United States of Tara
- 3 Seasons
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.