Celebrating the 20th anniversary of the hit show’s premiere on HBO, the writers recently spilled some dirty secrets to Vanity Fair.
Apparently, HBO only censored the racy comedy’s content twice, most notably in the season 1 episode “The Monogamists.” Charlotte (Kristin Davis) was dating Michael (Jack Koenig), who had a golden retriever named Butterscotch. Their brief relationship ended because Michael kept pushing Charlotte’s head down, pressuring her to perform oral sex.
“In the final scene, she basically let him have it about being offended by his insistence on just wanting a blow job,” Sex and the City creator Darren Star recalls. “She accused him of only liking her for that and kind of stormed out.”
At least that’s all home viewers saw. The storyline’s original ending, which had been filmed and edited, was much raunchier: “And then she walked back in and saw that his golden retriever was going down on him.”
“It’s sort of horrifying that we shot that,” adds producer-writer Amy B. Harris. “We shot him putting peanut butter on his penis, and Charlotte walks back in like, ‘Oh, I’m being unreasonable,’ and then she sees that… I can’t believe we even thought about doing it.”
During the episode in which Miranda’s housekeeper, Magda, replaces her vibrator with a statue of the Virgin Mary, HBO also censored a moment where the statue overlooks condoms on Miranda’s bedside table.
Another story idea that fizzled out before making it to screen was a man who faked his orgasms: “Casper the Friendly Cum,” jokes Michael Patrick King.
Sex and the City, which premiered in 1998 and concluded on HBO in 2004, continued with feature films in 2008 and 2010.