United States of Tara premieres tonight at 10 on Showtime. I caught the first episode online a few days ago and it is a pretty incredible show. Created by Steven Spielberg and developed by Diablo Cody, the show follows a seemingly typical suburban housewife that Tara (played by Toni Collette)suffers from dissociative identity disorder. After deciding to take a break from her medication, her three alternate personalities emerge causing interesting scenarios and some problems for her husband Max (John Corbett), teenage daughter Kate (Brie Larson), son Marshall (Keir Gilchrist) and her skeptical sister Charmaine (Rosemarie DeWitt).
Toni Collette is awesome as Tara. Would you expect anything less? And the supporting cast is equally impressive – my favorite character (aside from Tara) is Marshall, whose sexuality isn’t a punchline and is instead a source of good humor. I’m interested to see how the next 12 episodes pan out. The pilot was written by Diablo Cody. While at some moments I felt as though I watching Juno again, United States of Tara is like the grown up version of Juno. Its humor is less forced and the plot is more acceptable.
Here is the trailer:
The pilot episode is still available online so you should check it out sometime.