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Just your average mother, teenager, biker dude, housewife. See more »
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A woman struggles to find a balance between her dissociative identity disorder and raising a dysfunctional family.
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Won Golden Globe. Another 4 wins & 20 nominations See more »
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Cast

 (Series Cast Summary - 7 of 53)

Toni Collette ... Tara Gregson (36 episodes, 2009-2011)

John Corbett ... Max Gregson (36 episodes, 2009-2011)

Rosemarie DeWitt ... Charmaine Craine (36 episodes, 2009-2011)

Keir Gilchrist ... Marshall Gregson (36 episodes, 2009-2011)

Brie Larson ... Kate Gregson (36 episodes, 2009-2011)

Patton Oswalt ... Neil (21 episodes, 2009-2011)

Michael J. Willett ... Lionel (16 episodes, 2010-2011)
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Series Directed by
Craig Zisk (10 episodes, 2010-2011)
Craig Gillespie (6 episodes, 2009-2010)
Jamie Babbit (4 episodes, 2010-2011)
Tricia Brock (3 episodes, 2009-2011)
John Dahl (2 episodes, 2009)
Brian Dannelly (2 episodes, 2009)
Mark Mylod (2 episodes, 2009)
Penny Marshall (2 episodes, 2010-2011)
Adam Davidson (2 episodes, 2010)
 
Series Writing credits
Diablo Cody (36 episodes, 2009-2011)
Dave Finkel (10 episodes, 2009-2011)
Brett Baer (8 episodes, 2009-2011)
Tracy McMillan (6 episodes, 2009-2010)
Alexa Junge (6 episodes, 2009)
David Iserson (4 episodes, 2009-2011)
Jill Soloway (4 episodes, 2009-2010)
Sheila Callaghan (4 episodes, 2010-2011)
Craig Wright (2 episodes, 2010)
Ron Fitzgerald (2 episodes, 2011)
Rolin Jones (2 episodes, 2011)

Series Produced by
Diablo Cody .... executive producer (36 episodes, 2009-2011)
Justin Falvey .... executive producer (36 episodes, 2009-2011)
Darryl Frank .... executive producer (36 episodes, 2009-2011)
Dan Kaplow .... producer (36 episodes, 2009-2011)
Steven Spielberg .... executive producer (36 episodes, 2009-2011)
Brett Baer .... co-executive producer / supervising producer (35 episodes, 2009-2011)
Dave Finkel .... co-executive producer / supervising producer (35 episodes, 2009-2011)
Richard T. Schor .... co-producer (35 episodes, 2009-2011)
Lisa Vinnecour .... co-producer (24 episodes, 2010-2011)
Craig Zisk .... executive producer (24 episodes, 2010-2011)
Jill Soloway .... executive producer / consulting producer (23 episodes, 2009-2010)
Steven Mesner .... associate producer (12 episodes, 2009)
Craig Wright .... consulting producer (12 episodes, 2010)
Elizabeth Benjamin .... supervising producer (12 episodes, 2011)
Toni Collette .... co-executive producer (12 episodes, 2011)
Ron Fitzgerald .... supervising producer (12 episodes, 2011)
Rolin Jones .... co-executive producer (12 episodes, 2011)
Jonathan Talbert .... associate producer (12 episodes, 2011)
Craig Gillespie .... consulting producer (11 episodes, 2009)
Alexa Junge .... executive producer (11 episodes, 2009)
 
Series Original Music by
Craig Wedren (24 episodes, 2010-2011)
John Frizzell (12 episodes, 2009)
 
Series Cinematography by
M. David Mullen (32 episodes, 2009-2011)
Brian J. Reynolds (4 episodes, 2011)
 
Series Film Editing by
Bill Turro (15 episodes, 2009-2011)
Shannon Mitchell (14 episodes, 2009-2011)
Tim Boettcher (3 episodes, 2010)
Tim Tommasino (3 episodes, 2011)
 
Series Casting by
Camille H. Patton (35 episodes, 2009-2011)
Jennifer Lare (24 episodes, 2010-2011)
Elizabeth Barnes (11 episodes, 2009)
 
Series Production Design by
Richard Toyon (20 episodes, 2010-2011)
Cabot McMullen (15 episodes, 2009-2010)
 
Series Art Direction by
Dalton Cole Young (32 episodes, 2009-2011)
L.J. Houdyshell (12 episodes, 2011)
 
Series Set Decoration by
Beth Wooke (35 episodes, 2009-2011)
 
Series Costume Design by
Kirston Leigh Mann (36 episodes, 2009-2011)
 
