Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City (1993)

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The stories of several colorful characters living in San Francisco. Based on the book by Armistead Maupin (A Man I Dreamt Up).

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Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 2 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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 Anna Madrigal (6 episodes, 1993)
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 Edgar Halcyon (6 episodes, 1993)
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 Mona Ramsey (6 episodes, 1993)
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 Mary Ann Singleton (6 episodes, 1993)
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 Michael Tolliver (6 episodes, 1993)
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 Jon Fielding (6 episodes, 1993)
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 Beauchamp Day (6 episodes, 1993)
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 Brian Hawkins (6 episodes, 1993)
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 DeDe Halcyon Day (6 episodes, 1993)
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 Frannie Halcyon (5 episodes, 1993)
Country Joe McDonald ...
 Joaquin (4 episodes, 1993)
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 Connie Bradshaw (4 episodes, 1993)
Syd Straw ...
 Laurel (4 episodes, 1993)
Kevin Sessums ...
 Peter Cipriani (4 episodes, 1993)
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 D'orothea Wilson (4 episodes, 1993)
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 Norman Neal Williams (3 episodes, 1993)
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 Herb Tolliver (3 episodes, 1993)
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 Binky Gruen (3 episodes, 1993)
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 Carson Callas (3 episodes, 1993)
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 Alice Tolliver (3 episodes, 1993)
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 Archibald Anson Gidde (3 episodes, 1993)
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 Ruby Miller (2 episodes, 1993)
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 Edgar's Doctor (2 episodes, 1993)
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 Candi Moretti (2 episodes, 1993)
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 Chuck (2 episodes, 1993)
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 Prue Giroux (2 episodes, 1993)
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 Cheryl Moretti (2 episodes, 1993)
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 Booter Manigault (2 episodes, 1993)
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 Charles Hillary Lord (2 episodes, 1993)
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 Lemon Candles (2 episodes, 1993)
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 Opera Singer (2 episodes, 1993)
Lance Loud ...
 William Deveraux Hill III (2 episodes, 1993)
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 Herb Siegel (2 episodes, 1993)
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 Richard Evan Hampton (2 episodes, 1993)
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 Skate Guy (2 episodes, 1993)
Carolyn Lowery ...
 Hillary (2 episodes, 1993)
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 Coppola Woman (2 episodes, 1993)
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 Michael's Friend (2 episodes, 1993)
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 Drag Queen (2 episodes, 1993)
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 Lionel Wong (2 episodes, 1993)
Mother Love ...
 Motherly Waitress (2 episodes, 1993)
Tom Alan Robbins ...
 Supermarket Creep (2 episodes, 1993)
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 Preacher (2 episodes, 1993)
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 Frieda (2 episodes, 1993)
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 Father Sarducci (2 episodes, 1993)
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Storyline

Tales of the City chronicles the adventures of Mary Ann Singleton, a young secretary from Cleveland who takes a vacation to San Francisco and decides to stay. Set in 1976, before the days of AIDS and crack cocaine, the story depicts the city at the height of its boisterous gay, drug and disco cultures through the eyes of the innocent heroine. Written by Ernest W. Adams <eadams@ea.com>

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10 January 1994 (USA)  »

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Elizabeth Taylor, Vanessa Redgrave, Diane Ladd, Anne Bancroft and Ann-Margret were all considered for the role of Anna. Bancroft was actually offered the role, but rejected it claiming that the part was too poorly written. See more »

Goofs

During all scenes relating to the Palace of the Legion of Honor, Mary Ann's boots alternate between being black and red versions of the same shoes. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Mary Ann's Mother: Hellooo?
Mary Ann Singleton: Mom, It's me.
Mary Ann's Mother: What's the matter did you miss your plane?
Mary Ann Singleton: No. I didn't
Mary Ann's Mother: You know darling we were just talking about you...
Mary Ann Singleton: Would you call Mr. Lassiter and say I won't be in on Monday?
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Positively addictive
8 August 1999 | by (Van Nuys, California) – See all my reviews

This funny, ironic and surprising mini-series will have you hooked from the very start. A stellar cast (including then-unknown Laura Linney, Olympia Dukakis and Bill Campbell) brings to life the book by Armistead Maupin. Much has been made of the sex and nudity, but it's relatively tame compared to most movies. (It was originally shown on PBS--PBS!) The first part is somewhat slow, but it really picks up in part two. Although many of the main characters are gay, anyone who has ever found themselves looking for love in the big city can definitely relate. Most memorable moments: Michael entering an underwear dancing contest and DeeDee's hilarious visit to a fat farm for the rich and famous. Also, don't miss Thomas Gibson's turn as a lecherous husband, pre-"Dharma and Greg".


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