Making its splashy debut on June 6, 1998, the first episode of Sex drew 3.7 million viewers — a respectable number, considering it was a new series on a pay-cable channel. (But viewership would balloon by the finale, which, nearly six years later, would draw 10.6 million viewers.) At the time, HBO's slate included Oz, Arli$$, and Taxicab Confessions. And a little show called Family Man — eventually renamed The Sopranos — was gearing up to premiere the following year.
Can you imagine Carrie as a brunette? That was the plan up until 24 hours before the pilot was shot. ''I got a call that Darren wanted me blond,'' Parker remembers, ''because Candace Bushnell is blond.''
The cabdriver from the ''up the butt'' episode also appears in the movie, driving Carrie and Miranda. ''We've had a fight and we're trying to work it out,'' says Cynthia Nixon. ''We got such a kick out of the fact that it was [the same driver].''