Tambor's delicate portrayal of Mort/Maura Pfefferman might be the best television performance of the year. As Tambor softly navigates all the awkward twists and turns of Maura's journey of self-discovery, he ensures that the audience is right in step, experiencing every heartbreak along with her. At the same time, he eschews vanity and doesn't shy away from exposing her (and his own?) clumsy flaws and insecurities. Anyone who doubts Tambor's ability to handle dramatic material as well as he does comedy needs to see this knockout performance.
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