United States of Tara
stars Academy Award® nominee Toni Collette, recent Emmy® winner for Best Actress in a Comedy Series and Golden Globe® nominee for her role as Tara, a woman who juggles being a suburban wife, mother and sister while also having DID (dissociative identity disorder), formerly known as multiple personality disorder. This season starts with a bang – literally. Just as Tara decides to move on from her past, a sudden neighborhood incident opens the door to her family’s shocking secrets. Her alters – some returning and some new – will help unravel the mysteries while simultaneously infusing their own chaos into the mix. Meanwhile, the rest of Tara’s family explores their own identities as Max hits a boiling point; Marshall questions his sexuality; Kate takes on an online fantasy persona; and Charmaine finds herself in a complicated love triangle.
It's satisfying to see a great show like United States of Tara
go out on a high note. It's almost as if the writers knew they weren't going to get another chance, so they finally decided to focus on the show's dark center. Tara
explored the lead character's dissociative identity disorder as an actual mental illness rather than what her son Marshall (the excellent Keir Gilchrist) sarcastically referred to as a "quirky" personality in one episode. The addition of Charmaine's baby also raised the stakes for the characters--do you really want to leave your baby with a mentally ill person? Toni Collette truly deserved an Emmy nomination for her season's work; she had even more personalities to play in this final season. On the other hand, it's easy to imagine Emmy voters scratching their heads over this series being called a comedy. Eddie Izzard joined the cast as a psychology teacher who decided he would be the one who would be able to "fix" Tara. For regular viewers, a lot of questions that you may have asked over the years got some satisfying answers, such as why does the put-upon Max (John Corbett) stay with Tara? Basically, this was the season where everyone got a chance to grow up and make big life-altering decisions--even Neil (Patton Oswalt), who finally stands up to both Max and Charmaine. And it was good to see the feisty Kate (Brie Larson) finally get a boyfriend worthy of her in the form of Keir O'Donnell (My Generation
). Other than a photo gallery and bios of the characters, there are no extras here. Too bad creator Diablo Cody couldn't have given some insight into what might have come next for the Gregson clan. --Paige Newman