Created by celebrated independent filmmaker Jill Soloway for Amazon Studios, the gender-conscious comedy/drama television series Transparent has gone on to become an Emmy and Golden Globe winning hit with general audiences. Standing as the first show produced for a streaming media service to ever win a Golden Globe for Best Series, Soloway’s intimate character study starring Jeffrey Tambor (Arrested Development) as transgender woman Maura Pfefferman has already seen the release of two head-turning seasons thus far.
Blending equal parts comedy and tragedy to great effect, Soloway’s thoroughly inspired family drama has become a facet of how TV viewers see the contemporary American nuclear unit in the same way that shows like Modern Family deconstructs the same social concept on a broader level. On that note, the first trailer for season 3 of Transparent is finally here.
In the footage featured above, Soloway offers viewers a first look at all of the familial hijinks and social discomfort soon to arise within the highly dysfunctional Pfefferman clan. After Maura bravely announces that she would like her loved ones to begin referring to her as “Mom” as opposed to the playfully applied nickname “Moppa,” all bets are off in regards to how well the obviously privileged and latently prejudiced family will fare as Maura continues down the path towards transitioning from a man to a woman.
Speaking to Variety at the Television Critics Association press tour in Beverly Hills, the cast and crew (sans Soloway) were on hand to discuss the many ways in which season 3 of Transparent will specifically examine the theme of “coming out of your shell.” Tambor was especially forthright and brutally honest when speaking to his journey in the role of Maura, citing the fact that “You never take off Maura. She has made me a better person, a better parent, a better citizen. And she keeps teaching me.” Tambor also discussed the impact Maura has had within her family unit, stating:
“I think the kids got a little more of a hit coming out, it wasn’t as understood, people called them selfish. They have righted themselves gorgeously. They took authorship of their lives.”
The continuing social importance of a show like Transparent is equally appreciated by Tambor’s co-star Alexandra Billings, who spoke to the show’s impact on the entire culture surrounding the LGBT movement, remarking that “It’s affecting the part of society in such a way that it’s changing the political climate when we talk about gender.” With any luck, season 3 will be another step forward, and Soloway will prove to be up to the task once again when the series returns later next month.
Transparent season 3 will premiere on Amazon September 23, 2016.