United States of Wha?

For some reason I was expecting a Tracy Ulman type
one-woman-show when I saw the ads for Showtime's new show: The United
States of Tara
, starring Toni Collette. I was excited because Collette
never seems to disappoint (Little Miss Sunshine, Murial's Wedding). Turns
out it's a comedy/drama about a woman with multiple personalities.
Frankly, I couldn't get through the free episode that Showtime is
offering on their website. The concept of a family who deals with the
'crazy' mom on a regular basis felt really forced. After the suburban
family that lives comfortably with polygamy and the one that has a pot
dealing mom, I guess this was the next step? I obviously didn't give it
a fair chance, but I wondered if anyone else did? What did you think?

by Briar Levit
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3 Comments Have Been Posted

According to one review ...

<a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=99457192">NPR's "Fresh Air" TV Critic David Bianculli</a> says it gets better with each episode after the pilot. His review was of a four-episode screening. I was able to see it on TV last night and while I agree with Briar on the premiere pilot (It indeed felt "forced,") I am also willing to give it the next few episodes a chance. Suppose Diablo Cody and Toni Collette have never seen Tracey Ullman? I would recommend that they watch some of her shows. As a matter of fact, Ullman, too, is on Showtime.

I thought it was hilarious.

I thought it was hilarious. However, I'm more interested in hearing what the mentally disabled community, namely people with diagnosed multiple personality disorder thinks about this show, along with psychologists and psychiatrists who specialize in MPD. Even though I've been enjoying the show (all two episodes so far), I know someone is going to get offended by it.

I fucking love this show. I

I fucking love this show. I agree with the commentor above; I wonder how this show comes across to those with Dissociative Identity Disorder, or any other mental health condition? But seriously, I love Toni Colette, love the show, love it all. There are probably some things in it that I could closely analyze and figure out how they might be offensive, but the show is so amazing that my may-be criticisms are just gone.

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