Gender bends effortlessly in this six-hour miniseries set in San Francisco and based on Armistead Maupin's bestseller (which initially appeared as a newspaper serial). PBS stations had the option of airing an edited version of the racy Peabody winner, which takes place in the (pre-AIDS) mid-1970s and follows a pot-growing landlady and her interesting tenants. It was followed by two sequels on Showtime, one in 1998 that was nominated for five Emmys and another in 2001 that earned one nomination.


Olympia Dukakis Anna Madrigal
Laura Linney Mary Ann Singleton
Marcus D'Amico Michael `Mouse' Tolliver
Donald Moffat Edgar Warfield Halcyon
William Campbell Dr. Jon Philip Fielding
Paul Gross Brian Hawkins
Thomas Gibson Beauchamp Talbot Day
Barbara Garrick Deirdre Denise `DeDe' Ligon Halcyon Day
Nina Foch Frances `Frannie' Alicia Ligon Halcyon
Don Novello Father Guido Sarducci
Parker Posey Connie Bradshaw
Kevin Sessums Peter Prescott Cipriani
McLean Stevenson Roger Manigault
Mary Kay Place Prue Giroux
Cynda Williams D'orothea/Dorothy Wilson
Paul Dooley Herbert L. Tolliver
Paul Bartel Charles Hillary Lord
Lance Loud William Deveraux Hill
Bob Mackie Richard Evan Hampton
Ian McKellen Archibald Anson Gidde
Janeane Garofalo Coppola Woman
Rod Steiger Bookstore Owner