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  • Its characters use politics as a pretext for making ungenerous choices, and thereby risk undermining the credibility of those politics in general. This allows Transparent to be more bracing, more challenging, and more compelling than most any other show on TV. Show More

  • Season 2 is bolder, stronger, and more audacious because now, actions have consequences.... For a TV show, the stakes don’t get much higher and Soloway nails it all with ease. Show More

  • A touching, intimate, humor-laced family drama that is easily the best new show debuting this fall, and the way you'll be able to watch it holds a not-small part of its power. Show More

  • These scenes [flashbacks to Weimar Germany], which feature Michaela Watkins doing the best with a tritely anxious, angry character, are the weakest elements of the new season, at once too pat and too melodramatic. But the show benefits from terrific casting in its supporting roles this season, with great turns by Cherry Jones, Richard Masur, Anjelica Huston, and the poet Eileen Myles. Show More

  • Spiritual and emotional epiphanies abound in these 10 episodes, about as close as TV comes to living art. [3-9 Oct 2016, p.23] Show More

  • In Season 3, the superb writing and performances make Transparent more satisfying than ever. If there's a standout, it's Light as Shelly, providing most of the comedy as Shelly works on her own one-woman show. Show More

  • What a lovely heart this show has, and what supple skills Transparent uses to explore the questions of identity and connection rolling around inside that wounded, hopeful heart. This is simply a great show. Show More

  • Back and as impressively irritating as ever. Show More

  • What follows is a rich, funny, touching exploration not just of transgender life, but of family, identity and sexuality in general. Tambor's genius in the role is in creating a very particular female character well beyond makeup and wardrobe, seemingly on the cellular level. Show More

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