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Friday, June 25, 2010

United States of Tara

I am obsessed with Showtime's "UNITED STATES OF TARA" . I never watch TV, but when my Uncle Sean was passing through town he brought a DVD of the first season of this hysterical show. Toni Collette is amazing, the whole cast is really on point - and I cannot get enough of this. I just checked my parents OnDemand and the whole second season is available, so I cannot wait to get home from work tonight and watch U.S.T. ALL NIGHT LONG.

United States of Tara is a television series created by Diablo Cody. Broadcast in the United States on the premium channel Showtime, the series follows the life of a suburban housewife with dissociative identity disorder. The series' first season aired in 2009; the second season premiered on March 22, 2010.

Toni Collette won the 2009 Primetime Emmy Award and 2010 Golden Globe Award for Best Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for her role, while the opening title sequence also won an Emmy.


Tara Gregson is a wife and mother of two children. Tara has dissociative identity disorder (DID). Whenever she is stressed, she transforms into one of her alternate personalities: wild and flirty teenager T; old-fashioned housewife Alice; and male, loud, beer-drinking Vietnam vet Buck. A fourth personality, Gimme, is introduced later in the first season. During the second season of the series, two further personalities were introduced. The former, called Shoshana, is Tara's "therapist" of sorts, while the seventh personality's name is Chicken, an infantile representation of Tara when she was 5 years old. Tara is supported by her husband Max, teenage daughter Kate and gay son Marshall. Her sister, Charmaine, is somewhat promiscuous and not very supportive of Tara, as she often expresses doubts about the validity of her sister's disorder. The show is set in Overland Park, Kansas.

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