TV Show Reviews
"Transparent" review by Suzanne
Airs Thursdays on Amazon Prime
You can watch the first episode of this series now. Just
click on the link above in the title. I don't watch too many
online shows. I prefer to watch on my TV set if at all
possible, since the screen is bigger. I don't even watch
Netflix too often. However, this show got so much
media attention and rave reviews, I had to check it out for
Jeffrey Tambor stars as an older divorced man in L.A.
with 3 grown children. He's in that large grey area between
"middle-aged" and "elderly". Tambor always does a wonderful
job in any role, and I especially loved him as Hank Kingsley
in "The Larry
Sanders Show". He also starred in "Arrested
Development", but I didn't care for that show. Other than
that, he's been in tons of movies and TV shows. Tambor's
character is living as a woman, but he hasn't told his
children yet. He calls them all over, but he loses his
nerve. Everyone in the show is kind of neurotic.
The show is very realistic and believable; more than most
TV shows I've seen. The only part I really didn't like
is when they're eating ribs and getting it all over their
faces. I hate when people do that in TV or movies. It's just
gross. That was a very small part of it, though, and the
rest of it was great.
It's a half hour show, but it's really more of a drama
than a sitcom, although it's sort of funny, too. It's more
like real-life humor than telling jokes. It has kind of a
quiet irony to it. I don't normally like half hour shows
that aren't very funny, but this one is so good that I will
have to suspend that rule. I guess if we can have hour-long
comedies, then we can have half-hour dramas.
Judith Light plays Tambor's ex-wife; she's another one
that's always fabulous in any role. His children are
played by Gaby Hoffman ("Girls"), Amy Landecker ("Louie")
and Jay Duplass (he's mostly a producer and writer, from
what I can tell). They all look and sound like real people,
not TV characters. They're not beautiful or glamorous.
The acting and writing is really good.
Of course, this show is ground-breaking because there's
never been a show before about a transgender person.
They're rarely even seen on TV or movies, aside from the
occasional prostitute or other "weirdo". However, they
do live among us, many in secret. I'm sure you'll find many
more that are "out" in urban areas. A lot of them
aren't gay, which is hard for us straight people to
understand. Harder than being gay, actually, and I think
even a lot of people in the gay community are not that
accepting of the transgenders (or even of bisexuals).
The pilot didn't really reveal whether Tambor's character is
gay or not.
Anyway, it's an interesting show and I look forward to
seeing more of it. It does have a lot of nudity, four-letter
words, and some sex. It's like something you might see on
HBO (but probably with less sex and nudity). Most of
the nudity is not even sexual. It's just part of the
realism. It's the casual, every-day nudity that people have
when they're around their family, or in the bathroom, or
If you're open-minded, and you love good TV, check it
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