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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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TV-MA | See all certifications »
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Trivia

The show was a phenomenal hit for PBS, which planned to adapt the rest of the books in the series. Unfortunately, TV watchdog group The American Family Association deemed it immoral and put together a 12-minute highlight reel featuring each gay kiss, instance of nudity, swearing, and drug use, and presented the tape to all of the members of Congress. PBS executives were so freaked out over the furor that they immediately abandoned plans to produce further installments. 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

Mona Ramsay: Michael, I think D'orothea has a drug problem.
Michael: What makes you think that?
Mona Ramsay: Yesterday I was in her study on the phone calling information trying to get her parents phone number and home address in Oakland when I found a horde of these totally unidentifiable capsules in her desk drawer while I was looking for a pen to write down her parents address. And later when I asked her about the pills, she started acting really... jumpy.
Michael: Has she been acting jumpy otherwise?
Mona Ramsay: Well... no, not exactly.
Michael: Then it's ...
[...]
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Connections

Edited into After Stonewall (1999) See more »

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Mostly (but not just) a gay masterpiece
30 September 2002 | by jnvalenteSee all my reviews

Armistead Maupin come to live! At least as far as the small screen can take it, and surprisingly enough for me it is a huge canvas of human emotions, Kudos to RTP2 for showing this on primetime here on my home country! And hyper-kudos to everyone involved (certainly not least of all the magnificent actors) for bringing to life an extraordinary, funny and compelling script!)


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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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