Netflix has announced Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City as a Working Title Television and NBCUniversal International studios production for Netflix.
For those of you over 30, Tales of the City may ring a bell. For those of you who are younger, you’re probably wondering what we’re talking about!
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.
Tales from the City originally aired in the UK in 1993. There were a further two series: Channel 4 produced the sequel More Tales of the City (1998) with Showtime (originally they were due to be produced with PBS but PBS dropped out), who then produced a second sequel, Further Tales of the City (2001).
Tales of the City tells the stories of several colorful characters living in San Francisco. It was based on the book by Armistead Maupin (Is A Man I Dreamt Up).
The new series
Netflix Limited Series Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City begins a new chapter in the beloved story. Mary Ann (Laura Linney) returns to present-day San Francisco and is reunited with her daughter Shawna (Ellen Page) and ex-husband Brian (Paul Gross), twenty years after leaving them behind to pursue her career. Fleeing the midlife crisis that her picture-perfect Connecticut life created, Mary Ann is quickly drawn back into the orbit of Anna Madrigal (Olympia Dukakis), her chosen family and a new generation of queer young residents living at 28 Barbary Lane.
UK Release date: 7 June 2019
Number of episodes: 10