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United States of Tara 

A woman struggles to find a balance between her dissociative identity disorder and raising a dysfunctional family.

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Diablo Cody
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Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 6 wins & 25 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Series cast summary:
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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Storyline

Tara, a professional woman, artist, wife and mother, diagnosed with Dissociative Identity Disorder (formerly referred to as MPD - Multiple Personality Disorder) stops taking her medication and struggles to unite her "alters" (alternate personalities.) As the seemingly disparate portions of her psyche seek to combine and peaceably co-exist, Tara, her husband, their kids, family and friends deal with the fallout, life and various morons who do not know their schizophrenia from their MPD. Written by LA-Lawyer

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Just your average mother, teenager, biker dude, housewife. See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 January 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

United States of Tara See more »

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DreamWorks Television See more »
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Dolby Digital

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Color

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1.78 : 1
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Trivia

Diablo Cody created the character of Neil with Patton Oswalt in mind. See more »

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Tara and Kate get matching tattoos in season 1. They are never seen again. See more »

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Referenced in 21 Jump Street (2012) See more »

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Showtime, you can do better.
7 June 2009 | by whyohwhy1896See all my reviews

It was not in my original intentions to watch this show, but I was forced to sit through a six-episode marathon with my friend, who is a huge fan of the movie "Juno" and thinks that Diablo Cody is a magical demi-goddess sent to save humankind with her unique brand of slang. And, well, I must say...I don't much care for it.

I had fairly good expectations going into this show. I am a huge fan of many Showtime shows, including Weeds, Dexter and Dead Like Me. Californication is pretty good as well. I don't feel that United States of Tara is on par with these shows at all. What's wrong with it? Well, for one thing, it seems like it's trying way too hard to be quirky and clever, and coming up flat. Perhaps Cody's dialog is meant to be this way, but I never really found any of it (the show's dialog, that is) particularly refreshing or thought-provoking, the way I felt about some of the same material which was presented in Juno (which I thought was kind of overrated, but was still a decent enough movie.)

The characters in this show are flat and stereotypical: the put-upon wife, the level-headed father figure, the rebellious teen daughter, the maddening in-laws. The only semi-interesting character in the whole brood is Marshall, the young wunderkind Fritz Lang-watching gay son.

As for the whole DID issue, well, I'm not too well-versed on the subject, so I can't really comment with regards to the arena of Cody allegedly being "disrespectful" to people with this disorder. I don't think that she *means* to be, if that means anything. I have noticed, however, that Cody seems to like to take "dark" issues like teen pregnancy (and now DID) and tries to put a positive spin on it. But I must say, Tara's various personalities are all pretty darn annoying, especially T. That's not really putting a positive spin on things, in my book.

Also, I get a real kick out of reading all of the negative comments about this show on IMDb, which means that something is definitely wrong in my book. Or maybe I'm just more of a fan of schadenfreude than I'd like to admit...

Bottom line: while this show is not terrible in the same way that The Hills is terrible, I'm still not compelled or even semi-interested, I've never laughed once (despite it being billed as a comedy) and I won't be tuning in for more. Showtime has produced a bunch of great shows in the past few years, and United States of Tara definitely is not one of them. I can't believe that it has been renewed for a second season already. For now, all I can do is hope and pray that this show isn't the marker of the downfall of Showtime.


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