08/29/2012 11:06 am ET Updated Oct 29, 2012

The Newsroom Finale On Sex And The City: Aaron Sorkin Is A Hypocrite.

There are lots of kinds of women in Aaron Sorkin television shows: the grating female flight attendant who oppresses passengers by telling them to turn off their phones; the professional women we're told are hyper-competent, but who spend a lot of time melting down; the adorable newcomer to any situation. All of those were present in Sorkin's HBO drama The Newsroom, which also featured a woman in the gossip-girly-industrial complex (TMI columnist Nina) and one guilty enough to consume its products, Sex and the City fan, Lisa.

Lisa (Kelen Coleman) is the best friend of young producer Maggie (Alison Pill) and girlfriend of slightly older producer Jim (John Gallagher Jr.), and has basically been a bit player throughout the season. But on Sunday, The Newsroom spent a surprising amount of its finale on her love of Sex and the City, and the episode was a strange reminder of the ways in which that show, which contributed greatly to HBO's revitalization but never quite gets the credit that The Sopranos does, is misremembered.

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