‘Transparent’ is an American comedy-drama web television series by Amazon Prime Video that first made its way to viewers’ screens in 2016. Created by Jill Soloway, the show revolves around a Los Angeles family and their lives after they realize that the man they always thought to be their father is actually a trans woman.
After Season 1 of the show aired, it was received favorably by critics far and wide. Subsequently, the show was renewed by Amazon thrice, and Seasons 2, 3, and 4 aired in 2015, 2016, and 2017 respectively, living up to the standards set by Season 1. While the show was lauded by critics and audiences alike, they will be disappointed to know that ‘Transparent’ will be coming to an end with Season 5.
Transparent Cast: Who is in it?
Taking the lead, Jeffrey Tambor played the role of the trans woman, Maura Pfefferman (born Morton Pfefferman), while Judith Light played the role of Shelley Pfefferman, Maura’s ex-wife. Shelly and Maura’s three children, Sarah Pfefferman, Josh Pfefferman and Ali Pfefferman were played by Amy Landecker, Jay Duplass, and Gaby Hoffman, respectively, and this makes up the major characters in the show.
However, after strong run of four seasons, the showmakers found themselves in a dilemma after sexual misconduct allegations surfaced against Tambor. In November 2017, Tambor was accused by his former assistant and transgender actress Van Barnes, and shortly afterwards, another transgender actress in the show, Trace Lysette, opened up about Tambor’s alleged misconduct.
While Tambor had initially denied Van Barnes’ charges outright, he later issued an apology, and, in a statement to Deadline, said, “I’ve already made clear my deep regret if any action of mine was ever misinterpreted by anyone as being aggressive, but the idea that I would deliberately harass anyone is simply and utterly untrue.” Further, he also told the publication that it was unlikely that he would return to ‘Transparent’ as Maura Pfefferman.
Meanwhile, Amazon, in light of the allegations against Tambor, began an internal investigation, and a few months later, on February 15, 2018, officially announced that Tambor had been fired from the show. Soloway, for her part, released a statement, saying, “I have great respect and admiration for Van Barnes and Trace Lysette, whose courage in speaking out about their experience on Transparent is an example of the leadership this moment in our culture requires. We are grateful to the many trans people who have supported our vision for Transparent since its inception and remain heartbroken about the pain and mistrust their experience has generated in our community. We are taking definitive action to ensure our workplace respects the safety and dignity of every individual, and are taking steps to heal as a family.”