Series Makeup Department
Aaron Light .... department head hair / hair department head (33 episodes, 2009-2011)
Jorjee Douglas .... makeup department head / department head makeup (24 episodes, 2010-2011)
Elisabeth Fry .... makeup department head (12 episodes, 2009)
Annette Lorant .... key makeup artist (12 episodes, 2010)
Robin Glaser .... key makeup artist (12 episodes, 2011)
Natalie Thimm .... additional makeup (3 episodes, 2009)
Gillian Whitlock .... makeup artist (3 episodes, 2011)
Nicole DeFrancesco .... hair department head (2 episodes, 2009)
Tyler Ely .... key hair stylist (2 episodes, 2011)
 
Series Production Management
Richard T. Schor .... unit production manager (36 episodes, 2009-2011)
Patty Tsilidas .... production supervisor (24 episodes, 2010-2011)
Thomas Ragazzo .... post-production supervisor (12 episodes, 2009)
Jonathan Talbert .... post-production supervisor (12 episodes, 2010)
 
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Maileen Williams .... second assistant director (24 episodes, 2010-2011)
Kenneth Roth .... first assistant director (15 episodes, 2010-2011)
Richard Gonzales .... second second assistant director (12 episodes, 2009)
Sharon Swab .... second assistant director (12 episodes, 2009)
Hillary Schwartz .... first assistant director (10 episodes, 2009-2010)
Ricardo Méndez Matta .... first assistant director (7 episodes, 2009)
Karen Radzikowski .... first assistant director (4 episodes, 2011)
 
Series Art Department
Ben Lewis .... property master (35 episodes, 2009-2011)
Melanie Mahoney .... paint supervisor (24 episodes, 2010-2011)
Troy Myers .... leadman (24 episodes, 2010-2011)
Loren Nickloff .... construction coordinator (24 episodes, 2010-2011)
Derrick Hinman .... buyer (19 episodes, 2009-2010)
Dort Clark .... assistant property master (13 episodes, 2009-2010)
James R. Lord .... propmaker (13 episodes, 2010-2011)
Bruce DuVall .... stand-by painter (12 episodes, 2009)
Ty Jones Jr. .... set dresser (12 episodes, 2009)
Sasha Kanno .... art department coordinator (12 episodes, 2009)
John Paliferro .... art department production assistant (12 episodes, 2009)
Sara Petersen .... art department (12 episodes, 2009)
Doug Sieck .... set dresser (12 episodes, 2009)
Colin De Rouin .... assistant art director (12 episodes, 2010)
Kevin Mahoney .... paint foreman/sign writer (12 episodes, 2010)
Edward Tamayo .... set dresser (12 episodes, 2010)
Michael Keith Aleshire-Rezendez .... set dresser (12 episodes, 2011)
Suzanne Feller-Otto .... set designer (12 episodes, 2011)
Michael LaCorte .... art department coordinator (12 episodes, 2011)
Curtis Rogers .... set dresser (12 episodes, 2011)
Dalton Cole Young .... on set dresser (12 episodes, 2011)
Justin Freibrun .... set dresser (11 episodes, 2009)
Andrew Guinn .... props assistant (11 episodes, 2009)
James V. Oliveri .... construction coordinator (11 episodes, 2009)
Jeffrey Beck .... set designer (10 episodes, 2009)
Moe Moe Lwin .... buyer / second buyer (9 episodes, 2009)
Dennis Richardson .... gang boss carpenter (7 episodes, 2010)
T. Scott Elliott .... set dresser (4 episodes, 2011)
 
Series Sound Department
Russell C. Fager .... sound mixer / production sound mixer (36 episodes, 2009-2011)
Richard Luckey Jr. .... sound utility (32 episodes, 2009-2011)
John W. Cook II .... sound re-recording mixer / re-recording mixer (24 episodes, 2009-2010)
Larry Mann .... sound supervisor (24 episodes, 2009-2010)
Peter Nusbaum .... sound re-recording mixer / re-recording mixer (24 episodes, 2009-2010)
Walter Spencer .... dialogue editor (23 episodes, 2009-2010)
Kirk Herzbrun .... assistant sound editor (12 episodes, 2009)
Philip Rogers .... adr recordist (12 episodes, 2009)
Johanna Turner .... sound effects editor (12 episodes, 2009)
Ryan Young .... adr mixer (12 episodes, 2009)
John Chamberlin .... sound re-recording mixer (12 episodes, 2011)
Adam De Coster .... foley artist (12 episodes, 2011)
John Kincade .... sound supervisor (12 episodes, 2011)
Andrew Morgado .... adr/foley mixer (12 episodes, 2011)
John Peccatiello .... sound effects editor (12 episodes, 2011)
Chris Philp .... sound re-recording mixer (12 episodes, 2011)
Adam Blantz .... boom operator (11 episodes, 2009)
Robert Fitzgerald .... dialogue editor (11 episodes, 2009)
Paul Drenning .... adr mixer (4 episodes, 2009)
Chris Gresham .... adr mixer (3 episodes, 2009)
Christopher T. Silverman .... sound (2 episodes, 2010)
 
