Arguably the greatest thing to come out of Amazon Prime, (close second being free one-day delivery), this 30 min dramedy centred around a transwoman coming out to her three adult, and highly dysfunctional children, is a refreshing look at the trans experience.
So, I have to admit, this show is on the list even though none of the main actors are openly LGBT. However, throughout its four seasons, Transparent has introduced a brilliant number of diverse actors. When it comes to trans representation especially, Transparent really knocks every other show out of the park. The show has a record number of supporting trans actors, including Rocco Kayiatos, Zackary Drucker, Ian Harvy, Alexandra Grey, Trace Lysette, Hari Nef, and of course, Alexandra Billings who plays Maura’s best friend and is at the main support of her transition.
The show is also ground-breaking in it’s representation of trans people of colour. The first episode of season 3 features three trans Latina actors, Hailie Sahar, Harmony Santana and Mariana Marroquin, hanging out at a shopping mall, laughing at Maura’s complete lack of awareness as to how to approach them about a missing trans girl.
Transparent is brilliant in its casting of trans actors, but also fantastic in its trans-inclusion on set. Our Lady J was chosen to be the first openly trans writer for Transparent in 2014, and as of that year, over eighty transgender people have worked on the show, including Zackary Drucker and Rhys Ernst who are transgender consultants and co-producers.