Though only available for watching via Amazon Instant Video’s streaming service and only a small number of viewers have seen the series since its release in September 2014, “Transparent,” which bested other TV shows at the Golden Globes for Best Comedy and Best Comedy Actor (for Jeffrey Tambor), is breaking new ground for television. Read on to learn more.
The series centers on a father in his prime who comes out to his three grown-up children as a woman. So now, they all have to come to terms with his transition. A show that carries this theme, which centers on such a sensitive issue on gender, is quite harder to translate on traditional television. It explores transgender issues as honest, open and frank as possible, something which no one has done on television before, except perhaps in documentaries and news magazine programs.
Under regular circumstances, “Transparent” would be hard-pressed to make, given the nature of traditional television, where networks have to abide by content restraints from government-sanctioned bodies and other watchdogs or groups. But on a streaming site like Amazon, where access is only available via paid subscription, some rules can be bent.
Amazon Studios funded the production of “Transparent” specifically for one reason: it needed a banner show. It needed a series that will stand out and be talked about, so that its young and thriving paid service, Amazon Instant Video, will be able to entice more subscribers and compete with other streaming services like Netflix. There is no doubt that majority of the viewers watching the Golden Globes awards last Sunday, Jan. 11, 2015, have heard so little of “Transparent.” But after learning of its two wins, Amazon’s objective may have finally succeeded. Perhaps people will become curious enough and watch the show. Perhaps the studios will receive an increase in subscription to Amazon Prime, thus slowly building its reach. Details to this have yet to be released in the media, but it wouldn’t be a surprise to learn that Amazon’s subscription rises after the Golden Globes win.
While it’s clearly a winning move for the studio, viewers also have something good to take from this, improving the way they watch television. As a viewer longing to find quality programming, “Transparent” is indeed worth checking out, deserving the honor it has received from the award-giving body. Well-crafted, well-acted and properly put together, “Transparent” is a gem of a series that needs to be watched by a large audience.
Over here at Movie News Guide (MNG), we’ve been covering “Transparent” by providing recaps of the episodes and updates to the show. If you haven’t yet, you can start learning about the show, by reading our round-up of critic reviews for the series, or by going through our episode recaps.
If you’d like more updates on “Transparent,” check back to MNG regularly.
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