Now Reading
This is your first look at Netflix LGBTI series Tales of the City

This is your first look at Netflix LGBTI series Tales of the City

Laura Linney and Ellen Page star in Tales of the City | Photo: Netflix

Netflix has revealed a teaser trailer for new LGBTI series Tales of the City.

The 10-episode show is based on the books by Armistead Maupin and are based around the lives of the residents of a boarding house in San Francisco. The original stories featured a raft of LGBTI characters.

Tales of the City first appeared on TV in 1993, produced by UK broadcaster Channel 4. PBS aired the show in the US. Showtime produced further series in the US in 1998 and 2001.

Laura Linney took the role of Mary Ann Singleton and Olympia Dukakis played Anna Madrigal, the owner of the boarding house at 28 Barbary Lane.

Netflix has announced it has commission a new 10-part series, with Linney and Dukakis reprising their roles. Ellen Page will join the cast as Shawna (Mary Ann’s daughter). Working Title TV and NBCUniversal International Studios will produce the series.

Bob The Drag Queen, winner of RuPaul’s Drag Race, will also feature in the series.

Four decades of Tales of the City


Armistead Maupin is one of the best-known gay authors in the world. Tales of the City first appeared as an ongoing serial in the San Francisco Chronicle newspaper in the late 70s. The first book was published in 1978. A further eight novels have been published over the past four decades.

Maupin and Linney will also act as Executive Producers of the new series.

‘I couldn’t be more excited about this new brand-new incarnation of Tales. It’s set in present-day San Francisco with all the joys and complications that might suggest for the residents of 28 Barbary Lane,’ said Maupin in a press statement.

‘Mrs Madrigal’s tenants, both old and new, will be entangled in delicious new adventures and ever-expanding possibilities for love.’

Original Tales of the City director Alan Poul will also return to direct and executive produce.

‘For me, the opportunity to come back to a series I started work on 25 years ago is the homecoming of a lifetime,’ said Poul.

He also said: ‘There’s never been a better moment to reignite Armistead’s timeless take on family and community, and I’m thrilled to be collaborating with such a brilliant mix of old friends and new.’

See also

Armistead Maupin reveals he had casual sex with Rock Hudson

Armistead Maupin’s gay San Francisco