The Carrie Diaries is a American teen period comedy-drama television series that aired on The CW from January 14, 2013 to January 31, 2014. This was a prequel to the HBO television series Sex and the City and based on the book of the same name by Candace Bushnell.
The series was cancelled on May 8, 2014, after two seasons.
It was focuses on Carrie Bradshaw (AnnaSophia Robb) during her junior year of high school in 1984 as she explores life in New York City while interning at a fashion magazine, while the second season focuses more on her expanding life in the city as well as the lives of her friends.
- AnnaShopia Robb as Carrie Bradshaw
- Austin Butler as Sebastian Kydd
- Ellen Wong as Jill "Mouse" Chen
- Katie Findlay as Maggie Landers
- Stefania LaVie Owen as Dorrit Bradshaw
- Brendan Dooling as Walter "Walt" Reynolds
- Chloe Bridges as Donna LaDonna
- Freema Agyeman as Larissa Loughlin
- Matt Letscher as Tom Bradshaw
- Lindsey Gort as Samantha Jones
Seasons overview Edit
|Season||Episodes||First air date||Last air date|
|Season 1||13||January 14, 2013||April 8, 2013|
|Season 2||13||October 25, 2013||January 31, 2014|
In September 2011, it was officially announced that The CW was moving forward with a television series as a prequel to the original series, based on The Carrie Diaries. The project is produced by Gossip Girl producers Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage. Former Sex and the City writer Amy B. Harris penned the adaptation.
On January 18, 2012, The CW ordered a pilot of The Carrie Diaries. The project will continue to be helmed by executive producers Josh Schwartz, Stephanie Savage, Len Goldstein and Candace Bushnell. On May 11, 2012, the pilot was picked up to series. On May 9, 2013, The CW renewed The Carrie Diaries for a second season. It has received an initial order of 13 episodes.
Critical response Edit
The Carrie Diaries has received mixed reviews. Metacritic gave the first season a score of 57% based on 23 reviews, indicating "mixed or average reviews," based on 23 critics. Rotten Tomatoes gave season 1 a score of 63% based on reviews from 30 critics.
Gail Pennington of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch said "The CW's attempt to capture the magic of Sex and the City in a prequel, set in 1984, could have gone very wrong. But The Carrie Diaries is surprisingly right." Marisa LaScala of PopMatters says "The rest of the show goes on to prize sweetness over superficiality." Alan Sepinwall of Hitfix describes "The new series succeeds on its own nostalgic terms."
The second season opened with generally more favorable reviews. Rotten Tomatoes gave it score 100%, based on 5 reviews, and praised the introduction of Lindsey Gort as the iconic Sex and the City character, Samantha Jones.