A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What 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 as a woman. You'll see a lot 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. It's a deep and funny show but deals with complicated emotional issues that are probably best for adults and older teens.
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What's the story?
No one in the Pfefferman family is living a fully TRANSPARENT life, all keeping closely guarded secrets in spite of their mutual affection. But when patriarch Mort (Jeffrey Tambor) gathers the family ( (Amy Landecker, Jay Duplass, and Gaby Hoffman) to announce a "big change" -- that she's transitioning to living full-time as a woman named Moira -- their dynamic takes a turn toward something refreshingly honest.
Is it any good?
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 Moira's "big change" and the ripple effect it has on her 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.
Talk to your kids 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 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?
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