Transparent Season 1 Will Stream Free For Everyone, Get The Details

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‘Transparent': Amazon to Stream Entire Season Free for 24 Hours.

When Amazon first announced plans to sweeten its Prime shipping program with original streaming video programming, it was met with skepticism. There’s also something hugely interesting by the democratisation of success approach that Amazon takes to its pilots – even if that has the potential to end with ‘lowest common demoniator’ shows (like Two And A Half Men) further down the line.Still on its Golden Globes high from a couple of weeks ago, Amazon wants more people to get acquainted with its half-hour dramedy about a middle-age transgender woman and her family.Amazon announced Thursday that the platform is offering all ten episodes of the series’ critically-praised debut season in celebration of its Golden Globe wins for best comedy and best actor for Jeffrey Tambor.Transparent, Amazon’s original series starring Jeffrey Tambor as Maura, who has spent her life as the family patriarch Mort, has won critical acclaim since its debut in September.

Currently, the show is available to Amazon Prime customers (who pay $99 a year for the privilege of instant video and free shipping), but the rules will loosen for one day only. Amazon has reportedly seen viewership of its original TV series Transparent increase by 250% following its recent Golden Globe victory in both the “Best TV Series—Comedy or Musical” and “Best Performance By An Actor In A Television Series—Comedy or Musical” categories. Transparent can be streamed for free on Saturday using the Amazon Instant Video app for TVs, connected devices and mobile devices, or online at Amazon.com/Transparent.

To celebrate, the retailer is making the show’s entire first season free to stream for customers this Saturday, in efforts to sign up new members to Prime. It follows a transgender parent (Tambor) in his quest to come out to his self-absorbed family, who (naturally) are strugglng with some secrets of their own. The first show to really make the breakthrough this way was Transparent, the wonderful Jeffrey Tambor (Arrested Development) vehicle in which he plays Maura Pfefferman, a transgender woman whose admission affects her family in different ways. And the Seattle-based company is hoping users will be impressed enough to come back for more of it (and its other offerings): the company, also on Saturday, is making Amazon Prime available for $72–the membership usually totals $99.

Interest in the show has skyrocketed since the wins, with viewership growing 250 percent, Amazon said. “We’re incredibly proud of everyone involved in the making of Transparent — the team took a risk and it paid off,” Amazon Founder and CEO Jeff Bezos said in a statement. “Big kudos and congrats to Jill, Jeffrey, and all the cast and crew.” Written and directed by Emmy-nominee Jill Soloway, Transparent is a half-hour comedy series that revolves around a Los Angeles family, the Pfeffermans, who learn that their father (Tambor) is transgender. Tambor rightfully picked up a Golden Globe for his performance and the show itself claimed the Globe for Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy – a fantastic achievement for a company which had only started making original programming two years before. In addition to its big night for “Transparent” earlier this month, Amazon also announced it plans to acquire and produce about a dozen “original, prestige” films a year.

Considering other less-than-stellar Amazon developments this week — including the self-imposed cancellation of both Amazon Wallet and Amazon-branded diapers — Jeff Bezos could end it on a good note with a bevy of new customers. Drawing on her own family experiences, writer/director Jill Soloway makes an audacious debut with this bittersweet comedy, set in the suburban hell known as the San Fernando Valley.

But it’s one of the new shows that has just been released which I think may move Amazon from retailer to creator in everyone’s minds – and that show is The Man In The High Castle. The pilot revolves around two characters, Juliana Crain and Joe Blake, who both end up transporting a copy of a film called The Grasshopper Lies Heavy. There had been rumours for years that the likes of BBC and SyFy would look to adapt Dick’s novel, but it says something that Amazon not only did it, but knocked it out of the park.

That’s saying a lot coming from the man behind “Hey now” Hank Kingsley and George Bluth Sr., but his own transformation as a dramatic actor is as astonishing here as Bryan Cranston’s was from Malcolm in the Middle to Breaking Bad. Hollywood Reporter critic Tim Goodman calls Transparent “one of those rare shows that alters the complexion of the landscape with its quality.” It all starts with Soloway’s writing but extends to the commitment from the entire cast.

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