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Showtime presents a family comedy titled United States of Tara. Toni Collette plays Tara, a wife to Max (John Corbett) and mother of two teenagers, daughter Kate and son Marshall. The Kansas suburbanites are a quintessential American family in every way; except that of Tara's mental illness. Past trauma in Tara's life have caused emotional issues; leading up to a diagnosis of dissociative identity disorder (DID),or multiple personalities.

Life's stresses often cause Tara to transition into one of her many alternate personalities. There is a wild and flirty teenager T, 1950's housewife Alice, and a rough, beer-drinking, male Vietnam vet Buck. Later in the first season, a further personality, Gimme, makes a brief appearance. Two additional personalities were introduced during the second season: a therapist named Shoshana and an infantile representation of Tara when she was 5 years old, Chicken. A final personality appears in Season 3; Tara's then unknown half-brother Bryce.

Other characters include her sister , Charmaine, who attempts to keep her distance from Tara; due to her skepticism regarding the validity of her sister's illness. Their parents are introduced briefly, as the story unfolds Tara's repressed childhood trauma causing the DID. Her family remains supportive through trying times with Tara's disorder, as she tries desperately to cling to her sanity. While helping Tara tackle her daily struggles, her family attempts to deal with their own obstacles. The show is a depiction of a typical family affected by mental illness and it's infliction on their lives.

Sunday 10:00 PM et/pt on Showtime
3 Seasons, 36 Episodes - Canceled
January 18, 2009
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  • Tara and Max prepare to leave for Boston to see a specialist for Tara.

  • When Bryce takes over, Tara's new alter threatens to destroy the whole family. Max fights to get rid of Bryce before it's too late.

  • A heavily-medicated Tara struggles to get rid of any trace of her violent alter Bryce before Max and Marshall return. Neil tries to convince Charmaine to move to Houston.

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Showtime Cancels 'United States of Tara,' Renews 'Nurse Jackie'

Life for Tara Gregson has never been easy, and now it just got worse. Showtime announced today that it will not renew the "United States of Tara," its comedy series from creator Diablo Cody. Toni Collette stars in the series ad a woman struggling to survive with an identity disorder and a dysfunctional family. Unfortunately for Collette and "Tara" fans, the series will not live to see a fourth season.

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