In season three, Carrie meets and is instantly attracted to up-and-coming Manhattan furniture designer Aidan Shaw (John Corbett) who becomes her boyfriend.
Aidan is more traditional and patient about relationships than many of Carrie's other love interests and for a while they are happy together.
The series received both acclaim and criticism for its subjects and characters, and is credited with helping jump-start HBO.
It spawned two feature films, Sex and the City (2008) and its sequel Sex and the City 2 (2010), and a prequel series by The CW, The Carrie Diaries.
She confesses to Aidan that she's not ready and needs more time.
He agrees to slow things down but at a Black and White ball not long after, he pressures her to commit, making it clear that he still doesn't trust she's over Big. Aleksandr Petrovsky (Mikhail Baryshnikov) is a famous artist who becomes Carrie's lover in the final season.
Set and filmed in New York City and based on the 1997 book of the same name by Candace Bushnell, the show follows the lives of a group of four women—three in their mid-thirties and one in her forties—who, despite their different natures and ever-changing sex lives, remain inseparable and confide in each other.
Carrie stands firm on her friendship with Big, even inviting him up to Aidan's cabin after a girl had broken up with him.
When Carrie's building goes co-op, Aidan offers to buy her apartment (and the one next door) so they can move in together.
Soon after, Big and Carrie begin an affair, with it ending only when she is caught at Big's apartment by Natasha.
Wracked with guilt, Carrie tells Aidan of the affair on the day of Charlotte's wedding to Trey, and the two break up.