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Transparent is an American comedy-drama television series created by Jill Soloway for Amazon Studios that debuted on February 6, 2014.[1] The story revolves around a Los Angeles family and their lives following the discovery that the person they knew as their father Mort (Jeffrey Tambor) is a transgender woman named Maura.[2] Transparent's full first season premiered on September 26, 2014.[3] The show was renewed for a second season on October 9, 2014, which premiered on December 11, 2015.[4][5] On June 25, 2015, Amazon renewed the show for a third season consisting of ten episodes.[6] In August 2017, Amazon renewed the series for a fifth and final season, which ultimately took the form of a feature-length finale titled the Transparent Musicale Finale. It will not include Tambor due to sexual harassment allegations.[7][8][9][10]

As of September 21, 2017, 40 episodes of Transparent have been released, concluding the fourth season.


Series overviewEdit

SeasonEpisodesOriginally released
110February 6, 2014 (2014-02-06) (premiere)
September 26, 2014 (2014-09-26)
210November 30, 2015 (2015-11-30) (premiere)
December 11, 2015 (2015-12-11)
310September 23, 2016 (2016-09-23)
410September 21, 2017 (2017-09-21)


Season 1 (2014)Edit

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TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date
11"Pilot"Jill SolowayJill SolowayFebruary 6, 2014 (2014-02-06)[11]
An L.A. family with serious boundary issues have their past and future unravel when a dramatic admission causes everyone to spill their secrets.
22"The Letting Go"Jill SolowayJill SolowaySeptember 26, 2014 (2014-09-26)
Maura embraces her new journey, but nothing about life as a woman is easy -- making friends, finding a new community, and above all, coming out to her children. Sarah introduces her husband (Rob Huebel) to her ex-girlfriend Tammy (Melora Hardin). Josh pays a visit to his ex-babysitter Rita, as Ali gets closer to her trainer.
33"Rollin"Jill SolowayBridget BedardSeptember 26, 2014 (2014-09-26)
Maura moves out of the family house and into a lively new apartment complex, just as Sarah needs a new home after dismantling her perfect life. Josh has to reconsider his sudden vision of starting a family, while Ali finds some new boundaries to cross.
44"Moppa"Nisha GanatraMicah Fitzerman-Blue & Noah HarpsterSeptember 26, 2014 (2014-09-26)
Maura finally comes out to Ali, and they join Sarah on a field trip to the mall - where they all get rude lessons in womanhood. Josh is forced to confront his past thanks to questions from Syd (Carrie Brownstein) about his longtime relationship with Rita.
55"Wedge"Nisha GanatraAli LiebegottSeptember 26, 2014 (2014-09-26)
When Shelly's husband Ed goes missing, Sarah, Josh and Ali set out to find him, and instead find themselves lost in their past. Ali can no longer keep Maura's secret from Josh, which sends him into a tailspin. When Maura runs into a Pfefferman family friend she takes a stand for her new identity.
66"The Wilderness"Jill SolowayEthan KuperbergSeptember 26, 2014 (2014-09-26)
As they struggle to come to terms with Maura, Josh looks for answers from a rabbi named Raquel (Kathryn Hahn), and Ali looks for answers in a Gender Studies class with Syd. Sarah is left to answer questions from her own kids, who meet Maura for the first time.
77"Symbolic Exemplar"Jill SolowayFaith SolowaySeptember 26, 2014 (2014-09-26)
Josh goes on a date with Rabbi Raquel while Ali explores her feminine side with a TA from Gender Studies class. The kids turn out for Maura's performance in a talent show, but her delight quickly turns to dejection.
88"Best New Girl"Jill SolowayBridget BedardSeptember 26, 2014 (2014-09-26)
In a flashback, Mort escapes with friend Mark (Bradley Whitford) to a cross-dressing retreat in the woods, and becomes captivated with a very accepting woman named Connie (Michaela Watkins). Left alone after canceling her Bat Mitzvah, 13-year-old Ali finds trouble with an older man at the beach.
99"Looking Up"Nisha GanatraMicah Fitzerman-Blue & Noah HarpsterSeptember 26, 2014 (2014-09-26)
Maura finds solace with ex-wife Shelly, and the two hatch a plot to help Ed realize his wishes. Sarah spends time with her ex-husband and begins to question their breakup, while Raquel finally breaks through to Josh. And when the entire family is summoned to Shelly's, they are in for a few surprises.
1010"Why Do We Cover the Mirrors?"Jill SolowayJill SolowaySeptember 26, 2014 (2014-09-26)
A funeral brings all the Pfeffermans together and reunites them with their past - Shelley and Maura with old friends, Sarah with her ex, and Josh with his teenage babysitter - who brings a 17-year-old boy. Just when they thought there were no more secrets, the family busts out a few more.

