'United States of Tara' finale: The end is a beginning


Showtime sent the entire third season of "United States of Tara" to critics before it premiered in March, which means production had wrapped sometime before that. The cable channel then announced in late May that "Tara" wouldn't return for a fourth season.All of which is to say that unless showrunners Dave Finkel and Brett Baer, who wrote Monday's (June 20) finale, are either clairvoyant or were tipped of way, way in advance, they had no real way of knowing the show would end with this episode. Yet "The Good Parts" turns out to be a really fitting and satisfying series finale: There's still a lot of road in front of Tara (and not just because she's driving to Boston) and her family, but if it's not exactly a happy ending, it's at least a hopeful one.The episode opens and climaxes with bravura scenes for its two stars. As Tara, Toni Collette gets to do what...



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