Cyber Monday shoppers wondering if they should splurge on an Amazon Prime membership may just have gotten the push they need to sign up: American Prime customers will have access to the Season 2 premiere of the Golden Globe winning dramedy “Transparent” starting at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT. That’s just the premiere, though -- the rest of the season won’t drop until December 11.
“Transparent,” for those who’ve eschewed all knowledge of televised entertainment in the last year or so, stars Jeffrey Tambor as Maura Pfefferman, a trans woman who comes out to her motley crew of a family. Not only did the show win the Golden Globe for Best Television Series – Comedy or Musical, Tambor snagged the Emmy for Best Actor in a Comedy in September.
The awards hardware wasn’t just a boon for the up-and-coming streaming service, it was a win for trans activists and allies seeking visibility and understanding. (Unfortunately, either the denizens of Houston aren’t generally Prime members or they didn’t manage to catch “Transparent,” judging by their rejection of anti-transgender discrimination legislation earlier this month.)
The second season will follow Maura through the next stage of her transition, and as her family continues to try to get their own lives together. In addition to the main cast of Tambor, Judith Light, Gaby Hoffmann, Jay Duplass and Amy Landecker, luminaries like Anjelica Houston, Cherry Jones, and Tig Notaro will be guesting in this second batch of episodes.
The show has already been renewed for a third season, set to premiere in 2016.