Tales of the City

Showtime (ended 2001)
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  • Tales of the City (and it's sequels) follow the soap-operaish lives of the people living in 1970's and 1980's San Francisco, and are based on Armistead Maupin's novels. The show centers around Anna Madrigal, the eccentric landlady at 28 Barbary Lane (who welcomes her tenants by taping homegrown joints above their doors), her tenants and the others implicated in their lives. Tenants include Mary Ann Singleton, a naive midwesterner who moves to California to start a new life; Mona Ramsey, a **** who is unknowingly Mrs. Madrigal's daughter; Michael "Mouse" Tolliver, a gay Floridan who moved to California to avoid letting his parents find out he was gay and Brian Hawkins, a horny straight guy trapped in a gay city... People involved in their lives are Beachamp Day, Mary Ann's boss, and his wife DeDe; Edgar Halcyon, Anna's boyfriend, and his wife, Frannie who are DeDe's parents; Dr. Jon Fielding, the on-again-off-again boyfriend of Michael's; Mother Mucka, a whorehouse madame who is mother to Mrs. Madrigal; and Connie Bradshaw, a school friend of Mary Ann's; among others. The show was originally produced for Britain's Channel 4 & USA's PBS. When PBS aired it in 1994, it broke their ratings records, and in 1998, Showtime and Channel 4 produced the follow-up, More Tales of the City. The latest series, Further Tales of the City aired on Showtime in May 2001 -- but was not aired in the UK. The other 3 "Tales" novels, Babycakes, Significant Others, and Sure of You, have not been adapted for TV as of yet (Just for the record, "Babycakes" is not in any way related to the film that starred Ricki Lake). According to Maupin's official site, a script for "Babycakes" is being developed as a two-hour telefilm -- though it's still in the developmental stage at this point. There's been speculation about the departure of three of the leads from the original series, which was cleared up on Armistead Maupin's official site... Chloe Webb (Mona) asked for more money than they were offering, Paul Gross (Brian) was filming the TV series "Due South," and was therefore unavailable. Marcus D'Amico expressed "ambivalence" about reprising his role as Michael, so they recast the part. If anybody has any information they would like to contribute to this guide, please feel free to! If you know of the European airdates, they would be greatly appreciated. Although many of the actors were credited as "stars," many only appeared in an episode or two, so I've tried to track down which episodes and list them as "guest stars."moreless

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  • S 3 : Ep 4

    Further Tales of the City (4)

    Aired 5/27/01

  • S 3 : Ep 3

    Further Tales of the City (3)

    Aired 5/20/01

  • S 3 : Ep 2

    Further Tales of the City (2)

    Aired 5/13/01

  • S 3 : Ep 1

    Further Tales of the City (1)

    Aired 5/6/01

  • S 2 : Ep 6

    More Tales of the City (6)

    Aired 6/8/98

  • Cast & Crew
  • Nina Foch

    Frances "Frannie" Alicia Ligon Halcyon (1994)

  • Mary Kay Place

    Prue Giroux (2001)

  • Laura Linney

    Mary Ann Singleton

  • Olympia Dukakis

    Anna Madrigal

  • Donald Moffat

    Edgar Halcyon (1994)

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  • Notes (14)

    • A scene from Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman appears in this episode. Although she doesn't appear in the clip, "Tales" star Mary Kay Place gained notoriety from her role of country singer Loretta Haggers on Mary Hartman.

    • Aired in the UK as six 1-hour episodes, and in the US as three 2-hour episodes

    • The original series was released on 3 VHS Tapes in 1994 by Polygram Video, but the set is now out-of-print and very hard to find. It was later released on DVD in Australia. The DVD only plays on PAL-format players (US/Canadian players are NTSC-format). Acorn Media has re-released the series, both on VHS and a deluxe 3-disc DVD set, with audio commentary from some of the cast as well as a few other extras.

    • Mary Kay Place (Prue Giroux) appears in this episode and isn't seen again until her character returns in "Further Tales of the City."

    • A clip from The Mary Tyler Moore Show is shown in this episode.

    • More Tales of the City is available on DVD and VHS.

    • Scenes from The Sonny and Cher Show, All in the Family and The Jeffersons and are shown in this episode.

    • Mary Ann, revealing what happened with Norman to her new beau, has a flashback sequence that triggers two minor clips from "Tales of the City (6)."

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