Transparent


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Transparent is an American comedy web television series created by Jill Soloway for Amazon Studios that debuted on February 6, 2014. The story revolves around a Los Angeles family and their lives following the discovery that the person they knew as their father Mort (Jeffrey Tambor) is transgender. Transparent's first season premiered in full on September 26, 2014, the second season on December 11, 2015. the third on September 23, 2016.

Amazon picked up the series for a fourth season ahead of the premiere of the third.

At the 72nd Golden Globe Awards, the show won the Golden Globe Award for Best Television Series - Musical or Comedy, while Jeffrey Tambor won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy and the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series. This is the first show produced by Amazon Studios to win a major award and the first show produced by a streaming media service to win a Golden Globe for Best Series.

Cast

Main cast

  • Jeffrey Tambor as Maura Pfefferman (born Morton Pfefferman), a retired college professor of political science who finally opens up to her family about always identifying as a woman.
  • Amy Landecker as Sarah Pfefferman, the oldest sibling. She is married and has two children. She leaves her husband for Tammy, a woman she fell in love with in college. She is initially the most accepting of her father's transition.
  • Jay Duplass as Joshua "Josh" Pfefferman, the middle sibling. A successful music producer who has troubled relationships with women. He seems to have a hard time accepting his father's transition at first.
  • Gaby Hoffmann as Alexandra "Ali" Pfefferman, the youngest sibling. She is perpetually unemployed and has a tendency to be immature for her age. Hoffmann also plays Maura's mother Rose in flashbacks.
  • Judith Light as Shelly Pfefferman, Maura's ex-wife and the mother of Sarah, Josh, and Ali. She has been aware of Maura's desire to express her inner femininity for years.
  • Kathryn Hahn as Rabbi Raquel Fein (recurring Seasons 1-2, main cast Season 3) Josh's ex-fianc and rabbi at the Pfeffermans' synagogue.

Recurring cast

  • Melora Hardin as Tammy Cashman, Sarah's ex-flame.
  • Alexandra Billings as Davina, an educator at an LGBT center and Maura's best trans friend.
  • Trace Lysette as Shea, an educator at an LGBT center and one of Maura's friends.
  • Kiersey Clemons as Bianca, Tammy's daughter from her first marriage.
  • Rob Huebel as Len Novak, Sarah's husband and father of Zack and Ella.
  • Zackary Arthur as Zack Novak, the son of Sarah and Len.
  • Abby Ryder Fortson as Ella Novak, the daughter of Sarah and Len.
  • Lawrence Pressman as Ed Paskowitz, Shelly's husband.
  • Amin Joseph as Mike
  • Emily Robinson as Teenage Ali (Season 1-present)/Young Rose (Season 2)
  • Dalton Rich as Teenage Josh
  • Kelsey Reinhardt as Teenage Sarah
  • Alex MacNicoll as Colton, the son of Josh and Rita
  • Brett Paesel as Rita, the Pfefferman kids' former babysitter and Josh's ex-flame.
  • Cleo Anthony as Derek
  • Carrie Brownstein as Sydney "Syd" Feldman, Ali's best friend.
  • Deborah S. Craig as Kristin
  • Sawyer Ever as Zack
  • Bradley Whitford as Marcy (Season 1)/Magnus Hirschfeld (Season 2)
  • Alison Sudol as Kaya, Josh's ex-girlfriend and ex-client.
  • Cherry Jones as Leslie, an academic with whom Ali wants to study.
  • Anjelica Huston as Vicki, a cisgender woman who forms a connection with Maura.
  • Hari Nef as Gittel (born Gershom), Maura's great-aunt who never made it out of Berlin.
  • Michaela Watkins as Connie, the wife of a crossdresser (Season 1)/Yetta, Maura's grandmother (Season 2)
  • Jason Mantzoukas as Dr. Steve, the Pfefferman kids' marijuana dispenser.
  • Tig Notaro as Barb, Tammy's second ex-wife.
  • Jiz Lee as Pony (Season 2)
  • Luzer Twersky as Mendel
  • Richard Masur as Buzz, a synagogue board member


Episodes

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Background

Soloway created the pilot Transparent for Amazon.com, which became available for free streaming and download on February 6, 2014 and was part of Amazon's second pilot season. She was inspired by her transgender father.

