Are you a Carrie, Miranda, Charlotte, or Samantha? That's a question that women -- and some men -- have been asking each other for years. In her new book, titled "Sex and the City and Us," author Jennifer Keishin Armstrong details the origins of what would become a Bible on how to live as a thirtysomething single woman in New York City. Armstrong's behind-the-scenes account is based on several interviews with those involved with the popular HBO series, including Sarah Jessica Parker, along with a multitude of research materials. Here are 13 little-known-facts from Armstrong's book about the show that helped define a generation of women. Getty Images.
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The Home Box Office. It was started by the legendary magazine company Time, Inc. Unlike most cable stations, HBO is a premium station, meaning you have to pay for the right to watch the channel on top of what you pay as far as cable packaging is concerned though in recent years, most cable and satellite networks have started offering premium TV packages that do include HBO and its sister stations, including Cinemax. Note the start dates above, too - until about the concept of "basic cable" didn't exist.
Ben Travers. Of course, that made it a pretty big deal for TV itself, as the shows dominating cultural conversations and the awards circuit started to shift away from the Big Four networks and into the cable space. Since HBO was primarily in the business of bringing studio movies into the home, this made sense. And yet each episode told a standalone story. Other entries drag a big or are more redundant in message and execution than anyone needs.