Transparent: Season 3 (2016)


Season 3

Critics Consensus

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.



Critic Ratings: 36


Audience Score

User Ratings: 168
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Air date: Sep 22, 2016
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Critic Reviews for Transparent Season 3

All Critics (36) | Top Critics (15)

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…
Top Critic

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…

Families, by their very nature, require a lot of patience, and Transparent is no different. Not every moment spent with the Pfeffermans is perfect, but the pay-off is always worth it in the end.

Sep 26, 2016 | Rating: 3/5 | 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…
Top Critic

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…
Top Critic

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.
  • Nov 05, 2016
    <@ if (review) { @><@= review @><@ } @> Are these the actual ratings or some politically correct version that doesn't really care what the viewers rate or say. I watched every episode until this year and I couldn't take the narcissism of every single character. The story was so full of promise..... but the writer's weren't content with anything close to the reality of a transgender man and had to change the story of the children into gay, Jewish monsters. I no longer have any faith in this "unbiased" website. I've never seen a show go down hill so fast that you can't keep up. Or plummeting ratings because EVERYONE said it was too much!
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  • 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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