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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 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)
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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 ...
 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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 Father Sarducci (2 episodes, 1993)
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 Robert (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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(6 parts) | (DVD)

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Over fifteen years, several companies (including Warner Brothers and HBO) bought options to film this story, based on Armistead Maupin's novel. Finally, this six part miniseries was produced by Britain's Channel 4, San Francisco's local PBS station KQED, and PBS' American Playhouse (1981). 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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Features The Streets of San Francisco (1972) See more »

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Disturbingly great
8 August 1999 | by (Chicago, IL) – See all my reviews

This mini-series has great writing, memorable characters, fine acting from a stellar cast, and is sure to flap even the most unflappable viewer.

The absolutely unflinching look at the lives and loves of a group of eccentric characters in the free-love environment of late 1970's San Francisco. Promiscuity and drug use run rampant, relationships and lives are destroyed and rebuilt, but gay, straight, or bisexual, we really care about the characters.

Excellent dialogue and acting, coupled with fine acting, turn what could easily have been a pornographic exlpoitation picture into a true work of art. I highly recommend it.


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