‘Transparent’ is an American comedy-drama web television series by Amazon Prime Video that first made its way to viewers’ screens in 2016. Created by Jill Soloway, the show revolves around a Los Angeles family and their lives after they realize that the man they always thought to be their father is actually a trans woman.
After its premiere on February 6, 2014, Season 1 officially made its way to viewers’ screens on September 26, 2014. Season 2, meanwhile, premiered on December 11, 2015. Seasons 3 and 4 followed the precedent set by Season 1, and made their debuts on September 23, 2016, and September 21, 2017. While the show was lauded by critics and audiences alike, they will be disappointed to know that ‘Transparent’ will be coming to an end with Season 5.
Transparent Cast: Who is in it?
Taking the lead, Jeffrey Tambor played the role of the trans woman, Maura Pfefferman (born Morton Pfefferman), while Judith Light played the role of Shelley Pfefferman, Maura’s ex-wife. Shelly and Maura’s three children, Sarah Pfefferman, Josh Pfefferman and Ali Pfefferman were played by Amy Landecker, Jay Duplass, and Gaby Hoffman, respectively, and this makes up the major characters in the show.
However, after strong run of four seasons, the showmakers found themselves in a dilemma after sexual misconduct allegations surfaced against Tambor. In November 2017, Tambor was accused by his former assistant and transgender actress Van Barnes, and shortly afterwards, another transgender actress in the show, Trace Lysette, opened up about Tambor’s alleged misconduct.
While Tambor had initially denied Van Barnes’ charges outright, he later issued an apology, and, in a statement to Deadline, said, “I’ve already made clear my deep regret if any action of mine was ever misinterpreted by anyone as being aggressive, but the idea that I would deliberately harass anyone is simply and utterly untrue.” Further, he also told the publication that it was unlikely that he would return to ‘Transparent’ as Maura Pfefferman.
Meanwhile, Amazon, in light of the allegations against Tambor, began an internal investigation, and a few months later, on February 15, 2018, officially announced that Tambor had been fired from the show. Soloway, for her part, released a statement, saying, “I have great respect and admiration for Van Barnes and Trace Lysette, whose courage in speaking out about their experience on Transparent is an example of the leadership this moment in our culture requires. We are grateful to the many trans people who have supported our vision for Transparent since its inception and remain heartbroken about the pain and mistrust their experience has generated in our community. We are taking definitive action to ensure our workplace respects the safety and dignity of every individual, and are taking steps to heal as a family.”
Transparent Plot: What is it about?
The plot of ‘Transparent’ is inspired by the life experiences of Soloway, whose own father turned out to be transgender. The story follows Mort (later Maura) Pfefferman, a retired professor of political science at UCLA, as he decides to make a life-changing transition and start identifying as a woman. Mort really wants to tell his three self-absorbed adult children that he identifies as a woman, but his fails to do so numerous times. With his mind made up, he finally invites all his children to dinner, with the hope of making the announcement. However, even during the dinner, the conversation shifts to the lives of his children, who are too self-absorbed to see that something has changed about their divorced, girlfriend-less father.
Mort’s secret finally comes to light after he catches his eldest child, Sarah, getting intimate with with her ex, despite being married with two children. Armed with Sarah’s secret, Mort makes his one known to her, and what follows is some intense family drama as secret after secret comes to light.
In terms of reception, ‘Transparent’ has done exceptionally when it comes to critical appraisal. Season 1 of the show enjoys a score of 98% on Rotten Tomatoes, and Seasons 2, 3, and 4 follow suit, with mind-blowing scores of 98%, 90%, and 100%. Overall, the show enjoys a score of 96%. Meanwhile, viewers have given the show an overall rating of 7.8/10 on IMDb.
Transparent Season 5 Release Date: When is it coming?
Transparent season 4 premiered on September 21, 2017. As far as the next season goes, the makers have decided to end on a high. Transparent season 5, which premieres on September 27, 2019, will just be one episode and two hours long musical extravaganza revolving around the death of the show’s main character, Maura Pfefferman (previously played by Jeffrey Tambor, who won’t appear in this episode).
While you wait for Transparent season 5, here’s the trailer for Season 4 to give you a glimpse into the development of the story thus far.
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