The Best Episodes of Transparent

Last Updated: Jun 15, 2019

Mort gathers his three adult kids – Ali, Sarah and Joshua – for a talk about the future, but everyone is shocked to learn that it’s not a financial inheritance at stake, but rather the complex legacy of a secret life as a trans woman. Everyone’s relationship – to the world, themselves, each other, through the lens of boundaries, intimacy, sex and gender – is about to change.

Exciting and New

#1 - Exciting and New

Season 3 - Episode 10

The Pfeffermans escape their problems on land by taking a cruise together. Though the clan spends most of the cruise apart - venturing on their own journeys of self discovery - they ultimately find themselves coming together at the Seder that almost wasn't.

star 8.18
287 votes
Writers: Faith Soloway, Jill Soloway
Why Do We Cover The Mirrors?

#2 - Why Do We Cover The Mirrors?

Season 1 - Episode 10

A funeral brings all the Pfeffermans together and reunites them with their past – Shelley and Maura with old friends, Sarah with her ex, and Josh with his teenage babysitter. Just when they thought there were no more secrets, the family busts out a few more.

star 8.06
369 votes
Directors: Jill Soloway
Writers: Jill Soloway
Watch on Amazon
Grey Green Brown & Copper

#3 - Grey Green Brown & Copper

Season 2 - Episode 10

Maura reconciles with her lineage, both past and present; Ali talks to Leslie about her academic future; Josh looks to Buzz as a father figure; Sarah tries to tie up loose ends.

star 8.03
285 votes
Directors: Jill Soloway
Writers: Micah Fitzerman-Blue, Noah Harpster
Watch on Amazon
Man on the Land

#4 - Man on the Land

Season 2 - Episode 9

Maura makes a new friend and has a rude awakening at the music festival; Sarah experiences liberation from an unlikely source; Ali makes an unexpected journey to the past.

star 7.97
292 votes
Directors: Jill Soloway
Writers: Ali Liebegott
Watch on Amazon
To Sardines and Back

#5 - To Sardines and Back

Season 3 - Episode 3

Relationships are tested as the Pfefferman family gather for Maura's birthday. Sarah confronts Buzzy on temple board politics and Maura makes a big announcement, experiencing pushback from both Vicki and Shelly. The night culminates in a game of Sardines, forcing tense situations into tight spaces.

star 7.95
280 votes
Directors: Jill Soloway
Writers: Faith Soloway, Jill Soloway
Watch on Amazon
Kina Hora

#6 - Kina Hora

Season 2 - Episode 1

Sarah and Tammy are getting married, while Maura and Ali are visited by ghosts from the past and Josh and Rabbi Raquel can't hide their big news.

star 7.88
399 votes
Directors: Jill Soloway
Writers: Jill Soloway
Watch on Amazon
House Call

#7 - House Call

Season 4 - Episode 10

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 complicated relationship. Josh confronts his sex and love issues head on. Maura and Davina reclaim the Pfefferman house from an unwanted guest.

star 7.84
134 votes
Directors: Rhys Ernst
Writers: Ethan Kuperberg
Oh Holy Night

#8 - Oh Holy Night

Season 3 - Episode 5

The Pfefferman family gathers at Hineni to support Sarah's alternative spiritual endeavor. After the news of a close friend's untimely passing, a distressed Josh leans on Raquel for support. Ali ends the night by witnessing the pitfalls of Leslie's prejudices.

star 7.83
283 votes
Directors: Stacie Passon
Writers: Micah Fiterzman-Blue, Noah Harpster
Watch on Amazon
Symbolic Exemplar

#9 - Symbolic Exemplar

Season 1 - Episode 7

Josh goes on a date with Raquel. Ali explores her feminine side with a TA from Gender Studies class. The kids turn out for Maura's performance in a talent show, but her delight quickly turns to dejection.

star 7.83
390 votes
Directors: Jill Soloway
Writers: Faith Soloway
Watch on Amazon
Cool Guy

#10 - Cool Guy

Season 4 - Episode 4

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.

star 7.80
152 votes
Directors: Sarah Gavron
Writers: Gabe Liedman
Off the Grid

#11 - Off the Grid

Season 3 - Episode 9

After reconnecting with Colton, Josh decides to move to Overland Park, until a concerned Ali travels to him, intending to bring him home. Feeling abandoned, Sarah has trouble controlling her rage. Shelly confronts Buzzy about his spending, leading to some unforeseen revelations. Newly single Maura has an exciting, surprising night out.

star 7.78
255 votes
Directors: So Yong Kim
Writers: Bridget Bedard, Stephanie Kornick
Watch on Amazon
The Open Road

#12 - The Open Road

Season 3 - Episode 6

Josh hits the road with an unlikely copilot, stirring up some undeniable chemistry along the way. Back at home, Shelly becomes wary of Buzzy's outlandish spending while Ali sees God during a nitrous induced trip at the dentist's office.

star 7.77
257 votes
Directors: Jill Soloway
Writers: Bridget Bedard
Watch on Amazon
Best New Girl

