Finding Love and Acceptance in Amazon’s Transparent

Released on Amazon Prime Instant Video in the UK and US Friday 26th September 2014, Transparent is an Amazon Original series about a Los Angeles family.  Realistic, gritty, emotional, each family member is in their own way coming to turns with their individual identity.  More than one family member appears to be in denial of their sexual orientation, and from the 2 episode preview that we have seen, Transparent is a rich tapestry of crossover story lines which we are sure will reveal all in the full 10 episodes.

A sexual honesty (sometimes graphic) and humour is intertwined which makes the characters that more realistic.  Maura (Jeffrey Tambor) the Pfefferman family patriarch is on a new journey of acceptance.  Having sacrificed her life for 70 years to live as Mort for her family and society, she has made the decision and will be no longer ‘dressing up as a man’.   With the support of a Los Angeles transgender support group , Maura finds acceptance, strength and euphoria in exploring herself and listening to experiences from other group members.




Transparent stars also include Judith Light (known for Dallas, Who’s The Boss) Mort’s ex wife Shelly; Gaby Hoffman (known for 200 Cigarettes, Field of Dreams) the youngest Pfefferman, Ali; Amy Landecker (known for A Serious Man, Dan in Real Life) married with her own family, Sarah; and Jay Duplass (known for The Mindy Project) a promiscuous music producer.

Transparent is written and directed by Emmy nominee and 2013 Sundance Best Director winner Jill Soloway, her work includes Afternoon Delight, Six Feet Under and United States of Tara.  The series was inspired by Jill’s father who came out as a transgender 3 years ago.  As the transgender community is campaigning for their own equality, and becoming more high profile, the timing of Transparent could not be more amply timed.

5 Stars

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