Tara and her alters... can you guess who's who?
Tara's family is saddled with having to deal with the various people Tara becomes -- Alice - a 50's housewife desperate to make everyone happy, Buck - an ornery Vietnam vet who loves his beer and the titty bars, and T - a slutty 16 year old who seems to get Tara in trouble a lot. And that's only the first season. But I don't want to ruin it for you so you'll have to watch to meet the other "alters".
Let's just say I'm obsessed with this show right now. I love that it's just a half hour so I can easily sneak an episode here and there. And it's only 3 seasons -- totally manageable and I expect to finish season 3 tonight. Toni Collette is ridiculously amazing as Tara and her many personalities. It has got to be a lot of work keeping them all straight! John Corbett is totally humpable in his role as Tara's husband Max. And their two kids are very entertaining -- Kate, a sassy teen (Brie Larsen), and intellectual Marshall (Keir Gilchrist) -- I almost watch it more for the cast than the actual plot.
Love this family -- this cast is so much win!
So during my marathon watching this weekend (it's been too cold to do anything else but snuggle under the blankets and watch TV), I noticed something... This show takes place in Overland Park, Kansas. There is a scene in season 2 that shows the exterior of a restaurant. I thought it looked really familiar so I went back and sure as fucking shit, it's the exterior of a restaurant in Freeport, Maine called Azure Cafe. I nearly crapped my pants.
Seriously... I even had to take a picture of my TV screen!
And even funnier, in season 3, daughter Kate appears to be schlepping around a brand new LL Bean tote bag -- which doesn't fit her style at all. Looks like the production crew did a little shopping while filming locations in Freeport. I totally cracked up. Kate has a very eclectic style -- in one episode in the final season, she wore a bear jumper that was freaking awesome. If you're looking for something fun to add to your Netflix queue, I recommend giving Tara a try.
I can't figure out why I love this jumper so much, but I do. And I don't even like dresses.
It's a quirky dark drama with some laughs sprinkled in... especially when Buck is around. And if you've already seen this show, what did you think of it? I don't have much experience with mental illnesses but I thought this show was done well.