This Show Is, at Last, Amazon's Winner
Willa Paskin loves 'Transparent'
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 12, 2014 12:43 PM CST
Jeffrey Tambor is shown in a scene from "Transparent."   (

(Newser) – Amazon has had some success with its original programming, but it hadn't hit on its version of, say, Netflix's House of Cards—until now, with new pilot Transparent. Netflix long ago learned what Willa Paskin at Slate calls "the House of Cards precept": It doesn't matter how original and fresh your programming is, you need to give viewers a show "that looks like one they already happily pay for"—something a viewer could easily imagine being on HBO. "Amazon has finally made one of those."

Transparent stars Jeffrey Tambor and Judith Light as the divorced parents of Gaby Hoffmann, Jay Duplass, and Amy Landecker, "a cast that makes for as good company as it sounds like it should." By the end of the pilot, Paskin was "completely invested" in the characters, who are all "hiding feelings they only think they are hiding." This is one of those shows that will probably have as many "think pieces" written about it as it has viewers, she quips, but "as Netflix has demonstrated, in this brave new TV world, it doesn't matter what the ratings are ... so long as a company gets the right people on Twitter chattering about the addictive properties of one of its shows." Click for Paskin's full piece.

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Feb 14, 2014 3:31 AM CST
That picture is a major spoiler of the pilot.
Feb 13, 2014 11:56 PM CST
GASP! Jeffrey Tambor in drag! Scarey!
Feb 12, 2014 2:19 PM CST
Hope the show is a success. When I was an actor years ago I had the pleasure of working with Judith Light on "Who's The Boss?" and she was a real sweetie. I also met Jeffrey Tambor at Spago and he can do no wrong in my book. He was fantastic on "The Larry Sanders Show".