Transparent: Season 4 (2017)

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Season 4
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Transparent's fourth season forsakes tight narrative discipline for an absorbingly unwieldy continued exploration of the show's uniquely ambitious themes.

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User Ratings: 51

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Air date: Sep 21, 2017

An exciting offer draws Maura to Tel Aviv. Hoping for a fresh start, Shelly sells her condo and shacks up with Josh. Grappling with their family's weird intimacy issues, Sarah, Ali, and Josh attend a sex and love addicts meeting together. Ali rents out the Pfefferman house and contends with weird AirBnBers. -- (C) AMAZON

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Air date: Sep 21, 2017

Ali is blindsided when Leslie goes public with the details of their relationship. Sarah is ignited by a new connection with her daughter's former teacher, Lila. Josh unexpectedly encounters an ex. Shelly takes up improv. Ali joins Maura on her trip to Israel and their journey gets off to a bumpy start. -- (C) AMAZON

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Air date: Sep 21, 2017

Sarah tests a new parenting style and is shocked to discover that it works. Josh reconnects with Dr. Steve as tensions rise at home with Shelly. Drawn in by an intriguing new friend, Ali travels to Palestine. Maura makes a life-changing discovery about her family history. -- (C) AMAZON

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Air date: Sep 21, 2017

Maura and Ali uncover new truths about their family. Shelly gets bold in her improv class. Sparks fly between Sarah, Lila, and Len and they set off to hatch a plan. Josh is haunted by the past. -- (C) AMAZON

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Air date: Sep 21, 2017

Maura revisits the night that Ali was born. Davina recalls memories of her youth and comes to terms with her troubled relationship with Sal. Davina and Maura each make a deal with God. -- (C) AMAZON

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Air date: Sep 21, 2017

The family convenes for an unusual vacation and encounters a tribe of long-lost Pfeffermans. Ali pulls away from the rest of the family as her political convictions drive her to challenge the binary. -- (C) AMAZON

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Air date: Sep 21, 2017

Sarah and Len divert a family outing to visit Lila's mom, leading to a blowup between the siblings. Ali breaks off from the group to visit her friend Lyfe in Ramallah while the other Pfeffermans engage in some questionably authentic tourism of desert life. -- (C) AMAZON

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Air date: Sep 21, 2017

Maura yearns to forge a new relationship but finds the connection strained. Ali is drawn to rejoin her family. Out in the vast desert Josh tries his hand at shooting a gun, leaving Shelly rattled. -- (C) AMAZON

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Air date: Sep 21, 2017

Back in Los Angeles, Davina's stay at the Pfeffermanhouse is rudely interrupted. The Pfeffermans float in the Dead Sea and Ali rushes to meet them but is waylaid at an Israeli checkpoint. -- (C) AMAZON

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Air date: Sep 21, 2017

Feeling compelled to learn more about herself in Israel, Ali stays back as the rest of the family returns to Los Angeles. Sarah, Len, and Lila reevaluate their complicatedrelationship. Josh confronts his sex and love issues head on. Maura and Davis reclaim the Pfefferman house from an unwanted guest. -- (C) AMAZON

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Winner of eight Emmys and two Golden Globes, TRANSPARENT returns for a fourth season The Pfeffermans take off on a spiritual and political journey as they dig deep into their family's history. Maura heads to Israel to speak at a conference and makes a startling discovery. Adrift in the desert, Maura, Ali, Sarah, Josh and Shelly set off on their own paths to find acceptance, love, and truth. -- (C) AMAZON

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Critic Reviews for Transparent Season 4

All Critics (21) | Top Critics (9)

Transparent feels comfortable in its own skin.

Sep 22, 2017 | Full Review…
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Season 4 feels like it's caught in an identity crisis of its own doing; not trusting itself to be the beautiful series that doesn't fit neatly into any one box.

Sep 19, 2017 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
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Never a dull moment, and never a wasted one either. Fans will love this season.

Sep 19, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
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Three years after its initial wave of acclaim, Transparent is as beautiful television as ever, making great use of the hard-won familiarity between its audience and its characters.

Sep 22, 2017 | Full Review…

Transparent makes you care about structural inequality, prejudice and people in pain, whether you can summon an iota of affection for them or not. Because at its core, it's a hugely optimistic show, about moving onwards and upwards despite trauma.

Dec 29, 2017 | Full Review…

Season 4 adds new pages to the Pfefferman's history but feels muddled and confused in comparison to past episodes.

Sep 22, 2017 | Full Review…

I dream of a day when cis actors playing trans is looked upon with the same revulsion that we now reserve for white actors playing racial caricatures.

Sep 19, 2020 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

Even after four years, the show remains fresh and daring. The rest of the family steps up to the challenge and carries their respective storylines.

Nov 1, 2018 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

It allows us to judge the characters without dismissing them, to cheer for them without excusing them, and to marvel at their small steps toward the transparency the show offers as its cardinal virtue.

Aug 21, 2018 | Full Review…

As always, Transparent deftly confronts the past as a way of helping to sort out the present.

Dec 19, 2017 | Full Review…

Transparent is still capable of telling stories and going to emotional places that no other series can, but the older it gets, the harder it becomes to avoid repeating itself, even in a season that largely takes place halfway around the world.

Sep 21, 2017 | Full Review…

Transparent succeeds most of the time. The cast - led by Tambor - are terrific as usual. This year there are some rich, funny and moving moments, and the series continues to take chances other shows wouldn't dare.

Sep 20, 2017 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Transparent: Season 4

  • Dec 29, 2017
    Puntaje Original: 6.5 Como cuando las ideas se te acabas y llenas una temporada de diálogos explicando temas LGTB, dando opiniones políticas y pagarle un viaje a todo el reparto, olvidándose de todo lo que volvía genial a Transparent.
  • Sep 25, 2017
    Four seasons in, Transparent has admittedly developed a bit of familiarity to it (something that seemed unfathomable back in 2014, when the series premiered to so much acclaim directed at how novel it was). Still, what Transparent does well it does outstanding, and it was a smart move on the writers part to set the majority of this season in Israel. There are some inspired character reveals this season, and the gazes into the Pfefferman family history are all alluring, even if the show prefers for it gestations to be more twinkling than momentous. Jill Soloway's singular brand of subdued comedy/drama also feels as poetic as ever, even if this season's drive and pacing can't compete with the previous three years. While it's clear now that Jill Soloway is saving her experimental juices for I Love Dick, her other Amazon original, Transparent still remains a most-beautiful passion project of her's, and likely still the best family dramedy on television.
  • Sep 24, 2017
    If I could give this show 0 stars, I would. The show is so bad, yet I can't stop watching. Part of me wants it to get better, but obviously the other part of me hates it. This show is just a load of bull. They think they're addressing issues, but they're really just making their point of view look worse than it is.
  • Sep 23, 2017
    Love it. I love Josh's storyline from start to finish in the episode. So real. Ali's adventure seems real too. I love that the kids are not Botoxed, and youngish people can have sometimes un-beautiful screwed up faced emotions. Nice evolution with Davina. Some explorations seemed really interesting and then were somewhat left behind. I find the 20 minute episodes and the season way too short. Waiting a year for 250 minutes of 10 episode series, seems like a cruel tease.

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