Arriving to televisions tonight is the series premiere of The Carrie Diaries, the CW's take on the Sex and the City myth — a prequel, of sorts, about a young Carrie Bradshaw finding her footing in the world of sex, New York... and Connecticut. Also someone called Mouse. So let's face it, you're probably at least a little bit interested. (And, hey, The A.V. Club compared it to My So-Called Life, which is confusing, but still pretty intriguing.) So let's break down where this new thing stands in relation to the HBO show you've probably memorized by now.
Sex and the City: Late-1990s and early 2000s New York (with occasional jaunts to the Hamptons and stops in Paris and Los Angeles).
The Carrie Diaries: Mid-1980s New York and Connecticut.
Sex and the City: One-time child actor (Annie) and teen sensation Sarah Jessica Parker (Square Pegs).
The Carrie Diaries: One-time child actor (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) and current teen sensation (we think?) AnnaSophia Robb.
Sex and the City: Carrie Bradshaw, sex columnist and shoe aficionado. As Vulture points out, we don't know much about Carrie's upbringing except that she got an abortion in 1988 and her father abandoned her and her mother. Wears tutus.