It seems that Carrie Bradshaw, of Sex and The City fame, has been making bad decisions in her love life since day one. This last Tuesday marked the beginning of reliving Bradshaw’s woeful teenage choices with the premiere of CW’s new series, The Carrie Diaries.
It’s 1984 in Castlebury, Connecticut and our beloved Carrie (Annasophia Robb) is much more innocent than when we last saw her. While coping with the recent death of her mother, Carrie is forced to adopt a more responsible role than just the older sister to the immature and rebellious, Dorrit (Stefanie Owen).
Helping her overcome this trying time are her trusted friends: Mouse (Ellen Wong) the level headed, responsible and smart best friend, Maggie (Katie Findlay), the sarcastic and jaded friend, and Walt (Brendan Dooling), Maggie’s boyfriend who is questioning his sexuality.
Before you watch, you have to understand some things will be different from the book and the original series. Adamant SATC fans will notice differences right away. For example, Carrie’s father, Tom (Matt Letscher) is very much involved and the sassy Larissa Loughlin (Freema Agyeman) becomes her mentor and first real connection to the big city. SATC did not touch on family often: Carrie, Samantha, Charlotte and Miranda were each other’s family. However, in this series, family will play a central role.
With her trademark big blonde curls, unparalleled sense of style and close knit circle, Carrie will learn to find her place as a young woman and navigate high school trial. At this point in the series, the most pressing struggle for young Bradshaw is the cute new kid, Sebastian Kydd (Austin Butler). He has been kicked out of three schools and true to form, he is Carrie’s blossoming love interest.
Fashion is still very central in the series, of course, and we get to giggle at and/or admire the fashion of the 80s. So when Larissa, a party girl and style editor, chooses Carrie’s self-designed purse to be shot for Interview Magazine, Bradshaw’s adventure in Manhattan begins.
The Verdict: Don’t you miss that infamous writing desk? Love reminiscing about high school? Do you constantly find yourself wanting for something more? We have our best friends, boy friends, first job, first love, mean girls and Manhattan. The Carrie Diaries is cute, fun and a great escape into two beloved characters, Carrie and New York. I would argue the love story between Carrie and New York is the more important theme. Sure we have bad boy Sebastian, but I bet her MAN-hattan will be around much longer. Sex and the City fans, newbies, and those too young to enjoy or remember the phenomenon will enjoy seeing Carrie find her voice and her way out.
Airs: Mondays at 8/7 p.m Central
Starring: Annasophia Robb, Austin Butler, Ellen Wong, Katie Findlay, Stefania Owen, Chloe Bridges, Freema Agyeman, Matt Letscher