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Transparent

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Darkly comic series tours gender identity, family dynamics.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Outright "messages" are a little murky, but there's a overarching sense of searching for truth and a desire to live more honestly, with varying degrees of success. Family is another important theme.

Positive role models

The main character is navigating a major life change linked to his gender identity and serves as a complex but likable parent figure. Most characters are harboring secrets and living somewhat dishonest lives, but there's a genuine sense of love and connection among family members, even though it can veer toward dysfunction and selfishness.

Violence
Not applicable
Sex

The plot deals heavily with sexual identity and follows characters in same-sex relationships and in relationships with multiple partners. Scenes include simulated sex and full frontal nudity. 

Language

Unbleeped swearing includes "f--k" and "s--t," but it's not constant.

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Some adult characters smoke pot and drink alcohol, at times to excess.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Transparent focuses on a divorced father of three who's navigating a major life change: transitioning to living life full-time as a woman. You'll see some simulated sex and occasional full-frontal nudity, and hear unbleeped swearing in the form of "f--k" and "s--t." Some characters also smoke pot and drink socially.

What's the story?

Neither Mort (Jeffrey Tambor) nor his three grown children (Amy Landecker, Jay Duplass, and Gaby Hoffman) are living fully TRANSPARENT lives, keeping closely guarded secrets in spite of their mutual affection. But when Mort gathers the family to announce a "big change" in his life -- that he's transitioning to living full-time as a woman named Moira -- their dynamic takes a turn toward something refreshingly honest.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

Written and directed by Jill Soloway (Six Feet Under, The United States of Tara), Transparent is partly autobiographical -- and maybe that's why its characters and their relationships feel so real. Sure, you may not relate to the specifics of Mort's "big change" and the ripple effect it has on his family, but you're bound to relate to their emotions thanks to the series' artful writing and honest acting.

Transparent is about a whole lot more than being "trans," by the way, in the sense that every major character is somehow transitioning. Sex and relationships play a major part in that, however, so the content is better aimed at adults and the most mature teens -- and even then, there will be things some parents will object to.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about parent-child relationships and how those relationships change -- or don't -- as kids become adults. Does Transparent take a realistic approach when it comes to depicting family dynamics? How does it compare to the way you and your parents interact?

  • How are transgender characters typically portrayed in television and movies? In what ways does Transparent's central character break new ground and expand the definition of what it means to be transgender in America? Does Mort/Moira transcend or simply reinforce existing stereotypes?

  • How well would Transparent play on network television? Does the fact that the series airs on Amazon allow it to explore subject matter that other shows can’t?

TV details

Premiere date:September 26, 2014
Cast:Jeffrey Tambor, Judith Light, Gaby Hoffman
Network:Amazon
Genre:Drama
Topics:Brothers and sisters, Misfits and underdogs
TV rating:TV-MA
Available on:Streaming
Awards:Emmy, Golden Globe

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Adult Written bySadman July 2, 2016

Shouldn't have limited its audience

My main criticism with streaming and premium cable is far too often the people making the shows take the attitude "Hey, we aren't bound by broadcast rules. So let's throw in sex at every turn because we can." Transparent is a very important series, but unfortunately by toploading the show with unnecessary sexual content - rather than focusing on what the show is supposed to be about, Tambor's character and her challenges - it's limited its audience to just adults (and mature adults, at that). People talk about how the show is changing lives. But it would change MORE lives if more people could watch it. It also plays into the stereo type established by The L Word that the only way to tell LGBTQ stories in an adult fashion is to throw sex scenes in every 5 minutes. Transparent simultaneously shows us everything that is RIGHT about streaming/premium cable (you'd never see this subject matter survive for multiple seasons on broadcast) and everything that is WRONG.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much sex
Adult Written byviper_wings October 25, 2015

Finally The transgender item in a series

I think this to be a very good series A " normal" family where the father feels like a woman and is coming out . The consequences bring out more than the coming out The family is sometimes rather dysfunctional . This is good thinking with regard to the subject of the series. otherwise it would have been all about the dad But it isn't . The other great thing is the main character . Who has nothing going as a woman and yet is convincing . If you think your child has the proper age for this theme watch it together :-)
Kid, 9 years old May 11, 2016

Interesting and brilliant but slightly slow drama has tons of sex and nudity.

My rating:R for strong sexual content, graphic nudity, and pervasive language and drug use.

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