Sex And The City: Carrie Bradshaw’s Top 11 Boyfriends

  
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Television history overflows with central male characters dating woman after woman after woman. Finally, in 1998, Carrie Bradshaw strapped on her Manolo Blahniks and flashed her flamboyant fashions to flip that stereotype on its head in HBO’s hit series Sex and the City. In the very first episode, she and her girlfriends vow to start having sex “like men.” But it was not just about the sex. Carrie was very much an old-fashioned girl, albeit a forward-thinking one, looking for true love and writing a column about it. It took her six seasons, dozens of love interests and two movies to find it, but she did. Here are her top 11 boyfriends.

11. Jack Berger

It’s probably safe to say Berger is the most hated man in the history of the show. But that’s only because he seems so good, but then turns so… cowardly. First appearing in season five, episode five, he seems age-appropriate. He’s an author; he’s tall, dark and handsome; he rides a motorcycle. Unfortunately, when they first meet, he has a girlfriend and he goes away for a while, resurfacing at the end of the season, when he’s unattached. As season six opens, they finally start dating and they have pretty good chemistry – everywhere, but the bedroom. He soon gets cranky when she criticizes his use of scrunchies in his book, and he gets jealous when her book does well and his publisher drops him. Then come the games: he says he wants to take a break, then he wants back in and then, the pièce de résistance, he breaks up with her on a Post-It note. Nice.

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10. Aleksandr Petrovsky

This was a close call for all the Big fans out there. There were just nine episodes to go in the series when Carrie met famous Russian artist Aleksandr Petrovsky, an older man, in season six, episode 12. It’s a little more of an old-fashioned romance for Carrie, as they don’t really get together until his second episode. Things do get a little shaky by his third appearance though, when it comes to light that he has a 22-year-old daughter and isn’t into becoming a daddy again at his age. It’s actually a little surprising he lasted so long and that they came so close to really being something, because there were so many other red flags. He’s weirdly open about death; she feels awkward around his friends; his art is his priority; it takes a long time for him to meet her friends; and he wants her to leave her beloved NYC for Paris. Shockingly, she goes. Not shockingly, she doesn’t like it and comes home to Mr. Big.

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