The Best Episodes of Transparent

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 8.20
266 votes
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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 8.08
353 votes
Directors: Jill Soloway
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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 8.06
269 votes
Directors: Jill Soloway
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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 8.02
277 votes
Directors: Jill Soloway
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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 7.97
265 votes
Directors: Jill Soloway
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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 7.91
381 votes
Directors: Jill Soloway
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Symbolic Exemplar

#7 - 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 7.84
370 votes
Directors: Jill Soloway
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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 7.84
268 votes
Directors: Stacie Passon
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Off the Grid

#9 - 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 7.82
240 votes
Directors: So Yong Kim
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Elizah

#10 - 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 7.78
308 votes
Directors: Jill Soloway
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The Open Road

#11 - 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
242 votes
Directors: Jill Soloway
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Flicky-Flicky Thump-Thump

#12 - 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 7.76
338 votes
Directors: Jill Soloway
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The Wilderness

#13 - 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 7.76
383 votes
Directors: Jill Soloway
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Best New Girl

#14 - 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
360 votes
Directors: Jill Soloway
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Looking Up

#15 - 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 7.75
337 votes
Directors: Nisha Ganatra
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Mee-Maw

#16 - 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 7.71
289 votes
Directors: Stacie Passon
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Wedge

#17 - 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 7.67
401 votes
Directors: Nisha Ganatra
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New World Coming

#18 - 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 7.67
330 votes
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If I Were a Bell

#19 - 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 7.65
256 votes
Directors: Andrea Arnold
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The Book of Life

#20 - 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 7.64
283 votes
Directors: Jim Frohna
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Groin Anomaly

#21 - Groin Anomaly

Season 4 - Episode 2

Ali is blindsided when Leslie goes public with the details of their relationship. Sarah is ignited by a new connection with her daughter's former teacher, Lila. Josh unexpectedly encounters an ex. Shelly takes up improv. Ali joins Maura on her trip to Israel and their journey gets off to a bumpy start.

star 7.63
139 votes
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Just the Facts

#22 - 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
269 votes
Directors: Silas Howard
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When the Battle Is Over

#23 - When the Battle Is Over

Season 3 - Episode 2

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 7.58
278 votes
Directors: Silas Howard
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Moppa

#24 - Moppa

Season 1 - Episode 4

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 7.58
423 votes
Directors: Nisha Ganatra
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Life Sucks and Then You Die

#25 - Life Sucks and Then You Die

Season 3 - Episode 7

Josh arrives in Overland Park and delivers difficult news to Colton. Sarah oversteps her boundaries with Raquel, putting the Hineni Seder in danger. A tough conversation with Bryna brings up some big issues between Maura and Vicki.

star 7.57
247 votes
Directors: Shira Piven
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