United States of Tara

Showtime (ended 2011)
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  • Episode Guide
  • S 3 : Ep 12

    The Good Parts

    Aired 6/20/11

  • S 3 : Ep 11

    Crunchy Ice

    Aired 6/13/11

  • S 3 : Ep 10

    Train Wreck

    Aired 6/6/11

  • S 3 : Ep 9

    Bryce Will Play

    Aired 5/23/11

  • S 3 : Ep 8

    Chicken 'n' Corn

    Aired 5/16/11

  • Cast & Crew
  • Toni Collette

    Tara Gregson

  • John Corbett

    Max Gregson

  • Brie Larson

    Kate Gregson

  • Rosemarie DeWitt

    Charmaine Craine

  • Keir Gilchrist

    Marshall Gregson

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  • Another twisted comedy about the unexpected nature of American families, this single-camera Showtime offering examines a wife and mother of two teens who suffers from dissociative identity disorder, which means she suffers from multiple personalities. Coping with it all is never easy, but it's always funny. Toni Collette has signed on to play the lead role.

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  • Quotes (205)

    • (After Buck misses the strike at bowling) Max: Prepare to be schooled! Buck: That school got a short bus?

    • (as they watch Kate's ballet recital) Marshall: You're enjoying this. Buck: Shut up, faggot. Marshall: Maybe you're one too. (Buck slaps Marshall at the back of his head.)

    • Tara: Listen, I... I wanna thank you for being such a strong, supportive kid. I'm really lucky. Marshall: We're lucky, mom. I mean, because of you, we get to be interesting. Tara: You like being interesting? Marshall: I love it!

    • Charmaine: (referring to Tara) Why can't she just stop? I mean, it's not even a real disease, Max. Max: It's real, Charmie. You grew up with her. You know better than anybody. Look, nobody's trying to imply that you have no right to be angry. You do. We're all angry at the crazy. But... I've been living with this for 17 years. Married to it. You just take it to Pampered Chef parties.

    • Charmaine: ...something tells me my sister isn't home tonight. T: Oh my God! You're so smart. I can't believe you never finished massage school.

    • T: Pudding is good... ding.

    • T: (shows a bunch of credit cards) We're fully laminated, baby. Kate: (hugs T) T! This is why I love you the best out of all the alters! T: Drugs, not hugs.

    • T: (referring to Tara) She went all CSI on that pubic patch you call a backpack. Kate: (grabs her stuffed monkey bag) Mom violated a monkey. That bitch.

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    Notes (84)

    • International Air Dates:
      Latin America: September 22, 2009 on Canal Fox
      Sweden: September 24, 2009 on Kanal 9
      New Zealand: December 1, 2009 on TV3
      Germany: March 3, 2011 on ARD
      Finland: August 29, 2011 on Sub

    • This episode is rated TV-MA for mild violence, adult language and adult content.

    • Portia Doubleday was originally cast as Tara's daughter, Kate. The character was recast with Brie Larson in the role.

    • Tagline: A Comedy With Multiple Personalities.

    • International Air Dates: Latin America: September 29, 2009 on Canal Fox Sweden: October 1, 2009 on Kanal 9 Germany: March 3, 2011 on ARD

    • This episode is rated TV-MA for adult language and adult content.

    • This is the first episode where the opening sequence is used, which won the 2009 Emmy Award for "Outstanding Main Title Design". "Tara" and the two alters' names are found in the credits: "Tara" on the popup book cover, "Buck" on the motorcycle's gas tank, and ""T"" on her animated butt cheek. The song used is "You'll Be Fine" by Tim Delaughter, which was nominated for that same award for "Outstanding Original Main Title Theme Music".

    • International Air Dates: Latin America: October 6, 2009 on Canal Fox Sweden: October 8, 2009 on Kanal 9 Germany: March 10, 2011 on ARD

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    Trivia (57)

    • Music: "Cheap and Cheerful" by The Kills, "My Bubblegum" by Rasheeda, "Souljacker Part I" by Eels, "Cocaine" by Eric Clapton, "Love of the Loveless" by Eels

    • T is a vegetarian. Buck is the only alter that is left-handed.