Series Special Effects by
Larry Fioritto .... special effects supervisor / special effects coordinator (35 episodes, 2009-2011)
Bob Turk .... special effects foreman (12 episodes, 2010)
Steve Newquist .... special effects foreman (12 episodes, 2011)
 
Series Visual Effects by
David Altenau .... visual effects supervisor (22 episodes, 2010-2011)
Josh Miyaji .... visual effects artist (22 episodes, 2010-2011)
Alena Cochran .... visual effects artist (8 episodes, 2011)
Tim Jacobsen .... visual effects producer (7 episodes, 2011)
Diane Macke .... visual effects coordinator (7 episodes, 2011)
Michael De Lorenzo Jr. .... visual effects artist (5 episodes, 2010)
Aldo Ruggiero .... visual effects artist / digital compositor (4 episodes, 2009-2011)
Pablo Wang .... visual effects artist (3 episodes, 2011)
Mark Fletcher .... screen graphics designer (2 episodes, 2010)
 
Series Stunts
Gary Jensen .... stunt coordinator (25 episodes, 2009-2011)
Ethan Jensen .... stunt coordinator (4 episodes, 2010)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Greg Brezovec .... lighting technician (36 episodes, 2009-2011)
Jason Goodell .... lighting technician (36 episodes, 2009-2011)
John T. Martin .... key rigging grip (36 episodes, 2009-2011)
Johnathon R. Martin .... rigging grip / best boy rigging grip (36 episodes, 2009-2011)
Keith Morgan .... gaffer (36 episodes, 2009-2011)
Brad Heiner .... key grip (35 episodes, 2009-2011)
Theo Pingarelli .... camera operator: 'b' camera / camera operator: 'a' camera / ... (35 episodes, 2009-2011)
Eric C. Castro .... rigging electrician (32 episodes, 2009-2011)
Curtis Sherman .... rigging gaffer / best boy electric (32 episodes, 2009-2011)
Michael S. Beckman .... lighting technician / first assistant camera (30 episodes, 2009-2011)
Chris Squires .... camera operator: 'a' camera / "a" camera operator / ... (29 episodes, 2009-2011)
William Rick Young .... grip (25 episodes, 2009-2011)
James Barela .... second assistant camera (24 episodes, 2009-2010)
Matthew Castellitto .... rigging electrician (24 episodes, 2010-2011)
Josh Greer .... assistant camera (23 episodes, 2009-2010)
Andre Sobczak .... dolly grip (21 episodes, 2009-2010)
Jeff Journey .... "a" dolly grip / a dolly grip (21 episodes, 2010-2011)
Darin Krask .... second assistant camera (14 episodes, 2010-2011)
Tim Nagasawa .... camera utility / digital imaging technician (13 episodes, 2009-2010)
Jon Callesen .... lighting console operator (12 episodes, 2009)
Jenny Denton .... best boy grip / best girl grip (12 episodes, 2009)
Philip J. Jaffe .... first assistant camera / first assistant camera: "b" camera (12 episodes, 2009)
Stephen James .... grip (12 episodes, 2009)
Marcos O. Lopez .... first assistant camera (12 episodes, 2009)
Dominic Mainl .... first assistant camera: "a" camera (12 episodes, 2009)
Dan Misner .... grip (12 episodes, 2009)
William D. Wynn .... dolly grip (12 episodes, 2009)
Alan Koplin .... first assistant camera: "b" camera (12 episodes, 2011)
Cooper Donaldson .... rigging gaffer (11 episodes, 2009)
Joe Hill .... grip (11 episodes, 2009)
Stephen R. Ohab .... lighting technician (11 episodes, 2009)
Vernon Wynne .... grip (6 episodes, 2009)
Kenji Luster .... camera operator: 'b' camera (5 episodes, 2010)
Graham Bremner .... lighting technician (5 episodes, 2011)
 
