The BEST Episodes of Transparent
Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!
Last Updated: Mar 28, 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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#17 - 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.
#18 - 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.
#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.
#20 - 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.
#21 - 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.
#22 - 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.
#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.
#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.
#25 - Rollin'
Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Sep 26, 2014
Maura moves out of the family house and into a lively new apartment complex, just as Sarah needs a new home after dismantling her perfect life. Josh has to reconsider his sudden vision of starting a family. Ali finds some new boundaries to cross.