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)
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 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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 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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 Frieda (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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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

Several members of the cast and creative team, including Ian McKellen and Rod Steiger, offered their services simply because they were close friends or fans of Armistead Maupin. 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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Fun, sexy look at the gay old 70's
19 June 2000 | by (Portland, OR) – See all my reviews

Usually when I've already read a book and liked the results, a movie or TV show on the same material doesn't stand a chance. But this show brings the book's quirky charms and character interweaving along with zest and fun. I would highly recommend this to anyone who is comfortable with the issues of gayness, drugs and sexual promiscuity. Olympia Dukakis and Laura Linney are perfect, the direction and screenplay and music impeccable.


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