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Transparent 2 Seasons 2014

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Season 1
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4.4 out of 5 stars (32,376) IMDb 8/10

When the Pfefferman family patriarch makes a dramatic admission, the entire family's secrets start to spill out, and each of them spin in a different direction as they begin to figure out who they are going to become. Starring Jeffrey Tambor, Judith Light, Amy Landecker, Jay Duplass, and Gaby Hoffman.

Starring:
Jeffrey Tambor, Amy Landecker

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Transparent nominated for 3 Golden Globe Awards including Best Television Series - Comedy or Musical

Transparent was nominated for 3 2016 Golden Globe Awards, including Best Television Series - Comedy or Musical, best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Comedy or Musical: Jeffrey Tambor and Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television: Judith Light.

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Season 1
1. Pilot

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.

TV-MA CC Runtime: 30 minutes Release date: September 26, 2014
2. The Letting Go

Maura embraces her new journey, but nothing about life as a woman is easy -- making friends, finding a new community, and above all, coming out to her children. Sarah introduces her husband (Rob Huebel) to her ex-girlfriend Tammy (Melora Hardin). Josh pays a visit to his ex-babysitter Rita, as Ali gets closer to her trainer.

TV-MA CC Runtime: 28 minutes Release date: September 26, 2014
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3. Rollin

Maura moves out of the family house and into a lively new apartment complex, just as Sarah needs a new home after dismantling her perfect life. Josh has to reconsider his sudden vision of starting a family, while Ali finds some new boundaries to cross.

TV-MA CC Runtime: 29 minutes Release date: September 26, 2014
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4. Moppa

Maura finally comes out to Ali, and they join Sarah on a field trip to the mall - where they all get rude lessons in womanhood. Josh is forced to confront his past thanks to questions from Syd (Carrie Brownstein) about his longtime relationship with Rita.

TV-MA CC Runtime: 27 minutes Release date: September 26, 2014
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5. Wedge

When Shelly's husband Ed goes missing, Sarah, Josh and Ali set out to find him, and instead find themselves lost in their past. Ali can no longer keep Maura's secret from Josh, which sends him into a tailspin. When Maura runs into a Pfefferman family friend she takes a stand for her new identity.

TV-MA CC Runtime: 26 minutes Release date: September 26, 2014
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6. The Wilderness

As they struggle to come to terms with Maura, Josh looks for answers from a rabbi named Raquel (Kathryn Hahn), and Ali looks for answers in a Gender Studies class with Syd. Sarah is left to answer questions from her own kids, who meet Maura for the first time.

TV-MA CC Runtime: 28 minutes Release date: September 26, 2014
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7. Symbolic Exemplar

Josh goes on a date with Rabbi Raquel while Ali explores her feminine side with a TA from Gender Studies class. The kids turn out for Maura's performance in a talent show, but her delight quickly turns to dejection.

TV-MA CC Runtime: 29 minutes Release date: September 26, 2014
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8. Best New Girl

In a flashback, Mort escapes with friend Mark (Bradley Whitford) to a cross-dressing retreat in the woods, and becomes captivated with a very accepting woman named Connie (Michaela Watkins). Left alone after cancelling her Bat Mitzvah, 13-year-old Ali finds trouble with an older man at the beach.

TV-MA CC Runtime: 30 minutes Release date: September 26, 2014
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9. Looking Up

Maura finds solace with ex-wife Shelly, and the two hatch a plot to help Ed realize his wishes. Sarah spends time with her ex-husband and begins to question their breakup, while Raquel finally breaks through to Josh. And when the entire family is summoned to Shelly's, they are in for a few surprises.

TV-MA CC Runtime: 28 minutes Release date: September 26, 2014
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10. Why Do We Cover the Mirrors?

A funeral brings all the Pfeffermans together and reunites them with their past - Shelley and Maura with old friends, Sarah with her ex, and Josh with his teenage babysitter - who brings a 17-year-old boy. Just when they thought there were no more secrets, the family busts out a few more.

TV-MA CC Runtime: 28 minutes Release date: September 26, 2014
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Bonus: Transparent Exclusive Clip

A glimpse of 'Transparent', a new Amazon Original Series coming soon to Prime Instant Video.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 2 minutes Release date: February 6, 2014
Bonus: Transparent: Meet the Pfeffermans

In this behind-the-scenes video, the actors from Transparent talk about how they relate to their characters and how the Pfefferman family transforms together.

TV-MA CC Runtime: 2 minutes Release date: September 26, 2014
Bonus: Transparent: A Look Ahead

A sneak peek at Transparent, a series about a family with serious boundary issues.

TV-MA CC Runtime: 2 minutes Release date: September 26, 2014

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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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I can't do it.

This show reminded me of "Girls." When that first premiered, everyone was bending over backwards to praise it for its flawed female characters and its commentary on the millennial generation. It received numerous awards and accolades and Lena Dunham became a huge star. Those who criticized it were completely drowned out, but anyone who's actually seen it will tell you it's not everyone's cup of tea. The premise is good, but the execution leaves something to be desired.

Same goes for "Transparent."

Don't get me wrong. Jeffrey Tambor is absolutely amazing. His performance is sensitive and nuanced. He deserves all of the praise he's getting - the two stars I'm giving here are for him alone. And the trans-identity storyline is handled very delicately. This is why the show has won so many awards.

The elephant in the room, however, is that everything else about the show completely and utterly sucks. We spend far too little of our time with Tambor's character, Maura, and way too much time following her children around. That would be cool if they were interesting at all. But they're not - they're actually kind of pathetic. They're annoying, loud, appallingly self centered, and lack any redeeming qualities. The characters aren't even integrated into each other's stories very well, either, so you end up with a very disjointed final product. The center of the show should be Maura, but to tell you the truth, I have no idea what the center of the show actually is.

The frequent sex scenes seem designed to shock the viewer more than anything else. I don't like it when HBO/Showtime/Starz does it, and I don't like it here either.

For some reason, the show is being touted as a comedy. It's not.
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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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I really wanted to like this show. It got such great reviews and I really like Jeffrey Tambor as an actor. I forced myself to sit through 3 episodes hoping it would get better, but it quickly went from bad to worse. The characters are so unlikeable you wouldn't care at all if they all went out and got hit by a bus. I don't understand why it got such good reviews.
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Tambor does a great job, the rest is simply horrible, The children character's are unlikeable and unwatchable, and THAT is before we get to the pornographic gratuitous sexual content. I fast forward through over half of each episode, to be able to watch Tambor's story.
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complicated drama of many stories representing the journey LGBT, especially transgender, people pass through to find truth, love, identity, and acceptance. I felt it was too explicit at times with nudity, sex, and language.
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