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Jill Soloway got her start at a scrappy theater company in her hometown of Chicago, where she and her older sister, Faith, put on shows like “Miss Vagina Pageant” and “The Real Life Brady Bunch.”
Their Brady Bunch show became a cult hit in the 90s, expanding to NYC and La, where Jill ended up breaking into TV writing with an episode of the Steve Harvey Show. A few years later, she was writing for another cult hit, Six Feet Under, which earned her three Emmy nominations.
But for many years, the story she’s wanted to tell is that of a family wrestling with the big topics of love, sex, gender and identity. It is the story that became Transparent, which has landed on the top of critics’ list for fall TV shows.
Back in February, before the release of her pilot for Transparent, Hollywonk asked Soloway a few »
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- Louis Virtel
A six-hour odyssey into Amazons new original series starring Jeffrey Tambor, complete with analysis, summary and, of course, snacks
Like so many who watched the Transparent pilot when it debuted last year on Amazon Prime, I couldnt wait for the full series to hit the book-retail-come-streaming-service, which it did on September 26. After its debut, I set myself the challenge to watch the show as any good internet entertainment should be consumed: in one sitting, while staying up all night to my detriment and against my better judgement. My verdict: the show is brilliant. Like all great television, once you start watching, its hard to stop.
This is a world in which adulthood is evasive and sincerity is wildly underrated.
Maura's paradise isnt all she dreamed it would be now that shes there all by herself
This was the best episode of the series marked with an ornate, beautiful sadness that »
- Brian Moylan
Adultery, abortion, threesomes, lesbians, transgenders, interracial hook-ups, Holocaust insensitivity -- there's something for everyone in Transparent, the fall's most promising -- and most empathetic -- new drama. Released in its entirety last Friday for Amazon Prime subscribers, Jill Soloway's droll, warm, thoughtful series shrugs off taboos like musty old cardigans. As with the tirelessly clever Arrested Development, it stars Jeffrey Tambor as the patriarch of a screw-up Southern Californian clan. See also: The New Amazon TV Pilots Ranked, from the Winso »
A TV show concerning the porous biological border separating man from woman could be poised to break through another rigidly binary barrier: the comedy and drama categories at the Emmy Awards.
The murky depths of transgender identity are plumbed brilliantly in the first season “Transparent,” which Amazon Prime made available in its 10-episode entirety this past weekend.
Because each episode lasts about a half-hour and contain elements of humor, it’s only natural to classify “Transparent” as a comedy. But just like its cross-dressing protagonist Morton/Maura Pfefferman, the series eludes easy categorization.
That’s due in large part to the actor who inhabits the Pfefferman character, a sixtysomething father who decides to go public with the secret he’s harbored his whole life: his desire to live as a woman.
- Andrew Wallenstein
Matt Roush answers viewer questions about several shows and says that "The Good Wife" had a "sensational" season opener. He adds that "it's rare for a show to peak" in later seasons, comparing it to both "Breaking Bad" and "The Shield." With cable shows producing far less episodes, it is even more impressive how this CBS legal drama does it for 22 episodes per season. In August, the star Julianna Margulies won her second Emmy Award as Best Drama Actress. Roush also discusses "Parenthood," "Gotham," "How to Get Away with Murder," "Castle, "Scorpion," "NCIS," and "Chicago Fire." TV Guide -Break- Robert Bianco proclaims Jeffrey Tambor as "transcendent" in the new Amazon streaming comedy "Transparent." The full first season made its debut on Friday and might be one of the early strong contenders for the upcoming Golden Globes and SAG Awards. ..."' »
At least once a week on The Price Is Right, you can see a beautiful woman run her hand across the back of a chair and not feel a thing (aside from “What is the actual retail value?”).
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Indeed, as Baranski’s Diane Lockhart bids farewell to her meticulously appointed office, »
Masters of Sex wrapped Season 2 Sunday night with two surprise comebacks (Barton! Ethan!), a shocking betrayal (Bill sabotaged the CBS story and unwittingly played a role in Virginia losing her kids!), and a big turning point with regard to Bill and Virginia’s work (they’re gonna start passing on their sex knowledge to couples like Lester and Barb!).
