Can Amazon Prime Rival Netflix With New Show 'Transparent'?

Amazon's new series "Transparent" premiered Friday and was met with rave reviews. Does this mean Amazon Prime could compete with Netflix?

Can Amazon Prime Rival Netflix With New Show 'Transparent'?

It's hard for competitors even to touch Amazon. The e-commerce giant has a grip on the market that is ironclad — but the one area where it's consistently lagged behind is its streaming video service. 

But that could change thanks to its new series "Transparent," if critics are to be believed.

The show follows "Arrested Development" alum Jeffrey Tambor as a parent of three adult children who comes out as a transgender woman.

And the reviews are overwhelmingly positive. 

NBC: "This is incredible TV. It's thoughtuful. It's engaging. It's surprising. Congratulations."

This is definitely Amazon's most successful foray into original programming thus far. It launched comedies "Alpha House" and "Betas" last fall, but those got a lukewarm reception at best. 

But now some sources like TV Guide are saying "Transparent" places Amazon alongside Netflix in the quality of its original programming. 

That's quite the comparison considering Netflix has shows like "Orange Is the New Black" and "House of Cards," which received a combined 31 nominations at the 2014 Emmys.

KEVIN SPACEY IN "HOUSE OF CARDS": "We can be dangerous, too."

But a writer for The Telegraph says "Transparent" is so good that it could be up for some Emmys itself next year.

A show getting attention like this even before the next Emmy nomination season should be great for pulling attention toward Amazon's streaming video service.

A writer for Variety agrees, saying, "'Transparent' represents the sort of breakthrough destined to firmly put Amazon's nascent original programming push on the map."

All 10 of "Transparent"'s half-hour episodes went up on Amazon Instant Video Friday.

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