The Best Episodes of Transparent

There are so many good episodes of Transparent, but which ones really stand out? Do you like "Man on the Land" the best, or is "Kina Hora" your favorite episode of Transparent? To determine once and for all what the best episodes of Transparent are, let's rank every Transparent episode from best to worst.

Debuting on Amazon in 2014, Transparent stars Jeffrey Tambor as Maura Pfefferman, a retired college professor who comes out to her family as a transgender woman. The series is critically acclaimed, and has won multiple Golden Globe awards since its debut. Despite the warm reception the show has gotten, the show took a dark turn in real life when Jeffrey Tambor stepped down amidst allegations of sexual harassment. What will season 5 of Transparent look like without him? Hopefully Amazon can figure out a way to make it work, and we can continue enjoying this fantastic series.

Vote up your favorite episodes of Transparent, and downvote any bad episodes that you really didn't enjoy, despite how much you love the series as a whole. It can be painful to put one Transparent episode over the other when there are so many good ones, which is why you can vote on however many episodes you like.

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  • Why Do We Cover the Mirrors?
    1

    Why Do We Cover the Mirrors?

    6 votes
    Season 1 Episode 10: A funeral brings all the Pfeffermans together and reunites them with their past - Shelley and Maura with old friends, Sarah with her ex, and Josh with his teenage babysitter - who brings a 17-year-old boy. Just when they thought there were no more secrets, the family busts out a few more.
  • If I Were a Bell
    2

    If I Were a Bell

    5 votes
    Season 3 Episode 8: Boyle Heights, 1958. 12 year old Maura's femininity causes a clash between her mother Rose and her grandparents, Haim and Yetta. Across town, 12 year old Shelly quits the school play and stops eating but won't tell anyone why. Flash forward to 1966, where 21 year olds Mort and Shelly carry on a secret affair.
  • Kina Hora
    3

    Kina Hora

    10 votes
    Season 2 Episode 1: Transparent returns with Sarah and Tammy's big, white wedding. Maura and Ali are visited by ghosts from the past. And Josh and Rabbi Raquel can't hide their big news.
  • Man on the Land
    4

    Man on the Land

    9 votes
    Season 2 Episode 9: Sisterhood - and the lack thereof - blazes like campfire at the Idylwild Wimmin's Music Festival. Maura makes a new friend - and has a rude awakening - while Sarah experiences liberation from an unlikely source. Meanwhile, Ali finds herself on an unexpected journey to the past.
  • To Sardines and Back
    5

    To Sardines and Back

    6 votes
    Season 3 Episode 3: Relationships are tested as the Pfefferman family gather for Maura's birthday. Sarah confronts Buzzy on temple board politics and Maura makes a big announcement, experiencing pushback from both Vicki and Shelly. The night culminates in a game of Sardines, forcing tense situations into tight spaces.
  • Best New Girl
    6

    Best New Girl

    6 votes
    Season 1 Episode 8: In a flashback, Mort escapes with friend Mark (Bradley Whitford) to a cross-dressing retreat in the woods, and becomes captivated with a very accepting woman named Connie (Michaela Watkins). Left alone after cancelling her Bat Mitzvah, 13-year-old Ali finds trouble with an older man at the beach.