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


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Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City

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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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Air date: Jun 7, 2019

After twenty years of absence, Mary Ann goes back to San Francisco. Not all attendees are pleased to see her at Anna's 90th birthday.

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Air date: Jun 7, 2019

Mary Ann makes a plan to live in San Francisco permanently. She considers telling Shawna the truth. Jake and Margot face relationship problems.

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Air date: Jun 7, 2019

Mary Ann tries to make amends while Anna receives an intimidating note. Jack and Margot host a gender reveal celebration and deal with the fallout.

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Air date: Jun 7, 2019

Mary Ann brings everyone together to rescue Barbary Lane. Michael has problems with Ben after a night out with old friends.

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Air date: Jun 7, 2019

Mary Ann and Shawna pair up to investigate Anna's problems. Michael looks for a new home. Shawna speaks honestly with Claire.

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Anna is cared for after undergoing a medical treatment. The twins host a social influencer party at DeDe's home. Mary Ann and Brian have a talk.

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Air date: Jun 7, 2019

Shawna investigates her past while Mary Ann helps Sam investigate Anna. Ben changes his mind about Michael's housing problem.

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Air date: Jun 7, 2019

Anna arrives in San Francisco, hangs out with trans women and begins seeing a man. She quickly finds her loyalties are put to the test.

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Mary Ann, Michael, and Brian follow clues to find out the culprit behind the threats. Anna tries to get closure with a former friend.

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Air date: Jun 7, 2019

The problems at Barbary Lane rising to bursting point. Jake and Margot get honest with each other. A party leads to a surprise revelation.

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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…

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…

It's all a little bit cheesy, with a soap opera plotline and some cringey parodies of social media influencers, but despite the flaws, it was one of the most satisfying shows I've watched all year.

Dec 3, 2020 | Full Review…

Happily, the actors pull it off. Dukakis is a picture of grace under pressure, Linney wears a mask of frigid concern at all times, and Page floats the whole show with her easy charisma.

Jun 7, 2019 | Full Review…

This new Tales remains a love letter to the soul-binding embrace of otherness.

Dec 5, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Showrunner Lauren Morelli and the writers to whom Maupin has handed over custody of his intellectual property have carefully pastiched his taste for sugary soap, characters who wear their hearts on their sleeve, and exploring on-trend sexual issues.

Dec 5, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

It is really incredible how social and cultural mores, with both its modern benefits and hindrances, are examined by watching the daily lives of these characters unfold.

Dec 5, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

A warm, cosy, and diverse soap opera, Tales of the City is ideal binge-watch viewing.

Dec 5, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

There's no doubt that Tales Of The City will have you laughing and it will have you fighting back tears. Netflix's modern take brings fresh life into the much-adored franchise and it will warm your soul.

Dec 5, 2019 | Full Review…

Though there is a plot if you care enough to follow it, the show lacks the narrative enthusiasm of other recent programs equally concerned with identity and transformation.

Dec 5, 2019 | 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…

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