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 3 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

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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)
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 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)
Lou Liberatore ...
 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)
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 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)
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 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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 Lionel Wong (2 episodes, 1993)
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Amy Ryder ...
 Frieda (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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Drama | Mystery | Romance

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Trivia

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 Beauchamp and Mary Ann pull up in front of Barbary Lane after their weekend away, the crew is reflected in the side of Beauchamp's car. 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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Each page transforms brilliantly to screen
30 January 2003 | by (Glasgow, Scotland) – See all my reviews

One is always concerned when a great work of written fiction is dressed up for the screen, but you can have no worries about the integrity of this production. We all paint pictures of characters when reading a book, and these images remain locked in our minds.

More often than not, when these characters appear in the flesh on the TV, we are a little disappointed. Not in this case! Maupin's wonderfully colourful feast about San Francisco in the seventies transfers vividly to the screen. The emotion and pace of the written original is dutifully kept in this production, with sterling performances all round. Dukakis exudes mystery, D'Amico portrays the endearing 'Mouse' with style, and Linney is sublime.

Expect to be experiencing all the human emotions in this delightful mini series. Perfect.


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