Transparent: Season 2 (2015)

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Transparent's second season ups its dramatic stakes while retaining the poignancy and humor that have made the series such a consistently entertaining example of the best that modern serial drama has to offer.

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Critic Ratings: 42

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User Ratings: 324

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Air date: Nov 29, 2015

Sarah and Tammy have their wedding in the Season 2 opener. Also: Maura and Ali are haunted by their pasts; and Josh and Rabbi Raquel try to hide their big news, to no avail.

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Air date: Dec 10, 2015

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. -- (C) AMAZON

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Air date: Dec 10, 2015

Josh and Raquel attempt domestic bliss in the Pfefferman house by asking Colton to move in. Maura takes Ali to UCLA to discuss graduate school where they meet feminist scholar, Leslie Mackinaw - 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. -- (C) AMAZON

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Air date: Dec 10, 2015

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 - leading to a flashback uncovering the origins of Tante Gittel's ring. Meanwhile, Maura attempts to find more autonomy, but doesn't have the best luck. -- (C) AMAZON

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Air date: Dec 10, 2015

Maura finds community with Davina and Shea, 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. -- (C) AMAZON

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Air date: Dec 10, 2015

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. -- (C) AMAZON

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Air date: Dec 10, 2015

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. --(C) AMAZON

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Air date: Dec 10, 2015

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, Ali and Sarah decide to go on the road to the Idylwild Wimmin's Music Festival - with Maura. -- (C) AMAZON

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Air date: Dec 10, 2015

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. -- (C) AMAZON

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Air date: Dec 10, 2015

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. -- (C) AMAZON

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Tv Season Info

This comedy series, based in Los Angeles, follows the goings-on of the dysfunctional Pfefferman family. Season 2 begins with Sarah and Tammy's wedding.

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Critic Reviews for Transparent Season 2

All Critics (42) | Top Critics (25)

Nothing is more real than the Pfeffermans' faith that they are the center of the universe... It doesn't make them good people, but it does make them great television.

Dec 2, 2015 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Between all the yelling and drama and narcissism, this is a family where the important revelations can almost slip by unnoticed. Until, of course, they can't.

Dec 1, 2015 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Season 2 is bolder, stronger, and more audacious because now, actions have consequences.

Dec 1, 2015 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Transparent's second season shocked me. It feels like a deep questioning of some of the central tenets of progressive society... This allows Transparent to be more bracing, more challenging, and more compelling than most any other show on TV.

Dec 16, 2015 | Full Review…

Tambor and Hoffmann are still standouts, but their show is moving in a bleaker direction this season.

Dec 11, 2015 | Rating: B | Full Review…
Top Critic

While much of the credit goes to Soloway and her team of extraordinary writers... and guest director Marielle Heller ("The Diary of a Teenage Girl"), the actors each deserve the bevy of attention already heaped upon them.

Dec 11, 2015 | Rating: A | Full Review…
Top Critic

Transparent is the rare show solely focused on telling the stories of very specific, layered individuals, while never losing the universality of its message.

Mar 10, 2020 | Full Review…

The only thing I didn't like about this episode was that I couldn't immediately watch the next five back-to-back.

Jun 26, 2018 | Full Review…

Now more than ever, Transparent is a full-blown ensemble piece that examines the complicated, painful, confusing and messy elements of a family in search of itself.

Jun 18, 2018 | Full Review…

The second season is even better: more expansive, textured, and daring; more emotional and political.

Apr 16, 2018 | Full Review…

The show is at its best when satirizing the new dogmas and pseudo-philosophies that are presented as alternatives to the traditions of family and religion.

Apr 15, 2018 | Full Review…

Transparent dares to have a deep, raw and blunt conversation about the freedom to be who you really are, and succeeds beautifully.

May 25, 2017 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Transparent: Season 2

  • Nov 30, 2018
    Not enough words or thoughts that I can conceive of to describe the pure genius and sheer power of this season of television. Unprecedented. Stunning. Beautiful.
  • Dec 29, 2017
    Puntaje Original: 7.0 Un notorio trabajo de personajes y giros en la historia que convierten a Transparent en una serie entrañable.
  • Aug 19, 2017
    now on season two, what an incredible show, right when you think where it's going , surprise.
  • Sep 14, 2016
    Transparent è passato dall'essere una frizzante serie pedagogica, che ben si prestava all'educazione al sentimento, ad una sottospecie di soap opera, sicuramente ben confezionata, sì, ma anche con tutti i limiti del caso: protagonisti nemmeno troppo profondi, caratterizzati da un'apparente imprevidibilità che in realtà dà poi vita a dei sub plot sempre molto simili. dopo 20 episodi penso di averne le palle piene.
  • Sep 06, 2016
    Successfully builds upon last season's tone with more drama and more details to our amazing characters. Great acting, great cinematography, amazing characters, and a beautifully flowing plot. I also love the connections with the past and it's critique on modern feminsim.
  • Feb 06, 2016
    In this second season Transparent manages to keep its sensitivity, honesty and poignant humor while adding new touching and heartbreaking plots that dive even deeper into the characters lives resulting in a must-see dramedy.
  • Feb 04, 2016
    A simply perfect season of television. Beautifully woven with flashbacks of ancestral ties in the family, and a little redemption thrown in. Couldn't have loved season 2 more.
  • Jan 27, 2016
    I just wish the sexuality wasn't so fluid. Seems kind of funny coming from a gay guy, but does every female character have to experiment with other females. Glad to see by the last episode that the characters were coming back to a more normalized version of themselves...
  • Jan 24, 2016
    Just as sublime as season 1. Transparent's second season is perhaps even better than the last. The characters are as flawed as ever, but never less than fascinating. The performances are spotless all around, and the humor, poignancy, and uncompromising bleakness; as well as the tender and sensitive handling of its subject matter, makes it one of the best shows you could ever have the pleasure of viewing.
  • Jan 11, 2016
    No just no! Being trendy is just so untrendy!

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