United States of Tara: Season 2 (2010)

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Season 2
United States of Tara

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Toni Collette continues to unite the diverging tones of Tara with a powerhouse performance that smooths over the series' overabundance of quirk.

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Critic Ratings: 12

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User Ratings: 33

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Air date: Mar 22, 2010

As Season 2 opens, Tara has been dissociation-free for several months and has her alters in check, so she decides it's time to make some new friends with help from Max. Tragedy mars things when a neighbor commits suicide and, surprisingly, the Gregsons are given responsibility for the deceased's house and estate. Meanwhile, Marshall is out but having trouble fitting in at school; Kate scores a new part-time job; and Nick floats the possibility of marriage to Charmaine.

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Air date: Mar 29, 2010

Tara appears to be headed for trouble when she determines that her dormant alters are itching to make a comeback, but she decides to keep this to herself. Meanwhile, bride-to-be Charmaine asks to move in with the Gregsons; Max takes on a new project to redo the house next door and flip it; Kate befriends a mysterious older woman; and Marshall makes a new friend---a young lady.

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Air date: Apr 5, 2010

Tara's alters return with a vengeance, and Max is particularly concerned about Buck's latest actions. Meanwhile, Neil discovers that Charmaine is engaged to Nick; Kate and Lynda grow closer; Marshall and Courtney take their relationship to a new level.

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Air date: Apr 12, 2010

Tara decides to change therapists, and not a moment too soon as she's manifested a brand-new personality. Elsewhere, Max has a difficult time coping with Buck's affair; Tara and Max make their feelings known about Kate's relationship with Lynda; Marshall and Courtney's romance heats up; and Charmaine has some big news to share with the family.

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Air date: Apr 19, 2010

Tara discovers just what it is that her most recently manifested personality, Shoshana, does. Meanwhile, Kate's music video hits the Internet and causes quite a splash; Max's violent episode has dramatic consequences; Marshall and Courtney's relationship comes to a crossroads; and Charmaine's doctor has some startling news about her pregnancy.

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Air date: Apr 26, 2010

A tornado strikes the city and the Gregsons seek shelter in their basement, where Tara's new alter, therapist Shoshana Schoenbaum, convenes a family meeting.

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Air date: May 3, 2010

Max is beside himself over a visit by a social worker from family services; Tara gets chummy with Kate's new friend Lynda (Viola Davis); Courtney and Marshall's relationship reaches a critical juncture; and Neil uncovers the life-altering secret that Charmaine has been harboring.

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Air date: May 10, 2010

Tara is feeling good about herself and her upcoming art show with Lynda; a disappointed Kate starts a new business that proves controversial; Marshall and Lionel get friendlier; and Charmaine tries to find some middle ground with her relationships with Neil and Nick. Meanwhile, Max makes a monumental decision that could impact many of his family and friends.

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Air date: May 17, 2010

Not quite the picture of the perfect family, Tara nevertheless believes she can unify the Gregsons with her latest project, a family portrait. Meanwhile, Max tries to put distance between himself and Pammy; Kate meets an interesting guy online; Marshall gets some bad news concerning Ted and Hany; and Nick wants Charmaine to do something about Neil.

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Air date: May 24, 2010

With the remodeling completed, Max holds an open house for prospective buyers; Tara and Charmaine confront their mother about Tara's childhood memories; and Lionel takes Marshall cruising for guys. Meanwhile, the new man in Kate's life is concerned about their age difference; and Alice pays a visit, bringing with her some startling news.

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Tara (Toni Collette) becomes more aware of her past through the manifestation of a new alternative personality of therapist Shoshana Schoenbaum in the second season of "United States of Tara." After a period of peace and treatment with new medication for her dissociative identity disorder, Tara is disturbed to discover that her alters are back when Buck has an affair with the local barmaid. Max (John Corbett) embarks on a remodeling project when the Gregsons surprisingly inherit a neighbor's house after he commits suicide. Charmaine (Rosemarie DeWitt) has more than marriage on her mind after she accepts a proposal from Nick (Matthew Del Negro) and moves in with her sister, hiding a big secret. Marshall (Keir Gilchrist) experiments with dating a girl, while Kate (Brie Larson) finds fame online. By season's end, Tara has another new alter, the childlike Chicken.

Critic Reviews for United States of Tara Season 2

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (10)

The show seems to be making more of an effort to learn from its mistakes.

Mar 22, 2010 | Full Review…

An addictive show, with great cast, excellent writing.

Mar 22, 2010 | Rating: A | Full Review…

The more the Gregson marriage spirals out of control, the more interesting this season has become. I may not like the person Tara is right now, but she's not boring.

Dec 7, 2018 | Full Review…

Toni Collette does such spectacular work on United States of Tara that her performance alone demands you tune in.

Dec 7, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

All of the characters feel looser and more lived in, and the series is playing up the comedy in its characters without undercutting the inherent drama at the show's core.

Dec 7, 2018 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

As ever, United States of Tara is mainly a story about Tara and her mental problems and how well Toni Collette can pull it all off.

Dec 7, 2018 | Full Review…

The dialogue has bite and is often viciously funny.

Mar 22, 2010 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Based on its promising first season, "Tara's" second go-round is the bigger disappointment.

Mar 22, 2010 | Full Review…

As promising as the early episodes in Season 2 are, the over-the-top nature of "Tara" remains.

Mar 22, 2010 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

It's hard to think of a show that's done a better job of course correction between seasons.

Mar 22, 2010 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

The writers also manage to mine some humor out of the other story arcs because if they can at least keep me chuckling, coupled with Collette's performance, I'm willing to stick around despite not being pulled in by the storylines as much as I'd like.

Jun 19, 2018 | Full Review…

The show feels like it's grasping to keep the drama of Tara's situation at a suitably heightened level while other character story arcs feel more believable.

Mar 22, 2010 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for United States of Tara: Season 2

  • Apr 29, 2019
    This is a horribly written show. Sadly Toni Collete's acting was wasted by portraying this ridiculous character. I'm in no way homophobic nor do I dislike liberals, but this show openly bashed conservative points of views and the sexual talk was bordering on disgusting. I don't believe in DID, and honestly think the condition is an extreme form of borderline personality disorder. The show is unrealistic having us believe that this family would be able to live a normal life with an extremely deranged mother who needs to be admitted for a long term stay at a psychiatric hospital. The dialogue and plot are unbelievable and it should have been pulled from Showtime after the first season. Don't waste 45 minutes of your life watching this show. Mental illnesses are not " cute and funny" like Diablo Cody seems to push through this horribly written garbage of a show.
  • Feb 07, 2014
    Disappointing, considering how much I loved season 1, however, despite its more quirky/bizarre nature, season 2 has a lot to offer. Diablo Cody didn't write as many of the episodes and its easy to tell, but even so season 2 of US of Tara is a lot better than your average comedy.

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