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'Transparent' is the most daring new series of the season

When Lena Dunham's "Girls" debuted three years ago, it elicited a wide range of emotions. Laughter. Recognition. Shock. Writer Jill Soloway had a different response: jealousy. "When it came out, I was living in a sea of envy," said Soloway, who worked her way up the ranks on "Six Feet Under" and ran Diablo Cody's short-lived series "The United States of Tara." "Why didn't I have a show like this? What world do I know that other people don't know?" She found it and then some. "Transparent," now streaming on Amazon, is not only the best new show of the fall season; it's one of the most smartly written,...

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