Season #: 1, 2, 3, 4
Metascore
92

Universal acclaim - based on 29 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 29
  2. Negative: 0 out of 29

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Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: Spencer Kornhaber
    Sep 23, 2016
    100
    The show creator Jill Soloway’s deeply empathetic filmmaking style and her writers’ penchant for fine, funny details give the series soul and prevent the characters from tipping over into full monstrousness. The performances are more precise than ever, naturalistically portraying people who are neither wholly good nor wholly bad. Most impressive is how Soloway’s team keeps finding fresh angles on the same characters navigating the same big existential questions.
  2. Reviewed by: Willa Paskin
    Sep 29, 2014
    100
    To call it Amazon’s first great series, or the only great series of the new fall season--both of which are true--is to damn it with faint praise.
  3. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    Sep 29, 2014
    100
    This indisputably is Amazon Prime's “Orange Is the New Black.” That--believe me--is praise enough.
  4. 100
    Transparent's major achievement is putting itself on the map.
  5. Reviewed by: Rick Porter
    Sep 26, 2014
    100
    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.
  6. Reviewed by: Joanne Ostrow
    Sep 26, 2014
    100
    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.
  7. Reviewed by: Mary McNamara
    Sep 26, 2014
    100
    Centered on a career-redefining performance by Jeffrey Tambor as a retired professor finally allowing himself to live his true life as a woman, the half-hour, 10-episode series is, quite simply, astonishing to watch.
  8. Reviewed by: Lori Rackl
    Sep 25, 2014
    100
    Having instant access to the entire first season is a blessing for viewers prone to bingeing because the more you learn about Transparent’s Pfefferman clan, the more you want to know.
  9. Reviewed by: Maureen Ryan
    Sep 25, 2014
    100
    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.
  10. Reviewed by: Robert Bianco
    Sep 25, 2014
    100
    You're unlikely to watch a much better performance anywhere this year.
  11. Reviewed by: Alan Sepinwall
    Sep 24, 2014
    100
    It's the best new TV show debuting anywhere this fall, by a long stretch.
  12. Reviewed by: David Wiegand
    Sep 22, 2014
    100
    The 10-episode series, available for streaming on Amazon Prime on Friday, is irresistibly bingeable and even more than “Alpha House,” signals Amazon’s intention to be a player in the streaming content game.
  13. Reviewed by: Jeff Jensen
    Sep 12, 2014
    100
    Neither fully a comedy nor a drama, Transparent is simply transcendent. [19/26 Sep 2014, p.123]
  14. Reviewed by: Ed Bark
    Sep 30, 2014
    91
    This is the series that puts Amazon Prime on the map, if not yet on the same level with competing streamer Netflix.
  15. Reviewed by: Hank Stuever
    Sep 19, 2014
    91
    Transparent is the best streaming-network pilot since Netflix’s “Orange Is the New Black.”
  16. Reviewed by: Brian Tallerico
    Dec 10, 2015
    90
    There are times when “Transparent” will run into a narrative convenience that it often seems too good for--someone stopping by a party at just the right time, someone running into someone in public, etc. Or a character will express something that seems just a bit too self-aware in an argument. I like these characters so much that I really just want to sit around and listen to them talk naturally to each other, examining the dynamics between one of the most fascinating families on TV.
  17. Reviewed by: Diane Garrett
    Sep 26, 2014
    90
    Tambor anchors the show with his sad eyes, but Landecker, Duplass and Hoffmann also turn in strong performances as the addled children.... Episodes might break your heart, but you'll keep coming back for more.
  18. Reviewed by: Matthew Gilbert
    Sep 26, 2014
    90
    Right in the first episode, the relationships are well lived-in, the writing is honest and bound up with the actors, the tone effortlessly embodies drama, comedy, and life’s absurdities, the contemporary homes and locations click, and the ensemble acting is filled with little moments and jewels.
  19. Reviewed by: Kristi Turnquist
    Sep 26, 2014
    90
    Tambor's delicacy and sincerity as Maura are subtle and moving, though he never aims for sentimentality. The comedy and difficulty of what this all means for the Pfefferman family are beautifully balanced.
  20. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Sep 26, 2014
    90
    Transparent's transcendent empathy and wry, raw realism make most of this fall season's new batch of network sitcoms seem even emptier than usual.
  21. Reviewed by: Ellen Gray
    Sep 25, 2014
    90
    Transparent is either the best new series most people are unlikely to see or the best excuse Amazon can give you for signing up for a month's free trial.
  22. Reviewed by: Emily Nussbaum
    Sep 24, 2014
    90
    It’s a daring, difficult project, a chewy story about a family from much the same privileged world as “Afternoon Delight.”
  23. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Sep 18, 2014
    90
    Transparent takes an idea that feels pretty well played out--from “Parenthood” to “Brothers & Sisters”--and invigorates it not through a gimmick but rather via strong writing and performances.
  24. Reviewed by: Tim Goodman
    Sep 18, 2014
    90
    All told, Transparent is a surprisingly poignant, funny and mature piece of work.
  25. An emotionally powerful dramedy.
  26. Reviewed by: Mark A. Perigard
    Sep 26, 2014
    83
    Tambor gives a nuanced, career-defining performance here.
  27. Reviewed by: Alessandra Stanley
    Sep 26, 2014
    80
    Transparent is very good, an insightful, downbeat comedy told without piety or burlesque.
  28. Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Sep 26, 2014
    80
    Fans of “Six Feet Under” are likely to enjoy Transparent while those who find characters who make consistently poor choices frustrating and may be less enamored. “Transparent” isn’t funny all that often, but at its heart it does tell a relatively new, original story in a way that’s grounded and heartfelt without being at all saccharine.
  29. Reviewed by: David Hinckley
    Sep 26, 2014
    40
    Tambor, a good actor, gets whipsawed by some of what he’s asked to do, and the show sometimes has the same feeling. It too often ends up finding neither the comedy nor the pathos in these tortured lives.
User Score
7.4

Generally favorable reviews- based on 252 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 43 out of 252
  1. Oct 8, 2014
    4
    This show started out well with a very good pilot. Unfortunately, it got worse as the story unfolded. It's not that the characters areThis show started out well with a very good pilot. Unfortunately, it got worse as the story unfolded. It's not that the characters are unlikeable, because many of them are likeable. It's that they behave in the way the screenwriters decide they should for maximum drama effect to shock the audience and not the way human beings really behave. Full Review »
  2. Sep 29, 2014
    10
    This is simply the best show "on television". A story about the complexity of family, life, and much more is woven together with anThis is simply the best show "on television". A story about the complexity of family, life, and much more is woven together with an authenticity that is so hard to come by.

    The acting is ridiculously good, from top to bottom (as incredible as Tambor and Hoffman are, I actually think Judith Light steals the show). Just watch it, you'll be happy you did. Its miles ahead of the rest of the crap on television.
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  3. Sep 29, 2014
    9
    A 9 with room to grow. The show is outstanding. Everyone is fantastic, but Judith Light and Jeffrey Tambor are nomination worthy. 10A 9 with room to grow. The show is outstanding. Everyone is fantastic, but Judith Light and Jeffrey Tambor are nomination worthy. 10 episodes at 30 minutes each that fly by. The show reminded me of films by my favorite female director Nicole Holofcener ( who I hope moves into tv eventually). Jill has created an outstanding show. Tv is getting sooooo good in our times now that I am starting to lose interest in film...which is saying a lot cause I love movies. Watch this show! Full Review »