Caroline Kepnes
March 22, 2002 AT 05:00 AM EST

We all know how irritating it is when women try to define themselves as characters from HBO’s Sex and the City. But NBC’s Leap of Faith — a comedy about four Manhattanites created by Sex scribe Jenny Bicks — takes this annoying phenomenon to a whole new level by copping Sex’s entire titillating template. After a close watch of Faith’s first three episodes, we couldn’t help but wonder how many similarities we could find. Turns out, a lot.

OUR GAL Carrie Bradshaw is a single, sometimes self-destructive, curly-haired woman who writes a sex column THE PREMISE Carrie & Co. discuss sex and singledom over cosmopolitans and Bellinis THE GANG Carrie’s the funny one, Samantha’s the slutty one, Charlotte’s the marriage-minded one, and Miranda’s the fiercely independent one DOMESTIC DISTURBANCE A pushy maid hides Miranda’s vibrator MAN TROUBLE Carrie has an emotionally available, furniture-designing fiance who almost leaves her homeless COMMITMENT ISSUES While shopping for a wedding dress, Carrie breaks into hives and just can’t go through with the marriage MOMMY DEAREST Charlotte had an overbearing, uptight, Upper East Side mother-in-law named for an animal (Bunny) DIRTY TALK Samantha pops Ecstasy so she can experience ”X-cellent sex”

OUR GAL Faith Wardwell is a newly single, sometimes self-destructive, curly-haired woman who writes advertising copy THE PREMISE Faith & Co. discuss sex and singledom over martinis and white wine THE GANG Faith’s the funny one, Patty’s the slutty one, Cynthia’s the marriage-minded one, and Andy’s the fiercely independent one Domestic Disturbance A pushy maid wears Faith’s slippers MAN TROUBLE Faith has an emotionally unavailable, booklight-buying fiance who always leaves her cold COMMITMENT ISSUES While shopping for wedding china, Faith breaks into a sweat and just can’t go through with the marriage MOMMY DEAREST Faith has an overbearing, uptight, Upper East Side mother named for an insect (Cricket) DIRTY TALK Patty gets a ”double grande” from the company’s coffee-cart guy

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