Importance of Shows Like Transparent – Allie Kleinman

I am so impressed with Transparent and the way in which it addresses more realistic aspects of the American family. It has always bothered me that many television shows don’t fully represent our wonderfully diverse society, and am relieved to see that some shows are working to change the status quo.


With a trans-identified character at the very center of the show, and very open discussions about sexuality, viewers are exposed to queerness as the “norm.” Whereas heteromasculinity and heterofemininity are typically considered to be the “norm” on television, we are given the opportunity to view it as the “other” in Transparent. I find this incredibly unique and exciting because television shows typically don’t address these very real qualities within families today.

I am also drawn to this particular sitcom because it isn’t formatted in the same way a typical sitcom is; the “problem” is not solved at the end of the thirty-minute show. Instead, Transparent addresses things that cannot be solved in thirty minutes, thus adding to its realistic approach. Life and relationships are much more complicated than most shows make them out to be, and I love that Transparent creates a space that viewers can relate to and identify with.


If you are interested in reading more about the show, check out the Time article Fall’s Best New TV Show is Not on a TV Network. It talks about Transparent and the way in which the television industry is undergoing a much-needed transformation.

What are yall’s thoughts on the show? Do you also feel that most television shows don’t fully represent our diverse society?

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3 Responses to Importance of Shows Like Transparent – Allie Kleinman

  1. mediaphiles says:

    I agree, I think this show represented a diverse group of characters who, unfortunately, do not often get screen time. I enjoyed that the show had an overarching story rather than one that is episodic. That always allows me to become much more invested in the characters and their stories. I really enjoyed watching Transparent this week. -Valerie Medoff

  2. mediaphiles says:

    I agree that this show is a refreshing change from the typical barrage of cheesy, unrealistic sitcoms like Modern Family which appear to resolve diversity but only use it as a vehicle for humor. I’m on season 2 of Transparent now, and I love how they are developing Ali’s character, showing sympathy for Sarah, and remaining critical of Josh.

  3. mediaphiles says:

    Even though I have only seen the episodes of this show we watched for class, I am so impressed with the direction of the show. Not only does it showcase different kinds of characters than usual, it does it well. I can’t wait to watch more of this show!
    – Sarah King

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