Series Casting Department
Mandy Glasser .... extras casting (35 episodes, 2009-2011)
Allison Jones .... original casting (35 episodes, 2009-2011)
Rick Messina .... casting assistant (24 episodes, 2010-2011)
Erica Berger .... casting associate (11 episodes, 2009)
Melissa Leisure .... extras casting (11 episodes, 2009)
 
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Gala Autumn .... costume supervisor (35 episodes, 2009-2011)
Paul Black .... costume assistant (19 episodes, 2009-2010)
Unchin Lee .... set costumer (12 episodes, 2011)
Caroline Patterson .... key costumer (11 episodes, 2009)
Heather Hershman .... set costumer (7 episodes, 2011)
 
Series Editorial Department
W. Kale Whorton .... assistant editor (15 episodes, 2009-2011)
Shayna Margolis .... post-production assistant (12 episodes, 2010)
Arturo Guzman .... post-production coordinator (12 episodes, 2011)
James A. Brewer .... assistant editor (8 episodes, 2010-2011)
Jon Lyga .... post-production assistant (8 episodes, 2011)
Josh Beal .... assistant editor (6 episodes, 2009)
Brady Heck .... assistant editor (3 episodes, 2010)
Daniel Wrobel .... post-production coordinator (3 episodes, 2010)
Melissa Cochran .... assistant editor (3 episodes, 2011)
Steve Porter .... final colorist (2 episodes, 2010)
 
Series Music Department
P.J. Bloom .... music supervisor (24 episodes, 2009-2011)
Heather Guibert .... music coordinator / music supervisor (24 episodes, 2009-2011)
Michael Brake .... music editor (24 episodes, 2010-2011)
Jeanne Fay .... music clearance (24 episodes, 2010-2011)
Maarten Hofmeijer .... music editor (24 episodes, 2010-2011)
Matt Novack .... technical score advisor / composer: additional music (24 episodes, 2010-2011)
Tim DeLaughter .... composer: main title theme / composer: theme music / ... (23 episodes, 2009-2010)
Jason Tregoe Newman .... music editor (12 episodes, 2009)
Bruce Gilbert .... music supervisor (12 episodes, 2010)
Christopher Noxon .... music supervisor (12 episodes, 2010)
 
Series Transportation Department
Troy Bridenstine .... driver (36 episodes, 2009-2011)
Roger Bojarski Jr. .... transportation captain (35 episodes, 2009-2011)
Billy G. Arter .... transportation coordinator (32 episodes, 2009-2011)
David R. Blakely .... driver (12 episodes, 2009)
 
Series Other crew
Jeff Lane .... production secretary / assistant: Dan Kaplow (36 episodes, 2009-2011)
Michael S. Dunitz .... location manager (24 episodes, 2009-2011)
Lorie Carter .... assistant production coordinator (24 episodes, 2009-2010)
Steven Edell .... assistant to director (24 episodes, 2010-2011)
Louis Farah Jr. .... location medic (24 episodes, 2010-2011)
Will O'Toole .... production assistant (24 episodes, 2010-2011)
Brandon Smithey .... assistant production coordinator / production assistant (24 episodes, 2010-2011)
Lindsey Shockley .... script coordinator / writing assistant / ... (23 episodes, 2009-2010)
TJ Jackson .... assistant to cast / cast assistant to Toni Collette (20 episodes, 2009-2010)
Stephen Andrzejewski .... key assistant location manager (16 episodes, 2009-2011)
David Iserson .... executive story editor / staff writer (15 episodes, 2009-2011)
Adrienne Hamalian-Mangine .... script supervisor (13 episodes, 2009-2011)
Eamon Buehning .... payroll accountant (12 episodes, 2009)
Trixi Michelle Hunt .... assistant: Diablo Cody (12 episodes, 2009)
Brian S. Kalata .... key assistant location manager (12 episodes, 2009)
Derek P. Larson .... production assistant (12 episodes, 2009)
Judd Rea .... production accountant (12 episodes, 2009)
Matthew D. Ross .... production assistant (12 episodes, 2009)
Corey Ryan Schmidt .... assistant location manager (12 episodes, 2009)
Patty Tsilidas .... production coordinator (12 episodes, 2009)
Christina Beaumont .... assistant location manager (12 episodes, 2010)
Jen Braeden .... script coordinator (12 episodes, 2010)
Scott Cohn .... production accountant (12 episodes, 2010)
Jennifer S. Jackson .... script supervisor (12 episodes, 2010)
Courtney McCrory .... production assistant (12 episodes, 2010)
Alex Reid .... location manager (12 episodes, 2010)
Venus Ventura .... first assistant accountant (12 episodes, 2010)
Sheila Callaghan .... executive story editor (12 episodes, 2011)
Stephanie Kornick .... writers pa (12 episodes, 2011)
Michael C. Parisi .... assistant location manager (12 episodes, 2011)
David Quandt .... script coordinator (12 episodes, 2011)
Vicki Sirotta .... production accountant (12 episodes, 2011)
Andy Sowers .... production assistant (12 episodes, 2011)
Jennifer Herman .... set production assistant (11 episodes, 2009)
Evan Johnson .... production assistant (11 episodes, 2009)
George Kitson .... production assistant (11 episodes, 2009)
Monica Ochoa .... script supervisor (11 episodes, 2009)
Heather Marion .... assistant to showrunner (11 episodes, 2010)
Adam Aseraf .... production assistant (10 episodes, 2009)
Robert Fure .... production assistant (10 episodes, 2009)
Richard P. Kluft .... consultant (4 episodes, 2009-2010)
Colin Ross .... consultant (4 episodes, 2009)
Ben White .... set production assistant (4 episodes, 2009)
Brice Shultz .... production assistant (3 episodes, 2009)
Christina Cannarella .... medical technical advisor (2 episodes, 2009)
Rachel McDonald .... set production assistant (2 episodes, 2009)
Patrick Priest .... set production assistant (2 episodes, 2009)
Aaron R. Smith .... set production assistant (2 episodes, 2011)
 

