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  • Series Premiere Date: Jan 18, 2009
  • Season #: 1 , 2 , 3
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81

Universal acclaim - based on 5 Critics What's this?

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7.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 33 Ratings

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  • Summary: Tara goes to college to finish her degree despite her husband's fears, while daughter Kate continues to seek independence from her family and Marshall's relationship with Lionel continues to move forward.
  • Genre(s): Comedy
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 5
  2. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. Reviewed by: Diane Werts
    Mar 28, 2011
    100
    For a show forever detonating bombs, it's surprising how sweet and frothy Tara feels. Just a half-hour long, it doesn't waste a second, pulling a gun within the first few and no punches ever.
  2. Reviewed by: Mark A. Perigard
    Mar 28, 2011
    91
    The most endearing, functional dysfunctional family in all of TV gets off to multiple good starts in the new season of Showtime's The United States of Tara.
  3. Reviewed by: Tanner Stransky
    Mar 28, 2011
    83
    [When] all four of the weirdo personalities arrive in the last few minutes, fully energized and ready to help her navigate her dark ride through academia. It's clear then and there it's gonna be a wonderful season.
  4. Reviewed by: Alan Sepinwall
    Mar 28, 2011
    80
    The new season starts a bit slow.... But it's all laying the groundwork for a gripping, almost nightmarish second half of the season in which the life of every member of the Gregson family seems in danger of splintering as badly as Tara's psyche.
  5. Reviewed by: Peter Swanson
    Apr 8, 2011
    50
    United States of Tara smothers its characters and situations in layers of quirk and sarcasm, like an expensive steak drenched in Velveeta.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 7
  2. Negative: 1 out of 7
  1. Oct 2, 2011
    10
    WHY DID THIS GET CANCELLED? This was such a good show. Toni Collette is one of if not the greatest actress currently alive, and she owned this show. Canceling this but keeping The Big C (a.k.a The Big Crap) will forever go down as one of Showtime's biggest mistakes in the history of their existence. Expand
  2. May 29, 2011
    10
    A massive step up from the fairly disappointing second season. This season packs excitement, sadness, joy and comedy just like the first.

    Unfortunately we won't get to see much of Tara's new evil alter as Showtime have shockingly decided to cancel this brilliant series.
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  3. Jun 11, 2011
    9
    This is where the show should have gone after the first season. The twists are exciting and original and we finally have a singular antagonist that could do some real damage. For me though, nothing can match the first season even though this seasons is amazing. Gutted it has been cancelled. Expand
  4. Jun 24, 2011
    8
    A big comeback from a sub-par Season two. This was the best season yet of this show. Tara was taken to a very dark place, and I loved every second of it. Toni Collette may be the best actress on TV today. She really stepped up her game. Expand
  5. Oct 5, 2013
    7
    It's a shame this show got cancelled when it did, I really like the direction it went in Season 3 and it could have easily moved forward. Season 2 was a slight disappointment, but Season 3 really moved every character forward. Toni Collette (and everyone involved) shined. I miss this show. Expand
  6. Jun 4, 2011
    5
    I loved the 1st two seasons of this show but now the characters, and Tara's issues, are starting to grate. It's like when you make a new, quirky friend who is loads of fun to be around until, after a while, they start to irritate you with their quirkiness and the things you used to enjoy about them - start making you want to run away. Expand
  7. Sep 5, 2013
    3
    By the time Bryce shows up and kills off all the characters I've been adjusting to for 2 seasons, I've already had enough with the unbelievability of things. Paramount: why in the world would anyone, especially a professor and department head of psychology NOT lock up someone who has committed attempted homicide and has been cutting themselves? Ignoring this baseline fact was just too much for me. (ps, Kate was 15 in season 1, how did she graduate early, and have a flight attendant job at 17?!?) Expand

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