While one Showtime series is driving us slowly insane with its apparent multiple personality disorder, a newer series about MPD is improving with every episode. That show, United States of Tara, has just been picked up for a second season.
Although I wasn’t quite sold on the show in the beginning, Toni Collette’s deft handling of Tara Gregson, a woman with at least four distinct personalities that manifest regularly now that she has gone off her medication, has made me a fan. In fact, I wish Tara had a full hour so we could see even more of Collette’s magic.
The Advocate recently asked Collette if any of her personalities have “lesbian tendencies”:
Happily, Tara’s male personality, “Buck,” is quite clearly a male, despite the fact that he is in Tara’s body:/p>
OK, so a man in a woman’s body is a man. Would somebody please tell Alice?
Overall, I think writer Diablo Cody has managed to find a balance of humor and pathos that makes the tricky subject matter work. She also provides an awesome live Twitter commentary each Sunday when Tara airs that is a must for fans of the show. I’m happy that Showtime is going to give the show a chance to grow.
Has Tara won your heart? Which character do you find the most entertaining? Is the show believable?