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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Complete series cast summary:
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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)
Lou Liberatore ...
 Chuck (2 episodes, 1993)
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 Prue Giroux (2 episodes, 1993)
Meadow Sisto ...
 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)
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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 ...
 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)
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 Motherly Waitress (2 episodes, 1993)
Tom Alan Robbins ...
 Supermarket Creep (2 episodes, 1993)
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 Preacher (2 episodes, 1993)
Amy Ryder ...
 Frieda (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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(6 parts) | (DVD)

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1.33 : 1
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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 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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A great must see...
28 September 2000 | by (Seattle) – See all my reviews

I have had a copy of this series since it originally was broadcast on my local PBS station. Watch it many a time since.

I found the entire series to be a wonderful unflinching look at the times/situations relative to the mid to late 1970's San Francisco. I've heard and read of what went on during that decade, and found what was portrayed to be accurate, but deftly done to not offend in any major way. Yes, there was nudity, sex and what not, but like I said, it was deftly dealt with.

The characters were believable and had obviously been well fleshed out in their back histories. You understand, as the series moves along, the main character's histories, rare in productions of this type.

I find I like watching this series, partly because I was old enough to remember some aspects of the late 70's. (I was in junior high at the time) but because of the stories that are woven throughout the piece. A well cast and thought out production. It's rare to see a mini series, or film for that matter, be this accurate in portraying the late 70's.


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