#13 - Best New Girl

Season 1 - Episode 8

In a flashback, Mort escapes with a friend to a cross-dressing retreat in the woods, and becomes captivated with a very accepting woman. Left alone after cancelling her Bat Mitzvah, 13-year-old Ali finds trouble with an older man at the beach.

star 7.75
380 votes
Directors: Jill Soloway
Writers: Bridget Bedard
Watch on Amazon
The Wilderness

#14 - The Wilderness

Season 1 - Episode 6

As they struggle to come to terms with Maura, Josh looks for answers from a rabbi, and Ali looks for answers in a Gender Studies class with Syd. Sarah is left to answer questions from her own kids, who meet Maura for the first time.

star 7.74
404 votes
Directors: Jill Soloway
Writers: Ethan Kuperberg
Watch on Amazon
Elizah

#15 - Elizah

Season 3 - Episode 1

While working at an LGBT suicide hotline, Maura receives a distressing call from a young trans woman, Elizah. Afraid that Elizah will hurt herself, Maura goes on an odyssey through South Central LA to find the troubled teen and lands herself in the hospital.

star 7.73
328 votes
Directors: Jill Soloway
Writers: Jill Soloway
Watch on Amazon
They Is on the Way

#16 - They Is on the Way

Season 4 - Episode 9

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.

star 7.73
137 votes
Directors: Jill Soloway
Writers: Bridget Bedard
Watch on Amazon
Flicky-Flicky Thump-Thump

#17 - Flicky-Flicky Thump-Thump

Season 2 - Episode 2

Josh has a pool party for his new band, but he and his siblings are caught off-guard when Maura and Shelly arrive together; Ali reconnects with an old friend; Sarah finds her past catching up with her.

star 7.72
354 votes
Directors: Jill Soloway
Writers: Micah Fitzerman-Blue, Noah Harpster
Watch on Amazon
Looking Up

#18 - Looking Up

Season 1 - Episode 9

Maura finds solace with ex-wife, Shelly, and the two hatch a plot to help Ed realize his wishes. Sarah spends time with her ex-husband and begins to question their breakup. Raquel finally breaks through to Josh. When all members of the family are summoned to Shelly's, they are in for a few surprises.

star 7.72
357 votes
Directors: Nisha Ganatra
Writers: Micah Fitzerman-Blue, Noah Harpster
Watch on Amazon
Mee-Maw

#19 - Mee-Maw

Season 2 - Episode 5

Davina and Shea inspire Maura to re-imagine her past; Colton's adopted family visits, leaving Josh facing a touch decision; Ali finds herself more drawn to Leslie; Sarah tries visiting a life coach.

star 7.69
303 votes
Directors: Stacie Passon
Writers: Our Lady J
Watch on Amazon
Wedge

#20 - Wedge

Season 1 - Episode 5

When Shelly's husband goes missing, Sarah, Josh and Ali set out to find him but instead find themselves lost in their past. Ali can no longer keep Maura's secret from Josh, which sends him into a tailspin. When Maura runs into a Pfefferman family friend she takes a stand for her new identity.

star 7.66
422 votes
Directors: Nisha Ganatra
Writers: Ali Liebegott
Watch on Amazon
If I Were a Bell

#21 - If I Were a Bell

Season 3 - Episode 8

Boyle Heights, 1958. 12 year old Maura's femininity causes a clash between her mother Rose and her grandparents, Haim and Yetta. Across town, 12 year old Shelly quits the school play and stops eating but won't tell anyone why. Flash forward to 1966, where 21 year olds Mort and Shelly carry on a secret affair.

star 7.64
272 votes
Directors: Andrea Arnold
Writers: Our Lady J
Watch on Amazon
New World Coming

#22 - New World Coming

Season 2 - Episode 3

Josh and Raquel ask Colton to move in; Maura and Ali meet a feminist scholar—and Maura's former nemesis—at UCLA; Sarah launches a sexual fantasy life with a domineering figure from her past.

star 7.63
344 votes
Directors: Marielle Heller
Writers: Faith Soloway
Watch on Amazon
The Book of Life

#23 - The Book of Life

Season 2 - Episode 7

On Yom Kippur, Sarah tries to make amends with Tammy; Maura tries to communicate with Davina; Josh tries to make peace with Raquel; Ali and Syd host a break-the-fast party.

star 7.62
300 votes
Directors: Jim Frohna
Writers: Ethan Kuperberg
Watch on Amazon
Just the Facts

#24 - Just the Facts

Season 3 - Episode 4

Maura gets an exciting peek at the future with a visit to the plastic surgeon's office but fails to muster the same enthusiasm from Vicki on a fun night out. Josh visits an unusually upbeat Rita while Ali and Leslie struggle with intimacy. Sarah finds distraction from her personal troubles by spearheading an unorthodox approach to Judaism.

star 7.61
285 votes
Directors: Silas Howard
Writers: Micah Fiterzman-Blue, Noah Harpster
Watch on Amazon
Pinkwashing Machine

#25 - Pinkwashing Machine

Season 4 - Episode 3

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.

star 7.59
150 votes
Writers: Our Lady J
Watch on Amazon