Tales of the City (Miniseries) (1993)

One of the most enchanting, charming miniseries imaginable, this legendary adaptation of Armistead Maupin’s classic, beloved book series is a pleasure to watch from beginning to end. Filmed entirely like a 1970s movie while set in 1970s San Francisco, the show paints a downright utopian picture of the era and its surroundings: Following the birth of the gay rights revolution in the early 1970s but before AIDS wreaked so much misery in the LGBT community throughout the 1980s. It’s easy to see why the miniseries is so revered by its target audience, what with its intimacy, charm and gloriously ridiculous sense of humor that channels the best of campy soap opera conventions. In addition, it’s perfectly cast, from Laura Linney, Marcus D’Amico and the slyly charming Paul Gross, but none as good as Olympia Dukakis, who seems simply delighted to play the captivating Anna Madrigal. A truly wonderful, timeless delight.

Rating: ★★★★★ (out of 5)

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