United States of Tara is an American comedy-drama television series created by Diablo Cody and starring Toni Collette. Broadcast in the United States on the premium channel Showtime, the series follows the life of Tara, a housewife with dissociative identity disorder. It premiered on January 18, 2009. The pilot, written by Cody and directed by Craig Gillespie, is available for viewing on Showtime's official website.
Tara Gregson is a wife and mother with dissociative identity disorder (DID). After deciding to take a break from her medication to discover the real cause of her disorder, her alternate personalties re-emerge: wild and flirty teenager T; old-fashioned housewife Alice; and male, loud, beer-drinking Vietnam vet Buck. Tara is supported by her calm and level-headed husband Max, her somewhat troubled teenage daughter Kate and quirky, good-hearted gay son Marshall. Her sister, Charmaine, is not so supportive, often expressing her doubt about the validity of Tara's disorder. The show is set in Overland Park, Kansas.
Broadcasting information and initial receptionEdit
The series premiered on the US network Showtime at 10 p.m. on January 18, premiering before the second season of ITV's Secret Diary of a Call Girl. The season will air 12 episodes. In Canada, it debuted on The Movie Network on January 19, 2009, at 9 p.m.
In late December 2008, Showtime offered free viewing on its website for the pilot of United States of Tara. Reaction to the pilot was positive; Variety magazine was the first to review it and gave it a very positive review. After averaging over a dozen reviews of the series, MetaCritic concluded that Tara has received "generally favorable reviews."
Customers of cable and satellite services that offer On Demand who are subscribed to Showtime get the episode one week early via On Demand.
On February 10, 2009, after only four episodes were aired, Showtime Networks president of entertainment Robert Greenblatt announced that United States of Tara has been renewed for a second season, which will consist of 12 episodes and air in early 2010. He said the early renewal decision came after the show averaged 2.67 million viewers per week, giving the network its highest ratings ever since 2004, when Nielsen Media Research began counting original shows on premium channels in its prime-time ratings.
On May 23, 2011, Showtime announced that the series will not be renewed for a fourth season.The series finale will air on June 20, 2011.