July 18, 2006 at 12:00 PM EDT

Sex and the City

TV Show
Current Status
In Season
run date
Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis, Cynthia Nixon, Sarah Jessica Parker, Craig Bierko, Sonia Braga, John Corbett, David Eigenberg, Ron Livingston, Kyle MacLachlan, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Chris Noth
guest performer
Candice Bergen, Jon Bon Jovi, Margaret Cho, Alan Cumming, David Duchovny, Evan Handler, Dan Futterman, Willie Garson, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Nathan Lane, Donovan Leitch, Jason Lewis, Lucy Liu, Matthew McConaughey, Anne Meara, Isaac Mizrahi, Bridget Moynahan, Frances Sternhagen, Justin Theroux, Blair Underwood, Vince Vaughn
Julie Rottenberg, Elisa Zuritsky
Drama, Comedy

No matter how bad summer TV gets, there’s always vintage Sex and the City to help you avoid hateful tasks like cleaning out the spare closet (which I promise I’ll get to this weekend) or balancing the old checkbook (outlook: not very promising). Now, starting tonight from 9-10 p.m. EDT, TBS adds some extra spice to its tasty SATC reruns by interspersing interviews with five of the show’s memorable men — Blair Underwood (pictured, with Cynthia Nixon), Evan Handler, Mario Cantone, David Eigenberg, and Willie Garson — throughout its back-to-back episodes.

This got me thinking about the rarely discussed men of SATC, both the good and the bad. My all-time favorite has to be Eigenberg’s raspy-voiced nice-guy Steve, who adored prickly Miranda even in her most neurotic moments, yet called her on her craziness when she needed it. (And don’t all of us not-so-secretly want that?) In Eigenberg’s hands, Steve was funny and charming, a little bit strange, and pretty much irresistible; can anyone tell me why the guy hasn’t landed a leading-man role in a network dramedy since SATC left the airwaves? (Thankfully, one of the series’ best one-episode suitors, Daniel Sunjata — the Fleet Week hunk who almost stole Carrie’s heart in season 5 — has fared better; he’s now starring as Rescue Me‘s Franco Rivera.)

On the flip side, unlike most of my friends, I always found John Corbett’s furniture-making Aidan utterly intolerable. His faux-folksy style and lingering aura of fatherly disapproval seemed to me to fit Carrie’s life about as well as a pool table in a Manhattan studio apartment, so needless to say, her rejection of his marry-me-now ultimatum in front of that fountain filled me with unspeakable glee. Of course, I think Ms. Bradshaw should’ve ended the series single — and fabulous — but that’s another blog item altogether.

Back to the subject at hand, which SATC men did you love the most, and which turned you off altogether?

addCredit(“Sex and the City: Everett Collection”)

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