Season 2 (2015)Edit

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TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date
111"Kina Hora"Jill SolowayJill SolowayNovember 30, 2015 (2015-11-30)
Sarah and Tammy are getting married, while Maura and Ali are visited by ghosts from the past and Josh and Rabbi Raquel can't hide their big news.
122"Flicky-Flicky Thump-Thump"Jill SolowayMicah Fitzerman-Blue & Noah HarpsterDecember 11, 2015 (2015-12-11)
Josh has a pool party for his new band, but he and his siblings are caught off-guard when Maura and Shelly arrive together; Ali reconnects with an old friend; Sarah finds her past catching up with her.
133"New World Coming"Marielle HellerFaith SolowayDecember 11, 2015 (2015-12-11)
Josh and Raquel ask Colton to move in; Maura and Ali meet a feminist scholar—and Maura's former nemesis—at UCLA; Sarah launches a sexual fantasy life with a domineering figure from her past.
144"Cherry Blossoms"Jill SolowayArabella AndersonDecember 11, 2015 (2015-12-11)
Josh's bonding with Colton comes at a price; Sarah feels more like an outsider than ever following a disastrous school gala; a visit to Grandma Rose leaves Ali and Syd with questions; Maura searches for autonomy.
155"Mee-Maw"Stacie PassonOur Lady JDecember 11, 2015 (2015-12-11)
Davina and Shea inspire Maura to re-imagine her past; Colton's adopted family visits, leaving Josh facing a tough decision; Ali finds herself more drawn to Leslie; Sarah tries visiting a life coach.
166"Bulnerable"Silas HowardBridget BedardDecember 11, 2015 (2015-12-11)
Ali finds herself a little too close to Leslie when she seeks Leslie's advice on her UCLA application; Josh confronts Shelly about the past; Sarah uses a hard-won date night to explore some of her sexual fantasies.
177"The Book of Life"Jim FrohnaEthan KuperbergDecember 11, 2015 (2015-12-11)
On Yom Kippur, Sarah tries to make amends with Tammy; Maura tries to communicate with Davina; Josh tries to make peace with Raquel; Ali and Syd host a break-the-fast party.
188"Oscillate"Andrea ArnoldBridget BedardDecember 11, 2015 (2015-12-11)
Maura learns more about the trans experience; Josh heads down a reckless path; Ali and Sarah take Maura to the Idyllwild Wimmin's Music Festival.
199"Man on the Land"Jill SolowayAli LiebegottDecember 11, 2015 (2015-12-11)
Maura makes a new friend and has a rude awakening at the music festival; Sarah experiences liberation from an unlikely source; Ali makes an unexpected journey to the past.
2010"Grey Green Brown & Copper"Andrea ArnoldMicah Fitzerman-Blue & Noah HarpsterDecember 11, 2015 (2015-12-11)
Maura reconciles with her lineage, both past and present; Ali talks to Leslie about her academic future; Josh looks to Buzz as a father figure; Sarah tries to tie up loose ends.

