United States of Tara

2009 TV-MA 3 seasons

United States of Tara

2009 TV-MA 3 seasons
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Artist and mother Tara Gregson has her hands full juggling her career, her kids and a major case of dissociative identity disorder. This series follows Tara's struggle to find her real self while keeping her six others straight.
Toni Collette, John Corbett, Rosemarie DeWitt, Keir Gilchrist, Brie Larson, Patton Oswalt, Eddie Izzard, Michael J. Willett, Nate Corddry
  • SEASON  1
  • SEASON  2
  • SEASON  3

Summary of Season 1 (2009) - 2 discs

Emmy winner Toni Collette stars as Tara, a wife and mother suffering from dissociative identity disorder. As she wrestles with multiple personalities, Tara struggles to keep her dysfunctional family from falling apart.
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.78:1
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround, Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital Mono
TV-MA - This program is specifically designed to be viewed by adults and therefore may be unsuitable for children under 17.
age 16+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 16+
age 16+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this dramedy centers on a suburban wife and mother who's struggling with a very overt form of dissociative identity disorder. While the character's shifts in and out of her alter egos create some humorous moments, overall the series humanizes people with the disease and treats the disorder and those who have it with sensitivity and respect. That said, it's on pay cable, and it features some decidedly adult content -- including some strong sexual innuendo, nudity, swearing, drinking, smoking, and references to drug use. One teen character is openly gay; another openly discusses being sexually active.

Sexual Content

Lots of strong sexual innuendo; occasional nudity. Some female characters are shown in their underwear (including revealing G-strings). Teenage Kate is open about being sexually active; the "morning after" pill is discussed. A secondary character admits that she was sexually molested. Tara's alters sometimes come on strong to husband John, but he'll only have sex with his wife when she's actually thinking as Tara.


One of Tara's alters is prone to violence and gets into physical fights (punching, kicking, shoving) when provoked. These events sometimes lead to bruises and black eyes.


Frequent uncensored cursing, including words like "s--t" and "f--k."

Social Behavior

Highlights some of the issues, difficulties, and misinformation surrounding DID and mental illness. The importance of family is also underscored here.


Visual and verbal references to Facebook. Brands of everyday items like Dell Computer and Gold Medal Flour are sometimes visible.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Smoking and drinking (beer, martinis, wine) are frequently visible. References are made to getting high (Tara's teenage personality, "T," talks about "smoking a fatty").

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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