All in one: Every single episode of that scintillating series `Sex and the City'

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October 30, 2005

SEX AND THE CITY: THE COMPLETE SERIES -- HBO -- Home Video / $299.95

After the successful release of every season of this series, one might ask whether there is any real need for a $300 package combining all six seasons in one collection. The answer is yes. Sex and the City was such a beloved, liberating and delightful series that some fans can't let it go - and want a way to treasure it. This lushly packaged and nicely accessorized (with special features - much like Carrie's outfits) collection is just the ticket for those who think of Sex more as a guide to life than a TV show. In giving voice to the sex and fantasy lives of women like no prime-time program had ever done, Sex had already earned the status of landmark television by the end of its first season on HBO in 1998. But, then, it went so much further in the next five seasons in depicting one of the most enlightened notions of community - feminine, urban and contemporary - ever offered on TV. Brace yourself, baby boomers, for this pronouncement: Carrie Bradshaw (Sarah Jessica Parker) is as liberating and important a character to the portrayal of women on television as Mary Richards (Mary Tyler Moore) of the Mary Tyler Moore Show (1970-'77 on CBS). And, Rhoda (Valerie Harper) notwithstanding, Mary never had a supporting cast of dishy gal pals like public relations executive Samantha Jones (Kim Cattrall), attorney Miranda Hobbes (Cynthia Nixon) or art curator Charlotte York McDougal (Kristin Davis). The humor and wisdom alone found in being able to track Charlotte's marital arc - from Dr. Trey McDougal (Kyle MacLachlan) in 2000, to attorney Harry Goldenblatt (Evan Handler) in 2004 - would justify the collection.

Special features En-Sex-Lopedia -- takes a look back at the defining moments in dating, fashion and relationships. Location, Location, Location! -- offers a guide to New York restaurants, clubs and boutiques frequented by Carrie and company. Sex Essentials -- serves up a potpourri of advice, quips and quotes gathered from great conversational moments with the quartet. Sample: As a waiter takes their drinks order, Charlotte says, "You know, men don't want a woman who is too self-sufficient." To which Samantha replies, "I'm sorry, did someone just order a Victorian straight up?"

OMAR & PETE / Tonight at 10:30 p.m., MPT / Documentary looks at two Baltimore men trying to find new life beyond prison.

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