Carrie many envisioned. Robb overacts in certain scenes and can be a little annoying when she narrates, but Robb can play a grieving, angst-filled teenager fairly well.

Robb just might not be Carrie Bradshaw.

The other characters, especially her friends, are like any normal teenage girls and boys.

One of her friends, Jill Chen — played by Ellen Wong — falls in love with a college student, loses her virginity to him and is heartbroken at the end of the episode when her boyfriend breaks up with her.

The costumes, makeup and other elements are distinctively 80s but do not seem to be a caricature of 80s culture.

New York City seems to be a caricature of itself. In the 80s, crime was at a high and the streets were an extremely dangerous place to be at night.

The city is glamorized too much in “The Carrie Diaries.”

“Sex and the City” is a cultural icon because it had charm, with a cast of characters who were flawed individuals. Their problems were problems many faced in real life, so viewers felt they could connect with Carrie, Miranda, Samantha and Charlotte.

“The Carrie Diaries” utilizes those elements, but the show does not have the same charm and magic as “Sex and the City.”

“The Carrie Diaries” will appeal to many people, but for those looking to get their daily dose of Carrie Bradshaw, it makes more sense to watch reruns of “Sex and the City.”

Grade: C+

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