United States of Tara is an American dramedy television series created by Diablo Cody and produced by Steven Spielberg and DreamWorks Television which follows the life of Tara, a housewife with split personality disorder.
The series aired in the USA on Showtime from 18 January, 2009 to 20 June, 2011. There are 36 half-hour episodes in three seasons.
United States of Tara premiered in South Africa on M-Net and DStv's M-Net HD channel on Tuesday 26 May 2009, at 22h30. See "Seasons" below for seasonal broadcast dates and times.
Season 2 premiered on M-Net and M-Net HD on Tuesday 31 August 2010, at 22h30. New episodes broadcast weekly. There are 12 episodes in the second season.
Set in Overland Park, Kansas, this comedy-drama follows Tara Gregson, a wife and 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.
Tara decides she needs to get to the bottom of what's making her fracture so she stops taking her medication. The result: three of her strongest personalities are set free and take on a life of their own.
Determined to uncover the true origins of her DID, Tara took a break from her medication last season — leading to the return of past personalities, as well as some new surprises along the way.
The more Tara learns about the source of her disorder, the more her family's world starts to unravel. Will Tara be able to unlock her mind's deepest secrets?
Series exclusive to M-Net and M-Net HD
Season 1 (12 episodes)
Premiere: 26 May 2009 | Finale: 11 August 2009 | Tuesdays, 22h30
Season 2 (12 episodes)
Premiere: 31 August 2010 | Finale: 16 November 2010 | Tuesdays, 22h30
Season 3 (12 episodes)
Premiere: 8 November 2011 | Finale: 24 January 2012 | Tuesdays, 23h00