Just when I think I’m running out of good things to watch while knitting on Sundays, the sun breaks through the clouds in the form of someone reminding me of a show I was curious about and never got around to watching.
Transparent is one of those series, starring Jeffrey Tambor. It’s about a 70-year-old pater familias who is beginning to transition to being a woman. I’m finding it moving despite the aspects of it that are soap opera. (I’m only halfway into the first season, but the young-people plot lines are topically formulaic in a way that reminds me of Sisters and Thirtysomething, to which I was once devoted. If you liked those shows, I think you will like Transparent, which is deeper and more humorous.)
Judith Light and Jeffrey Tambor both give performances that are tender and funny. Their kids are kind of a mess, verging on caricature, but perhaps as things develop that will change.
One aspect that I love is the set design, indoors and out. Not your typical sitcom or drama setting; it’s very realistic and visually rich.
The series streams on Amazon. Here is Jeffrey Tambor talking about it in an interview with Terry Gross on Fresh Air.
For Something Completely Different
You could also watch this short video of Maira Kalman’s Museum Workout. See if you spot anybody you recognize, bopping along to the Bee Gees, wearing Blundstone boots and a handknit sweater. (It was snowy that morning.)