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United States of Tara is an American television comedy-drama created by Diablo Cody (90210, Childrens Hospital), which began airing on Showtime in 2009. The series follows the life of Tara (Toni Collette, Hostages), a suburban housewife and mother coping with dissociative identity disorder.
The series was based on an idea by Steven Spielberg (ER, Under the Dome) 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.
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 style housewife Alice; and male, loud, beer-drinking Vietnam vet Buck. A fourth personality, Gimme, is introduced later in the first season.
Tara is supported by her husband Max (John Corbett, Sex And The City), daughter Kate (Brie Larson, Community), and son Marshall (Keir Gilchrist, The Winner). Her sister, Charmaine (Rosemarie DeWitt, Standoff, Mad Men), 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.