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Tales of the City

($49.99 DVD; Acorn Media)

Originally aired in 1993, this Emmy-nominated PBS 6-hour miniseries is based on Armistead Maupin’s first entry in his popular City novel series. Olympia Dukakis heads up the cast as Anna Madrigal, the transgender house mother to residents of a San Francisco boardinghouse – including a gay gynecologist (Billy Campbell), a Midwest transplant (Laura Linney), and a lesbian fag hag (Chloe Webb) – during the decadent, pre-AIDS 1970s. This was groundbreaking stuff, with fresh, natural depictions of LGBT characters rarely seen on TV screens. Extras on this 20th Anniversary Edition include audio commentaries on three episodes, behind the scenes footage, an insert featuring an introduction by Maupin, and notes from producer Alan Poul.

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  • boring

    Pain & Gain = better than every movie mentioned in this article combined.

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