Transparent: Season 3 Reviews

September 28, 2016
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.
September 27, 2016
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.
September 26, 2016
Did I mention that Transparent is the best thing on TV right now?
September 26, 2016
The third season of Jill Soloway's masterpiece is somehow even more tender, and even more actualized, than the first two.
September 23, 2016
Season three, so far, feels like it's returning closer to that core mission after a second season that felt slightly less focused.
Top Critic
September 23, 2016
Based on the first three episodes, this looks like another finely crafted season. Also intense, uncompromising and demanding.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
September 23, 2016
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
September 23, 2016
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.
September 23, 2016
Transparent is the best show we have right now about personal identity - of any and all human kinds.
September 23, 2016
Transparent can be bold and brazen and transgressive; it's when Soloway turns her gaze towards stillness, though, that she finds transcendence.
September 22, 2016
Screw blas 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.
September 22, 2016
There remains power in Transparent's command of the family dynamic, the way it shows the actions of one member rippling through the others.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
September 22, 2016
These 10 new episodes are no less severe in their appraisal of these characters, but creator Jill Soloway also has cast a wider lens on the world around them, showing the audience that their inflated sense of self-involvement is not unique.
September 14, 2016
Transparent continues to expand and mature, with characters that still surprise and engage.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
September 12, 2016
The ensemble's superb chemistry is what gives this show's portrait of family life -- at its most volatile but also at its softest, when fondness unexpectedly pierces selfishness or anger -- its extraordinarily lived-in quality of emotional verisimilitude.