Sex and the City was always a little heavy on the “city” and light on the “sex,” but that doesn’t mean the show never got risque. After all, it’s not TV — it’s HBO.
But apparently, there was one scene that went too far for the HBO execs.
In an interview with Vanity Fair, creator Darren Starr and producer Amy Harris spill the tea on a sex scene clash with the network.
The scene was set to air in season one’s “The Monogamists.” Charlotte was dating a man named Michael, who liked to push her head down to his groin during sex. Oh, and he also had a dog named Butterscotch.
“It was really the end of the story line,” recalled Star. “He basically was always pushing her head down to give him oral sex. And he had this golden retriever who was always around. In the final scene, she basically let him have it about being offended by his insistence on just wanting a blow job. She accused him of only liking her for that and kind of stormed out. And then she walked back in and saw that his golden retriever was going down on him.”
Said Harris: “It’s sort of horrifying that we shot that. 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.”
Showrunner Michael Patrick King also shared another moment that ruffled HBO’s feathers, though this one seems a bit mild in comparison:
“There was one other thing that was censored, and it was only halfway censored,” recalled King. He was referencing the Season 3 episode “Attack of the Five-Foot-Ten Woman,” in which Miranda’s cleaning lady, Magda, finds her “goodie drawer.” In the episode, Miranda yells at Magda for replacing her vibrator with a statue of the Virgin Mary. Afterward, Miranda comes home to see that Magda has fanned out condoms on her bedside table. “That was an adjusted shot, because originally she had positioned the Blessed Mary to be looking over the condoms.” For whatever reason, the Virgin Mary and condoms in the same shot was too much for censors: “People were like, ‘That’s too far!’ So we took Mary out.”