The pilot for Transparent was picked up by Amazon Studios. Tambor had previously portrayed transvestite judge Alan Wachtel on the police procedural television show Hill Street Blues in the 1980s. Soloway wrote Hoffmann's role after seeing her performance on Season 3 of Louis C.K.'s show Louie.

Transparent premiered all ten episodes simultaneously in late September 2014. In Canada, where Amazon's video streaming service is not available, the series premiered on the Shomi platform on January 23, 2015.

Production

Soloway has said that she hopes to use the series to explore ideas of gender identity through a "wounded father being replaced by a blossoming femininity" and that she pictured Tambor as Maura when writing the character.

Soloway, the writers, and the cast developed, workshopped, and rehearsed both seasons with consulting producer Joan Scheckel at Joan Scheckel Filmmaking Labs.

As part of the making of the show, Soloway enacted a "transfirmative action program", whereby transgender applicants are hired in preference to cisgender ones. , over eighty transgender people have worked on the show, including Zackary Drucker and Rhyhs Ernst who are transgender consultants and co-producers.

In 2014, Our Lady J was chosen as the first openly transgender person to be a writer for the show. All the bathrooms on set are gender-neutral.

The original pilot made available in February 2014 (with Gillian Vigman in the role of Tammy) was partly reshot after the series was approved.

Reception

Season Critical response
Rotten Tomatoes Metacritic
1 98% (54 reviews) 91 (28 reviews)
2 97% (36 reviews) 94 (28 reviews)
3 100% (26 reviews) 90 (15 reviews)
Transparent has received acclaim from critics. On Rotten Tomatoes, the first season holds an approval rating of 98% with an average score of 8.8 out of 10 based on 54 reviews. The site's consensus reads: "As much about a change in television as it is about personal change, Transparent raises the bar for programming with sophistication and sincere dedication to the human journey, warts and all." On Metacritic, the first season received an average rating of 91 out of 100 based on 28 reviews, indicating "universal acclaim".

Alan Sepinwall from HitFix calls Transparent the best new show of the fall 2014 season, and Amazon's "most impressive volley yet". He added:
"... [The] show looks gorgeous and displays an instant command of both tone and this particular pocket of life in Los Angeles; Soloway is incredibly confident in introducing us to the parts of the show that are more universally relatable (a marriage gone sour, a disappointing child), knowing that we'll then follow her into more unfamiliar territory"?not just with Maura, but the many disreputable behaviors her kids get tangled up in."
The second season of Transparent received even greater acclaim from critics as well as a 2015 Peabody Award. The second season holds a 97% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 36 reviews, with an average rating of 9.2/10. The consensus reads: "Transparent's second season ups its dramatic stakes while retaining the poignancy and humor that have made the series such a consistently entertaining example of the best that modern serial drama has to offer." On Metacritic, the second season received an average rating of 94 out of 100 based on 28 reviews, indicating "universal acclaim".

Reviews for the third season have indicated similarly positive reviews. Rotten Tomatoes surveyed 26 reviews and judged 100% of them to be positive. The website's critical consensus reads, "Uniquely its own, and compelling and poignant as ever, Transparent continues to transcend the parameters of comedic and dramatic television with sustained excellence in its empathic portrayal of the Pfefferman family." while Metacritic granted the season an average rating of 90 of 100 based on 15 reviews, indicating "universal acclaim".

International broadcast

In Australia, the first two episodes of the series premiered on the Nine Network on January 27, 2015, and all subsequent episodes premiered on streaming service Stan upon its launch.

Amazon Video, which was not available in Canada at the time, was launched on the Shomi platform.

Awards

Template:Main article On December 11, 2014, the series was nominated for a Golden Globe Award in the category Best TV Comedy. On January 11, 2015, Transparent won two Golden Globe awards for the first season of the series. Tambor dedicated his win for Best Actor in a Comedy Series to the transgender community, while Soloway dedicated her award to the memory of Leelah Alcorn.

