I have to admit I was a bit weary of watching a weekly show that Diablo Cody was a part of. While I enjoyed Juno, the excessive teen lingo and quirkyness overload was something that even at 20 I had a hard time understanding. But United States of Tara is nothing like Juno.
The show revolves around the title character Tara played by Toni Collette who has multiple personalities or "alters", T the teenager, Alice the quintessential traditional housewife, Buck the male biker, and Gimme the animalistic alter.
Her alters exist for a reason which is unknown to the audience. Through out each episode different alters appear and the audience learns more about Taras past.
The show also explores how her alters effect her family and how they deal with her alters. There also subplots that include the other family members but the ultimate focus in season 1 is to discover what made Tara develop her alters.
The show begins with Tara talking to a camera and usually giving insight into what the episode will be like. The episodes also include her therapy sessions, either alone or with her husband.
Showtime has a pretty good track record with hit shows like Weeds, Dexter, and Secret Diary of a Call Girl so when I saw the previews for their new series about Tara, a forty-something wife and mother of two who suffers from Disassociative Identity Disorder (aka multiple personality disorder) I was committed to tuning in. Sure enough, Showtime has done it again. This series is edgy, funny, and wildly original. The pilot sets the premise flawlessly and begins with Tara recording a video (most likely … more