Transparent: Season 3 (2016)

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Season 3
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Uniquely its own, and compelling and poignant as ever, Transparent continues to transcend the parameters of comedic and dramatic television with sustained excellence in its empathic portrayal of the Pfefferman family.

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User Ratings: 171

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Air date: Sep 22, 2016

While working at an LGBT suicide hotline, Maura receives a distressing call from a young trans woman, Elizah. Afraid that Elizah will hurt herself, Maura goes on an odyssey through South Central LA to find the troubled teen and lands herself in the hospital.

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Air date: Sep 22, 2016

After a health scare, Maura confronts death and her relationship to her body. Sarah hopes to join the MidCity Temple board. Shelly plans a one-woman show with Buzzy. Dissatisfied with their lives, Josh and Ali play married couple.

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Air date: Sep 22, 2016

Relationships are tested as the Pfefferman family gather for Maura's birthday. Sarah confronts Buzzy on temple board politics and Maura makes a big announcement, experiencing push-back from both Vicki and Shelly. The night culminates in a game of Sardines, forcing tense situations into tight spaces.

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Air date: Sep 22, 2016

Maura gets an exciting peek at the future with a visit to the plastic surgeon's office but fails to muster the same enthusiasm from Vicki on a fun night out. Josh visits an unusually upbeat Rita while Ali and Leslie struggle with intimacy. Sarah finds distraction from her personal troubles by spearheading an unorthodox approach to Judaism.

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Air date: Sep 22, 2016

The Pfefferman family gathers at Hineni to support Sarah's alternative spiritual endeavor. After the news of a close friend's untimely passing, a distressed Josh leans on Raquel for support. Ali ends the night by witnessing the pitfalls of Leslie's prejudices.

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Air date: Sep 22, 2016

Josh hits the road with an unlikely copilot, stirring up some undeniable chemistry along the way. Back at home, Shelly becomes wary of Buzzy's outlandish spending while Ali sees God during a nitrous-induced trip at the dentist's office.

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Air date: Sep 22, 2016

Josh arrives in Overland Park and delivers difficult news to Colton. Sarah oversteps her boundaries with Raquel, putting the Hineni Seder in danger. A tough conversation with Bryna brings up some big issues between Maura and Vicki.

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Air date: Sep 22, 2016

Boyle Heights, 1958. 12-year-old Maura's femininity causes a clash between her mother Rose and her grandparents, Haim and Yetta. Across town, 12-year-old Shelly quits the school play and stops eating but won't tell anyone why. Flash forward to 1966, where 21-year-old's Mort and Shelly carry on a secret affair.

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Air date: Sep 22, 2016

After reconnecting with Colton, Josh decides to move to Overland Park, until a concerned Ali travels to him, intending to bring him home. Feeling abandoned, Sarah has trouble controlling her rage. Shelly confronts Buzzy about his spending, leading to some unforeseen revelations. Newly single Maura has an exciting, surprising night out.

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Air date: Sep 22, 2016

The Pfefferman's escape their problems on land by taking a cruise together. Though the clan spends most of the cruise apart--venturing on their own journeys of self discovery-- they ultimately find themselves coming together at the Seder that almost wasn't.

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Critic Reviews for Transparent Season 3

All Critics (37) | Top Critics (16)

Screw blasé feelings about continued excellence: Season 3 of Transparent is as excellent as ever, still better than pretty much everything else on TV, and exceptional in ways that are intrinsically tied to it being a third season.

Sep 22, 2016 | Full Review…
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The acting is fantastic. The themes are complicated, often without clear right or wrong sides. But when it comes down to it, what matters is there is such a great deal to say about it.

Sep 28, 2016 | Full Review…
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This season I found Shelly to be more dimensional and emotionally relatable than ever before, not least of all thanks to flashbacks of her as a young woman.

Sep 27, 2016 | Full Review…

Based on the first three episodes, this looks like another finely crafted season. Also intense, uncompromising and demanding.

Sep 23, 2016 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
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Yet perhaps what's most admirable about the third season of Transparent is that it's distinctly different than the first two: More formally daring than Season 1 and less structured than Season 2, Transparent continues to push boundaries in rewarding ways.

Sep 23, 2016 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
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Transparent's poignant and clever third season... fixates on the notion of reserving compassion and dignity for all whether when dealing with estranged relatives or dominatrixes.

Sep 23, 2016 | Full Review…

Three seasons in and the series still maintains a superior level of quality unmatched by most current TV. [Full Review in Spanish]

Jul 10, 2018 | Full Review…

It's easy to become effusive over a show that's so ingenuously crafted with performances that started spot-on and have only nudged closer to absolute bulls-eye as they've become more lived in.

Jun 14, 2018 | Full Review…

... executive producer Jill Soloway pushes her characters the furthest out onto the limbs of the people they've decided to be, and the changes that happen are often thrilling.

Dec 19, 2017 | Full Review…

The third season feels distinctly tougher than the previous two.

Aug 28, 2017 | Full Review…

In Season 3, the superb writing and performances make Transparent more satisfying than ever.

Dec 31, 2016 | Full Review…

Transparent is never content to rest on its laurels, to bask in its many accolades. It's always interrogating and questioning itself. That might lead it down strange paths, but it always finds its way back in the end.

Dec 31, 2016 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Transparent: Season 3

  • Aug 14, 2019
    Its the best season of this show
  • Dec 29, 2017
    Puntaje Original: 7.1 Con una gran dirección y un serio y complejo desarrollo en los personajes que convierten a esta temporada en uno de los mejores trabajos logrados de la serie.
  • Aug 01, 2017
    I love this series. It's interesting, it's honest, it's funny, it's touching. I hate all of the characters to varying degrees, but that's ok. And it may very well be the point. Nobody is played as the one you have to totally sympathize with. Maura is the one I feel the most for, but even she is often callous, rude and selfish. The rest are totally wrapped up in their own lives, but I enjoy watching them struggle - pull ahead, fall behind. Jeffrey Tambor is absolutely amazing in this. He doesn't play camp, he doesn't act unnaturally fay... He just is. He disappears into Maura. When I first saw posters for the show, I was sure it was one of those projects where the creators thought of a title first, then built a show around it. I didn't watch it until last year, thinking it would be more like a sitcom. I am glad I was wrong, and can't wait for the 4th season.
  • Feb 07, 2017
    Increible como siguen desarrollando esta historia y manteniendo la combinacion perfecta entre comedia y drama.
  • Sep 24, 2016
    Not quite as sublime or striking as the previous two seasons (perhaps Jill Soloway put more creative stamina into her pilot for I Love Dick this year), but Transparent is still rather excellent. As topical as ever with its two principal themes (sexuality and Judaism), Transparent is once again able to reach out its commentary while supplying the good family drama. Some of the plot lines this year read a little fluffier than year's past, but the gentle filmmaking and evolving character largely subvert any cliches the show runs in danger of enclosing on. The best episodes this year are also the more innovative ones, including a prequel episode that gives a heartbreaking glimpse at Mort's childhood, and likely ranks as a series' best. Perhaps this season of Transparent deserves this reserved compliment: your weakest season is still better than the best of most shows'.

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