    • Nicknames Given by T/Tara/Buck: Night Marsh/Peach Fuss/Marsha/Doris Day (Marshall), Maxi-Pad (Max), Leather Tit (Charmaine), Bonehead (Kate)

    • The book that Marshall is reading when Tara walks in is "Sybil", a true story about a woman who had 13 different personalities. He hid the book in order to not offend his mother. Also, the book that Marshall is reading at the gun range is "Valley of the Dolls".

    • The two songs in the episode are by the American rock band Eels. Mark Oliver Everett's (also known as E, the lead singer of the band) father was a quantum physicist who proposed a theory of quantum mechanics that predicts the existence of parallel universes (and had a history of mental illness). The Eels are also thought to be a pretty quirky band themselves. The two songs are "Love the Loveless" and "Souljacker Part 1".

    • Music: "Flyswatter" by The Eels, "Do You Inspire You" by Chairlift

    • Alice believes she attended Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University.

    • Nicknames: Marshie (Marshall) by Max

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    Allusions (20)

    • T: Dude, I have been digging around in your closet for an hour and I can't fucking get to Narnia. Narnia is an enchanted place depicted by children's book author C.S. Lewis in his fantasy novel series, The Chronicles of Narnia. In the first book, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, the protagonists discover a wardrobe (or standing closet) which led them to said magical world.

    • Marshall's Books: AIA Guide to New York City by Norval White and Elliot Willensky

    • Movie Mentions: • Pandora's Box, a tale of the rise and fall of a woman filled with eroticism, was being viewed by Marshall on his laptop. • The poster of The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, a film about an evil doctor, was hanging on Marshall's wall in his room. • The DVD of Booty Tales, a porno movie, was picked up by Tara when she was cleaning the house.

    • Petula: Even something mainstream like Miller or God forbid, Wilder would be preferable to this. Sex-crazed bobby soxers? It's not even good on an ironic level. Arthur Miller and Thornton Wilder are American playwrights famous for their works, The Crucible and Our Town, respectively. A bobby soxer was an adolescent fan girl in the '40s even more popularized by Shirley Temple's portrayal of one in The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer in 1947.

    • Tara: What, that psycho pinafore thing that makes her look like the robot girl from Small Wonder? Tara was talking about Vicki or V.I.C.I (Voice Input Child Identicant), the robot daughter invented by Ted Lawson in the '80s family comedy entitled Small Wonder.

    • Max: No, no, it's good. I like it. It's very Rhett Butler. Rhett Butler, a fictional character created by Margaret Mitchell in her novel Gone With the Wind, was popularized by Clark Gable in the 1939 film adaptation.

    • Movie Mention: Marshall was planning on watching Brief Encounter, a 1945 David Lean film about a suburban wife recounting her illicit affair, as he was recovering from his bee sting allergic reaction.

    • Marshall: Now would be a window to say something disparaging about me being very Nancy Drew and Miss-Marple-esque. Nancy Drew, the protagonist in Edward Stratemeyer's young adult books, and Miss Marple, a character in Agatha Christie's crime novels, are both fictional young amateur detectives.

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  • Fan Reviews (22)
  • About this series

    By JordanWelch, Mar 10, 2013

  • What an awesome show!

    By kepa55, Sep 13, 2011

  • The amazing Toni Collette stars as a wife and mother dealing with "Multiple Personalities". She has decided to stop medication to try and find the root causes, which obviously leads to much chaos for the whole family. Complex, funny, interesting.

    By elizabethsheryl, Apr 15, 2009

  • Tara, a family woman has alternative personalities that control her life and she is left to pick up the pieces of her shattered and twisted Family. Black Comedy that REALLY works.

    By huntercal, Aug 12, 2009

  • I highly recommend this show!

    By Cenina, Oct 11, 2009

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