I’ve dipped in and out of United States of Tara for the last two seasons, always feeling that the heroine’s multiple personalities – the gun-toting biker guy, the teenaged slut, the happy homemaker – were too often an excuse for stunt acting. But Toni Collette did win an Emmy, and the show has its passionate fans.
And this season even I have a good reason to watch: Eddie Izzard in a recurring role as a psychology professor who doubts that Tara’s dissociative identity disorder exists as a medical condition.
The season also focuses on Tara’s many family dilemmas. Her husband’s (John Corbett) business is failing. Her sister (Rosemarie DeWitt) is hugely pregnant and conflicted about the baby’s father (Patton Oswald). And as Tara returns to college, Izzard’s skeptical character adds a fresh, acerbic tone.
He becomes more important as the season goes on, but he turns up in the Showtime series’ third-season premiere. You can watch the episode here.