See the TV show from the writer of ‘Juno’

Conceived by Juno’s screenwriter, Diablo Cody, and executive-produced by Steven Spielberg, the totally absurd, utterly engrossing new series United States of Tara premieres on Showtime on January 18.

Tara (Toni Collette) is a typical suburban mother . . . except for the dissociative identity disorder, which causes her three alternate personalities — “T” (a flirty teenager), “Buck” (a hard-drinking macho man), and “Alice” (a happy ’50s-style homemaker) — to appear. Tara’s family is fairly used to these “alters,” but needless to say, things do get weird. In lesser hands, the gimmick could wear thin. But thanks to the sweetly acerbic scripts, Collette’s fantastic performance, and an excellent supporting cast — led by Rosemarie DeWitt and John Corbett — we have high hopes for Tara . . . and Buck, T, and Alice, too.

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