The first two seasons of Amazon Studios’ Golden Globe and Emmy Award-winning series “Transparent” will premiere on SundanceTV starting Wednesday, August 9 at 10:00PM ET/9:00 PM C. Multiple back-to-back episodes will air weekly during this limited network television event. Created by Jill Soloway, “Transparent” revolves around the dysfunctional Pfefferman family and their lives following the discovery that the family patriarch, Mort, is transgender, and transforms into Maura.
The first season follows Maura Pfferman’s (Jeffery Tambor) journey to being her true self. When she reintroduces herself to her family, everyone else’s secrets finally came out. This includes her ex-wife Shelly (Judith Light), and their adult children – meandering Ali (Gaby Hoffmann), record producer Josh (Jay Duplass), and sexually conflicted Sarah (Amy Landecker). Each family member is spun into different directions as they figure out who they aren’t.
In the second season the bubble wrap is off – it’s time for the whole family to transition. The Pfeffermans realize they must give up their disguises, unspoken arrangements and secrets. By exploring their shared history and legacy, they come to understand that you can’t go forward without knowing where you come from. Ultimately, everyone will open their hearts, advertise their desires, and test those notoriously wobbly boundaries as each Pfefferman tries their hardest to come out – as themselves.
Below, please find the schedule for “Transparent” on SundanceTV:
Wednesday, August 9th starting at 10p/9c
An LA family with serious boundary issues have their past and future unravel when a dramatic admission causes everyone’s secrets to spill out.
‘The Letting Go’
Maura embraces her new journey, but nothing about life as a woman is easy – making friends, finding a new community, and above all, coming out to her children. Sarah introduces her husband (Rob Huebel) to her ex-girlfriend Tammy (Melora Hardin). Josh pays a visit to his ex-babysitter Rita (Brett Paesel), as Ali gets closer to her trainer.
Maura moves out of the family house and into a lively new apartment complex, just as Sarah needs a new home after dismantling her perfect life. Josh must reconsider his sudden vision of starting a family, while Ali finds some new boundaries to cross.
Wednesday, August 16th starting at 10p/9c
Maura finally comes out to Ali, and they join Sarah on a field trip to the mall – where they all get rude lessons in womanhood. Josh is forced to confront his past thanks to questions from Syd (Carrie Brownstein) about his longtime relationship with Rita.
When Shelly’s husband Ed (Lawrence Pressman) goes missing, Sarah, Josh and Ali set out to find him, and instead find themselves lost in their past. Ali can no longer keep Maura’s secret from Josh, which sends him into a tailspin. When Maura runs into a Pfefferman family friend she takes a stand for her new identity.
As they struggle to come to terms with Maura, Josh looks for answers from a rabbi named Raquel (Kathryn Hahn), and Ali looks for answers in a Gender Studies class with Syd. Sarah is left to answer questions from her own kids, who meet Maura for the first time.
Wednesday, August 23rd starting at 10p/9c
Josh goes on a date with Rabbi Raquel while Ali explores her feminine side with a TA from Gender Studies class. The kids turn out for Maura’s performance in a talent show, but her delight quickly turns to dejection.
‘Best New Girl’
In a flashback, Mort escapes with friend Mark (Bradley Whitford) to a cross-dressing retreat in the woods, and becomes captivated with a very accepting woman named Connie (Michaela Watkins). Left alone after cancelling her Bat Mitzvah, 13-year-old Ali finds trouble with an older man at the beach.
Maura finds solace with ex-wife Shelly, and the two hatch a plot to help Ed realize his wishes. Sarah spends time with her ex-husband and begins to question their breakup, while Raquel finally breaks through to Josh. And when the entire family is summoned to Shelly’s, they are in for a few surprises.
Wednesday, August 30th starting at 10p/9c
‘Why Do We Cover the Mirrors?’
A funeral brings all the Pfeffermans together and reunites them with their past – Shelley and Maura with old friends, Sarah with her ex, and Josh with his teenage babysitter – who brings a 17-year-old boy. Just when they thought there were no more secrets, the family busts out a few more.
Transparent returns with Sarah and Tammy’s big, white wedding. Maura and Ali are visited by ghosts from the past. And Josh and Rabbi Raquel can’t hide their big news.
Josh hosts a pool party for his new band Fussy Puss. The Pfefferman siblings are caught off-guard when Maura and Shelly arrive at the party together. Ali reconnects with her old friend Syd. And Sarah’s past catches up with her.
Wednesday, September 6th starting at 10p/9c
‘New World Coming’
Josh and Raquel attempt domestic bliss in the Pfefferman house by asking Colton (Alex MacNicoll) to move in. Maura takes Ali to UCLA to discuss graduate school where they meet feminist scholar, Leslie Mackinaw (Cherry Jones) – Maura’s old nemesis. Sarah has a run-in with Len and Barb, and begins a sexual fantasy life with a domineering figure from her past.
Josh bonds with Colton, but it comes with a price. Sarah endures a disastrous school gala, feeling more like an outsider than ever. Ali and Syd are left with some questions after a visit with Grandma Rose (Shannon Welles) – leading to a flashback uncovering the origins of Tante Gittel’s (Hari Nef) ring. Meanwhile, Maura attempts to find more autonomy, but doesn’t have the best luck.
Maura finds community with Davina (Alexandra Billings) and Shea (Trace Lysette), inspiring her to re-imagine her past. Cultures clash when Colton’s adopted family visits, and Josh is confronted with a tough decision. Ali finds herself even more drawn to Leslie at a New Moon Ceremony. Sarah tries to get her life in order by seeing a Life Coach, but opts for a different kind of remedy with Dr. Steve (Jason Mantzoukas).
Wednesday, September 13th starting at 10p/9c
Ali seeks advice from Leslie on her UCLA application, but finds herself getting a little too close. Josh unravels after he confronts Shelly about the past, while Sarah explores some of her sexual fantasies on a hard-won date night. Maura helps Davina get ready for Sal’s return from prison and is faced with a harsh reality.
‘The Book of Life’
It’s Yom Kippur, and the Pfeffermans have plenty to atone for – Sarah tries to make amends with Tammy, Maura struggles to communicate with Davina, and Josh tries to make peace with Raquel. All of the atonement culminates at a break-the-fast party hosted by Ali and Syd, who are deep in a spiritual crisis of their own.
In a flashback, Rose and Gittel are faced with an ultimatum. Maura learns more about the trans experience, and gets closer to Shea when she volunteers for a suicide hotline. Josh displaces his energy on his career, taking him down a reckless path. After a revealing dinner with Shelly and her new beau Buzz (Richard Masur), Ali and Sarah decide to go on the road to the Idylwild Wimmin’s Music Festival – with Maura.
Wednesday, September 20th starting at 10p/9c
‘Man on the Land’
Sisterhood – and the lack thereof – blazes like campfire at the Idylwild Wimmin’s Music Festival. Maura makes a new friend – and has a rude awakening – while Sarah experiences liberation from an unlikely source. Meanwhile, Ali finds herself on an unexpected journey to the past.
‘Grey Green Brown & Copper’
Maura experiences an unforeseen love connection and reconciles with her lineage – in the past and the present. Ali discusses her academic future with Leslie. Josh seeks a father’s love in Buzz. And Sarah tries to tie up loose ends.