Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City: Season 1 (2019)


Season 1
Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City

Critics Consensus

Like a pleasant visit to a place you used to live, Tales of the City provides ample nostalgic comforts, while maintaining the series' mission of celebrating the diversity of San Francisco on its own terms.

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Critic Ratings: 34

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User Ratings: 0

Episodes

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Air date: Jun 7, 2019
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Air date: Jun 7, 2019
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Air date: Jun 7, 2019
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Air date: Jun 7, 2019
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Air date: Jun 7, 2019
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Air date: Jun 7, 2019
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Air date: Jun 7, 2019
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Air date: Jun 7, 2019
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Air date: Jun 7, 2019
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Air date: Jun 7, 2019

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Cast

Laura Linney
as Mary Ann Singleton
Olympia Dukakis
as Anna Madrigal
Paul Gross
as Brian Hawkins
Ellen Page
as Shawna Hawkins
Murray Bartlett
as Michael "Mouse" Tolliver
Charlie Barnett
as Ben Marshall
Victor Garber
as Sam Garland
Zosia Mamet
as Claire Duncan
Josiah Victoria Garcia
as Jake Rodriguez
May Hong
as Margot Park
Juan Castano
as Flaco Ramirez
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Critic Reviews for Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City Season 1

All Critics (34) | Top Critics (14)

Rather than feeling cutting edge, the new 10 episodes, written by Lauren Morelli of "Orange Is the New Black," play out like comfort food.

Jun 12, 2019 | Full Review…

Barbary Lane's celebrated queerness is less remarkable these days... Though such actorly appropriation is now frowned on, Olympia Dukakis is stuck playing the transgender landlady; she is perhaps "iconic".

May 31, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Curling up with "Tales of the City" feels like stepping into your neighborhood gay bar, where everybody knows your name - and your pronouns.

Jun 7, 2019 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
Top Critic

Laura Linney perfectly reprises her role of Mary Ann, once our straitlaced guide into this hedonistic world as the wide-eyed new arrival who gets sucked into life in San Francisco

Jun 7, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

[Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City's] initial stiffness dissipates in later episodes as Tales settles into a comfortable, unhurried groove that gives it room to explore issues that are especially relevant to the LGBTQ+ community.

Jun 28, 2019 | Full Review…

Seeing this in 2019 is not as ground-breaking as it was in the earlier series or novels...still, stories like theirs are vital to acknowledging the LGBTQ community on-screen and few series do it like this one.

Jun 27, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

When Mary Ann Singleton decides to stay in San Francisco instead of returning to her failing marriage in Connecticut, she encounters more than she bargained for.

Jun 23, 2019 | Full Review…

After all this time, the locals are still, as Anna puts it, "flawed, narcissistic and doin' our best."

Jun 19, 2019 | Full Review…

The modern-day episodes also have plenty to recommend them, even if an overarching blackmail plot feels a little tacked on and some plot points work better than others.

Jun 17, 2019 | Full Review…

The writing is stiff, the scenes are too stagey and the edgier elements feel like they aren't there to provide groundbreaking representation as much as they are simply to transgress lines that have long since been erased.

Jun 13, 2019 | Full Review…

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