What parents need to know
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?
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?