Amazon’s Transparent launches to rave reviews

Amazon Studios’ new original series Transparent has been prompting rave reviews in the US and UK following its release on the Amazon Prime streaming site on September 26.

The family drama stars US actor Jeffrey Tambor as a divorced 70-year-old who decides it is time to come clean about his transgender life-style to his three grown-up children and an ex-wife.

Tambor, who is best known for his role in Arrested Development, is already being tipped for an Emmy for his performance.

The series was created by Jill Soloway, whose credits include Six Feet Under. It was partly inspired by her own father’s late coming out.

Reviewers on both sides of the Atlantic have been raving about the production.

Transparent proves streaming sites can be more that just a warehouse for reruns, or a bargain basement for second-rate shows. Streaming sites can be a home for the adventurous, boundary pushing television that mainstream broadcasters have long since given up on,” wrote TV critic Ellen E Jones of the UK’s Independent newspaper.

In the US, the Los Angeles Times proclaimed: “Netflix may have overshadowed Amazon’s entrance into the world of original-content “television,” but the site formerly known as a bookstore is stepping into the klieg lights and undoubtedly onto the red carpet with Jill Soloway’s Transparent.”

The show was first previewed last February as part of Amazon Studios’ original pilots initiative enabling viewers to help decide which one-offs should be green-lit for a series. The 10 episodes of the first series are available on Amazon Prime.