Amazon’s Transparent, Transformative in Many Ways
The Amazon original series “Transparent” won best comedy TV series at this year’s Golden Globes. The show’s lead, Jeffery Tambor, also took home honors for best actor in a comedy
Tambor plays a 70 year father of three who has been secretly dressing as a woman for years. While the show is a comedy, it takes the internal and external struggles facing a transgender man seriously and deals with sexuality in a way unprecedented on television.
Tambor pointed out during his acceptance that his winning is more important than a yearly honor bestowed upon an actor, as he dedicated his Golden Globe and his performance to the transgender community saying “This is about changing people’s lives” to a television audience of 15 million viewers.
Having a show dealing with the struggles faced by a transgender man win at the Globes marks a first in television history. Another historical first is Amazon, a company not even in the TV game 2 years ago, took home its first major award for original programming.
This marks the first time a digital streaming service has taken home a Golden Globe for best TV series. Furthermore, the only traditional network show posing competition in the category for Transparent was The CW with “Jane the Virgin.”
HBO, which will offer steaming without a cable subscription this April, had two nominees for best comedy with “Silicon Valley” and “Girls”. Netflix was also recognized with a best comedy nomination for “Orange is the New Black.”
While missing the mark for best comedy, Netflix did manage to capture some glory at the Globes as Kevin Spacey won best actor in a TV drama for his work in the Netflix original series “House of Cards”.
Considering HBO, Netflix and Amazon will all be available online in 2015, it seems as there is a revolution underway in the TV industry. If this year’s Golden Globes is any gauge, you won’t need a cable subscription in 2015 if you want to see the best shows on television.
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