TV Episodes The Best Episodes of Transparent  

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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? is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Episodes of Transparent
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.

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To Sardines and Back is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Episodes of Transparent
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.

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If I Were a Bell is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Episodes of Transparent
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.

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Man on the Land is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Episodes of Transparent
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.

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Kina Hora is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Episodes of Transparent
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.

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Life Sucks and Then You Die is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Episodes of Transparent
Season 3 Episode 7: Josh arrives in Overland Park and delivers difficult news to Colton. Sarah oversteps her boundaries with Raquel, putting the Hineni Seder in danger. A tough conversation with Bryna brings up some big issues between Maura and Vicki.

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Exciting and New is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Episodes of Transparent
Season 3 Episode 10: The Pfeffermans escape their problems on land by taking a cruise together. Though the clan spends most of the cruise apart - venturing on their own journeys of self discovery - they ultimately find themselves coming together at the Seder that almost wasn't.

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Pilot is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Episodes of Transparent
Season 1 Episode 1: An LA family with serious boundary issues have their past and future unravel when a dramatic admission causes everyone's secrets to spill out. Starring Jeffrey Tambor, Judith Light, Amy Landecker, Jay Duplass, and Gaby Hoffmann.

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Symbolic Exemplar is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Episodes of Transparent
Season 1 Episode 7: Josh goes on a date with Rabbi Raquel while Ali explores her feminine side with a TA from Gender Studies class. The kids turn out for Maura's performance in a talent show, but her delight quickly turns to dejection.

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Best New Girl is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Episodes of Transparent
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.

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Grey Green Brown & Copper is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Episodes of Transparent
Season 2 Episode 10: Maura experiences an unforeseen love connection and reconciles with her lineage - in the past and the present. Ali discusses her academic future with Leslie. Josh seeks a father's love in Buzz. And Sarah tries to tie up loose ends.

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Moppa is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Episodes of Transparent
Season 1 Episode 4: Maura finally comes out to Ali, and they join Sarah on a field trip to the mall - where they all get rude lessons in womanhood. Josh is forced to confront his past thanks to questions from Syd (Carrie Brownstein) about his longtime relationship with Rita.

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Looking Up is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Episodes of Transparent
Season 1 Episode 9: Maura finds solace with ex-wife Shelly, and the two hatch a plot to help Ed realize his wishes. Sarah spends time with her ex-husband and begins to question their breakup, while Raquel finally breaks through to Josh. And when the entire family is summoned to Shelly's, they are in for a few surprises.

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The Wilderness is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Episodes of Transparent
Season 1 Episode 6: As they struggle to come to terms with Maura, Josh looks for answers from a rabbi named Raquel (Kathryn Hahn), and Ali looks for answers in a Gender Studies class with Syd. Sarah is left to answer questions from her own kids, who meet Maura for the first time.

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New World Coming is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Episodes of Transparent
Season 2 Episode 3: Josh and Raquel attempt domestic bliss in the Pfefferman house by asking Colton to move in. Maura takes Ali to UCLA to discuss graduate school where they meet feminist scholar, Leslie Mackinaw - Maura's old nemesis. Sarah has a run-in with Len and Barb, and begins a sexual fantasy life with a domineering figure from her past.

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Cherry Blossoms is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Episodes of Transparent
Season 2 Episode 4: Josh bonds with Colton, but it comes with a price. Sarah endures a disastrous school gala, feeling more like an outsider than ever. Ali and Syd are left with some questions after a visit with Grandma Rose - leading to a flashback uncovering the origins of Tante Gittel's ring. Meanwhile, Maura attempts to find more autonomy, but doesn't have the best luck.

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They is on the Way is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Episodes of Transparent
Season 4 Episode 9: Back in Los Angeles, Davina’s stay at the Pfeffermanhouse is rudely interrupted. The Pfeffermans float in the Dead Sea and Ali rushes to meet them but is waylaid at an Israeli checkpoint.

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The Book of Life is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Episodes of Transparent
Season 2 Episode 7: It's Yom Kippur, and the Pfeffermans have plenty to atone for - Sarah tries to make amends with Tammy, Maura struggles to communicate with Davina, and Josh tries to make peace with Raquel. All of the atonement culminates at a break-the-fast party hosted by Ali and Syd, who are deep in a spiritual crisis of their own.

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Cool Guy is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Episodes of Transparent
Season 4 Episode 4: Maura and Ali uncover new truths about their family. Shelly gets bold in her improv class. Sparks fly between Sarah, Lila, and Len and they set off to hatch a plan. Josh is haunted by the past.

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Mee-Maw is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Episodes of Transparent
Season 2 Episode 5: Maura finds community with Davina and Shea, inspiring her to re-imagine her past. Cultures clash when Colton's adopted family visits, and Josh is confronted with a tough decision. Ali finds herself even more drawn to Leslie at a New Moon Ceremony. Sarah tries to get her life in order by seeing a Life Coach, but opts for a different kind of remedy with Dr. Steve.

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Desert Eagle is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Episodes of Transparent
Season 4 Episode 8: Maura yearns to forge a new relationship but finds the connection strained. Ali is drawn to rejoin her family. Out in the vast desert Josh tries his hand at shooting a gun, leaving Shelly rattled.

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Oh Holy Night is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Episodes of Transparent
Season 3 Episode 5: The Pfefferman family gathers at Hineni to support Sarah's alternative spiritual endeavor. After the news of a close friend's untimely passing, a distressed Josh leans on Raquel for support. Ali ends the night by witnessing the pitfalls of Leslie's prejudices.

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Pinkwashing Machine is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Episodes of Transparent
Season 4 Episode 3: Sarah tests a new parenting style and is shocked to discover that it works. Josh reconnects with Dr. Steve as tensions rise at home with Shelly. Drawn in by an intriguing new friend, Ali travels to Palestine. Maura makes a life-changing discovery about her family history.

