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United States of Tara 3 Seasons 2009

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United States of Tara stars Oscar nominee Toni Collette as "Tara," a suburban wife and mother struggling with DID, (dissociative identity disorder), formerly known as multiple personality disorder. Executive produced by Steven Spielberg and created by Diablo Cody, the series delves into how a family copes with the various personalities that may appear on any given day, including "T," a provocative teenager, "Buck," a gun-toting Vietnam vet and "Alice," a Betty Crocker homemaker - and potentially others along the way.

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Toni Collette, John Corbett

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Season 1
1. Pilot

Suburban wife and mom Tara Gregson tries to lead a normal life with her husband Max and teenage children Kate and Marshall while suffering from multiple personalities.

TV-MA CC Runtime: 29 minutes Release date: January 18, 2009
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2. Aftermath

Tara feels like a failure as a mother when she is unable to counsel her children, so she turns to her perfect-homemaker personality Alice for help.

TV-MA CC Runtime: 28 minutes Release date: January 25, 2009
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3. Work

A date night with Max turns into a male-bonding session when Tara inadvertently becomes Buck; Tara's sister Charmaine recommends her for a mural.

TV-MA CC Runtime: 28 minutes Release date: February 1, 2009
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4. Inspiration

Tara is feeling better than she has in a long time as her mural project progresses well and she makes a new friend, Tiffany.

TV-MA CC Runtime: 28 minutes Release date: February 8, 2009
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5. Revolution

Tara turns into T and steals Tara's car, with Charmaine and Max in hot pursuit - leading Marshall to conclude it's the perfect time for him to throw a massive house party.

TV-MA CC Runtime: 26 minutes Release date: February 15, 2009
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6. Transition

Tara and Charmaine's parents visit for the latter's birthday, but they have a secret agenda to take Tara and Max's kids.

TV-MA CC Runtime: 28 minutes Release date: February 22, 2009
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7. Alterations

Charmaine decides to get a breast augmentation and asks Tara to help her recover - then gets the surprise of her life when it's Buck who appears at her bedside.

TV-MA CC Runtime: 28 minutes Release date: March 1, 2009
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8. Abundance

Max decides to embrace his time with Alice, when Tara's personality is nowhere to be found; Marshall and Jason grow closer.

TV-MA CC Runtime: 28 minutes Release date: March 8, 2009
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9. Possibility

Tara and Kate take a trip together, but end up in a fight that causes Tara to become T and head straight for the nearest tattoo parlor.

TV-MA CC Runtime: 26 minutes Release date: March 15, 2009
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10. Betrayal

Tara is shocked when her therapist terminates treatment, sending her into a meltdown with Charmaine and leading her to betray Marshall.

TV-MA CC Runtime: 27 minutes Release date: March 22, 2009
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11. Snow

Tara checks into a facility that specializes in dissociation, where she delves more deeply into her suppressed memories of the past.

TV-MA CC Runtime: 27 minutes Release date: March 29, 2009
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12. Miracle

Tara comes face to face with an important person from her past, and begins to heal by reconciling with Marshall.

TV-MA CC Runtime: 27 minutes Release date: April 5, 2009
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By Paul F. Dell on March 9, 2009
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I have worked with DID patients for over 20 years and have conducted much research on DID and dissociation. I approached this television show with trepidation because DID has so often been distorted and sensationalized by previous films and television programs. To my very pleasant surprise,the United States of Tara has presented a remarkably accurate portrayal of an admittedly uncommon presentation of DID (i.e., highly visible and public displays of switching from alter to alter). In contrast, the alter personalities of most persons with DID are quite hidden; the alters intentionally avoid public exposure. That said, the creaters and writers of the United States of Tara sought extensive consultation from experts on DID and have done an excellent job of presenting the symptoms, psychological issues, family interactions, and the difficulties in the therapy of persons with DID. Similarly, the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation, which has provided professional commentary on each episode of the program [...], has consistently found the United States of Tara to be surprisingly accurate (within the limits of a darkly comedic show whose purpose is, of course, to entertain).
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This is the most original show I have seen in a long time. It is an amazing look at what life with a person suffering from multiple personalities could be like. At the same time, a lot of the issues dealt with this in this show every family deals with. It shows the struggle a family faces in defining themselves as a family as well as individuals. A classic in the making. Set your TIVO!
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This show is not only entertaining but educational. I am MPD and have a husband and 4 children (most grown now). My family have watched the episodes more than a few times, pause it, and talk about how that situation has happened in our family and how it has affected each member. This is the first time that we have been able to communicate how we are feeling and how MPD impacts our lives and relationships.
I don't think people should critize something they have not experienced first hand. Being MPD it is easy for me and my family to see her triggers and understand how difficult it is for everyone.
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I have had customers asking for this set since June so I was more than happy to finally get it in this week. I cranked through the episodes in a few days and loved everything Toni Collette has made on screen here. Her performance was amazing and in the end, carries the set.

