Amazon’s ‘Transparent’ Headed to SundanceTV for Limited Time

Transparent cast photo

Transparent has become one of the flagships of Amazon Prime’s original content, earning both critical acclaim and watercooler buzz since debuting back in February 2014. The family dramedy has also roped in a boatload of awards and nominations during its run thus far, including back-to-back Emmys for Jeffrey Tambor in 2015 and 2016. Now Amazon is looking to bring in even more eyeballs — and Prime subscriptions — by sending Transparent on an upcoming field trip to cable.

Amazon has announced that the first two seasons of Transparent will be getting a special run on SundanceTV beginning next month. Starting on Wednesday, August 9, SundanceTV will air a block of Transparent episodes each week. According to the schedule in the press release, they’ll be doing three back-to-back episodes per week for most of the run, then concluding with the last two episodes of season two on Wednesday, September 20. The episode blocks will kick off at 10/9c, perfect for anyone with kids to get them settled and check out this show everybody’s been raving about for a couple of years now.

Created by Jill Solloway (Six Feet Under), Transparent stars Jeffrey Tambor (Arrested Development) as Maura Pfefferman — born Morton — a retired college professor who comes out to her family as a transgender woman. Judith Light stars as Shelly, Maura’s ex-wife and the mother to their three grown children: Sarah (Amy Landecker), Josh (Jay Duplass), and Ali (Gaby Hoffman). Here’s the official synopsis of the first two seasons from the press release:

The first season follows Maura Pfferman’s (Jeffery Tambor) journey to being her true self. When she reintroduces herself to her family, everyone else’s secrets finally came out. This includes her ex-wife Shelly (Judith Light), and their adult children – meandering Ali (Gaby Hoffmann), record producer Josh (Jay Duplass), and sexually conflicted Sarah (Amy Landecker). Each family member is spun into different directions as they figure out who they are.

In the second season the bubble wrap is off – it’s time for the whole family to transition. The Pfeffermans realize they must give up their disguises, unspoken arrangements and secrets. By exploring their shared history and legacy, they come to understand that you can’t go forward without knowing where you come from. Ultimately, everyone will open their hearts, advertise their desires, and test those notoriously wobbly boundaries as each Pfefferman tries their hardest to come out – as themselves.

Transparent will return for a fourth season on Amazon Prime later this year. The first three seasons are now available streaming on Prime.

David Wharton

David Wharton

David Wharton has been a freelance writer and editor for over 12 years, contributing to publications such a The Daily Dot, CinemaBlend, GiantFreakinRobot, Cinescape, and Creative Screenwriting. He lives in Texas with three children, four dogs, and his wife. Email him at davidwharton@streamingobserver.com.
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