Based on the series of novels of the same name by Armistead Maupin, Tales of the City earned PBS its highest ratings when it originally aired in 1993. The outstanding miniseries was nominated for two Primetime Emmys and won a Peabody Award. Two other miniseries followed- More Tales of the City and Further Tales Of The City in 1998 and 2001 respectively. A 10-episode fourth installment is coming soon thanks to Netflix reviving the beloved LGBTQ series.
The original followed the adventures of tenants living in a boardinghouse in the pre-AIDS San Francisco of the swinging 1970s. Olympia Dukakis played Anna Madrigal, the eccentric, transgendered owner while Laura Linney stepped into the role of Mary Ann, a recent transplant from the Midwest who discovers the city’s world of drugs, disco and homosexuality. The two will reprise their roles with Ellen Page joining the limited series. Former Orange Is the New Black writer Lauren Morelli will serve as showrunner.
The Netflix revival sees Mary Ann returning home to San Francisco. She is reunited with her daughter Shawna (Ellen Page) and ex-husband Brian, twenty years after leaving them behind to pursue her career. Fleeing the midlife crisis that her picture perfect Connecticut life created, Mary Ann returns home to her chosen family and will quickly be drawn back into the orbit of Anna Madrigal and the residents of 28 Barbary Lane.
“I couldn’t be more excited about this brand-new incarnation of Tales. It’s set in present-day San Francisco with all the joys and complications that might suggest for the residents of 28 Barbary Lane,” Maupin said in a statement. “Mrs. Madrigal’s tenants, both old and new, will be entangled in delicious new adventures and ever-expanding possibilities for love.”
Check out the original PBS trailer below.
Tales Of The City 1993 Season