Sex and city – Season 1
Based on the bestseller written by Candace Bushnell, Sex and the city is a TV show aired on the network HBO in 1998, that tells about the affairs of four women that live in the Great Apple. The four women are all between 30 and 40 years old: Carrie Bradshaw (Sarah Jessica Parker), leading character and narrator, writes a column for the New York Star and has a great passion for shoes; a lot of people think she is a fashion icon, even if she chooses outfits that are not wearable in less glamour contexts. Samantha Jones (Kim Cattrall) is the oldest of the four and is famous for her sex appeal that drags her in many types of relationships; sometimes however she finds herself in situations that ridicule her and her age. Charlotte York (Kristin Davis) is the most conservative, she believes in the existence of prince Charming and to find him she falls beyond the limits of her morality becoming nearly an hypocrite. Miranda Hobbes (Cynthia Nixon) is a business woman that has a cynic vision of love and thank to this thing at the end of a story she is less broken than the others. The main theme of the show are the affairs, above all sexual, in the middle-high society of New York. The explicit language and the immorality of some situations are not annoying but the creation of absurd situations that ridiculize the characters and are of bad taste are puzzling. At the time of the airing, the serie was criticized because it was something never seen before. In effect, the serie is considered the leading way to the genre that put first sexuality. Among the fluctuating sentimental situations, I was pleased to see an horizontal plot, that is the story between Carrie and Mr Big (Chris Noth), because the viewers are more attracted and watch the show faithfully for this reason instead of once in a while.
How I met your mother – Season 1
Aired on the CBS in the 2005, How I met your mother is a comedy that has as main character the architect Ted Mosby (Josh Radnor), that in the 2030 tells his kids how he met their mother. The story, thanks to flashbacks, goes back of twenty five years when Ted lived in New York in a flat shared with his friends Lily (Alyson Hannigan) and Marshall (Jason Segel), a couple that wants to marry. Despite his single status, Ted dreams to marry and make a family, too. Maybe this is the reason why the story begins when he met Robin (Cobie Smulders), a Canadian reporter that will be for him more than a friend. The group of friends is completed by Barney Stinson (Neil Patrick Harris), a playboy with a passion for suits, that is the most funny character of the show. The main theme of the show is surely Ted‘s relationships but there are also his friends’ events. Among love affairs, disappointments and improbable scenarios the show becomes a humorous story about friendship, remembering a lot the ’90s show Friends. The serie boasts a lot of guest stars, among them Ashley Williams, that I loved as Victoria; Alexis Denisof, Hannigan‘s husband; David Burtka, Neil Patrick Harris’ partner, and Amy Acker.
The big bang theory – Season 1
Aired by the Us network CBS in the 2007, The big bang theory is a show that has four young scientists and their neighbor as characters. Even though they are different types of scientists – an experimental physicist, a theoretical physicist, an aerospace engineer and an astrophysicist – they have in common their work place, the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, and their passion for games and science fictions. Their “nerd” world collides with their neighbor Penny‘s (Kaley Cuoco) superficial one; she is a girl that dreams of becoming an actress and that tries, with poor results, to help the guys to improve their social life. While for Sheldon (Jim Parsons) social relationships and conventions are an useless thing to put in practice, Leonard (Johnny Galecki) tries to improve himself to ingraziate Penny and to conquer her. The character of Rajesh (Kunal Nayyar), a hindi that fails in communicating with women, is interesting, while the character of Howard (Simon Helberg), with his obsessions about the fair sex, is not impressive. The show is very nice, despite it takes on an extreme level the typical clichés about nerds and blond girls. One more time the horizontal plot saves the show because without the story between Penny and Leonard a lot of people, that can’t comprehend references to nerd culture and science world, would have leave it.