Parents' Guide to

Transparent

By Kari Croop, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Darkly comic series tours gender identity, family dynamics.

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What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 15+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 18+

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.
age 14+

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 :-)

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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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.

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