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An L.A. family with serious boundary issues have their past and future unravel when a dramatic admission causes everyone's secrets to spill out.


Jill Soloway
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Series cast summary:
Jeffrey Tambor ...  Maura Pfefferman 41 episodes, 2014-2017
Gaby Hoffmann ...  Ali Pfefferman / ... 41 episodes, 2014-2017
Amy Landecker ...  Sarah Pfefferman 41 episodes, 2014-2017
Jay Duplass ...  Josh Pfefferman 41 episodes, 2014-2017
Judith Light ...  Shelly Pfefferman 39 episodes, 2014-2017
Rob Huebel ...  Len Novak 28 episodes, 2014-2017
Kathryn Hahn ...  Raquel Fein 24 episodes, 2014-2016
Alexandra Billings ...  Davina / ... 23 episodes, 2014-2017
Zackary Arthur ...  Zack / ... 18 episodes, 2014-2017


Mort has a secret that he really wants to tell his three adult children, who are so self-absorbed they don't see that something has changed for divorced, girlfriendless dad. Even when he invites them to dinner en masse to share his news, somehow, the conversation becomes about them. The secret unfolds, though, when he comes home and sees his married daughter getting intimate with her ex. Now, he knows her secret; she learns his; and the dysfunctional family finds one secret after another being exposed. Written by Jwelch5742

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Comedy | Drama


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Release Date:

6 February 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Transparentno See more »

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Amazon Studios,Picrow See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.00 : 1
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Did You Know?


Jill Soloway has said that Andrea Arnold's Fish Tank (2009) made her decide to take the leap from writing to also directing. Arnold has since directed several episodes of Transparent (2014). See more »


Featured in Conan: Angela Bassett/Jay Duplass/Peter Frampton (2016) See more »


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These parents raised the most selfish kids on the planet.

The sort of message this show is sending in my opinion feels like: "Persons who identify as Trans and their respective families will be cursed in shame, guilt and negative karma." Is that the message we want to be sending to our transgender people?

At first, this cute series starring some of my favorite people looked interesting. Unfortunately, it turned out to be just.. a bad creation. The story and series is addicting and I keep revisiting it so there is definitely a story there but the writing is just..bad.

The directing is great and the idea its self to bring a show based on transgender families is stellar. There are more and more trans people and thus trans families every day. I loved the idea of the show its self because done the right way, it could send a positive message and help people and families in transition. It could spread awareness. But, the characters aren't very believable which makes them very difficult to resonate and identify with.

More to the point, no one on this planet could possibly be as selfish as these characters. The children of the (transparent) are absurdly self-absorbed, narcissistic and every one of them has a histrionic personality disorder. It's just uncanny.

With EVERY character, all of whom are completely one-dimensional, seem to command that the earth revolve around them. Gas lighting, deflection, outright little white lies grow into outlandish plaid lying, not to mention deep deception and harming one another and thus themselves constantly. Even the parents' relationship and marriage began in..you guessed it..DECEPTION. Mort was originally dating his ex-wife's best friend prior to marrying and producing these selfish kids.

In addition, the series included Kathryn Hahn, one of my fave actresses but as usual, they made her look like an obsessive, neurotic, badly dressed, unkempt paranoid weirdo. They did the same thing to her in I Love Dick, another Amazon exclusive. This bites for her career, she's gone be type cast as the blooming idiot.

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