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Tales of the City 

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The stories of several colorful characters living in San Francisco.
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1994  
Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 3 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete series cast summary:
Olympia Dukakis ...  Anna Madrigal 6 episodes, 1993
Donald Moffat ...  Edgar Halcyon 6 episodes, 1993
Chloe Webb ...  Mona Ramsey 6 episodes, 1993
Laura Linney ...  Mary Ann Singleton 6 episodes, 1993
Marcus D'Amico ...  Michael Tolliver 6 episodes, 1993
Billy Campbell ...  Jon Fielding 6 episodes, 1993
Thomas Gibson ...  Beauchamp Day 6 episodes, 1993
Paul Gross ...  Brian Hawkins 6 episodes, 1993
Barbara Garrick ...  DeDe Halcyon Day 6 episodes, 1993
Nina Foch ...  Frannie Halcyon 5 episodes, 1993
Kevin Sessums Kevin Sessums ...  Peter Cipriani 5 episodes, 1993
Stanley DeSantis ...  Norman Neal Williams 4 episodes, 1993
Cynda Williams ...  D'orothea Wilson 4 episodes, 1993
Meagen Fay ...  Binky Gruen 4 episodes, 1993
Country Joe McDonald ...  Joaquin 4 episodes, 1993
Parker Posey ...  Connie Bradshaw 4 episodes, 1993
Syd Straw ...  Laurel 4 episodes, 1993
Paul Dooley ...  Herb Tolliver 3 episodes, 1993
Michael Jeter ...  Carson Callas 3 episodes, 1993
Belita Moreno ...  Alice Tolliver 3 episodes, 1993
Paul Bartel ...  Charles Hillary Lord 3 episodes, 1993
Lance Loud ...  William Deveraux Hill III 3 episodes, 1993
Bob Mackie ...  Richard Evan Hampton 3 episodes, 1993
Ian McKellen ...  Archibald Anson Gidde 3 episodes, 1993
Edie Adams ...  Ruby Miller 2 episodes, 1993
Robert Downey Sr. ...  Edgar's Doctor 2 episodes, 1993
Stephanie Faracy ...  Candi Moretti 2 episodes, 1993
Lou Liberatore ...  Chuck 2 episodes, 1993
Mary Kay Place ...  Prue Giroux 2 episodes, 1993
Meadow Sisto Meadow Sisto ...  Cheryl Moretti 2 episodes, 1993
McLean Stevenson ...  Booter Manigault 2 episodes, 1993
David Brisbin ...  Lemon Candles 2 episodes, 1993
Kevin Hunter ...  Cop 2 episodes, 1993
Vicky Preston Brown ...  Opera Singer 2 episodes, 1993
Lou Cutell ...  Herb Siegel 2 episodes, 1993
Marissa Ribisi ...  Receptionist 2 episodes, 1993
Darin Heames ...  Skate Guy 2 episodes, 1993
Arsenio 'Sonny' Trinidad Arsenio 'Sonny' Trinidad ...  Chinese Waiter 2 episodes, 1993
Carolyn Lowery ...  Hillary 2 episodes, 1993
Janeane Garofalo ...  Coppola Woman 2 episodes, 1993
Michael McFall ...  Michael's Friend 2 episodes, 1993
Gender Gender ...  Drag Queen 2 episodes, 1993
Philip Moon ...  Lionel Wong 2 episodes, 1993
Mother Love ...  Motherly Waitress 2 episodes, 1993
Tom Alan Robbins ...  Supermarket Creep 2 episodes, 1993
Sam Moore ...  Preacher 2 episodes, 1993
Amy Ryder Amy Ryder ...  Frieda 2 episodes, 1993
Don Novello ...  Father Sarducci 2 episodes, 1993
Hank Stratton ...  Robert 2 episodes, 1993
Howard Platt ...  Mr. Wilson 2 episodes, 1993
Kelvin Han Yee ...  Taxi Driver 2 episodes, 1993
Rod Steiger ...  Bookshop Owner 2 episodes, 1993
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Storyline

This mini-series 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 A.I.D.S. and crack, 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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Trivia

Creator Armistead Maupin suggested Olympia Dukakis for the role of Mrs. Madrigal. 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

Mrs. Madrigal: He's a sweet boy, Mona. I approve of him wholeheartedly.
Mona Ramsay: You make it sound like we're married or something.
Mrs. Madrigal: There are all kinds of marriages, dear.
Mona Ramsay: I don't think you understand the trip with me and Michael.
Mrs. Madrigal: Mona, lots of things are more binding than sex. They last longer too.
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Connections

Referenced in Seinfeld: The Pledge Drive (1994) See more »

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One of the best things I've seen on TV
24 October 2001 | by pushbuttonkittySee all my reviews

I remember watching this on PBS when it first came out, and how absolutely riveting I found it. Never had I watched something and been so wrapped up in it. The characters were brilliantly written and brilliantly portrayed by the excellent cast. This program succeeded in bringing to life a time and place where you really did "have to be there". This program takes you there. Whether you're into countercultures, history, or just plain entertainment, there is no other program that I could more wholeheartedly recommend.


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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 January 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Tales of the City See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(6 parts) | (DVD)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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