great man on TV, there's... another great man! And that's why EW.com's men of the year
come in pairs. Some of them sit side by side, jumping down each other's throats on a daily
basis. Some, on the other hand, rarely appear on screen together. Regardless, the battle
of Banker vs. Furniture Designer is as much of a thrill as the perpetual sparring between
former child star and... former child star. So, here they are, our men of the year --
vivacious, witty, depressed, evil and, for the most part, mighty fine.
Chris Noth and John Corbett, ''Sex and the City''
As the human equivalent of a pair of Jimmy Choo stilettos,
Mr. Big (Noth) isn't exactly designed for everyday use. He smokes cigars, he thinks he
knows everything, he's greedy. Yet, thanks to Noth's wink-wink mannerisms, Big is
transforming from a dashing commitment-phobe to an aging loner -- which makes him more
pathetic, yet also somehow more appealing. On the flip side, Aidan (Corbett) is more like
a pair of slides: comfortable, if a little flat. Neither man truly suffices, which is
largely why ''Sex and the City'' succeeds: We love the contrast between Big, who knows
Carrie well enough to tell her that she's not ''the marrying kind,'' and Aidan, a suitor
so kind that we all wish Carrie WAS.
Scott Speedman and Scott Foley, ''Felicity''