Amazon has mostly produced series that are okay, with the exception of Transparent. Season one was as good as any series on television and made us hope that Amazon would produce other new series which were better than okay. With the possible exception of The Man in the High Castle, Amazon is still lagging behind the other streaming services. However, Transparent is back for a second season and I’m sure it is also excellent. Watch it all.
This post is about the first season of Transparent and it assumes you’ve watched all ten episodes.
When I was young, I couldn’t wait to get away from my parents because I felt like they didn’t know me. Eventually I stopped visiting my parents because I thought they knew me all too well.
Most of us spend a lot of time in our lives cultivating the various personae that we present to the world; to our parents, to our friends, to our colleagues at work, to our lovers. There is overlap, to be sure, but we don’t show everything to anyone. At the base, those personae all feature who we are, the qualities and failings that we developed under the care and neglect of our parents. Our parents may not know the details but they know enough.
Transparent is the story of a family. The simple summary is that it’s the story of a father who comes out as transgender to her grown children, but that is too simple. Mort Pfefferman’s (Jeffrey Tambor) transition to Maura Pfefferman is that event that begins the story but what is just as interesting as Maura’s experience is how her announcement affects the children.
While this year’s round of Amazon pilots is underwhelming, Transparent from last year was brilliant. The complete ten episode first season arrived September 26 for Amazon Prime members. The critics are nearly universal in their praise.
Also, Alan Sepinwall interviewed star Jeffrey Tambor, James Poniewozik interviewed Tambor and series creator Jill Soloway, Alyssa Rosenberg wrote about Soloway’s views on transgender issues and John Horn also spoke to Soloway.