'Sex and the City' (2008)
When HBO premiered its premium-cable comedy about four women living in New York City in 1998, it was filling a gap whether it knew it or not: You weren't going to see a quartet of ladies discussing single life in the modern era, the mishaps of metropolitan dating, and the desire to find Mr. Right — and the right pair of Manolo Blahnik Mary Janes — with such real-talk frankness in movie theaters. Sex and the City went from being a popular TV show to a cultural touchstone, making Manhattan seem like a cosmo-filled wonderland and treating close female friendships like a lifeline instead of a competitive sport. You could see the series' influence gradually bleeding into movies like The Sweetest Thing (2002), and after the show finished its run in 2004, a big-screen outing seemed inevitable. The resulting movie may be little more than an extra-long episode, but demand for more Carrie, Samantha, Charlotte and Miranda adventures created a supply. This was what a female comedy looked like and sounded now, for the most part. It was a SATC era.