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Q&A: Transparent Creator Jill Soloway on Transgender Stories and Indie TV

September 25, 2014


On Sept. 26, Amazon Prime Video premieres the ten-episode first season of Transparent, in which Jeffrey Tambor stars as Maura Pfefferman, a senior citizen with three grown kids who’s transitioning from the identity of Mort Pfefferman. I wrote about Transparent for TIME’s fall arts preview after seeing the pilot and called it the best new show of the fall. I’ve now seen four episodes, and it might be the best new show, or best show period, of the year. It’s every bit as powerful and moving as the pilot–a funny-but-melancholy story of family members going through their own identity crises even as they, one by one, learn the big news about their father’s identity.

In August I spoke to Transparent‘s creator, Jill Soloway (previously a producer and writer on Six Feet Under and United States of Tara) about the themes of the show and the process…

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