United States of Tara
|United States of Tara|
United States of Tara promotional poster
|Created by||Diablo Cody|
|Theme music composer||Tim DeLaughter|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||3|
|No. of episodes||36 (List of episodes)|
|Executive producer(s)||Steven Spielberg
Alexa Junge (season 1)
Jill Soloway (season 2–3)
Craig Zisk (season 2–3)
|Location(s)||Overland Park, Kansas (setting)
Los Angeles, California (actual filming location)
|Running time||approx. 30 min.|
|Production company(s)||DreamWorks Television
|Picture format||480i (SDTV)
|Audio format||Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound|
|Original run||January 18, 2009 – June 20, 2011|
United States of Tara is an American television comedy-drama created by Diablo Cody, which began airing on Showtime in 2009. The series follows the life of Tara (Toni Collette), a suburban housewife and mother coping with dissociative identity disorder.
The series was based on an idea by Steven Spielberg who is the executive producer, under his DreamWorks Television label. Other executive producers include writers Darryl Frank, Justin Falvey, Eduardo Peixoto, director Craig Zisk, and showrunners Cody and Jill Soloway. Former executive producer Alexa Junge quit as showrunner after the first season.
Principal photography takes place in Los Angeles, California, while the show's setting is located in Overland Park, Kansas. Collette won the 2009 Primetime Emmy Award and 2010 Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Comedy Series for her role; the opening title sequence also won an Emmy. The show's third season premiered on March 28, 2011.
Tara Gregson is a wife and mother of two children in Overland Park, Kansas, a suburb of Kansas City, who has been diagnosed with dissociative identity disorder (DID). When stressed, Tara often transitions into one of her alternate personalities: wild and flirty teenager T; 1950s housewife Alice; and male, loud, beer-drinking Vietnam vet Buck. A fourth personality, Gimme, is introduced later in the first season. During the second season of the series, two further personalities were introduced. The former, called Shoshana, is Tara's "therapist" of sorts, while the sixth personality's name is Chicken, an infantile representation of Tara when she was 5 years old. Another personality emerges in Season 3; that of Tara's previously unknown half-brother Bryce. Tara is supported by her husband Max, daughter Kate, and son Marshall. Her sister, Charmaine, is initially not very supportive of Tara, expressing doubts about the validity of her sister's disorder, though she becomes increasingly more understanding and receptive as the series progresses. The show is a representation of a seemingly typical American family who must cope with the daily struggles of Dissociative Identity Disorder.
Cast and characters 
Broadcasting information 
In late December 2008, Showtime offered free viewing on its website for the pilot of United States of Tara.
On May 23, 2011, Showtime canceled United States of Tara.
Critical reception 
Initial critical response to the show was positive, with many reviewers praising Collette's acting. According to Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the show's first season holds a score of 67 out of 100, indicating "generally favorable reviews", based on 24 reviews. Variety magazine was the first to review it and gave it a very positive review.
- 2009 Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series (Toni Collette)
- 2009 Emmy Award for Outstanding Main Title Design
- 2010 Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy (Toni Collette)
- 2010 Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series (Toni Collette)
- 2010 Screen Actors Guild Awards for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series (Toni Collette)
- 2010 GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Comedy Series
- 2011 Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy (Toni Collette)
DVD releases 
|DVD Name||Release Date||Ep #||Additional Content|
|The First Season||12||
|The Second Season||
|The Third Season||
On February 10, 2009, after only four episodes had aired, Showtime Networks president of entertainment Robert Greenblatt announced that United States of Tara would be renewed for a second season, to consist of twelve 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 since 2004, when Nielsen Media Research began counting original shows on premium channels in its prime time ratings. Season two premiered on March 22, 2010.
On May 23, 2011, it was announced that the series would not be renewed for a fourth season.
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- Official website
- United States of Tara at the Internet Movie Database
- United States of Tara at TV.com