LGBT TV Classic ‘Tales of the City’ Is Getting A Netflix Revival

The new installments will feature many of the original cast.


The LGBT-themed TV series, which is based on the novels by Armistead Maupin, follows Midwest girl Mary Ann Singleton as she moves to San Francisco and discovers a world of drugs, disco and homosexuality.

When it debuted in 1993, it was widely regarded as one of the first TV shows to fairly represent LGBT+ characters, as it tackled several important issues like coming out, HIV/AIDS, and gender identity.

According to Variety, streaming giant Netflix is currently working on a 10-episode return to Barbary Lane which will let viewers see what Mary Ann and Anna Madrigal are doing in the present day.

Maupin’s official website explains that the series will follow a “50-something Mary returning to Barbary Lane” as well as Michael Tolliver, who comes from “a difficult Christian family in Orlando”.

Laura Linney and Olympia Dukakis are both signed on to revive the characters they played in the original three miniseries, which aired on Channel 4 in the UK and on PBS and Showtime in the US, while others are in talks.

Maupin will return as executive producer, Alan Poul is set to direct, and Pulitzer prize-winning novelist Michael Cunningham has written the script for the pilot.

Tales of the City began life as a weekly serial in the San Francisco Chronicle in 1976, and was eventually turned into a series of books which followed the characters throughout the next four decades.

Watch a trailer for the original TV series below.