Although the show celebrates consumerism, obssessive analysis of relationships, and a flashy lifestyle, the women ultimately have faith in love, and stereotypes of all stripes are addressed and smashed head-on.
A fistfight or two, and some lovers' spats, but nothing too extreme. This is glitzy, glam New York, not criminal drama New York.
Traditional, kinky, and everything in between. HBO version is pretty graphic (better for 17+); syndicated episodes have been edited and are much tamer (so OK for 15+).
Syndicated episodes edit out or bleep the worst of the HBO version's strong language (which includes the complete range of dirty words); nonetheless, the characters, especially Samantha, are as salty as sailors.
Hello, Manolo Blahniks! Carrie is a shoe fiend; her friends are all fashionable women who spend a lot on their wardrobes.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Almost all of the characters drink, smoke, and/or use drugs at some point -- though none of the women are heavily into the latter. Lots of martinis/cosmos in particular.