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Armisted Maupin's Tales of the City is a glimpse into the lives of a diverse group of characters living in San Francisco during the wild and liberated era of the late 1970s and early 1980s. Produced by Channel 4 UK, and subsequently shown in the US by PBS, the show was groundbreaking in its portrayal of gay life and followed the enormous success of the books on which it was based.

The show centers on sweet but square Mary Ann Singleton, played by a young Laura Linney, who decides to remain in San Francisco when her vacation ends. Mary Ann moves into 28 Barbary Lane, a small bohemian enclave full of eccentric characters, presided over by Mrs. Madrigal, the mother hen landlady portrayed by Olympia Dukakis.

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2 Seasons, 12 Episodes
August 28, 1993
Cast: Olympia Dukakis, Donald Moffat, Chloe Webb, Laura Linney
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Tales of the City Full Episode Guide

  • Michael's condition improves and he returns home. Burke and Mary Ann unravel the mystery of his amnesia; DeDe gives birth to the twins and makes plans to leave San Francisco with D'Orothea.

  • DeDe and D'orothea become a couple - the babies are due any day. Frannie adapts to life at the PINUS Society with apparent ease, while Mary Ann continues her investigation into Burke's past.

  • Anna Madrigal comes clean to all the tenants about her past. Michael experiences sudden paralysis in his legs and is rushed to hospital accompanied by Jon. And Beauchamp gets irritated with Mary Ann.

  • Michael explores Acapulco's nightlife, while Mary Ann and Burke get to know each other. Michael has a chance encounter with his ex, the dashing Jon Fielding, who is there at a conference.

  • On the Pacific Princess, Mary Ann sets about seducing Burke, aided by Michael. Back in San Fran, the cracks in DeDe and Beauchamp's relationship deepen when DeDe reveals the pedigree of her twins.

  • Mary Ann invites Michael on a cruise to Mexico in search of romance. Once on board they meet Burke who takes an immediate liking to Mary Ann. Mona, in a fit of despair, buys a one-way ticket to Reno.

  • Anna throws a Christmas party for her Barbary Lane family, and Mona invites D'orothea's parents to dinner. Mary Ann uncovers the truth about Norman, and Edgar says goodbye to Anna and DeDe.

  • Mrs Madrigal throws a Christmas party for her "family", Mona finds out the truth about D'or; Mary Ann finds out the truth about Norman. Mona moves back into Barbary Lane.

  • Norman investigates Anna Madrigal's past. Edgar is blackmailed. Michael and Brian go off in the night searching for a good time. Anna tells Edgar her secret.

  • Michael's parents visit San Francisco. Anna Madrigal and Edgar's romance blossoms. Mary Ann and Norman go trick-or-treating. Mona moves out of 28 Barbary Lane to be with her old lover. DeDe is blackmailed by Carson Callas

  • Mary Ann joins Vincent on the crisis switchboard; is confronted by DeDe and encounters the strange Norman Neal Williams. Anna takes Mona to "Beach Blanket Babylon."

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