17 “Cute” TV Relationships That Really Aren’t Cute At All
Carrie and Mr. Big, Sex and the City
Carrie and Mr. Big have a famously problematic relationship, but there are some Sex and the City fans who used to find it romantic. Today, it’s clear that the relationship is deeply unhealthy. Mr. Big is virtually incapable of meeting any of Carrie’s emotional needs, but she returns to him time after time.
The show is aware of the dysfunction at the heart of this relationship, but in the end, they end up together anyway. His cold, distant persona is one that Carrie believes is mysterious and intriguing, when in fact, it’s a signal that she could never be in a healthy relationship with him.