A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
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 her 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.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
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.
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Unbleeped swearing includes "f--k" and "s--t," but it's not constant.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Some adult characters smoke pot and drink alcohol, at times to excess.
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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.
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.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.