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The Letting Go is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Episodes of Transparent
Season 1 Episode 2: Maura embraces her new journey, but nothing about life as a woman is easy -- making friends, finding a new community, and above all, coming out to her children. Sarah introduces her husband (Rob Huebel) to her ex-girlfriend Tammy (Melora Hardin). Josh pays a visit to his ex-babysitter Rita, as Ali gets closer to her trainer.

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Rollin is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Episodes of Transparent
Season 1 Episode 3: Maura moves out of the family house and into a lively new apartment complex, just as Sarah needs a new home after dismantling her perfect life. Josh has to reconsider his sudden vision of starting a family, while Ali finds some new boundaries to cross.

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House Call is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Episodes of Transparent
Season 4 Episode 10: Feeling compelled to learn more about herself in Israel, Ali stays back as the rest of the family returns to Los Angeles. Sarah, Len, and Lila reevaluate their complicatedrelationship. Josh confronts his sex and love issues head on. Maura and Davina reclaim the Pfefferman house from an unwanted guest.

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Bulnerable is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Episodes of Transparent
Season 2 Episode 6: Ali seeks advice from Leslie on her UCLA application, but finds herself getting a little too close. Josh unravels after he confronts Shelly about the past, while Sarah explores some of her sexual fantasies on a hard-won date night. Maura helps Davina get ready for Sal's return from prison and is faced with a harsh reality.

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Elizah is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Episodes of Transparent
Season 3 Episode 1: While working at an LGBT suicide hotline, Maura receives a distressing call from a young trans woman, Elizah. Afraid that Elizah will hurt herself, Maura goes on an odyssey through South Central LA to find the troubled teen and lands herself in the hospital.

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Babar the Borrible is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Episodes of Transparent
Season 4 Episode 7: Sarah and Len divert a family outing to visit Lila’s mom, leading to a blowup between the siblings. Ali breaks off from the group to visit her friend Lyfe in Ramallah while the other Pfeffermans engage in some questionably authentic tourism of desert life.

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I Never Promised You a Promise... is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Episodes of Transparent
Season 4 Episode 6: The family convenes for an unusual vacation and encounters a tribe of long-lost Pfeffermans. Ali pulls away from the rest of the family as her political convictions drive her to challenge the binary.

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Born Again is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Episodes of Transparent
Season 4 Episode 5: Maura revisits the night that Ali was born. Davina recalls memories of her youth and comes to terms with her troubled relationship with Sal. Davina and Maura each make a deal with God.

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Flicky-Flicky Thump-Thump is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Episodes of Transparent
Season 2 Episode 2: Josh hosts a pool party for his new band Fussy Puss. The Pfefferman siblings are caught off-guard when Maura and Shelly arrive at the party together. Ali reconnects with her old friend Syd. And Sarah's past catches up with her.

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Groin Anomaly is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Episodes of Transparent
Season 4 Episode 2: Ali is blindsided when Leslie goes public with the details of their relationship. Sarah is ignited by a new connection with her daughter’s former teacher, Lila. Josh unexpectedly encounters an ex. Shelly takes up improv. Ali joins Maura on her trip to Israel and their journey gets off to a bumpy start.

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Standing Order is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Episodes of Transparent
Season 4 Episode 1: An exciting offer draws Maura to Tel Aviv. Hoping for a fresh start, Shelly sells her condo and shacks up with Josh. Grappling with their family’s weird intimacy issues, Sarah, Ali, and Josh attend a sex and love addicts meeting together. Ali rents out the Pfefferman house and contends with weird AirBnBers.

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Oscillate is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Episodes of Transparent
Season 2 Episode 8: In a flashback, Rose and Gittel are faced with an ultimatum. Maura learns more about the trans experience, and gets closer to Shea when she volunteers for a suicide hotline. Josh displaces his energy on his career, taking him down a reckless path. After a revealing dinner with Shelly and her new beau Buzz, Ali and Sarah decide to go on the road to the Idylwild Wimmin's Music Festival - with Maura.

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The Open Road is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Episodes of Transparent
Season 3 Episode 6: Josh hits the road with an unlikely copilot, stirring up some undeniable chemistry along the way. Back at home, Shelly becomes wary of Buzzy's outlandish spending while Ali sees God during a nitrous induced trip at the dentist's office.

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When the Battle is Over is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Episodes of Transparent
Season 3 Episode 2: After a health scare, Maura confronts death and her relationship to her body. Sarah hopes to join the MidCity Temple board. Shelly plans a one woman show with Buzzy. Dissatisfied with their lives, Josh and Ali play married couple

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Wedge is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Episodes of Transparent
Season 1 Episode 5: When Shelly's husband Ed goes missing, Sarah, Josh and Ali set out to find him, and instead find themselves lost in their past. Ali can no longer keep Maura's secret from Josh, which sends him into a tailspin. When Maura runs into a Pfefferman family friend she takes a stand for her new identity.

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Just the Facts is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Episodes of Transparent
Season 3 Episode 4: Maura gets an exciting peek at the future with a visit to the plastic surgeon's office but fails to muster the same enthusiasm from Vicki on a fun night out. Josh visits an unusually upbeat Rita while Ali and Leslie struggle with intimacy. Sarah finds distraction from her personal troubles by spearheading an unorthodox approach to Judaism.

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Off the Grid is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Episodes of Transparent
Season 3 Episode 9: After reconnecting with Colton, Josh decides to move to Overland Park, until a concerned Ali travels to him, intending to bring him home. Feeling abandoned, Sarah has trouble controlling her rage. Shelly confronts Buzzy about his spending, leading to some unforeseen revelations. Newly single Maura has an exciting, surprising night out.