Fans of Transparent's Maura Pfefferman (Jeffrey Tambor) and her family can relax and breathe a sigh of relief, knowing that The Pfeffermans will live on past the fourth season. Amazon has confirmed a Season 5 for the award-winning and critically acclaimed original comedy series; with production and airing scheduled for 2018.
Tambor, Judith Light (Ugly Betty), Gaby Hoffmann (Girls), Jay Duplass (The Mindy Project) and Amy Landecker (Trollhunters) will be returning, with Andrea Sperling continuing as executive producer alongside series creator/showrunner Jill Soloway, who had this to say about the announcement:
"We are extremely grateful to Amazon Studios for their continued trust and support and to our audience for their warm embrace of the Pfeffermans. We look forward to another season of comedy and drama, love and weirdness, God and sex – in the service of community and in pursuit of peace, joy, freedom and human rights for all."
Winner of eight Emmys and two Golden Globes, Transparent tells the story of Tambor's Maura, an elder transgender woman coming to terms with her own identity while also trying to connect with her family and create a new life for herself in the process.
Here's a look at what's coming up in Transparent Season 4:
"Winner of eight Emmys and two Golden Globes, Transparent returns for a fourth season. The Pfeffermans take off on a spiritual and political journey as they dig deep into their family's history. Maura heads to Israel to speak at a conference and makes a startling discovery. Adrift in the desert, Maura, Ali, Sarah, Josh and Shelly set off on their own paths to find acceptance, love, and truth."
Created by showrunner Soloway (I Love Dick) in 2014, Transparent has become one of the most popular and successful shows offered on Amazon Prime. Soloway is looking to expand Maura's "social horizons" in Season 4 as she attempts to have a social life, but there's also going to be a decided focus on the other core members of the Pfefferman family: Shelly (Light), Sarah (Landecker), Josh (Duplass), and Ali (Hoffmann).
Soloway wants to make it clear that the fourth season of Transparent is also going to be political as well as social, though she was a little hesitant about giving too much away about the new season: "I can't really say more than that, but things will get more political than they've ever been."