Transcendent (TV series)

Transcendent is an American reality television series that premiered on September 30, 2015 on Fuse.[1] It focuses on the personal and professional relationships of a group of transgender women who perform at AsiaSF, a San Francisco nightclub.

GenreReality television
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes13
Executive producersFenton Bailey
Randy Barbato
Tom Campbell
Nikki Calabrese
Larry Hashbarger
Chris Shifflett
Brad Tiemann
Cameron Kadison
Camera setupmulti-camera
Running timeapprox. 23 minutes
Production companyWorld of Wonder
Original networkFuse
Original releaseSeptember 30, 2015 (2015-09-30) –
External links
Official website


In 2015, Fuse announced a plan to expand from their core music programming.[2] Transcendent was first announced as one of several new fall 2015 shows.[3][4] The show is produced by World of Wonder, which produces a series about Big Freedia for Fuse.[5][6] They gave a sneak peek at the Television Critics Association.[7]


The series originally aired on September 30, 2015.[8][9] "Fuse, which targets Millennials ages 18-34 and recently re-launched, had the top original series premieres in its history for that group with Transcendent."[10]

When the trailer came out, one reviewer said "It looks to be equal parts I Am Cait-style heartwarming drama about the lives and struggles of trans women, and trashy ensemble reality show in the style of the Real Housewives."[11] Another said "The show is funny, personal and highlights the joys and struggles of being transgender."[12]



  1. The girls are introduced. L.A. decides to take hormones, and Nya takes her to the doctor for a prescription. They rehearse for the show, and Xristina is late. We meet the guy Nya is dating, but they break up later.[19]
  2. Bionka and Xristina go to get hair removal. L.A. decides to audition to perform at the club. Nya gets promoted to manager of the other girls. Bambiana gets stood up on a date, so she invites her friends to join her.[20]
  3. They hold additions for male dancers, but Nya gets mad because Bioka says some inappropriate things. Bambiana decides to have surgery. Bionka has a huge birthday party. Later, Bionka and Bambiana meet in the park to fix their argument at the club.[21]
  4. Nya has a date. Xristina and her friend Rico are more than friends, and they seem to be romantically involved. Xristina wants to be a police office and talk to a police officer named Brody who is a transgender man.[22] Nya tells L.A.her audition did not go well. Bambiana gets lip injections, and we meet her mother.[23]
  5. Bambiana also works at a salon, and she talks about her medical expenses. Her mother also has medical expenses, and Bambiana does not have enough money for everything. Nya has another date with her new boyfriend and they all meet at an art gallery. Bambiana gets fat freezing. Xristina is late again, and after Bionka calls her out, they meet at Xristina's apartment. Rico comes out in a towel, which surprises Bionka. Xristina says they are not dating. Bambiana goes to a therapist to talk about surgery.[24]


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  2. ^ "Fuse Launching New Original Programs, Including Series From Relativity Media". Variety. Retrieved 2015-11-03.
  3. ^ "Fuse Orders Docuseries 'Transcendent' | Broadcasting & Cable". Retrieved 2015-11-03.
  4. ^ "Transgender Docu-Series 'Transcendent' Lands At Fuse". Deadline. Retrieved 2015-11-03.
  5. ^ "Fuse orders 'Transcendent' docu-series about transgender cabaret performers". Entertainment Weekly's Retrieved 2015-11-03.
  6. ^ "Fuse Media Unveils 2015 Slate: Transgender Reality Series Joins 'White Guy Talk Show,' 'Big Freedia'". TheWrap. Retrieved 2015-11-03.
  7. ^ "PHOTOS: Mark-Paul Gosselaar, NPH and More of TV's Hottest Hang Out at the TCAs". Retrieved 2015-11-03.
  8. ^ Lowder, J. Bryan (2015-09-29). "Meet the Women of Transcendent". Slate. ISSN 1091-2339. Retrieved 2015-11-03.
  9. ^ "Transgender Cabaret Dancers Star In New Fuse Docu-series 'Transcendent': Interview". BUST: For Women With Something To Get Off Their Chests. Retrieved 2015-11-03.
  10. ^ "Fuse transcends original series premieres". Rapid TV News. Retrieved 2015-11-03.
  11. ^ Barmann, Jay. "Trans Women Of Asia SF To Star In New Reality Series 'Transcendent'". SFist. Archived from the original on 2015-09-06. Retrieved 2015-11-03.
  12. ^ "When is the right time to come out as transgender to your family? The Transcendent women weigh in". SheKnows. Retrieved 2015-11-03.
  13. ^ "Bionka Takes Great Leaps for Trans Women on 'Transcendent'". EBONY. Retrieved 2015-11-03.
  14. ^ "Bionka Of "Transcendent" Sheds Light On Trans Issues". MadameNoire. Retrieved 2015-11-03.
  15. ^ "Here's What You Need To Know About The Women Of "Transcendent"". BuzzFeed. Retrieved 2015-11-03.
  16. ^ "Meet the Trans Women In Fuse's New Reality Series, 'Transcendent.' | XFINITY TV Blog by Comcast". Retrieved 2015-11-03.
  17. ^ "VIDEO: Transgender Police Officer Opens Up About Being Yelled at During LGBT Rally: 'My Walk Through Life Is Very Different'". Retrieved 2015-11-03.
  18. ^ "Transcendent's Bambiana & Xristina Reveal What It's Like Being Transgender & Latina". Retrieved 2015-11-03.
  19. ^ "Meeting the Ladies of AsiaSF: Transcendent Ep. 1 Recap". SF Weekly. Retrieved 2015-11-03.
  20. ^ "Electrolysis, Cotton Candy, and a Kentucky Latina: Transcendent, Ep. 2 Recap". SF Weekly. Retrieved 2015-11-03.
  21. ^ "Transcendent Ep. 3 Recap: Bionka Wants a Mercedes Between Her Legs". SF Weekly. Retrieved 2015-11-03.
  22. ^ "Scoop: Amy Schumer adored at Hollywood's Elle awards - The San Francisco Examiner". The San Francisco Examiner. Retrieved 2015-11-03.
  23. ^ "Transcendent, Ep. 4 Recap: Flirting, Flirting, Credit Card Debt, Flirting". SF Weekly. Retrieved 2015-11-03.
  24. ^ "Transcendent, Ep. 5 Recap: Smoochin' on Valencia". SF Weekly. Retrieved 2015-11-03.