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The stories of several colorful characters living in San Francisco. Based on the book by Armistead Maupin (Is 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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 Edgar Halcyon 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 ...
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Syd Straw ...
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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
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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
Carolyn Lowery ...
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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
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 Motherly Waitress 2 episodes, 1993
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 Supermarket Creep 2 episodes, 1993
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 Preacher 2 episodes, 1993
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 Father Sarducci 2 episodes, 1993
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 Mr. Wilson 2 episodes, 1993
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 Taxi Driver 2 episodes, 1993
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 Bookshop Owner 2 episodes, 1993
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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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10 January 1994 (USA)  »

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Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City  »

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Trivia

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

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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References Vertigo (1958) See more »

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Mostly (but not just) a gay masterpiece
30 September 2002 | by See all my reviews

Armistead Maupin come to live! At least as far as the small screen can take it, and surprisingly enough for me it is a huge canvas of human emotions, Kudos to RTP2 for showing this on primetime here on my home country! And hyper-kudos to everyone involved (certainly not least of all the magnificent actors) for bringing to life an extraordinary, funny and compelling script!)


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