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Tales of the City/Tales of the City (Reboot)

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Merely a few days after Pride Week ended in Boston, I finished up Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City on Netflix.  Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City was a heartwarming adventure in the colorful home known as 28 Barbary Lane.  Mary Ann Singleton, Anna Madrigal, Michael, Dede, Brian, and many other familiar residents all returned to the place to reunite yet again.  Twenty-three years later and many things still haven’t changed since.

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Interestingly enough, there were many similarities between the original Tales of the City miniseries and the Netflix adaptation.  Some are rather obvious while others will need a keen eye to spot them.  If you haven’t discovered them, don’t worry – MakeSandcastlesNotWar has you covered on the tidbits within both series.

So let’s go through the round of these intriguing coincidences within Tales of the City:


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Tales of the City came with the familiar characters – Mary Ann Singleton, Michael, Dede, Anna Madrigal, and Brian.  The actors/actresses from the original series returned their respective roles.  These include Laura Linney, Barbara Garrick, Olympia Dukakis, and Paul Gross.  Mouse was still in the story, but was instead played by Murray Bartlett.

Armistead Maupin Cameo

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Speaking of characters, Armistead Maupin appears in a scene in BOTH the original and Netflix adaptation.  In the original series, there is a scene where Brian and Michael are sunbathing outside of the house.  Look closely and you can see Armistead Maupin in the window typewriting.

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For the Netflix version, Armistead can be spotted in episode seven titled ‘Next Level Shit’.  He is in the front row during the wedding scene.  One famous writer appears as a cameo in both of the series.


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Just like the original series back in 1993, Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City stems from Armistead Maupin’s novels.  The Netflix adaptation takes familiar concepts from novels such as Michael Tolliver Lives and Mary Ann in Autumn.  Over twenty-five years since the original version aired and the new version still takes elements from the literature series.

Those were a few intriguing similarities between Tales of the City and Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City.  Two brilliant series that have connecting ties within one another.  Not only did Armistead Maupin write the novels, but he also appeared as a guest cameo in the TV miniseries as well.  This was one of those instances where the Netflix adaptation series came out absolutely amazing.


Pride Month Brand Philosophy

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Pride month has been quite eventful so far for both audiences and businesses alike.  Businesses, whether they be big or small, are showcasing their true pride colors everywhere.  Gilead Sciences, the pharmaceutical company responsible for Truvada, is sponsoring the New York City Pride march once again.  LGBT-themed shows like Pose are returning for yet another season.  Literary classics like Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City are making a splash on Netflix, with new and old audiences seeing yet another chapter of the story.

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Rather than marvel over this range of corporate social responsibility, now is the time to stop and think about how far we have come in this world.  Its shocking to think that there used to be a world where very little or no companies would adhere to the LGBT community.  That kind of support only grew within the first few years of the 21st century.  It only flourished further, with the help of social media.

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Nowadays, there is no turning back.  That rainbow flag is flying higher than ever with the help from both businesses and its audiences.  Even when pride week concludes in one city, another weekly celebration begins.  That corporate support spreads throughout the nation.  Boston, New York City, Seattle, San Francisco, Dallas, Los Angeles, and Denver are just some of many cities that celebrate their own pride week each year.  It’s through the help of businesses, both local and national, that help get pride month in full swing.

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As support for the LGBT community grows even further, so does the need for bigger and better pride events.  This is the sort of public relations that not only benefits businesses, but also strengthens the world in the long run.  We live in a completely different world that we would have never imagined back in the 20th century.  No one would have thought that a beer company like Bud Light would be selling rainbow-colored beer cans at pride events.

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This is truly a PR miracle for both businesses and its LGBT audiences.  Pride month will only get even bigger and better as time goes on.

All with the help of the audiences and the businesses they choose to support.