The first couple weeks in May are always hard for a TV fan. The major networks- CBS, NBC, FOX, ABC and The CW- all have to prepare for the Upfronts and decide what shows will be back on our screens next year (and which shows won’t be). So far a lot of my favorites are safe, but I’ve lost one close to my heart- The Carrie Diaries. After two seasons on The CW, we have to say goodbye to young Carrie Bradshaw and hope reruns of Sex on the City on E! will be enough. But before we say part ways, let’s look back at why we loved high school Carrie (and friends) and give another network a reason to start airing reruns.
1. Carrie and Sebastian These two give future Carrie and Big a run for their money. They follow the same on-again off-again pattern, but give audiences plenty to root for because when they’re on— they are on.
3. The 80s Fashion The Carrie Diaries used the same costume designer as Gossip Girl, and just like GG the fashion proved to be one of the best parts of each episode. Bonus points because of how fun 80s fashion is.
4. Carrie’s voiceovers One of TV’s most famous on-screen writers, The Carrie Diaries voiceovers gave fans a sneak peek of how Carrie became to the columnist/author she is today (I assume she’s still writing). Plus, they were inspirational and relatable.
6. Walt’s journey One of the most well-written “coming out” story-lines on TV to date, I’m going to miss watching Walt try to find his way in the world and will always wonder what obstacle he was going to tackle next.
7. The drama of high school While Carrie and her friends graduated at the end of the second season, Carrie’s sister would have still been at Castleberry High (plus on TV, college is basically high school with a bigger campus to fight on). TCD is one of the only shows that still had classic drama– unplanned pregnancies, cheating, backstabbing, etc.– without everyone turning into a vampire or zombie.
8. Carrie’s firsts As a Sex and the City fan, it was fun to watch Carrie grow up and experience some of her “classic Carrie” moments for the first time. Watching her explore fashion, try her first Cosmopolitan and of course, lose her virginity, is something that made TCD so special, and I would have liked to see more.
9. Carrie’s friendship with Samantha (and the opportunity to meet Miranda and Charlotte) Introducing Samantha made TCD even better than it already was, and I would have loved to watch their friendship develop and see how Miranda and Charlotte came into the mix. Creator Amy Harris revealed Miranda was going to be Mouse’s roommate at Harvard.