The set is spanned over two discs with the both the PC and DVD supplements placed on disc 2, including:

* Sitting Down with Diablo Cody, 2:30 minutes. An ambush style interview that had some candid and funny moments but was way too short.
* Tara's Alters, 4 clips totaling 7 minutes. Each alter is briefly described by Collette or Corbett with Buck and Alice getting the longer cuts. T and Gimme only get a brief minute.
* Tudors episode 301. That set is already available so I guess they are trying hard to push this series.
* Sweepstakes entry, 3 minutes. A ad promo clip for travel to Collette's "home town" of Sydney. Have to admit I enjoyed seeing the luxury options available to one traveling in an Airbus 380.
* Photo gallery. Some decent pics of on-set stuff, lasts a couple minutes.
* Bios. Textual bios of the main cast and minds behind the show.

PC extras: The disc loads a menu which forwards you to a website for the remaining extras.

* Contrary to what the artwork and ads tell you the first two episodes of Season 3 Californication are here - not Season 2.
* Podcast Interview with Collette, 2 minutes. Covers some more of her take on the series and characters. The other three interviews promised are not available.
* On the set - not available.
* Tudors Season 3, first two episodes.
* "More" - could not find anything different.

Overall, I think one would be buying this for watching the series only as the extras are short. The sound is selectable between 2.0 and 5.1 for the episodes, region coded 1, 2 discs in thin cases with episode descriptions in each. Solid acting and writing recommendation. Enjoy.
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What a brilliant TV show, with some great acting from not only Toni Collette but also the other cast members.
There are some people (the minority) that will be offended by the show, quoting it as unresearched or unrealistic. But what is pretty clear (and what they may like to remember) is that the writers have created a dark comedic undertone in which the actors portray very well.
Well done to the producers and all involved for taking quite a few risks and pushing boundaries, I'm sick of "safe" TV.
GREAT!!
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The whole family represents an amazing feat of casting - all are terrific in their roles. Toni Colette is an incredible actor. I promise, once you start watching you will want to watch them all back to back....
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Toni Collette has proven herself over the years to be a solid actor with an impressive range. I have seen her play comedic, serious, and dramatic roles with the same ease and credibility. I don't believe she's given the credit she's deserved. I imagine that her non-traditional looks are the impetus behind that. Who knows?

ABOUT THE SHOW

Plainly put: Tara has a dissociative personality disorder, better known as having multiple personalities. Hearkening back to the comment about her range, you can see it here. She starts off with three personalities: a hip, school-age girl who competes with the daughter of the family for guys; a redneck, trailer-trash (same difference, I know) man whose primary interests are women and drinking beer, respectively; and a Stepford housewife, complete with anachronistic language and dress styles. She plays each of these individuals perfectly; you don't see a single trace of Toni in them, and you don't see any credibility conflicts due to bleed-overs, that is, when she's the hip youngster, you really believe it, and when she's the redneck, you really believe it. Her face aside, you wouldn't know that the same woman is playing these characters.

The rest of the family consists of her husband, a business owner of a landscaping/construction company; her daughter who is positively obnoxious and self-entitled; and her son, who seems like he's the son of the Stepford housewife personality--he's put-together, well-spoken, nerdily dressed, and domestic. (He makes dinner and enjoys baking.) Oh, and he's gay, but it's not so much of a focus. Then there is Tara's sister, who can be described aptly as a walking, roving mess who has self-confidence issues and trends toward promiscuity.
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