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In a departure from nearly all earlier half-hour comedies, the writers fully embraced the richness of serial storytelling. The Halloween before last, Dan Clay went out in an outfit that changed his life. The second was ideological: Miranda and Carrie were second-wave feminists, who believed in egalitarianism; Charlotte and Samantha were third-wave feminists, focussed on exploiting the power of femininity, from opposing angles.
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But it also showed a failure of nerve, an inability of the writers to imagine, or to trust themselves to portray, any other kind of ending—happy or not.
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