The Best Episodes of United States of Tara

Last Updated: Oct 6, 2018

Tara Gregson is a wife and mother of two. Tara has dissociative identity disorder (DID). Whenever she is stressed, she transforms into one of her alternate personalities: wild and flirty teenager T; old-fashioned housewife Alice; and male, loud, beer-drinking Vietnam vet Buck (a fifth personality is introduced later in the season). Tara is supported by her husband Max, her somewhat troubled teenage daughter Kate and quirky, good-hearted gay son Marshall. Her sister, Charmaine, is not so supportive, often expressing her doubt about the validity of Tara's disorder.

From This Day Forward

#1 - From This Day Forward

Season 2 - Episode 12

On the day of Charmaine and Nick's wedding, long-held secrets come to light, while Kate and Marshall accidentally make a discovery of consequence.

star 8.36
94 votes
Directors: Craig Zisk
Writers: Diablo Cody, Jill Soloway
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Bryce Will Play

#2 - Bryce Will Play

Season 3 - Episode 9

The discovery of Tara's new dangerous alter makes Dr. Hattaras and Tara consult another professional. Marshall finds out that his short film hurt his father's feelings and Charmaine connects with "chic moms," while Kate tries to make her relationship with Evan work.

star 8.30
91 votes
Directors: Adam Bernstein
Writers: Rolin Jones
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Crunchy Ice

#3 - Crunchy Ice

Season 3 - Episode 11

When Bryce takes over, Tara's new alter threatens to destroy the whole family. When Tara's other alters disappear one by one, Max decides to fight off Bryce before it's too late for Tara.

star 8.12
86 votes
Directors: Craig Zisk
Writers: Ron Fitzgerald
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...youwillnotwin...

#4 - ...youwillnotwin...

Season 3 - Episode 1

Max is worried when Tara returns to college to finish her college degree. Meanwhile, Charmaine with a baby on the way is avoiding a commitment to Neil, Kate tries to figure out a plan for her future and Marshall and Lionel sign up for a filmmaking class.

star 8.04
95 votes
Directors: Craig Zisk
Writers: Diablo Cody
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Dept of Fucked Up Family Services

#5 - Dept of Fucked Up Family Services

Season 2 - Episode 7

An upcoming visit from a social worker has its effect on Max. Disapproving Kate's friendship with Lynda, Tara interferes while Neil learns that Charmaine is pregnant.

star 8.02
102 votes
Directors: Tricia Brock
Writers: Dave Finkel, Brett Baer
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Chicken 'n' Corn

#6 - Chicken 'n' Corn

Season 3 - Episode 8

A new alter comes to light that puts Charmaine's new baby at risk. Soon after, Alice visits Dr. Hattaras and intrigues him in Tara's case again. Kate, Max and Marshall fly to New York where they get to meet Kate's new friend Evan and his son.

star 8.00
96 votes
Directors: Craig Zisk
Writers: Dave Finkel, Brett Baer
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Crackerjack

#7 - Crackerjack

Season 3 - Episode 2

Her psychology professor humiliates Tara when she transitions in his class. Meanwhile, Kate considers giving English lessons in Japan and Max gets a business offer.

star 7.96
94 votes
Directors: Craig Zisk
Writers: Dave Finkel, Brett Baer
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Wheels

#8 - Wheels

Season 3 - Episode 4

Tara and Charmaine are rushed to the hospital in the same ambulance, where Charmaine declares her baby off limits to her crazy sister; Tara attempts to make a deal with her alters, which intrigues her Abnormal Psychology professor; Marshall, Lionel and Noah put Charmaine's empty house to some creative uses; Kate is embarrassed to confess that she backed out of going to Japan.

star 7.94
87 votes
Directors: Penny Marshall
Writers: Ron Fitzgerald
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To Have And To Hold

#9 - To Have And To Hold

Season 2 - Episode 11

Tara and Charmaine pay a woman who appeared in Tara's memories a visit, while Kate tries to change herself for her new and much older boyfriend.

