More Tales of the City

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  • TV-MA
  • 1969
  • 7.9  (1,958)

More Tales of the City is an American drama television show that aired on Channel 4 in 1998. This show is a continuation of Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City, which was first adapted as a miniseries in 1993. The show is based on the book series of the same name by Maupin.

The story picks up where the previous adaptation left off, in 1976, and follows the lives of the residents of 28 Barbary Lane, a boarding house in San Francisco run by the eccentric and wise Mrs. Madrigal (played by Olympia Dukakis). The show focuses on the interconnected lives of the characters as they navigate love, loss, and the ups and downs of life in San Francisco.

The central characters include Mary Ann Singleton (Laura Linney), a young woman who moves to San Francisco from Cleveland and becomes entangled in the lives of the residents of 28 Barbary Lane. Michael Tolliver (Paul Hopkins), Mary Ann's gay best friend, who is living with HIV and facing the challenges of the disease head-on. DeDe Halcyon (Barbara Garrick), a wealthy socialite who is struggling with her marriage and her sexuality. And Brian Hawkins (Colin Ferguson), Mary Ann's ex-husband who is struggling to find his place in the world and mend his relationship with Mary Ann.

Throughout the series, the characters face a range of challenges, both personal and political. The show explores themes of sexuality, race, gender, and identity. The characters navigate the changing landscape of San Francisco, including the rise of the gay rights movement and the arrival of the tech boom.

More Tales of the City is a show that is both heartwarming and heartbreaking. The characters are complex, and their struggles are relatable, making it easy to become invested in their stories. The show is well-written, with witty dialogue and a strong sense of place. The depiction of San Francisco in the late 70s and early 80s feels authentic and adds another layer to the show.

The acting in the show is superb. Olympia Dukakis is excellent as Mrs. Madrigal, bringing both a sense of warmth and mystery to the character. Laura Linney is also fantastic as Mary Ann, bringing a relatable vulnerability to the character. Colin Ferguson is great as Brian, playing the character with a mix of charm and heartbreak. The supporting cast is also strong, with each character bringing something unique to the show.

Overall, More Tales of the City is a fantastic show. It manages to be both entertaining and thought-provoking, exploring important themes in a way that feels honest and authentic. The characters are relatable, and their struggles are both personal and political, making the show relevant even today. Anyone who enjoys drama, romance, or exploring the complexities of human relationships will find something to love in More Tales of the City.

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