Season 3 (2016)Edit

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TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date
211"Elizah"Jill SolowayEthan KuperbergSeptember 23, 2016 (2016-09-23)
While working at a suicide hotline, Maura receives a distressing call from a young trans woman. Afraid that the woman will hurt herself, Maura goes on a journey to find her and lands herself in the hospital.
222"When the Battle Is Over"Silas HowardJessi KleinSeptember 23, 2016 (2016-09-23)
Maura grapples with death and her relationship to her body. Sarah plans to join the MidCity Temple board. Shelly plans for her one-woman show with Buzzy. Josh and Ali play married couple.
233"To Sardines and Back"Jill SolowayFaith & Jill SolowaySeptember 23, 2016 (2016-09-23)
The family gathers for Maura's birthday. Maura makes a big announcement, which results in pushback from Vicki and Shelly. Sarah confronts Buzzy on temple board politics. The night ends in a game of Sardines. Features a cameo by Caitlyn Jenner playing herself in a dream sequence.[12]
244"Just the Facts"Silas HowardMicah Fitzerman-Blue & Noah HarpsterSeptember 23, 2016 (2016-09-23)
Maura visits a plastic surgeon's office but fails to muster enthusiasm from Vicki on a fun night out. Josh visits Rita as Ali and Leslie have intimacy issues. Sarah distracts herself from personal troubles by spearheading a new approach to Judaism.
255"Oh Holy Night"Stacie PassonMicah Fitzerman-Blue & Noah HarpsterSeptember 23, 2016 (2016-09-23)
The Pfeffermans gather at Hineni in support of Sarah. After the news of a close friend's sudden death, a distraught Josh leans on Raquel for support. Ali sees the pitfalls of Leslie's prejudices.
266"The Open Road"Jill SolowayBridget BedardSeptember 23, 2016 (2016-09-23)
Josh hits the road with one of Maura's friends, with whom he has undeniable chemistry. Shelly becomes concerned over Buzzy's outrageous spending. Ali witnesses God during a nitrous-induced trip at the dentist's office.
277"Life Sucks and Then You Die"Shira PivenAli LiebegottSeptember 23, 2016 (2016-09-23)
Josh delivers tragic news to Colton. Sarah oversteps her boundaries with Raquel. Maura and Vicki have issues after a tense discussion with Bryna.
288"If I Were a Bell"Andrea ArnoldOur Lady JSeptember 23, 2016 (2016-09-23)
In 1958, 12-year-old Maura's feminine behavior causes trouble between her mother and grandparents. 12-year-old Shelly quits the school play and stops eating. They later carry on a secret affair at 21.
299"Off the Grid"So Yong KimBridget Bedard & Stephanie KornickSeptember 23, 2016 (2016-09-23)
Josh decides to make a move, but Ali wants to bring him back home. Sarah cannot control her rage. Shelly confronts Buzzy about his money issues, leading to some new revelations. Maura has an exciting night out.
3010"Exciting and New"Marta CunninghamFaith & Jill SolowaySeptember 23, 2016 (2016-09-23)
The Pfeffermans take a cruise together. Though the family spends most of their time apart, going on journeys of self-discovery, they find themselves coming together at the Seder.

Season 4 (2017)Edit

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TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date
311"Standing Order"Jill SolowayFaith SolowaySeptember 21, 2017 (2017-09-21)
322"Groin Anomaly"Allison Liddi-BrownAli LiebegottSeptember 21, 2017 (2017-09-21)
333"Pinkwashing Machine"Allison Liddi-BrownOur Lady JSeptember 21, 2017 (2017-09-21)
344"Cool Guy"Sarah GavronGabe LiedmanSeptember 21, 2017 (2017-09-21)
355"Born Again"Marta CunninghamStephanie KornickSeptember 21, 2017 (2017-09-21)
366"I Never Promised You a Promised Land"Jim FrohnaBridget BedardSeptember 21, 2017 (2017-09-21)
377"Babar the Borrible"Gaby HoffmannAli LiebegottSeptember 21, 2017 (2017-09-21)
388"Desert Eagle"Andrea ArnoldEthan KuperbergSeptember 21, 2017 (2017-09-21)
399"They Is on the Way"Jill SolowayBridget BedardSeptember 21, 2017 (2017-09-21)
4010"House Call"Rhys ErnstEthan KuperbergSeptember 21, 2017 (2017-09-21)


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  10. ^ Schwartz, Ryan (2019-06-05). "Transparent Musicale Finale: First Trailer Teases Maura's Death, Epic Performance by Judith Light — Watch". TVLine. Retrieved 2019-06-21.
  11. ^ A different version of the pilot streamed on September 26, 2014, with the rest of the season.
  12. ^ Transparent episode "To Sardines and Back"

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