Sometimes living in Canada means we have to wait a little longer to get in on the buzziest new music, TV shows, and movies. The Golden Globe Awards, which aired on January 11th made that reality all too clear when Amazon’s Transparent won two of the biggest awards in the Television category of the night.
The show, which is about a transgender woman named Maura who has recently come out to her family as a woman instead of the man they have always known, won the awards for Best TV Series - Musical or Comedy and Best Actor - TV Series, Musical or Comedy for Jeffrey Tambor. Both the creator, Jill Soloway, and Tambor, dedicated their awards to the transgender community, and the memory of transgender people who died too young, such as Leelah Alcorn.
Transparent is based on Soloway’s experience of her own father coming out as transgender, and choosing to transition to a woman. The show has gotten nothing but glowing reviews, with a 98% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The site calls the show, “as much about a change in television as it is about personal change, Transparent raises the bar for programming with sophistication and sincere dedication to the human journey, warts and all.”
Although the show premiered in September 2014, Amazon’s streaming service Instant Video is unavailable in Canada, making it difficult for Canadians to catch up on the first season. But before the second season airs in 2015, Rogers and Shaw Communications new joint streaming service, Shomi, will offer the first season in full beginning January 23rd, 2015.