United States of Tara (Tv Series) 2009

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 & 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 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.
* Toni Collette as Tara Gregson, a mother of two who paints murals. She loves her family and often feels guilty for the bizarre events she puts them through. Though Tara’s personalities re-emerge because she goes off her medication, Cody stated that she isn’t being irresponsible, but rather “wants a chance to try living with her condition, instead of smothering it with drugs” because it is “clear … that she is not receiving proper treatment for her dissociative identity disorder”. Collette has said that she is “excited” and “absolutely in love” with the project. Tara suffered through sexual abuse in boarding school and in episode 9 said “everything is a black hole for the month before and the month after” clearly implying she has no memory of the trauma, which in psychology is called memory inhibition. However in the season finale cliffhanger, it was discovered she already had the condition before she had sex with Tripp, when Tripp called her “T.” (Tripp claimed he had sex with T, and not Tara.)
* John Corbett as Max Gregson, Tara’s husband. He is calm and level-headed when it comes to Tara’s disorder; The New Yorker called him “a member of that strange breed of TV husband that exhibits infinite patience”. After being married to Tara for 17 years, “it’s no longer a shock to Max when he comes home and finds Buck in the kitchen drinking a beer”. Max searched for Tripp Johanson, the man he believes victimized Tara in boarding school. Initially Tara opposed this but in episode 11 decided she too wanted to find Tripp.
* Brie Larson as Kate Gregson, Tara’s troubled 15-year-old daughter. Kate works in a local outlet of a chain family restaurant. She briefly entered into a casual relationship with her manager, Gene, but has since grown uncomfortable with his attentions and initiates a sexual harassment complaint against him.
* Keir Gilchrist as Marshall Gregson, (or as Kate calls him, “Moosh”) Tara and Max’s sensitive, old fashioned and good-natured 14-year-old son who loves classic films and wants to be a director. Marshall is gay and has a crush on a boy in his film class, though writer Diablo Cody has said that Marshall’s sexuality is “just matter-of-fact” and “definitely wasn’t intended as any sort of plot point”. Though the family is supportive of Marshall, Buck is slightly homophobic and often makes disparaging remarks; Cody thought “it would be really fun” to have the dichotomy of Tara being “incredibly supportive” while Buck is “kind of a homophobe”, though “he actually does love Marshall”. Gilchrist was praised for his portrayal. And another saying that he was “the real breakout star … (his) expressive, trusting face will definitely break your heart in some scenes”.
* Rosemarie DeWitt as Charmaine, Tara’s sister. She resents Tara for always being the center of attention and accuses her of only acting out her personalities. Cody wrote Charmaine as an antagonist because she wanted “a voice for the skeptics”. She worked for a mail-order vitamin company before an incident involving one of Tara’s alters caused her to lose her job. Her first husband pressured her into getting breast augmentation surgery, which resulted in deformed, lopsided breasts. She has gotten corrective surgery, and started to bond with Buck, who took care of her while she was recovering.
* Tara / Charmaine’s parents: (Pamela Reed as their mother, Fred Ward as their father), who visited in episode 6 and suggested that Marshall and Kate move in with them because of Tara’s condition. Tara and Max rejected their idea.
* Nathan Corddry as Gene Stuart, Kate’s boss at the restaurant who is in his early 20’s, who Kate recently started a casual relationship with. He is becoming increasingly obsessed with her and wants more out of their relationship, despite her not feeling the same way. In episode 10, Kate filed a sexual harassment claim against him, since he abuses his power with Kate and often makes inappropriate remarks and gets too touchy-feely with the other teenage girls at the restaurant. In the season finale, he was fired, but continued his unwanted advances towards Kate.
* Patton Oswalt as Neil, Max’s co-worker and friend who has an on-again off-again relationship with Charmaine.
* Hayley McFarland as Petula, Marshall’s best friend.
* Andrew Lawrence as Jason, Marshall’s potential love interest and friend. Jason is the son of a local pastor. He is confused about his sexuality. In episode 9, when Marshall kisses him, Jason kisses him back. T lures Jason into the shed in episode 10, where she asks him if he likes boys and if he likes girls. Jason’s response is the same to both, “maybe”. Marshall discovers the pair kissing, prompting him to burn down the shed. In episode 11, Jason “breaks up” with Marshall because he thinks Marshall will never forgive him for making out with T. Kate later tries to make Marshall feel better by saying Jason is a “bi-curious church monkey” and explains that a gay relationship between Marshall and Jason will never work because Jason is only experimenting and will end up marrying a woman as an adult. Petula texted Marshall and said she saw Jason at Starbucks on a date with a female classmate in episode 12.
* Jessica St. Clair as Tiffany, a woman who worked with Charmaine and who hired Tara to paint a mural. The mural was later defaced by one of the alters (it still hasn’t been revealed which one) because she was disrespecting Tara and her DID and purposely tried to upset Tara enough for one of the alters come out. Tiffany later took out a restraining order against Tara and got Charmaine fired from her job.
* James McCauley as Tripp Johansson In the middle of the season, Charmaine told Max (and Tiffany) that he was the man whose sexual abuse of Tara in boarding school caused her DID. He finally appeared in the season 1 finale in a confrontation with Tara and Max at the DID clinic. At the end of the session, he called Tara “T”, and she instantly transitioned to T. He claimed he never had sex with Tara, only T, which T confirmed.
* Valerie Mahaffey as Dr. Ocean, Tara’s therapist. In episode 10, Dr. Ocean suggested that Tara should instead see a therapist that specializes in DID.
* Joel Gretsch as Dr. Holden, the therapist at the DID clinic.

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