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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 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)
Vicky Preston Brown ...
 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)
Michael McFall ...
 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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 Robert (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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PBS bowed to the pressure of the right and dropped plans to film the second volume of the series with Channel 4. Channel 4 eventually produced the sequel Armistead Maupin's More Tales of the City (1998) with Showtime, who then produced a second sequel, Further Tales of the City (2001). See more »

Goofs

When Mr Halcyon is in the doctor's office, his lateral chest x-rays are upside down. 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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Features Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman (1976) See more »

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A sheer delight
19 June 2000 | by (Mt Vernon, NY) – See all my reviews

This 1993 mini-series is a delightful translation of Armistead Maupin's book. A window into a more carefree time and place - 1976 San Francisco, when love was free and life was much simpler.

The cast is appropriately attractive, especially the deliciously sleazy Beauchamp Day (Thomas Gibson, pre-"Dharma & Greg") and the charming Dr. Jon Fielden (Billy Campbell, pre-"Once and Again"). The then-unknown Laura Linney is perfect as the innocent MaryAnn Singleton, and Chloe Webb is outstanding as the spacy ad exec, Mona Ramsey. And, of course, Olympia Dukakis is marvelous as the "mother of us all", Anna Madrigal.

This is must-see television. The sequel was made in 1998, and the third book is filming now in Vancouver for a 2001 release.


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