United States of Tara

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  • TV-MA
  • 2009
  • 3 Seasons
  • 7.9  (22,121)

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.

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The Good Parts
12. The Good Parts
June 20, 2011
Tara and Max prepare to leave for Boston to see a specialist for Tara.
Crunchy Ice
11. Crunchy Ice
June 13, 2011
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.
Train Wreck
10. Train Wreck
June 6, 2011
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.
Bryce Will Play
9. Bryce Will Play
May 23, 2011
Dr. Hattaras and Tara team up with another professional to deal with her violent new alter Bryce; Charmaine hangs out with a group of "chic moms;" Kate continues her long distance relationship with Evan despite the interference of his son.
Chicken 'n' Corn
8. Chicken 'n' Corn
May 16, 2011
A scare at a local corn maze shakes Tara up. She unveils a new alter that threatens Charmaine's baby and arrives at Dr. Hattaras' office as Alice; Kate takes Max and Marshall to New York where they meet Evan and his unruly son; Charmaine meets a "fierce mommy" at a spa.
The Electrifying & Magnanimouse Return of Beaverlamp
7. The Electrifying & Magnanimouse Return of Beaverlamp
May 9, 2011
Max is delighted by Tara's suggestion that he reunite his rock band; Tara is turned away from further sessions by a depressed Dr. Hattaras.
The Road to Hell is Paved with Breast Intentions
6. The Road to Hell is Paved with Breast Intentions
May 2, 2011
Although Tara seems to be improving, Dr. Hattaras discovers something disturbing in a tape from one of her therapy sessions; Neil invites Tara and Charmaine's mother to visit; Max is unhappy at his new job but does not discuss it with Tara; Kate is surprised when a handsome flyer rebuffs her flirting.
Dr. Hatteras' Miracle Elixir
5. Dr. Hatteras' Miracle Elixir
April 25, 2011
Tara attempts to drop her Abnormal Psychology class until Dr. Hattaras makes an intriguing offer; Charmaine and Neil find parenthood difficult but still refuse Tara's help; Max is not on good terms with his new boss; Kate prepares for flight attendant training; Lionel catches Marshall with Noah, jeopardizing their student film project.
Wheels
4. Wheels
April 18, 2011
Tara and Charmaine are rushed to the hospital in the same ambulance and Charmaine reveals that her baby is off limits to her crazy sister.
The Full F**k You Finger
3. The Full F**k You Finger
April 11, 2011
The stress of juggling school and Charmaine's baby shower causes Tara to transition, with negative consequences for Charmaine; to sell the family business, Max must get the approval of his eccentric mother; Kate meets a flight attendant who inspires a new idea about her future.
Crackerjack
2. Crackerjack
April 4, 2011
Tara transitions into her psychiatrist alter Shoshanna in her Abnormal Psychology class and is humiliated by her professor.
...youwillnotwin...
1. ...youwillnotwin...
March 28, 2011
Tara is determined to finish the last few credits she needs to earn her college degree, but Max is concerned that the stress will trigger a transition to one of her alters.
Description

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.

United States of Tara is a series that is currently running and has 3 seasons (36 episodes). The series first aired on January 18, 2009.

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United States of Tara is available for streaming on the Showtime website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch United States of Tara on demand at Showtime, Apple TV+, Amazon Prime, Amazon, Hulu, Vudu, FuboTV, Google Play, Apple TV and Showtime Anytime.

  • Premiere Date
    January 18, 2009
  • IMDB Rating
    7.9  (22,121)