“Your mess is mine,” sings Vance Joy over much of the trailer for Amazon’s original series Transparent, and even as it is tempting to write off what we see as just another family drama, everything about this feels deeper than that — special.
The trailer is beautiful and plays like one you’d typically see for an indie film, making its appearance in the TV world is welcome. We need strong stories about families, stories that make us think and move us. Jeffrey Tambor no doubt makes an impression as Mort, a husband and father of three grown children who finally is addressing his identity. Are you going to start dressing like a woman?, one of his daughters asks, after he dresses in clothes and with makeup traditionally associated with women. “My whole life I’ve been dressing up like a man,” Mort replies. “This is me.”
In lesser hands that line and others we’re treated to could reach maudlin territory, but the great cast has me hopeful forTransparent, written and directed by Jill Soloway. Tambor is joined by Judith Light, Gaby Hoffmann, Jay Duplass, Amy Landecker, Melora Hardin, Carrie Brownstein and Rob Huebel.
Transparent premieres Sept. 26 on Amazon Prime.