Netflix Tales of the City Breaks Canon/New Ground - 07-18


Maybe this series was always just waiting for Netflix. The first Tales of the City mini-series, which debuted on PBS in 1994, dared to show two men kissing and waking up in bed together, an underwear contest in a gay bar, a wealthy white woman getting pregnant by a Chinese delivery boy, a lesbian relationship between a latter-day hippy and a fashion model, and a transgender landlady who grew marijuana in her garden. For this, government funding to PBS was nearly cut off as right-wing America declared Public Broadcasting another liberal Trojan horse in the culture wars. The controversy was so great that the subsequent two series weren’t made until 1998 and 2001, and were produced by Showtime and Channel Four, rather than Public Television.