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15 out of 25 people found the following review useful.
Not the sum of it's parts, 15 June 2010
Author: I_saw_it_happen from United States

The opinion on this show seems divided, mostly because the show is extremely well done, and has stellar acting and some truly clever dialogue, but is also plagued with a self-conscious need-to-be-hip which ultimately begins to feel both preachy and forced (much as happened with Six Feet Under, another Showtime project).

Firstly, Toni Collete's acting is superb. Some people complain that it isn't an accurate portrayal of DID, and this may very well be the case; but this is a TV drama, not a documentary, and it's the depth and degree to which T.C. plays her characters that give this show so much strength. This is a show about one person's disorder and how it effects her family, not the whole community of people who suffer from DID. In this regard, the show is compelling and establishes a range of situational dramas that are much more original than any family-based drama has been in some while.

Much of the show deals with Tara trying to figure out why it is that she suffers DID in the first place, since this condition is usually premised by something traumatic in childhood (usually sexual abuse). This storyline is handled quite well, and becomes a more intriguing mystery as the show proceeds.

The other 'main' focus of the show deals with the complications arising from Tara's condition --- that her 'alters' have their own sexual libidos and desires, for instance, which strain Tara's marriage; that she may slip into another persona at critical moments (which sometimes turns out for the better, amusingly). This part of the show is also handled extremely well.

The dialogue is also notably better than the dialog in many shows as of late. There are some truly laugh-out-loud exchanges between characters, and a good deal of realistic conversation, as well. Most importantly, all the characters (even the alters) all have distinct ways of explaining, presenting, and relaying information. For the most part, it's an impressively solid bit of dialogue writing.

But alas, U.S.O.T. does suffer from some rather unfortunate indulgences, as well. Namely, it wears it's liberalism a bit too proudly on it's sleeve not to become preachy. The main place where this is evident is in the subplot through the series of Marshall (Tara's son) coming to grips with his own homosexuality as he grows up; personally, I think it's a brilliant way to toy around with the theme of identity, as it extends outside Tara's disorder. However, this subplot is handled so clumsily that it comes across as self-righteous and quite forced. It's as if Showtime decided they needed something edgy, and defaulted to 'gay teens', since that's apparently not been done enough. As more emphasis is put upon how gay Marshall is, he becomes a less and less interesting character, defined only by the fact that he's gay, rather than layered and clever as he is in the first season.

Another problem with the series is the formulas which it creates for itself with promising relationships turning bad. As new romantic interests are introduced, these new characters seem sweet and interesting, but all eventually turn out to be secretly neurotic stalkers and sociopaths. It gets a bit cliché within the small confines of the show, and sadly predictable.

Again, this show bears a lot of the same structural strengths and weaknesses of Six Feet Under (although U.S.O.T. is decidedly funnier and less bleak), so if you enjoyed Six Feet Under, you'd probably like this. If you found Six Feet Under too lacking substance for all it's provocation, then you'll find that same disappointment here, and this show's probably not for you.

Definitely worth trying, if for nothing else just to see Toni Collete's impressive acting.

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