The story focuses on Los Angeles member of the family as well as additionally their lives adhering to the expedition that their moms and dad (Jeffrey Tambor) is a trans lady called Maura. Transparent's really initial duration premiered completely on September 26, 2014, as well as additionally its second duration on December 11, 2015, third duration on September 23, 2016, as well as fourth duration on September 21, 2017.
Amazon obtained the collection for a fourth duration before the most effective of the third. The fourth duration premiered on September 22, 2017. Shortly before the most effective, Amazon restored the collection for a 5th as well as last period, which inevitably took the kind of a feature-length ending with the caption “Musicale Finale”, which was launched on September 27, 2019.
At the 72nd Golden Globe Awards, the program won the Golden Globe Award for Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy, while Jeffrey Tambor won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy as well as additionally the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series. This is the initial program generated by Amazon Studios to win a significant honor as well as the initial program produced by a streaming media service to win a Golden Globe for Best Series.
The series began airing on Sundance TV starting August 9, 2017.
On November 19, 2017, Tambor hinted that he was leaving the show, announcing: “I don't see how I can return to Transparent” after two sexual harassment allegations were made against him. He was officially fired from Transparent on February 15, 2018.
- Jeffrey Tambor as Maura Pfefferman (Seasons 1–4), a retired college professor of political science at UCLA who finally opens up to her family about always identifying as a woman.
- Amy Landecker as Sarah Pfefferman, the oldest sibling. She is married and has two children. She leaves her husband for Tammy, a woman she fell in love with in college. She is initially the most accepting of Maura's transition. Kelsey Reinhardt portrays Sarah as a teenager.
- Jay Duplass as Josh Pfefferman, the middle sibling. A successful music producer who has troubled relationships with women. He seems to have a hard time accepting his father's transition at initial. Dalton Rich portrays Josh as a teenager.
- Gaby Hoffmann as Ali Pfefferman, the youngest sibling. She is perpetually unemployed and has a tendency to be immature for her age. Hoffmann also plays Maura's mother Rose in flashbacks. Emily Robinson portrays the younger version of both characters. In the series ending, Ali has come out as non-binary and changed their name to Ari.
- Judith Light as Shelly Pfefferman, Maura's ex-wife and the mother of Sarah, Josh, and Ali. She has been aware of Maura's desire to express her inner femininity for years.
- Kathryn Hahn as Rabbi Raquel Fein (recurring seasons 1–2, main cast season 3, 5), Josh's ex-fiancée and rabbi at the Pfeffermans' synagogue.
- Melora Hardin as Tammy Cashman, Sarah's ex-flame
- Alexandra Billings as Davina, an educator at an LGBT center and Maura's best trans friend
- Trace Lysette as Shea, an educator at an LGBT center and one of Maura's friends
- Ray Abruzzo as Sal, Davina's boyfriend
- Carrie Brownstein as Syd Feldman, Ali's best friend with whom she begins a sexual relationship
- Kiersey Clemons as Bianca, Tammy's daughter from her first marriage
- Rob Huebel as Len Novak, Sarah's husband and father of Zack and Ella
- Zackary Arthur as Zack Novak, Sarah and Len's son
- Abby Ryder Fortson (Season 1), Julia Butters (Seasons 2–3), and Ashley Silverman (Season 4) as Ella Novak, Sarah and Len's daughter
- Lawrence Pressman as Ed Paskowitz, Shelly's second husband.
- Amin Joseph as Mike
- Noah Harpster as Francis
- Brett Paesel is Rita Holt, the Pfefferman kids' former babysitter and Josh's ex-flame
- Jenny O'Hara as Bryna, Maura's sister
- Alex MacNicoll as Colton, Josh and Rita's biological son
- Brett Rice as Pastor Gene, Colton's adoptive father
- Meagen Fay as Blossie, Colton's adoptive mother
- Cleo Anthony as Derek
- Deborah S. Craig as Kristin
- Sawyer Ever as Zack
- Bradley Whitford as Marcy (Season 1)/Magnus Hirschfeld (Season 2)
- Alison Sudol as Kaya, Josh's ex-girlfriend and ex-client
- Cherry Jones as Leslie Mackinaw, an academic with whom Ali wants to study
- Anjelica Huston as Vicki, a cisgender woman who forms a connection with Maura
- Hari Nef as Gittel (born Gershom), Maura's aunt who never made it out of Berlin
- Michael Stuhlbarg as Chaim, Maura's grandfather
- Michaela Watkins as Connie, the wife of a crossdresser (Season 1)/Yetta, Maura's grandmother (Seasons 2–3)
- Jason Mantzoukas as Dr. Steve, the Pfefferman kids' marijuana dispenser
- Tig Notaro as Barb, Tammy's second ex-wife
- Jiz Lee as Pony, a professional dominatrix
- Luzer Twersky as Mendel
- Alexandra Grey as Elizah Parks (Season 3)
- Richard Masur as Buzzy Rackless, a synagogue board member
- Kobi Libii as David Ovadia, the cantor at the synagogue
Soloway said that they hoped to use the series to explore ideas of gender identity through a “wounded parent being replaced by a blossoming femininity” and that they pictured Tambor as Maura when writing the character.
Soloway, the writers, and the cast developed, workshopped, and rehearsed both seasons with consulting producer Joan Scheckel at Joan Scheckel Filmmaking Labs.
As part of the making of the program, Soloway enacted a “transformative action program”, whereby trans applicants were hired in preference to cis ones. Over eighty trans people worked on the program, including Zackary Drucker as well as also Rhys Ernst, trans consultants and co-producers.
In 2014, Our Lady J was chosen as the very first openly trans person to be a writer for the program. All the bathrooms on set were gender-neutral.
The original pilot made available in February 2014 (with Gillian Vigman in the role of Tammy) was partly reshot after the collection was approved.
On November 19, 2017, Tambor quit the program amidst unwanted sexual advances cases made versus him.