Is Carrie Bradshaw the Most Flawed TV Character of All Time?

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Most women love today’s birthday girl and forever style icon Sarah Jessica Parker – except those still siding with Kim Cattrall, of course. And while the details of this unfortunate feud are debatable, we are more certain of the following: Carrie Bradshaw – Parker’s most iconic character – was absolutely insufferable.

Heck, she knew it herself, once admitting to Aidan that she gets “a tad bitchy from time to time”. Like when she picked a fight with Miranda over Big in the middle of a thrift store. Or when she kicked Samantha out of the bathtub after dragging her on an agonizingly long train journey during which she harped on and on about a pimple. Or even when she confronted Charlotte for not volunteering to help her out with the down payment on her apartment. And let’s not even delve into the more relatable flaws (read: using her oven for storage, oversleeping for a major shoot, and wearing heels to the countryside).

The funny thing is that, over 20 years after the premiere of Sex and the City, Carrie somehow seems more flawed now than when we first met her, as illustrated by 30 of her most cringeworthy moments, below. Chalk it up to the fact that we’re older, we’re wiser, and we’ve maybe had more time to think about this. How many of these quotes can you recall?


"I'm having an affair with Big. And also I'm smoking again. Feel free to delete me out of your PalmPilot."

Cheating on a loyal, old-fashioned, and ruggedly handsome guy like Aidan? Of course, we're starting with this one.

"I'm a designer. Carrie Bradshaw. Carrie Bradshaw designs."

Lying to get a discount on furniture, yet spending $485 on a pair of Manolo Blahniks – go figure.

"Well, has the woman ever even heard of me?"

Leave it to Carrie to show up at church, Miranda and oversized hat in tow, demanding to be introduced to Big's mother.
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"I've been thinking about this y'know... meeting your parents, and I was just wondering if it's a good idea."

Aidan offered her exactly what she wished Big would – and then she didn't want it.

"I couldn't understand a word she was saying, but I felt I had in my possession all the Italian I'd ever need to know: Dolce, Dolce, Dolce."

Accepting a pair of designer shoes from a casual acquaintance and then walking away while she was still talking was not her finest moment.

"It's not a complex. It's a Natasha-specific obsession which will be over as soon as she sees me at the benefit looking fabulous in these shoes... and this dress I saw at Bergdorf that's going to cost me a month's rent."

At least she acknowledged the obsession.

"Well, it feels odd. I'm used to the hunt... and this is effortless. It's freaking me out."

After all of Big's hot-and-cold behavior, you'd think she would appreciate the lack of drama with Aidan, but nope.

"This isn't about you. I'm not ready for marriage."

Technically speaking, Aidan was one half of the relationship, so it was about him a little.
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"Maybe we should see each other less, and then we can miss each other more."

Meet Carrie's (twisted) theory on loving, long-lasting relationships.

"The ring was not good. It was a pear-shaped diamond with a gold band."

Shallow, thy name is Carrie.

"I love alcoholics. Hell, I hope to be one someday."

Yet another ill-timed joke about substance abuse, courtesy of Carrie.

"So when did you guys all become freaks?"

This coming from the woman who rummaged through her date's entire apartment in a quest for something "freaky".

"Y'know, no one talks about backing up. You've never used that expression with me before, ever, but apparently everybody's secretly running home at night and backing up their work."

She wrote a grand total of one column per week, but couldn't find the time to back up?
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"That was awful. I can't believe there's a person in New York who could hate me that much."

You had an affair with her husband. Believe it.

"Just tell me I'm the one. C'mon, you don't have to tell your mother or the whole world. Just tell me."

Neediness is not the way into a man's heart – especially a man like Big.

"I like my money where I can see it – hanging in my closet."

A sense of financial responsibility was never her strong suit.

"I invited him up. I didn't mean to. I just got trapped. That crazy movie star lady broke up with him, he's devastated, he has no one else to talk to, and before I knew it, I was telling him to make a right at the sign for 'Farm Fresh Summer Squash'."

Inviting an ex over to the house of the man you cheated on with said ex? Really?

"Listen, I never keep people waiting. I got to bed really late last night and it's my personal belief I lapsed into a coma."

Excuses, excuses, excuses – literally no one on the set of Carrie's photoshoot fell for that one.

"I've spent $40,000 on shoes and I have no place to live? I will literally be the old woman who lived in her shoes."

We'd rather be walking whoopee cushions.
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"I heard about your marriage, and it's just so terrible. I never, never meant for any of this to happen, and if there was something that I could do to take it all away, I would. But I can't, so I came here today because I needed to say how sorry I am."

Ambushing Natasha in public to make this apology? Too little too late, Carrie.

"I think you can go. The thing is, if you don't leave now, then we're gonna have to end the night together... y'know hug and share cabs according to neighborhood. And then I won't have any time alone with him."

No, Miranda didn't get flan that night.

"It's closer to my heart this way."

Susan Sharon looked incredulous upon hearing that. And so did we.

"Paper covers rock."

It was Charlotte's big moment – at least it should've been – until Carrie made it all about herself and 'that' Post-It note.
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"Why should I pay someone when we can talk for free and then go get a drink or whatever?"

Maybe Carrie wouldn't "pick the wrong men" if she actually believed in therapy.

"He's not my boyfriend. He's just somebody I'm trying on."

Our reaction to this somewhat callous statement? Men aren't Manolos.

"When I first moved to New York and I was totally broke, sometimes I would buy Vogue instead of dinner. I felt it fed me more."

Food – or at least The New Yorker – would've fed you better, Carrie.

​"You can stay here with your boxes of sh*t and your shoe-eating dog, and you can knock yourself out ​putting on the Rogaine and the Speed Stick."

Because when have below-the-belt insults ever won any fight?

"I hate that squirrel, I hate this oven, I hate... this."

Could she have been any less supportive of Aidan's quaint little country cabin?
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​"That cowl-neck look is on the way out. You heard it here first."

There's a time for fashion-related humor – and Miranda in pain and having to wear a neck brace was not that time.

"It's too much. I'm an American. You gotta take it down a notch."

She faked a fainting spell in response to a romantic gesture – after six seasons of complaining about men, of course.
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