Transparent pushing barriers for Amazon

Lifestyle Editor

Socially progressive shows like Girls and Orange is the New Black are dominating the networks and awards shows alike, but Transparent, an Amazon original series, is quickly surpassing them all.

The cast and crew of this unique show have proven they have the skill and prowess to make it in this fast-paced digital-viewing era with only one season (10 episodes) under their belts.

Transparent takes place in modern-day Los Angeles with some minor flashbacks. The show focuses on a family of three children and two divorced parents. This may sound incredibly dull and overdone—something one would expect to see running on some off-brand network with a weak and repetitive storyline.

However, Transparent is apparently immune to the potential to be just another show about families.

The children are 20-somethings attempting to live life in the best way they know how when their world is quickly rocked by a dramatic and rapid change. Cue the dramatic plotline.

This particular plotline, however, evades the repetitive themes seen throughout many television shows today.

This show centers on the patriarch of the family coming out as a transgender woman, hence the name Transparent.

Transparent is the first show centered on transgender issues. It is a foreign topic for most viewers and can be difficult for some to understand. The show portrays the experiences of trans individuals in an honest way.

The minds behind the show have included a unique element to ensure the story is told in the most accurate way possible.

Transparent creators hired Zackary Drucker and Rhys Ernst, two young trans artists, to serve as consultants behind the scenes.

The inclusion of these two individuals ensures the honesty of the show.

They provide a voice and information to keep the show as honest in its storytelling as possible. They provide authentic knowledge of transgender issues and struggles.

Transparent is beyond any show I have seen, largely due to its sincerity. Yes, Girls and its portrayal of the various types of white women is honest, graphic, moving and entertaining. Yes, Orange is the New Black is phenomenal in its ability to tell diverse stories with intertwining tragic and comedic performances.

The element that makes Transparent stand out is the truth within its characters.

Storytelling with characters is often redundant. I do not mean the same characters exist throughout television, but development can be painstakingly unnoticeable in various shows.

If I hate someone in the first season, odds are I will hate them at the end. This is largely due to the fact that the characters stay the same throughout the series.

I hated the children in Transparent. All three of the 20-somethings are loathsome in the early episodes.

However, I do not hate them anymore.

The development lets viewers understand characters as complex human beings. It allows people to see the characters in the same way they would see their friends.

I love my friends dearly, but I will combust if they smack their gum even slightly in my vicinity. They show traits I admire and some that drive me moderately crazy, but they are my friends and I love them despite those things.

The ability to relate to characters is determined by how they are presented. Transparent allows the characters to evolve into three-dimensional human beings.

The show has appeared at a crucial time for society. It is a TV show that has established itself as a force to be reckoned with through its brutal honesty and ability to keep the viewer’s eyes glued to the screen.

Transparent is a good bet for binge-watching and has the potential to open viewers’ eyes. Transparent made waves, winning two awards at the Golden Globes, but no number of awards could explain this show’s impact. Only watching can do that.