In "United States of Tara," Toni Collette stars as a woman with dissociative identity disorder (aka "multiple personalities"), but as the new season begins, her alters -- Buck, Alice, etc. -- are nowhere in sight. Tara has been living free of these stresses and life complications.
Of course, for the series to continue, that can't last.
In tonight's second-season premiere, an incident in the neighborhood sends Tara into a tailspin, which beckons the alters back.
When: 10:30 tonight, Showtime.
Starring: Toni Collette.
Before their return becomes obvious to the rest of the Gregson family, husband Max (John Corbett) gets an itch to buy another home in the neighborhood, fix it up and sell it; daughter Kate (Brie Larson) finds a job after high school; and gay son Marshall (Keir Gilchrist) questions his sexuality.
"Tara" is not as funny as "Nurse Jackie" and more outrageous. The show, although plenty entertaining, also feels like it's grasping to keep the drama of Tara's situation at a suitably heightened level while other character story arcs, most notably Marshall's, feel more believable.