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The series premiere of Showtime’s latest pursuit, The United States of Tara, is currently streaming on sho.com. Just type in the word “tara” when prompted.

Seth over at Defamer had some not nice things to say about the first episode but I found it to be pretty interesting. Tara (played by Toni Collette) is a muralist/mom suffering from dissociative identity disorder. Under stress, anyone of her “alters” comes out to wreak a little havoc on her family. John Corbett is her ho-hum husband who’s personality reminds me a lot of the husband from Medium. Kind of unsurprising since both men are bound by the weight of their spouse’s mental gifts/issues.

Diablo Cody is writing the show which means it’s quirky but not obnoxious like Juno.

The show isn’t instantly remarkable but I think there’s something there. I’m having a hard time putting my finger on it just yet. Is it the writing? The chemistry between Corbett and Collette? Perhaps. The potential is enough to keep me optimistic.

Watch it and let me know what you’re thinkin’.

Photo: eonline.com

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