The onset of the new year is prime time for planning ahead. But before diving into the next decade, consider waving goodbye to this one alongside a particularly legendary group of women—in addition all the famous faces their beloved HBO series brought to the big and small screens.
New Year’s Eve 2019 is officially upon us, and E!’s Sex and the City marathon is already in full swing. For those who’ve yet to tune in, the cinematic celebration of everything SATC kicked off last night with the rom-com television show’s 2008 feature film followed by every episode ever aired during its acclaimed six seasons. E! is rolling out all 94 episodes in chronological order, which means interested audiences can still catch the latter half of season two in addition to seasons three, four and five if they start right now.
To prepare for this sentimental stroll down some fabulous Upper East Side sidewalk, we’re looking back at a handful of our favorite SATC guest appearances and celebrity cameos. And it isn’t a short list!
From Matthew McConaughey to Carrie Fisher to Sarah Michelle Gellar to Elizabeth Banks to Justin Theroux, SATC saw a medley of Hollywood personalities—those names are just a fraction of its overall guest talent headcount—temporarily spice up its set and storytelling onscreen.
So, before checking out the marathon (which is scheduled to run non-stop through tomorrow evening, Jan. 1), revisit a handful of SATC‘s most memorable cameos by scrolling through the photos below!
In “The Monogamists” (Season 1), the actor’s character gets flirty with Carrie after being introduced by Stanford. Jennifer Aniston’s ex-hubby also pops up in “Shortcomings” (Season 2) as a fellow writer named Vaughn Wysel whose relationship with Carrie ultimately falls apart over performance problems in the bedroom.
Jon Bon Jovi
Fresh off another breakup from Big, Carrie meets Seth Robinson—played by the rocker—in “Games People Play” (Season 13) in the waiting room of her therapist’s office. Sparks fly over a playful game of Twister, but that’s about at far as it goes for the pair.
The singer and Carrie lock lips during a game of Spin the Bottle in “Boy, Girl, Boy, Girl…” (Season 3).
Sarah Jessica Parker’s IRL bestie makes a cameo in “Let There Be Light” (Season 6) as a shoe salesman who helps in Carrie’s quest to rid her footwear addiction.
When the Oscar winner (playing himself in Season 3’s “Escape From New York) pitches an idea to play Big in the movie adaptation of Carrie’s life, the Big Apple girl is thoroughly weirded out and hightails it far, far away from Los Angeles.
Sarah Michelle Gellar
In “Escape From New York” (Season 3), Carrie meets with Debbie, a film exec interested in turning her popular dating column into a movie.
Oh, funky spunk… It’s the stinky deal breaker that ultimately led Samantha to call things off with the actor in “Easy Come, Easy Go” (Season 9).
In “They Shoot Single People, Don’t They?” (Season 2), Carrie mistakenly poses for a New York Magazine cover titled “Single & Fabulous?” Upset, she seeks solace in the arms of Jake, played by Cooper, who makes a quick exit from their rendezvous when he spots Carrie’s face on the mag.
Samantha learns a valuable lesson in “Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda” (Season 4) when she attempts to jump the waitlist for a Birkin bag by using the actress’s name. Oops!
The Arrested Development star lets his freak flag fly in “La Douleur Exquise!” (Season 2) when he plays Jack, a love interest of Miranda who enjoys having sex in public. All is well until it’s revealed that Jack in-fact lives at home with his mother, and the excitement fizzles.
Vince Vaughn & Carrie Fisher
While vacationing in Los Angeles in “Sex and Another City” (Season 3), Carrie is introduced to Keith Travers (Vaughn). He says he’s Matt Damon’s agent, but things go south when Carrie finds out she slept in the late great Carrie Fisher’s home, and Keith was merely house sitting.
The Grey’s Anatomy star makes a brief appearance in “Anchors Away” (Season 5) as a police officer who gets in a scuffle with Samantha over flyers.
In “The Real Me” (Season 4), Carrie meets Alan’s Oscar, a designer who dresses the protagonist in a Dolce & Gabbana ensemble for a fashion show.
Carrie reconnects with her high school sweetheart Jeremy, played by The X: Files star, in “Boy, Interrupted” (Season 5). Their reunion was short-lived, as her former beau soon shared he’s in a mental institution.
Long before her Pitch Perfect days, the actress appeared in “Politically Erect” (Season 3) as the significant other of a politician who attends Carrie’s boyfriend’s fundraising party.
A legend! The late Playboy mogul makes a cameo as himself when the ladies attend a party at the Playboy mansion in “Sex and Another City” (Season 3). Color Samantha Jones elated.
The Spice Girls songstress made a blink-and-you-missed-it cameo in “Boy, Interrupted” (Season 6) as an acquaintance of Samantha who waves her exclusive Soho House pool access in her face.
In “Defining Moments” (Season 4), the comedian plays a New Yorker cartoonist named Doug who strikes up a seemingly normal romance with Miranda. Unfortunately, Doug likes to use the restroom with the door open, a major no-no for Cynthia Nixon’s titular character.
The iconic Legally Blonde star plays Victoria, a friend of Carrie, Samantha, Charlotte and Miranda who invites them to a soiree at her home. The get-together turns out to be a purse party featuring her own designs, and the women don’t have the heart to tell her she doesn’t have a future in fashion.
Long before the actress got her big break in Two Broke Girls, Kat landed her first role on SATC in “Hot Child in the City” (Season 3) as a teen who hires Samantha to do PR and book celebrity talent for her Bat Mitzvah.
A fling with the actor, who plays Sam, in “Valley of the Twenty-Something Guys” (Season 1) helps Carrie decide she much prefers dating older men after seeing his pigsty of a bachelor pad.
Which SATC celebrity guest cameo was your personal favorite?