“Their work has now shifted from data collecting to actually helping people who are suffering,” explains series creator Michelle Ashford of the finale’s closing scene. “It’s the very beginning of what [becomes] intensely therapeutic work for them. This is what »
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The Performer | Jeffrey Tambor
The Show | Transparent
The Episode | “The Letting Go”
The Airdate | September 26, 2014
The Performance | Transcendent. Transformative. Transfixing.
Those are just few of the adjectives that spring to mind watching Jeffrey Tambor (Arrested Development, The Larry Sanders Show) completely disappear into the role of Transparent‘s Maura Pfefferman, a transgender woman coming to terms with her identity after 70 years of living as a man (and fathering three children in the process).
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“The Simpsons” boss worries Sunday’s major death may be overhyped: We never said we’re killing off an “iconic” character “I’ve done everything I can to temper any disappointment by saying that, although the press is claiming this is an ‘iconic’ character, we never said that,” says executive producer Al Jean, in an interview with TVLine. “We just said it’s a ‘beloved’ character. I think it may have become overhyped, though I’ve never heard the term ‘underhyped’ before. Either way, it’s an emotional story, and it’s one we’re really proud of.” Plus: What TV critics said of “The Simpsons” when it debuted, and how “The Simpsons” looks at night -- illustrated. “Family Guy’s” crossover with “The Simpsons” is alternately fascinating, frustrating, amusing and annoying In other words, it’s your typical “Family Guy” episode. “Family Guy” Season 13: Stewie will get pregnant »
- Norman Weiss
Don’t be afraid of Transparent, Amazon’s new comedy about a 70-year-old transgender woman breaking the news of her late-in-life gender transition to her three children and ex-wife.
Series star Jeffrey Tambor says that while the dramedy from writer Jill Soloway (Six Feet Under) is “unlike anything you’ve seen on television before,” his character Maura (formerly Mort) Pfefferman is totally relatable.
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“We all know about secrets — to have that pressure of something you can’t reveal,” says Tambor. “That’s universal: ‘Am I safe? »
Today marks the premiere of Amazon's first great show. Transparent stars Jeffrey Tambor as a retired professor transitioning to female. The show's creator, Jill Soloway, spoke with John Horn, host of Southern California Public Radio's new arts and entertainment show, The Frame, about the freedom of Amazon, the influence of Lena Dunham and Louis C.K., and trying to make Transparent into one long movie that just happens to have breaks. (Listen to part of Horn and Soloway's interview below and subscribe to The Frame at iTunes or Stitcher.) So much of the conversations about your show are about Jeffrey Tambor’s transgender parent, but I want to talk about the family dynamics and about how family members fight and speak to each other. How much of that was an important organizing principle of the show?We talk a lot about this thing that we call the “ring of light,” which »
- John Horn
Gender is a construct, sexuality is a fluid spectrum, Judaism is a vast sea, and Transparent is a real joy. The new ten-episode series, from creator Jill Soloway, may end up being responsible for putting Amazon original content on the map. But I can't say I care what it does for Amazon. Transparent's major achievement is putting itself on the map.The series stars and relies on Jeffrey Tambor, who plays Mort Pfefferman. Mort was assigned male at birth but is finally transitioning and living as Maura — she just has to tell her adult children. The first to find out is Sarah (Amy Landecker), the oldest, who herself is grappling with her sexual identity. She's married to a man (Rob Huebel), but after bumping in to her college girlfriend (Melora Hardin), she's questioning everything about her little-boxes-on-the-hillside L.A. life. Next to find out is Ali (Gaby Hoffmann), whose »
- Margaret Lyons
As chance would have it, the week before I interviewed Jeffrey Tambor I spoke to two other actors, both of whom brought up Tambor and promptly went gooey-eyed.
