United States of Tara: Season 1 (2009)


Season 1
United States of Tara

Critics Consensus

United States of Tara manages to avoid gimmicky pitfalls, relying instead on strong performances and witty, surprisingly heartfelt writing.



Critic Ratings: 23


Audience Score

User Ratings: 45
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Air date: Jan 18, 2009
Air date: Jan 25, 2009
Air date: Feb 1, 2009
Air date: Feb 8, 2009
Air date: Feb 15, 2009
Air date: Feb 22, 2009
Air date: Mar 1, 2009
Air date: Mar 8, 2009
Air date: Mar 15, 2009
Air date: Mar 22, 2009
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The first season of this comedy-drama executive produced by Steven Spielberg and created by Diablo Cody follows Tara Gregson (Toni Collette), a Kansas mother-of-two who has dissociative identity disorder. Stopping her medication to figure out the cause of her disorder brings out Tara's alternative personalities of wild teen T, 1950s housewife Alice, Vietnam veteran Buck, and later in the season, Gimme, an goblin-like expression of id. Tara and her supportive husband Max (John Corbett) deal with her dramas and the problems of their wild-child daughter Kate (Brie Larson) and son Marshall (Keir Gilchrist), who is discovering his sexuality. Her sister Charmaine Craine (Rosemarie DeWitt) believes Tara is faking her disorder to get attention. When her parents pay a visit to celebrate Tara's birthday, they come armed with a plan that could split up the family for good.

Critic Reviews for United States of Tara Season 1

All Critics (23) | Top Critics (19)

It will be interesting to see if future episodes address [the] trauma while maintaining the half-frivolous tone of this smart aleck's answer to Bewitched, I Dream of Jeannie, and sundry other sitcoms about the voodoo of domestic happiness.

Jan 18, 2009 | Full Review…
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It's got a good shot, and at its best, it reaffirms an observation by that wise folk philosopher Kinky Friedman: Anything worth crying can be smiled.

Jan 18, 2009 | Full Review…

I'm on board with "Tara," but so far mostly for the supporting characters.

Jan 18, 2009 | Full Review…

The performances are the main reason to seek it out --Collette is a revelation, and the supporting cast is sterling. The writing, while often high-caliber, is also spotty and somewhat colorless.

Dec 7, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

It's a disposable half-hour - fun and frothy, only weighted down by more profanity than allowed on the networks. But that's also its biggest fault: With the talent behind it, I'd hoped for something darker, more riveting.

Jun 14, 2018 | Full Review…

While the portrayal of the disorder is gimmicky, the show sustains a particular charm, thanks to solid performances and its honest treatment of the complex relationships in this unconventional family.

Jan 18, 2009 | Rating: 6/10 | Full Review…

"Tara" has something lacking in other Showtime series: heart.

Jan 18, 2009 | Full Review…

Some of these characters are stereotypical, to be sure, but Cody, Junge, and their writers give them all revealing storylines, and most of them are interesting.

Dec 7, 2018 | Rating: B | Full Review…

If one can simply check disbelief at the door, Tara's wacky world starts to make some sense and to draw the viewer in.

Dec 7, 2018 | Full Review…

A flawed but fascinating series.

Jan 18, 2009 | Full Review…

Problem is this dramedy is neither funny nor sad. What next? Fun with diabetes?

Jan 18, 2009 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

Forcing kids to cope is a form of battery, resulting so far in a tragically sexualized daughter and a desperate son. Not funny.

Jan 18, 2009 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for United States of Tara: Season 1

  • Nov 29, 2014
    UST is very clever and well-acted, but I feel it would survive better as a serialized show.
  • Feb 07, 2014
    Thanks to the brilliant writing from screenwriter Diablo Cody and an excellent lead performance from Toni Collette, US of Tara is a stand-out in the world of TV sitcoms. The premise is interesting and the characters are intriguing; I particularly enjoyed seeing the many "alters" of Tara, but the other members of the family are equally as entertaining. The show manages to be supremely hilarious, but it also has a dramatic body to it too that works equally as well. Season 1 is excellent!

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