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Tales of the City 

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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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Complete series cast summary:
...  Anna Madrigal 6 episodes, 1993
...  Edgar Halcyon 6 episodes, 1993
...  Mona Ramsey 6 episodes, 1993
...  Mary Ann Singleton 6 episodes, 1993
...  Michael Tolliver 6 episodes, 1993
...  Jon Fielding 6 episodes, 1993
...  Beauchamp Day 6 episodes, 1993
...  Brian Hawkins 6 episodes, 1993
...  DeDe Halcyon Day 6 episodes, 1993
...  Frannie Halcyon 5 episodes, 1993
Country Joe McDonald ...  Joaquin 4 episodes, 1993
...  Connie Bradshaw 4 episodes, 1993
Syd Straw ...  Laurel 4 episodes, 1993
Kevin Sessums ...  Peter Cipriani 4 episodes, 1993
...  D'orothea Wilson 4 episodes, 1993
...  Norman Neal Williams 3 episodes, 1993
...  Herb Tolliver 3 episodes, 1993
...  Binky Gruen 3 episodes, 1993
...  Carson Callas 3 episodes, 1993
...  Alice Tolliver 3 episodes, 1993
...  Archibald Anson Gidde 3 episodes, 1993
...  Ruby Miller 2 episodes, 1993
...  Edgar's Doctor 2 episodes, 1993
...  Candi Moretti 2 episodes, 1993
...  Chuck 2 episodes, 1993
...  Prue Giroux 2 episodes, 1993
Meadow Sisto ...  Cheryl Moretti 2 episodes, 1993
...  Booter Manigault 2 episodes, 1993
...  Charles Hillary Lord 2 episodes, 1993
...  Lemon Candles 2 episodes, 1993
Vicky Preston Brown ...  Opera Singer 2 episodes, 1993
...  William Deveraux Hill III 2 episodes, 1993
...  Herb Siegel 2 episodes, 1993
...  Richard Evan Hampton 2 episodes, 1993
...  Skate Guy 2 episodes, 1993
Carolyn Lowery ...  Hillary 2 episodes, 1993
...  Coppola Woman 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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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

Edie Adams' final television role. 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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Transcendent Impression of a Time and a People
14 August 2008 | by See all my reviews

Tales of the City is a film about which one has to impose oneself into a different mindset in order to write. This adaptation of Armistead Maupin's classic novel adopts a lampoon of chronicling story yarns, taking place in a progressive neighborhood in San Francisco where the least accepted felt in the time in which the film takes place was a place wherein they could live freely amongst their own, and the otherwise accepted were the ones who are subject to adjustment. At the same time it involves elements that are larger than life, its structure creates an atmosphere that is so close to life that it is larger than film.

It starts as the sumptuously sexy Laura Linney plays a naïve girl from the Midwest seeking a change in her life, impulsively to San Francisco, soon finding herself living in a neighborhood where things are out of control only because they are the natural way of the world unlike the perception of a reticent, sheltered American woman. Her life knots with her various neighbors and an incidental mass of quaint, intriguing, odd, bizarre, perfectly normal characters. It's an upturned impression of San Francisco in the 1970's, exploring what the rest of the world saw as "alternative lifestyles" and "underground culture," and what they saw of themselves. This includes a host of wonderfully entertaining performances, especially by the endlessly charming Parker Posey.

For anyone willing open their mind to the exploration of gays, casual drug users, free thinkers, different sorts of mysterious, nonconformist people, and the repressed, Tales of the City is a striking portrait with a picturesque environment, and the comings and goings in the lives of the multitude of characters strike a chord with us that love is as unpredictable as everything else, and that there always very well may be fathoms of new discovery and progression in our existence.


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