Transparent 1 Season 2014

An Amazon Original Series

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Season 1
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(24,045) IMDb 7.5/10

1. Pilot TV-MA CC

An LA family with serious boundary issues have their past and future unravel when a dramatic admission causes everyone's secrets to spill out. Starring Jeffrey Tambor, Judith Light, Amy Landecker, Jay Duplass, and Gaby Hoffmann.

Starring:
Jeffrey Tambor, Gaby Hoffmann
Runtime:
31 minutes
Original air date:
September 26, 2014

Available to watch on supported devices.

Transparent Nominated for 11 Emmys

On Sunday September 20, Transparent will compete for 11 awards at the 2015 Emmys, including “Best Comedy Series.”

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Season 1

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743 of 834 people found the following review helpful By brenm on February 17, 2014
Amazing and perfect that a show can revolve, in some ways, around the corny, heartbreaking '70s song "Operator" by Jim Croce - a song about a guy on a pay phone, talking to an operator as he tries to get the number for his old girlfriend, who left him for his "best old ex friend Ray" so he can call and tell them both that he's fine, he's moved on, he's over it, which he isn't. But this is a show all about triangles, and even though there's no such thing as a pay phone any more - much less one where you can make a call for a dime - "Operator" is the perfect metaphor for the disconnection this whole family feels. Father Jeffrey Tambor can't believe he has raised three people "who can't see past themselves." Son and music producer Jay Duplass is mentoring a trio of young musicians - and sleeping with one of them - at the same time that he's having a weird, wordless affair with a woman who materializes out of nowhere in the middle of the episode. Daughter Amy Landecker is sleepwalking through her marriage until an old girlfriend drops in, a still smoldering human relic from the college days when she was "lezzing it up" so passionately. And then there's the second daughter, Gaby Hoffman, angry, depressed, unemployed, full of bad ideas for books no one wants to read. She wants someone to make her do something; if it hurts, so much the better. It doesn't necessarily sound like compelling entertainment.

But "Transparent" is full of secrets and surprises, the biggest one being the powerful grip it exerts over its audience: four people, none of them particularly likable, all self-absorbed, all aching for something new and different that will turn their lives around. It ought to be pale and depressing. But that's not the way it feels.
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260 of 316 people found the following review helpful By Watches with Wolves on February 8, 2014
This one could be an acquired taste of all the Amazon pilots but one worth nurturing.

A story about a shambolic, dysfunctional but loving Jewish family in Los Angeles, the direction by writer Jill Solloway captures the lived-in feel of a family whose members are used to each other's company, with interruptions, overlapping dialogue and utterly convincing nuances.

The characters are invariably self-obsessed, smart, deeply flawed but achingly human, and we're invited to be part of their world from the beginning. This has the feel of one of the edgier entries you might find at the Sundance Film Festival or HBO, but without the sense of anger or bitterness often found in HBO comedies. That's not to say the story won't have its fair share of chaos and dark comedy or pathos.

One of the pilots that justify its own existence. Well worth watching and continuing.
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223 of 272 people found the following review helpful By A Real Mensch on September 28, 2014
I haven't seen a comedy quite this good in quite a while. The writing is very truthful and obviously crafted with such love. Jeffrey Tambor gives his most complex performance to date, and that is saying something. Judith Light offers strong support as the main character's ex-wife, and Amy Landecker, Jay Duplass, and Gaby Hoffman turn in strong performances as his children. Obviously, the show focuses on a character transitioning into his life as a transgender woman, but each of the central characters is in a trans- state as well. All are going through or across something, This is not a knee-slapper - it's an intellectual comedy - but I nonetheless found myself laughing often and loudly. I will be watching again, and I look forward to Season 2.
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284 of 366 people found the following review helpful By Robert Desiderio on February 6, 2014
This show has heart, humor, edge and amazing work done by everyone. A leap into uncharted series waters that not only takes us into a unique experience, but also charts a path that entertains, engages, engrosses and enlightens. Check it out.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Mallory Halbert on February 20, 2015
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Thought provoking and modern. Exploring the boundaries of gender and sexuality while remaining humorously entertaining. Loved it!
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149 of 199 people found the following review helpful By Roberta L Kowald on September 28, 2014
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Critics all across the net have been falling all over themselves praising "Transparent" and there are indeed many things to love about this subtle, quietly understated journey into the heart of the complicated relationships between the members of the Pfefferman family.

Jeffrey Tambor shines in a fragile and understated performance that anchors the storyline superbly yet while the narrative ostensibly follows the journey of family patriarch Mort as he transitions into Maura late in life - the focus in much of Season One is really on the impact this has on the three adult offspring. Desperate, at first, to make sure all three children are "OK" with this life-changing event - we also get to witness Maura grow and change and we see her more and more able to stand on her own.

And seeing Maura change more than just physically is where this series is a cut above most TV renderings of the Trans community. By the end of Season One the timorous woman we saw in the pilot who worked herself up to make a big coming-out speech and who ends up defeated when that is completely hijacked by her bickering children, is finally strong enough to confront her youngest with "If I didn't give you money, would you even like me?"

The complex relationship between long-time exes Maura and Shelley (played with dazzling humor and sensitivity by Judith Light) is well-written and filled with lovely moments. (When Maura is humiliated by her children at a "Trans Got Talent" community show - she turns to Shelley and when Shelley's husband is dying after years of Alzheimer's Maura is the only one who comforts her). In a sweet heart-to-heart breakfast over bagels and lox, Shelly struggles to understand Maura's sexual orientation.
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