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Decades Later, 'Tales Of The City' Returns To A New San Francisco

A new Netflix series resurrects the house at Barbary Lane, with characters reprised by Laura Linney and Olympia Dukakis. Showrunner Lauren Morelli says she aimed to expand the range of queer stories.
Laura Linney (left) and Olympia Dukakis reprise their roles as Mary Ann Singleton and Anna Madrigal in the Netflix reboot of Tales of the City. Source: Nino Munoz

A generation after Tales of the City brought a community that hadn't often been represented to mainstream television, the show is back.

The cast of characters includes some you may remember: Laura Linney plays Mary Ann Singleton, a Midwesterner who first came to San Francisco during the time that queer culture was rising and HIV taking its toll; Olympia Dukakis as Anna Madrigal, the pot-growing transgender landlady who presides over the house at 28 Barbary Lane; Paul Gross as Brian, the ex-husband Mary Ann left behind. Murray Bartlett assumes the role of Mary Ann's best friend, Michael

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