star 7.94
93 votes
Directors: Craig Zisk
Writers: Tracy McMillan, Sheila Callaghan
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Transition

#10 - Transition

Season 1 - Episode 6

The family is under the impression that Tara’s parents, Bev and Frank, are visiting to celebrate Charmaine’s birthday but when Frank approaches Max about taking the kids to live with them, Max does everything he can to prevent Tara from switching. At the party that night, Tara learns of her parents’ plan and is hurt that they think she is an unfit parent. Sweeping her feelings under the rug, she remains calm however, later that evening, Max wakes to find something that changes everything.

star 7.93
102 votes
Directors: Brian Dannelly
Writers: Dave Finkel, Brett Baer
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The Good Parts

#11 - The Good Parts

Season 3 - Episode 12

Tara re-emerges but the task now is to repair broken family relationships, particularly with Marshall who is fed up with it all. Rather than go into a local mental health facility, she decides to follow Dr. Hatteras' advice and see a specialist in Boston. Neil and Charmaine are moving to Houston and offer to take Marshall with them. Kate receives an offer to move to St. Louis. As a new family dynamic emerges, everyone contemplates and wonders what the future may hold.

star 7.92
81 votes
Directors: Craig Zisk
Writers: Dave Finkel, Brett Baer
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The Full Fuck You Finger

#12 - The Full Fuck You Finger

Season 3 - Episode 3

The stress of juggling school and Charmaine's baby shower causes Tara to transition, with negative consequences for Charmaine. To sell the family business, Max must get the approval of his eccentric mother. Kate meets a flight attendant who inspires a new idea about her future.

star 7.91
90 votes
Directors: Craig Zisk
Writers: Rolin Jones
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Torando!

#13 - Torando!

Season 2 - Episode 6

A tornado brings some long-covered secrets to light when Tara's alter Shoshana takes over.

star 7.90
105 votes
Writers: Craig Wright
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Betrayal

#14 - Betrayal

Season 1 - Episode 10

When Dr. Ocean unexpectedly terminates her treatment of Tara, it throws Tara into a total meltdown at the spa with Charmaine. Upon coming home, things begin to unravel and one of Tara’s alters betrays Marshall in a way that could destroy the family forever.

star 7.86
100 votes
Directors: John Dahl
Writers: Dave Finkel, Christopher Santos, Alexa Junge, Tracy McMillan
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Revolution

#15 - Revolution

Season 1 - Episode 5

Tara turns into “T” and takes off in her car. Max and Charmaine go after her, creating the perfect opportunity for Marshall to throw a party as an excuse to be near his crush, Jason. Charmaine, Max, and “T” all return to the house to discover a raging party going on -- the buzz gets killed in more ways than one.

star 7.82
103 votes
Directors: Mark Mylod
Writers: Alexa Junge
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The Road to Hell is Paved with Breast Intentions

#16 - The Road to Hell is Paved with Breast Intentions

Season 3 - Episode 6

Tara seems to be making progress with her new contract but Dr. Hattaras discovers something disturbing in a tape from one her therapy sessions; much to the sisters' chagrin, Neil invites Tara and Charmaine's mother to visit her grandchild; Max is unhappy at his new job but can't talk to Tara about it; Kate is surprised when a handsome flyer rebuffs her flirting.

star 7.81
96 votes
Directors: Jamie Babbit
Writers: David Iserson
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Miracle

#17 - Miracle

Season 1 - Episode 12

With Max and Dr. Holden’s help, Tara meets face-to-face with an important person from her past. This meeting, while difficult, leaves Tara feeling conciliatory and expansive. Marshall finally reconciles with Tara and gives her his full support. The family, now reunited for the first time since Tara checked into the hospital, decides to partake in a family tradition – bowling but as Tara looks around at her family, she realizes she’s not who she is in spite of her alters, but BECAUSE of them.

