Transparent Review


Starring: Jeffrey Tambor, Gaby Hoffmann, Amy Landecker
Summary: When patriarch Mort decides it’s time to live way the life he was supposed to – as Maura – his admission to offspring and friends acts as the catalyst for a whole host of other secrets to come spilling out.
Genre(s): Drama, Comedy

Show Summary

As one of Amazon’s first original series, Transparent has gone on to take home two Golden Globes in the 2015 ceremony and served as the show that helps build stepping stones towards a better and equal world, where everybody and everyone are treated fairly no matter how they live their lives.

Revolving around the Pfefferman family, the series is made up of ten 30-minute episodes and manages to combine comedy and drama perfectly so that you can be laughing with joy one minute, then crying following a hugely emotional scene the next.

A second season has been commissioned and is expected for release later this year on Stan.

Cast

Jeffrey Tambor as Maura Pfefferman

Gaby Hoffman as Ali Pfefferman

Amy Landecker as Sarah Pfefferman

Jay Duplass as Josh Pfefferman

Melora Hardin as Tammy Cashman

Judith Light as Shelly Pfefferman

Rob Huebel as Len Novak

Alexandra Billings as Davina

Carrie Brownstein as Syd Feldman

Lawrence Pressman as Ed Paskowitz

Season Recap

Introduced to the Pfefferman family, it doesn’t take long to discover that each and every member is hiding their own secrets, with what some would think the biggest secret of all coming from Mort Pfefferman, who’s decided it’s time to tell his family that he’s going to be living life as Maura from now on – a trans woman who he has hoped to be able to live life as for quite some time.

Despite our initial thoughts that Maura’s “coming out” would be the hugest revelation for her children and friends to get past, it’s soon apparent that no one member of the Pfefferman unit have a clean closet, with skeletons just waiting to barge out and turn life on its head.

Whilst Josh is finding it difficult to come to terms with the fact that not everybody will instantly fall in love with him, we have Sarah cheating on her partner with a former lover – a fellow female from her past – and Ali on a path that could potentially ruin her life forever.

Hard to explain to those who haven’t watched the show, it’s a story that’s told with such imagination, grit and determination that anyone who hasn’t given it a chance should absolutely do so – it’s worth more than it could ever be given credit for.

Our Critic Review

Gorgeous and intimate throughout, Transparent is one of those shows that you’ll want to watch again and again when your first time’s through. Jill Soloway has done an incredible job of providing a platform for the trans community to say: ‘Listen up, we’re people just like you and we deserve to be treated with the respect and equality you would give to anybody else’.
Right from the first episode it’s easy to see just why Jeffrey Tambor picked up a Golden Globe for his role as Maura Pfefferman. He’s an extremely passionate and formidable force on-screen, and it’s clear that this wasn’t just another acting job for him, but something he found was very important to raise awareness around the trans community.
Props too, to the rest of the cast who prove that ensemble is the way forward for shows such as this one. We should never have a series dedicated to one character, and the development for each member of the Pfefferman family is so deep that viewers should be able to draw comparisons to their own lives through the people they see on-screen.

VIDEO: Fans eager for Transparent Season 2 to return will be happy to see Jeffrey Tambor talking about his role. 

Critic Reviews

To call it Amazon’s first great series, or the only great series of the new fall season–both of which are true–is to damn it with faint praise. Full Review

Willa Paskin, Slate

What follows is a rich, funny, touching exploration not just of transgender life, but of family, identity and sexuality in general. Tambor’s genius in the role is in creating a very particular female character well beyond makeup and wardrobe, seemingly on the cellular level. Full Review

Joanne Ostrow, Denver Post

A touching, intimate, humor-laced family drama that is easily the best new show debuting this fall, and the way you’ll be able to watch it holds a not-small part of its power. Full Review

Rick Porter, Inside the box

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