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(2014– )

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Inspired by and loosely based on true events, Transparent draws themes from series creator Jill Soloway's own father coming out as a trans parent three years prior to the show's release.
Jill Soloway has said that Andrea Arnold's Fish Tank (2009) made her decide to take the leap from writing to also directing. Arnold has since directed several episodes of Transparent (2014).
Jill Soloway always had Jeffrey Tambor in mind for the role of Maura: "Everyone knows how funny Jeffrey is, but he is also a great actor because he can make you feel."
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Gillian Vigman was cast as Tammy and worked on the pilot, but after Amazon picked it up for series was replaced by Melora Hardin.
Henry Simmons played Derek the trainer in the pilot episode but was replaced by Cleo Anthony when the show got picked up.
No character appears in every episode.
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All the bathrooms on set are gender neutral.
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The title is a clever play on words. The word 'transparent' refers to Maura's journey, letting the world see who she really is. Whereas if you break it down to 'trans' and 'parent', trans is short for transgender, and Maura is a transgender parent.
Jeffrey Tambor and Judith Light worked together when he guest starred on Who's the Boss?: Tony Kills (1990)
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The opening titles are updated with different clips every season. Season 1 featured footage from Bar and Bat Mitzvahs. Season 2 reflected the queer Weimar era and women's movement. Season 3 focused mainly on families in the queer community. Season 4 keeps many of the previous themes while incorporating the landscape of Israel and Palestine.
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Decades before his role as Maura Pfefferman on Transparent (2014), Jeffrey Tambor played gender confused/transgendered Attorney/Judge Alan Wachtel on Hill Street Blues (1981) from 1981 to 1987.
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The character of Davina, played by Alexandra Billings, is given a more elaborate storyline and arc in season 4 than she had received in previous seasons.
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Cinematographer Jim Frohna would use a different lens when shooting in Israel instead of the type he would use in LA to subtly indicate the change in scenery.
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Cinematographer Jim Frohna prefers using natural lighting whenever possible in order to give the actors freedom to move and not be distracted by a cluttered set full of gear.
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The L.A. backdrop of the show is a Los Angeles not typically portrayed in films or media, but rather an authentic L.A. featuring Silver Lake and Echo Park neighborhoods.
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Like her character, Davina, actress Alexandra Billings had previously competed in beauty pageants for transwomen.
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Series creator Jill Soloway described season 4 as being about "borders and boundaries." She describes the story as less about Israel's politics but more so the search for God and love.
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The production team re-created the look of the now-defunct LA nightclub The Queen Mary for Davina's pageant scenes.
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When directing early episodes of the show, Jill Soloway would often use mood boards to help convey the feeling and emotional scope of a scene.
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When Rhys Ernst was designing the opening title sequence for Transparent (2014) season 1, he cut together clips from various Bar and Bat Mitzvahs. His prototype for the sequence, by complete coincidence, featured the cousin of series creator Jill Soloway.
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Music Supervisor Bruce Gilbert was thrilled when he was asked to incorporate song selections from Jesus Christ Superstar into the show's fourth season. Gilbert is a huge fan of the musical and listened to its soundtrack on repeat throughout his childhood.
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Jill Soloway begins every day of shooting with an activity called Box, a space in which the cast and crew can share whatever is on their mind, be it "it jokes, meditations, personal revelations, deep despair, joy or fears."
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Producer Rhys Ernst stated that director Trey Edward Shults film Krisha (2015) had influenced the tone of Season 4.
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Jill Soloway and sister Faith collaborated with music supervisor Bruce Gilbert to weave Jesus Christ Superstar soundtrack through season 4 due to their own spiritual connection of the film.
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