star 7.79
98 votes
Writers: Diablo Cody, Dave Finkel, Brett Baer, Tracy McMillan
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Possibility

#18 - Possibility

Season 1 - Episode 9

Needing a break from real life, Kate and Tara head out on an impromptu road trip. Max uses this time away from Tara to search for answers about her past. That night, Tara and Kate get into an argument causing Tara to transition into “T.” “T” heads to the nearest tattoo parlor and Kate tries to stop her before she makes a permanent mistake.

star 7.78
107 votes
Directors: Tommy O'Haver
Writers: Dave Finkel, David Iserson, Alexa Junge, Tracy McMillan
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Trouble Junction

#19 - Trouble Junction

Season 2 - Episode 2

Tara realizes her alternate personalities are emerging again, but keeps it a secret. Newly engaged Charmaine asks to move in with Tara and her family. Max decides to take on a new project by buying the neighbor’s house to flip it. Kate meets a mysterious older woman, Lynda (Viola Davis), while Marshall begins a new relationship… with a girl

star 7.78
107 votes
Directors: Craig Zisk
Writers: Jill Soloway
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The Truth Hurts

#20 - The Truth Hurts

Season 2 - Episode 3

The family discovers the truth -- Tara’s alternate personalities are back. Buck’s actions have brought serious consequences that unleash a new side of Max. Neil finds out about Charmaine’s engagement. Marshall and Courtney begin to experiment as Kate grows closer to Lynda.

star 7.77
101 votes
Directors: Adam Davidson
Writers: Tracy McMillan
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Inspiration

#21 - Inspiration

Season 1 - Episode 4

Tara feels the best she’s felt in a long time. She loves the mural she is working on and feels she’s found a new friend in Tiffany. That night, while Charmaine, Tara, and Tiffany are out for drinks, Tiffany decides she wants to see one of Tara’s alternate personalities and begins probing Tara in a way that turns ugly. Tiffany wakes up the next morning horrified when she finds the mural is destroyed and she suspects Tara.

star 7.76
112 votes
Directors: Mark Mylod
Writers: Alexa Junge
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You Becoming You

#22 - You Becoming You

Season 2 - Episode 4

Tara sets out to find a new therapist as Max struggles to come to terms with Buck’s affair. Marshall and Courtney take their relationship to the next level. Tara and Max disapprove of Kate’s friendship with Lynda. Charmaine tells the family some big news. A new alternate personality is born.

star 7.74
104 votes
Directors: Adam Davidson
Writers: Dave Finkel, Brett Baer
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Snow

#23 - Snow

Season 1 - Episode 11

Tara decides to check into an in-patient facility that specializes in dissociation. There, Tara meets a new doctor, Dr. Holden, a charismatic expert, who pushes her to recover lost memories. The facility has support groups for significant others too, but Max is wary. As Tara tries hard to delve into her past, her alters are resistant to allowing the truth to surface, and Max learns he’ll have to be stronger than ever to help Tara take the next step in her recovery.

star 7.73
100 votes
Directors: John Dahl
Writers: Alexa Junge, Brett Baer, Dave Finkel, Tracy McMillan
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Explosive Diorama

#24 - Explosive Diorama

Season 2 - Episode 8

Tara and Lynda make preparations for their art show. Kate sets up a new business, while Lionel and Marshall's friendship deepens. In the meantime, Charmaine struggles trying to balance Neil and Nick.

star 7.73
103 votes
Directors: Penny Marshall
Writers: Diablo Cody, Jill Soloway
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Train Wreck

#25 - Train Wreck

Season 3 - Episode 10

Max and Marshall return home from New York to bad news on all sides. Max learns of the new alter, Bryce, but a highly medicated Tara assures him all in under control. Marshall learns that a close friend has been killed in an accident. Tara offers support, which he gladly accepts, but on the day of the funeral Bryce emerges and apparently will not go away. It's all too much for Kate and Marshall who look to strike out on their own.

star 7.72
80 votes
Writers: David Iserson, Sheila Callaghan
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