Year Award Date of Ceremony Category Recipients Result
2014 Golden Globe Awards January 11, 2015 Best Television Series - Musical or Comedy Transparent
Best Actor in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy Jeffrey Tambor
GALECA Dorian Awards January 20, 2015 TV Comedy of the Year Transparent
TV Performance of the Year "? Actor Jeffrey Tambor
TV Director of the Year Jill Soloway
LGBT Show of the Year Transparent
Directors Guild of America Awards February 7, 2015 Outstanding Directing - Comedy Series Jill Soloway
(for "Best New Girl")
Writers Guild of America Awards February 14, 2015 Television: New Series Transparent
Television: Comedy Series
Television: Episodic Comedy Ethan Kuperberg
(for "The Wilderness")
Satellite Awards February 15, 2015 Best Television Series - Musical or Comedy Transparent
Best Actor in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy Jeffrey Tambor
GLAAD Media Awards March 21, 2015 Outstanding Comedy Series Transparent
Critics' Choice Television Awards May 31, 2015 Best Comedy Series Transparent
Best Actor in a Comedy Series Jeffrey Tambor
Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Judith Light
Best Guest Performer in a Comedy Series Bradley Whitford
TCA Awards August 8, 2015 Program of the Year Transparent
Outstanding Achievement in Comedy Transparent
Outstanding New Program Transparent
Individual Achievement in Comedy Jeffrey Tambor
Primetime Emmy Awards September 20, 2015 Outstanding Comedy Series Transparent
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series Jeffrey Tambor
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Gaby Hoffmann
Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series Bradley Whitford
Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series Jill Soloway
(for "Best New Girl")
Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series Jill Soloway
(for "Pilot")
Outstanding Casting for a Comedy Series Eyde Belasco
Outstanding Costumes for a Contemporary Series, Limited Series or Movie Marie Schley & Nancy Jarzynko
(for "Symbolic Exemplar")
Outstanding Main Title Theme Music Dustin O'Halloran
Outstanding Production Design for a Narrative Program (Half-Hour Or Less) Cat Smith, Maria Baker & Nya Patrinos
(for "The Letting Go")
Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Comedy Series Catherine Haight
(for "Pilot")
2015 People's Choice Awards January 6, 2016 Favorite Streaming Series Transparent
Golden Globe Award January 10, 2016 Best Television Series - Musical or Comedy Transparent
Best Actor - Television Series Musical or Comedy Jeffrey Tambor
Best Supporting Actress - Series, Miniseries or Television Film Judith Light
Critics' Choice Television Awards January 17, 2016 Best Comedy Series Transparent
Best Actor in a Comedy Series Jeffrey Tambor
Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series Jay Duplass
Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Judith Light
Best Guest Performer in a Comedy Series Anjelica Huston
Cherry Jones
Producers Guild of America Award January 23, 2016 Outstanding Producer for Episode Television - Comedy Jill Soloway, Andrea Sperling, Victor Hsu, Nisha Ganatra, Rick Rosenthal, Bridget Bedard
Screen Actors Guild Award January 30, 2016 Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series Jeffrey Tambor
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series Alexandra Billings, Carrie Brownstein, Jay Duplass,
Kathryn Hahn, Gaby Hoffmann, Cherry Jones,
Amy Landecker, Judith Light, Hari Nef,
Emily Robinson, Jeffrey Tambor
Directors Guild of America Awards February 6, 2015 Outstanding Directing - Comedy Series Jill Soloway
(for "Kina Hora")
Writers Guild of America Awards February 13, 2015 Television: Comedy Series Transparent
Satellite Awards February 21, 2016 Best Actor in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy Jeffrey Tambor
Costume Designers Guild Awards February 23, 2016 Outstanding Contemporary Television Series Marie Schley
GLAAD Media Awards April 2, 2016 Outstanding Comedy Series Transparent
British Academy Television Awards May 8, 2016 Best International Programme Transparent
Primetime Emmy Awards September 18, 2016 Outstanding Comedy Series Transparent
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series Jeffrey Tambor
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Gaby Hoffmann
Judith Light
Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series Melora Hardin
Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series Bradley Whitford
Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series Jill Soloway (for "Man on the Land")

Outstanding Casting for a Comedy Series Eyde Belasco
Outstanding Costumes for a Contemporary Series, Limited Series or Movie Marie Schley, Mark A. Summers (for "Kina Hora")

Outstanding Production Design for a Narrative Program (Half-Hour or Less) Cat Smith, Macie Vener, Susan Mina Eschelbach (for "Kina Hora", "The Book of Life", "Man on The Land")

2016 Critics' Choice Television Awards December 11, 2016 Best Actor in a Comedy Series Jeffrey Tambor
Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Judith Light
Satellite Awards February 19, 2017 Best Actor in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy Jeffrey Tambor
2017 Golden Globe Awards January 8th, 2017 Best Television Series - Musical or Comedy Transparent
Best Actor - Television Series Musical or Comedy Jeffrey Tambor



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