‘Tales of the City’

The original Tales of the City, Armistad Maupin’s account of an innocent woman who moves to 1970s San Francisco, will be available to binge from pay streamer Acorn TV starting this Monday, June 4.

The six-part miniseries, starring Laura Linney in her breakout role of Mary Ann Singleton, premiered in the UK 25 years ago and in the US a year later – where its nudity, gay themes and depictions of drug use helped make it PBS’ highest rated dramatic show to that point.

In addition to Linney, the cast includes Olympia Dukakis as Anna Madrigal, landlady of Singleton’s new residence at 28 Barbury Lane, and Barbara Garrick as socialite DeDe Halcyon Day. Those three will reprise their roles in a 10-part Netflix reboot set in present-day San Francisco that will premiere next year. Ellen Page has also been cast as Singleton’s daughter.

Linney, Dukakis and Garrick, as well as other stars of the original miniseries like Parker Posey and Billy Campbell, previously reprised their roles in two Showtime sequels: More Tales of the City (six episodes, 1998) and Further Tales of the City (three episodes, 2001).

Neither of those two sequels are available for viewing anywhere at this time, so we’ll settle for this trailer for More Tales:

All the TV adaptations feature characters from Maupin’s Tales of the City book series, now numbering nine titles. Maupin is also an executive producer for the Netflix series.

Acorn TV, whose shows usually include British accents, costs $4.99 monthly or $49.99 for a year. For more info, visit acorn.tv.

About Les Luchter

Les Luchter is a former managing editor of Multichannel News, editor-in-chief of Cable Marketing, and news editor of Broadcast Week.

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