Sarah Pfefferman, Transparent
Sarah Pfefferman (Amy Landecker)
On comedy series Transparent, Sarah was introduced as a housewife with two children and married to a man named Len Novak. She is the oldest of the Pfefferman children and is initially the most accepting of their father, whose coming out as transwoman is the main focus of the series.
In the pilot, Sarah came across her ex-lover from before the show, Tammy, who had a wife and child. Though at first they were only exchanging pleasantries, by the end of the episode their old feelings resurfaced and they ended up kissing. In episode 2, they had sex in the back seat of a car before Sarah confessed to Tammy she loved her.
Sarah told Tammy that her marriage with Len had become sexless and they fought a lot. In the third episode, she told her father that she felt like Len didn’t understand her, and that she was in love with Tammy. By episode 4, they planed to leave their spouses to be together.
In the season finale Sarah and Len continued to reconcile and nearly had sex, but Len stopped it because he didn’t want to do it in secrecy. Sarah was confused by this rejection and acted a bit strange, though when Tammy asked her about it, she proposed marriage instead.
Season 2 started with Sarah’s and Tammy’s wedding, but Sarah had a panic attack and the two broke up instead. For much of the rest of the season, Sarah was shown trying to move on from both Len and Tammy, including a failed BDSM seduction of her medical marijuana seller, Dr. Steve. In episode 9, Sarah saw a woman named Pony at a lesbian event dominating other women, and had a couple of BDSM sessions with her.
The start of Season 3 found Sarah living with Len in a mostly platonic arrangement, while continuing her BDSM sessions with Pony. Len and Sarah grew increasingly closer over the course of the season and, after Pony left town, decided to try BDSM together. However, Sarah decided to stop him, stating that she didn’t want to mess up the good thing they had going on.
Transparent was renewed for season 4 to air in fall 2017.
Female love interests:
- Tammy Cashman (Melora Hardin, recurring, 13 episodes seasons 1 and 2)
- Pony (Jiz Lee, recurring, 2 episodes)
Relationship story arc with a woman: Yes
Male love interests:
- Len Novak (Rob Huebel, recurring, 11 episodes, ex-husband)
- Dr. Steve (Jason Mantzoukas, recurring 4 episodes)
Relationship story arc with a man: Yes
Filter Relationship Arc:
Storyline during sweeps? No
 A relationship story arc is defined as explicit, developed on screen, and lasting more than 3 episodes. It is listed as questionable or subtext if romance is only implied, mentioned instead of shown on screen, part of a dream sequence, or otherwise not explicit for the viewer.
 Sweeps episodes air in February, May, July and November, the periods when advertising rates are set. A character is marked as "sweeps" when there is a very limited number of episodes that address their sexuality, all air during sweeps period, and the storyline is otherwise ignore/dropped.