I Can’t Get Over Sarah Jessica Parker’s SATC Theory

When "Sex and the City" premieres on Netflix in April, it will introduce the show to new audiences. But first-time fans may interpret the show's entire premise differently, thanks to a theory previously shared by Sarah Jessica Parker, who plays Carrie Bradshaw.

Based on Candace Bushnell's newspaper column of the same name, "Sex and the City" follows the lives of four women as they navigate careers, friendships and romance against the backdrop of New York City. In a 2019 interview, Parker couldn't help but wonder... Carrie's best friends Samantha Jones (Kim Cattrall), Charlotte York (Kristin Davis) and Is Miranda Hobbs (Cynthia Nixon) just a figment of her imagination?

"If you think about it, did Carrie make this up?" Parker told news.com.au. "She tells a story every week. It's her point of view, almost always her point of view." (Fans may remember that each episode was narrated by Carrie.)

The actor pointed to the show's final episode, "An American Girl in Paris," in which Carrie traveled to the French capital. "When Carrie goes to Paris and leaves the computer, for the first time Carrie doesn't tell the story," Parker said. "She left her computer behind, and it was the conduit for the audience to get to know Charlotte, Miranda and Samantha. Sometimes I think, well, just to kid myself."

Actors Kristin Davis, Sarah Jessica Parker, Cynthia Nixon and Kim Cattrall. James Devaney/WireImage/Getty Images

Fans support the idea

This theory surfaced on Reddit about a decade ago, with many fans agreeing that the women might only exist in Carrie's head.

"Each character may represent Carrie's life but doesn't actually exist," one Reddit user said. Another said, "They are just pseudonyms for real women in Carrie's circle."

"Sex and the City" aired for six seasons (1998 to 2004). The HBO original spawned two sequel movies, released in 2008 and 2010, as well as the Max spinoff series This Is It , which was recently renewed for a third season.