Tales of the City: Season 1

Tales of the City: Season 1

Poster for Tales of the City: Season 1

10-episode Netflix series centred on a long-running apartment complex in San Francisco that doubles as a queer haven, owned by a transgender matriarch. Created by Lauren Morelli, longtime producer and writer for Orange is the New Black, starring Academy Award nominees Laura Linney (The Big C) and Elliot Page (Umbrella Academy) alongside Oscar winner Olympia Dukakis (Moonstruck).

2019USANetflix
Drama

Streaming (1 Provider)

Episodes

EPISODE 1.1

Coming Home

After two decades away, Mary Ann arrives in San Francisco... More for Anna Madrigal's 90th birthday party. But not everyone is happy to see her.

EPISODE 1.2

She Messy

Mary Ann decides to stay in San Francisco and tells... More Shawna true. The relationship between Jake and Margot comes at a crossroads. Anna knows a man.

EPISODE 1.3

Happy, Now?

Anna receives a threat. Mary Ann tries to make amends... More with Brian. Jake and Margot go to the party where Jake's Sister is going to reveal the sex of her baby.

EPISODE 1.4

The Price of Oil

Mary Ann asks everyone to help Barbary Lane and tries... More to get along with Shawna. Michael spends the night with old friends and argues with Ben.

EPISODE 1.5

Not Today, Satan

Mary Ann and Shawna team up to investigate Anna's problem.... More Michael is looking for a new house. Shawna opens up with Claire.

EPISODE 1.6

A Touch O' Butch

Everyone looks for Anna after a health problem. The twins... More bring together social influencers at DeDe's house. Mary Ann and Brian have a candid talk.

EPISODE 1.7

Next Level Sh*t

Shawna tries to learn more about her story. Mary Ann... More helps Sam investigate Anna's past. Benn changes his mind about Michael's house.

EPISODE 1.8

Days of Small Surrenders

In a flashback to the 1960s, Anna arrives in San... More Francisco, befriends some trans women and starts dating a man. But she soon finds her loyalties tested.

EPISODE 1.9

Rainbow Warriors

Racing against time, Mary Ann, Michael and Brian follow leads... More to learn who's threatening Barbary Lane. Anna seeks forgiveness from an old friend.

EPISODE 1.10

Three of Cups

The conflict at Barbary Lane comes to a head. Jake... More and Margot clear the air. A night of celebration leads to an unexpected discovery in the morning.

Tales of the City: Season 1 | Reviews

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

Poignant but flavorless. ... The series, as stilted and theatrical as ever, remains a time capsule of the freewheeling San Francisco come and gone.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

Flawed, narcissistic and doing its best. Sometimes it’s doing its best a bit too hard.

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A.V. Club

A.V. Club

The series has many faults, often gets lost in its own self-indulgence, but it’s easy to admire how much effort they’re putting into making something for a queer audience—both new and old.

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Variety

Variety

“Flawed, narcissistic… and doing our best.” That’s as good a summation as any of the first 2019 episode of one of the most surprisingly resilient TV brands out there.

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Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

The new Tales is imperfect, but it’s beautiful enough in spots to qualify.

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Salon

Salon

The timeless nature of Barbary Lane and the city’s loyalty to its mother figure somehow defeats its incursion. That in itself makes this series worth savoring.

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The Telegraph

The Telegraph

Sexy, funny, touching and somehow as bright and relevant now as it was 25 years ago, if this is the last hurrah for the Tales of The City franchise – and with so many stories wrapped it, it certainly feels that way – it’s a good one.

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IndieWire

IndieWire

It’s this wide variety of perspectives assembled that allows the series to be as ambitious as it is.

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Tales of the City: Season 1 | Release Details

Tales of the City: Season 1 is available to stream in New Zealand now on Netflix.