Watch The Trailer For 'Transparent,' Amazon's Highly-Anticipated Dark Comedy Starring Jeffrey Tambor
There's been a lot of buzz surrounding Amazon's latest show, Transparent, ever since they unveiled its pilot episode back in February. Now, the studio's head honchos have announced that they're releasing all 10 episodes on September 26 for your binge-watching needs (if you just so happen to have an Amazon Prime account). Today they put out a trailer to whet your appetite.
Amazon released a handful of pilots earlier this year and asked viewers to vote on which shows should be greenlit to be made into a full series. Transparent made the cut.
The dark comedy stars Arrested Development's Jeffrey Tambor, who plays Mort, a father who is transitioning into becoming a woman, and Judith Light plays his wife. It starts right at the beginning of his public transition. He tells his family, "I have something to tell you." His wife is unfazed: "It's his thing, it's his little private kink, everyone has one."
In addition to Tambor and Light, the rest of the cast is pretty stellar as well: Gaby Hoffmann (Girls), Amy Landecker (Louie), and Jay Duplass (The Mindy Project) play their children who are in their 20s to 30s. They are lost in their own worlds—from not being able to hold down a job to being a stay-at-home mom who decides to start seeing her former lesbian lover again. This, by the way, all takes place in Los Angeles, and it looks like the kids live East of La Brea (accurate!).
Portlandia's Carrie Brownstein will be on the show (woohoo!). And Transparent is created by Jill Soloway, whose work includes Six Feet Under and United States of Tara. The show tackles transgender issues, something that has been more a little more prevalent in TV lately with Netflix's Orange Is The New Black.
Soloway has faced criticism for her decision to have Mort, who transitions to Maura, being played by a cisgender male instead of a transgender woman. Soloway said she brought on LGBT advocacy groups and trans people to help her out with the process. In a February interview with The Advocate, she said:
"It's a line to walk. But I feel like it's a bit of a safe space for the reality that a lot of older trans women don't necessarily medically transition. I think there's a story we can tell here. ... For Maura's journey and where she's going to go, particularly a her age — whether or not she's going to medically transition is something we can play with."