‘Transparent’: What Critics Say

By Rachel Cruz | 2 years ago
‘Transparent’: What Critics Say

Amazon’s streaming service will be releasing its highly anticipated family series “Transparent” on Friday, Sept. 26, 2014 at midnight. The show, which is already earning critical favors, touches on the subject of transgender, with Jeffrey Tambor (“Arrested Development) as its main star. Why do the critics love this series so much? We’ve rounded up what they have to say below. Read on.

The Guardian’s brief review stated that “Transparent” brings “enough feelings” that would make the viewer want to keep watching the show.


The San Jose Mercury News described the pilot as “emotionally powerful.” The critic said that this show could be the show that will put Amazon alongside Netflix, when it comes to producing quality series, as the latter has produced two Emmy-nominated series so far. The critic also lauded Tambor for his performance.

Indiewire also sang its praises for Tambor in its review and noted that outside of cable networks like HBO or Showtime, there is nothing else like “Transparent.” The review gave the show an overall grade of B+.

Variety recommended the series for those who are hungry for quality shows and said that the ten-episode series would be worth binge-watching. Soloway, the show’s creator, accomplished telling the story with the right tone and timing, according to the review. The critic also cited Tambor for bringing “genuine pathos to the character,” who performed in a subtle but powerful way as the transgender Maura.

The Hollywood Reporter called the show as a “beautiful and touching account” of a family that is about to make great changes. The critic also described it as “poignant, funny and mature,” and was surprised about its quality, which can only usually be expected from an HBO show. That it came from a relatively new player and platform (Amazon) is a huge but pleasant surprise.

NPR picked “Transparent” as one of the best this season, citing that Amazon may have found the show that would shape their brand.

So, there you go, the critics have spoken and “Transparent” could be one the best things about this season. Are you looking forward to binge-watching the show this weekend? Come back to Movie News Guide (MNG) for the recaps and other updates about the series.

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