The BEST Episodes of Transparent

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Sep 18, 2021

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.

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Exciting and New

#1 - Exciting and New

Season 3 - Episode 10 - Aired Sep 23, 2016

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 8.23
350 votes
Writers: Faith Soloway, Joey Soloway
Grey Green Brown & Copper

#2 - Grey Green Brown & Copper

Season 2 - Episode 10 - Aired Dec 10, 2015

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 8.14
398 votes
Directors: Joey Soloway
Writers: Micah Fitzerman-Blue, Noah Harpster
Why Do We Cover The Mirrors?

#3 - Why Do We Cover The Mirrors?

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired Sep 26, 2014

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 8.14
587 votes
Directors: Joey Soloway
Writers: Joey Soloway
To Sardines and Back

#4 - To Sardines and Back

Season 3 - Episode 3 - Aired Sep 23, 2016

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 8.11
365 votes
Directors: Joey Soloway
Writers: Faith Soloway, Joey Soloway
The Open Road

#5 - The Open Road

Season 3 - Episode 6 - Aired Sep 23, 2016

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 8.04
319 votes
Directors: Joey Soloway
Writers: Bridget Bedard
Oh Holy Night

#6 - Oh Holy Night

Season 3 - Episode 5 - Aired Sep 23, 2016

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 8.01
346 votes
Directors: Stacie Passon
Writers: Micah Fitzerman-Blue, Noah Harpster
Off the Grid

#7 - Off the Grid

Season 3 - Episode 9 - Aired Sep 23, 2016

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 7.90
318 votes
Directors: So Yong Kim
Writers: Bridget Bedard, Stephanie Kornick
Symbolic Exemplar

#8 - Symbolic Exemplar

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired Sep 26, 2014

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 7.85
609 votes
Directors: Joey Soloway
Writers: Faith Soloway
Man on the Land

#9 - Man on the Land

Season 2 - Episode 9 - Aired Dec 10, 2015

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 7.85
432 votes
Directors: Joey Soloway
Writers: Ali Liebegott
Elizah

#10 - Elizah

Season 3 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 23, 2016

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 7.84
391 votes
Directors: Joey Soloway
Writers: Joey Soloway
Just the Facts

#11 - Just the Facts

Season 3 - Episode 4 - Aired Sep 23, 2016

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 7.84
373 votes
Directors: Silas Howard
Writers: Micah Fitzerman-Blue, Noah Harpster
The Wilderness

#12 - The Wilderness

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Sep 26, 2014

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 7.82
623 votes
Directors: Joey Soloway
Writers: Ethan Kuperberg
House Call

#13 - House Call

Season 4 - Episode 10 - Aired Sep 22, 2017

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 7.80
146 votes
Directors: Rhys Ernst
Writers: Ethan Kuperberg
Cool Guy

#14 - Cool Guy

Season 4 - Episode 4 - Aired Sep 22, 2017

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
167 votes
Directors: Sarah Gavron
Writers: Gabe Liedman
Kina Hora

#15 - Kina Hora

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired Nov 29, 2015

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 7.79
515 votes
Directors: Joey Soloway
Writers: Joey Soloway
Flicky-Flicky Thump-Thump

#16 - Flicky-Flicky Thump-Thump

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired Dec 10, 2015

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 7.77
468 votes
Directors: Joey Soloway
Writers: Micah Fitzerman-Blue, Noah Harpster
If I Were a Bell

#17 - If I Were a Bell

Season 3 - Episode 8 - Aired Sep 23, 2016

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 7.77
337 votes
Directors: Andrea Arnold
Writers: Our Lady J
Best New Girl

#18 - Best New Girl

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired Sep 26, 2014

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 7.76
600 votes
Directors: Joey Soloway
Writers: Bridget Bedard
Looking Up

#19 - Looking Up

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired Sep 26, 2014

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 7.74
574 votes
Directors: Nisha Ganatra
Writers: Micah Fitzerman-Blue, Noah Harpster
They Is on the Way

#20 - They Is on the Way

Season 4 - Episode 9 - Aired Sep 22, 2017

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
153 votes
Directors: Joey Soloway
Writers: Bridget Bedard
When the Battle Is Over

#21 - When the Battle Is Over

Season 3 - Episode 2 - Aired Sep 23, 2016

After a health scare, Maura confronts death and her relationship to her body. Sarah hopes to join the MidCity Temple board. Shelly plans a onewoman show with Buzzy. Dissatisfied with their lives, Josh and Ali play married couple.

star 7.72
385 votes
Directors: Silas Howard
Writers: Jessi Klein
Wedge

#22 - Wedge

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Sep 26, 2014

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 7.72
641 votes
Directors: Nisha Ganatra
Writers: Ali Liebegott
New World Coming

#23 - New World Coming

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired Dec 10, 2015

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 7.71
485 votes
Directors: Marielle Heller
Writers: Faith Soloway
Moppa

#24 - Moppa

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Sep 26, 2014

Maura finally comes out to Ali and they join Sarah on a field trip to the mall, where they all get rude lessons in womanhood. Josh is forced to confront his past thanks to questions from Syd about his long-time relationship with Rita.

star 7.67
640 votes
Directors: Nisha Ganatra
Writers: Micah Fitzerman-Blue, Noah Harpster
The Book of Life

#25 - The Book of Life

Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired Dec 10, 2015

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 7.61
439 votes
Directors: Jim Frohna
Writers: Ethan Kuperberg