Jeffrey set the tone for the whole of Arrested Development, said Tambors co-star and on-screen son, Jason Bateman. We all watched him when we filmed on the first day, and he did it totally straight. He was so bold and completely unconcerned with being likable. He taught me what you can get away with in comedy.
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- Hadley Freeman
If the early reviews are to be believed, Amazon may have found its House of Cards. Jill Soloway's Transparent has debuted its entire first season on Amazon Instant Video, and the reviewers who got a chance to see the series in advance have showered it with universal acclaim. Transparent stars Jeffrey Tambor as a family patriarch who is transitioning from a man to a woman. Tambor's Maura character is at the center of the series, but her children, played by Gaby Hoffmann, Amy Landecker, and Jay Duplass, are working through conflicts of their own. A trailer for the series is available on Amazon Studios' YouTube channel. If you're on the fence about Transparent, the show's reviews offer plenty of reasons to tune in. All 12 of the critical responses compiled on Metacritic offer effusive praise, and Amazon was eager to compile a few choice quotes for its press release announcing the show's debut. »
- Sam Gutelle
This morning, Amazon released the entire first season of “Transparent,” a great new dramedy starring Jeffrey Tambor as a transgender woman coming out to her family and beginning her full gender transition at an advanced age. I already published my review, as well as an interview with Tambor, and now I have an interview with the show’s creator, “Six Feet Under” and “United States of Tara” veteran Jill Soloway. It’s a deep dive into the world of trans politics — including the question of whether it’s ideal to have a cis male (aka someone born a man) like Tambor playing this role — how Soloway’s professional past and family history shaped the series, the prospect of people watching all 10 episodes at once, and more. As I said in my review, it may take me a little time to finish the rest of the season, given what a busy »
- Alan Sepinwall
Perhaps the biggest major human rights issue of the moment is transgenderism, essentially describing someone who is born into the wrong physical gender (as opposed to cisgender which means man born man/woman born woman). In the last half decade, trans visibility has rocketed through activism both in the real world and social media. Collectively, this raises awareness of the high mortality rate of transwomen through physical attacks and suicide, and educates others on what it is to be trans, fighting against the injustices faced by trans people regularly. As someone who has had both friends and family come out as trans, it can be an incredibly emotionally complex time for all involved, but especially dangerous for those who make the decision to go public as they leave themselves open to violent attacks. »
“Transparent,” the latest gift from the streaming Gods, is being released in its entirety Friday, the better for binge watching one half-hour episode after another. The Amazon series, created by “Six Feet Under” and “The United States of Tara” alum Jill Soloway, revolves around an L.A. family that would give Fox News anchors a cow if they stumbled across it: The father (Jeffrey Tambor) has been secretly dressing as a woman for years, and eldest daughter Sarah (Amy Landecker), a stay at home mom with kids, begins screwing around with her lesbian lover from college soon after they meet again. »
- Diane Garrett
Transparent, the new original series from Amazon Studios, is groundbreaking television in every sense of the word. The show follows the Pfefferman family of Los Angeles, anchored by a remarkable performance by Jeffrey Tambor as Maura.
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- Liz Raftery
It’s been just eight months since viewers helped greenlight the pilot with their passionate reviews, and today, the entire first season of Transparent finally makes its much-anticipated debut on Prime Instant Video.
The 10-episode half hour series, which stars Jeffrey Tambor (Arrested Development), Judith Light (Dallas), Gaby Hoffman (Girls), Amy Landecker (Louie) and Jay Duplass (Togetherness), explores family, identity, sex, and love through the story of the Pfeffermans, a Los Angeles family forced to deal with their long-held secrets together.
Critical reception for the series has been overwhelmingly positive, with critics from several major outlets recommending it as the best new fall TV show, including Time and Entertainment Weekly:
“Transparent has the beginnings of a transformative, transcendent, transporting story of a person, a family–and a culture–going through a transformation.” – James Poniewozik, Time
“Beautiful, funny and touching…One of those rare shows that alters the complexion of the landscape with its quality. »
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