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Transparent - (S03E08)

Drama . Comedy

In Transparent an LA family with serious boundary issues have their past and future unravel when a dramatic admission causes everyone's secrets to spill out.

Episode Title: If I Were a Bell
Airs: 2016-09-23 at
  • Spencer Kornhaber

    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.

    The Atlantic Full Review
  • Willa Paskin

    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.

    Slate Full Review
  • Verne Gay

    This indisputably is Amazon Prime's “Orange Is the New Black.” That--believe me--is praise enough.

    Newsday Full Review
  • Margaret Lyons

    Transparent's major achievement is putting itself on the map.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Rick Porter

    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.

    Zap2it (Inside the Box) Full Review
  • Joanne Ostrow

    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.

    Denver Post Full Review
  • Mary McNamara

    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.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Lori Rackl

    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.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Maureen Ryan

    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.

    The Huffington Post Full Review
  • Robert Bianco

    You're unlikely to watch a much better performance anywhere this year.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Alan Sepinwall

    It's the best new TV show debuting anywhere this fall, by a long stretch.

    Hitfix Full Review
  • David Wiegand

    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.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Jeff Jensen

    Neither fully a comedy nor a drama, Transparent is simply transcendent. [19/26 Sep 2014, p.123]

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Ed Bark

    This is the series that puts Amazon Prime on the map, if not yet on the same level with competing streamer Netflix.

    Uncle Barky Full Review
  • Hank Stuever

    Transparent is the best streaming-network pilot since Netflix’s “Orange Is the New Black.”

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Brian Tallerico

    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. Full Review
  • Diane Garrett

    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.

    The Wrap Full Review
  • Matthew Gilbert

    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.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Kristi Turnquist

    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.

    The Oregonian Full Review
  • Matt Roush

    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.

    TV Guide Magazine Full Review
  • Ellen Gray

    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.

    Philadelphia Daily News Full Review
  • Emily Nussbaum

    It’s a daring, difficult project, a chewy story about a family from much the same privileged world as “Afternoon Delight.”

    The New Yorker Full Review
  • Brian Lowry

    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.

    Variety Full Review
  • Tim Goodman

    All told, Transparent is a surprisingly poignant, funny and mature piece of work.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Chuck Barney

    An emotionally powerful dramedy.

    San Jose Mercury News/Contra Costa Times Full Review
  • Mark A. Perigard

    Tambor gives a nuanced, career-defining performance here.

    Boston Herald Full Review
  • Alessandra Stanley

    Transparent is very good, an insightful, downbeat comedy told without piety or burlesque.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Rob Owen

    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.

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Full Review
  • David Hinckley

    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.

    New York Daily News Full Review
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  • father son relationship

  • father daughter relationship

  • coming out

  • lesbian

  • transition

  • secret

  • family relationships

  • adult children

  • selfishness

  • los angeles california

  • gay interest

  • ensemble cast

  • transgender

  • trans woman

  • lgbt

  • los angeles

  • family drama