Tales of the City (2019)

TV review by Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 15+

Revamp of groundbreaking series has nostalgia, inclusion.

Netflix Drama 2019

Parents say

age 10+

Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 15+

Based on 1 review

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age 18+

Considerably racier than CSM reviewer suggests

I was delighted to see this reboot - complete with returns of Dukakis, Linney, and Gross - because I thoroughly enjoyed the original PBS series. Just watching the first episode brought back nostalgic memories and had me tracking down the original series so I am watching them now in parallel. I’m not yet passed the third episode but I don’t think the CSM reviewer got that far because there are overt, nude sex scenes in that episode rendering this unsuitable for non-adult audiences. If you glanced casually at those scenes while walking by a screen you would think it was porn. And yes, I know teens watch porn, but just because they can doesn’t mean they should. I haven’t read Maupin’s books but if you were a fan of the PBS series, then this new one should make you smile. One of the things I think I liked about the original series is how lovingly it portrayed San Francisco as a place - at least for a suburban Bay Area dweller who occasionally ventures into The City. Those same touches are in the new series. But I cannot comment on the accuracy of how the original series portrayed the denizens of The City as I did not live there and my suburban neighbors are nothing like the show’s characters. I rather suspect that the new series is a little too nostalgic and does not reflect present day SF given the frequent news stories of tech wealth, homelessness, gentrification, and lack of affordable housing there. It does seem to portray a broader, more contemporary spectrum of the LGBTQ+ community than the original series.

This title has:

Great messages
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
age 2+


Great show. Love cast.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models

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