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'The United States Of Tara’s' Season And Show Finale ‘Best Parts’

I am so going to miss  The United States of Tara , and the finale exemplified many of the reasons why this show should have been renewed. The acting is superb, the characters well realized, and the comedy/drama fine line walked so exquisitely that the viewer truly doesn’t know whether to laugh or cry. The season and show finale, "Best Parts," began where the last episode ended – as Tara leaped from a bridge into the water below. Quick cut to Tara in an abandoned cellar, dunking alter Bryce headfirst into a vat of murky water. Between water-boarding dips, Tara tells Bryce that she deserves better, and will have better. He taunts her until she dunks him one last time. Max breaks open the cellar door  and ... Max and Tara huddle by the side of the bridge, soaked and draped in blankets, as a very unsympathetic cop refuses to buy their story of just wanting to have a swim. Tara tells Max that she had decided that the politically correct funny farm they were headed to would not help her. She wants to go to the proper lockdown facility in Boston that Dr. Hatteras had mentioned. It would mean three months of intensive treatment, but she thinks it’s the best chance she has of ever getting better. He reluctantly agrees to her plan. Read More... //www.starpulse.com/news/Roxanne_Tellier/2011/06/21/the_united_states_of_taras_season_and_

'United States of Tara' Series Finale: Only The Good Parts

Warning: Spoilers ahead if you haven't watched Monday's series finale. It’s hard to believe that the producers and actors behind  United States of Tara  received news of its cancelation after shooting had wrapped for the season. The Season 3 finale did such a great job of wrapping up the series, we can’t imagine where it could have gone next in Season 4. This season has brought Tara ( Toni Collette ) and her family to the brink of destruction (literally) as a new alter took the form of her sexually abusive half-brother, Bryce. It began to kill off the other alters with his endgame being the death of Tara. In the finale, Tara decided to fight back and within the first few minutes of the episode she defeated Bryce. Newly empowered and resolved to do whatever she can to control her illness and repair her family, she decides to seek out the help of a renowned expert in Boston. But, what about the other 25 minutes of the show? Read More... //feedproxy.google.com/~r/thr/television/~3/ZEyDhdQ6Tik/united-states-tara-series-finale-203571

'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... //blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2011/06/united-states-of-tara-finale-the-end-is-a-beginning.html

'United States of Tara' Series Finale: Goodbye, Gregsons

The series finale of United States of Tara wasn't intended to be the last episode ever, but it worked perfectly as one. After a season where Tara's new abuser alter Bryce terrorized her family and killed her other alters, the finale wrapped up the storyline and gave Tara and her family the chance to fight back. Read More... //www.buddytv.com/articles/the-united-states-of-tara/united-states-of-tara-series-f-40682.aspx

United States of Tara Review: "The Good Parts"

I first watched "The Good Parts" months ago, reacting to the season finale with frustration. After such a tremendous season, one in which United States of Tara shed almost all comedic aspirations and left viewers hanging each week with a darker and darker tone, the concluding episode felt rushed and anticlimactic. That was it?!? I thought. Tara just offs Bryce, within her own head, 30 seconds in?!? And the rest of the half hour is spent getting the family's affairs in order? Read More... //www.tvfanatic.com/2011/06/united-states-of-tara-review-the-good-parts/

'United States of Tara' Season 3, Episode 12 (Series Finale) Recap

It's the end of an era -- or at least the end of an excellent, and sadly underwatched, show, one that took more risks and offered more insight into the human psyche than most series could even dream of. And though 'United States of Tara' suffered an unexpected cancellation after filming for Season 3 was completed, I still found myself satisfied by the way the loose ends were tied up, even though I would've gladly seen the show continue for many years to come if the TV gods answered to me instead of eroding ratings. //www.aoltv.com/2011/06/20/united-states-of-tara-season-3-episode-12-recap-series-final/

'United States of Tara' - 'The Good Parts': Please tell me who I am

And so   "United States of Tara"   has come to an unplanned but still very effective end. My review of the series finale coming up just as soon as I own the world's first combination strip club and pancake house...   "You have no idea how much crazy is bouncing around that lop-sided skull of yours." -Bryce Again, "The Good Parts" was apparently not written with any kind of assumption that this would be the end of the series, except in the vaguest " show some respect for your audience, just in case" fashion. But, like the last episode of "Deadwood," it's a season finale that actually works more perfectly as a series finale than anyone would have intended.   Because here's the thing: there is no fixing Tara. What we've been told about the condition of DID in general and her condition in particular suggests that the best she, Max and the kids can hope for is the occasional period where the alters are more under control. (Or, failing that, for Tara to be so doped up that her personality disappears along with that of Buck, Alice, etc.)   Read More... //www.hitfix.com/blogs/whats-alan-watching/posts/united-states-of-tara-the-good-parts-please-tell-me-who-i-am

UNITED STATES OF TARA “The Good Parts” Review

UNITED STATES OF TARA  "The Good Parts" Season 3 Episode 12 – The series finale of  United States of Tara  is bittersweet. On the one hand its sad to see a show of this calibre  being cut because of a lack of viewership. On the other, I don’t know what could have been a more perfect season finale. It worked on so many levels , dialling the craziness way back as Tara, herself once again, kills Bryce Crane and leaves for Boston, for the specialist Dr Hattaras suggested she see. Her family were left in some degree of stability: Charmaine asked Neil to marry him and they’re moving to Houston; Evan told Kate he loves her, and they’re together in a happy relationship; Marshall reconciled with his mother, has decided to tell people exactly what he thinks after harshly realizing that there was so much left unsaid between himself and Lionel and is now going to be looked after by Kate. A few episodes ago Kate called Marshall "the glue" that keeps their family together, and at the time that may well have been true, but after Lionel’s death and Bryce’s chaotic appearance , the Gregson family’s "glue" is Kate, who has evolved from ass crushing  cake antics to the responsible, selfless older sister in a mother’s role. Read More... //www.daemonstv.com/2011/06/21/united-states-of-tara-the-good-parts-review/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+daemonstv+%28Daemon%27s+TV%29

UNITED STATES OF TARA “Crunchy Ice” Review

UNITED STATES OF TARA  "Crunchy Ice" Season 3 Episode  11 – As far as penultimate episodes go, this was a pretty great setup for next week’s series  finale. Frances Conroy returned as Max’s less than stable mother , bringing with her a pink Christmas tree and her own brand of crazy motherly love. Motherly love which, for this episode and much of the last half of the series, has been drastically missing thanks to Bryce Crane’s appearance. And Bryce Crane continues on his alters-slaying rampage, not-so-neatly dispatching the three main alters (Buck, T and Alice) within this episode, along with submerging long enough for Tara to surface, realize the torment she’s caused her family, realize that Max, no matter how bad things get, will never leave her, even when she’s left him to be committed, and plunge from a bridge. Read More... //www.daemonstv.com/2011/06/14/united-states-of-tara-crunchy-ice-review/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+daemonstv+%28Daemon%27s+TV%29

'The United States of Tara' Hits 'Crunchy Ice' Recap June 13

It’s a new day. Neil and Charmaine share breakfast in bed, Kate and Evan bond with his son, Monty and at Grandma Sandy’s Christmas filled home, Marshall tries to handle his grief over Lionel’s deat... //www.starpulse.com/news/Roxanne_Tellier/2011/06/14/the_united_states_of_tara_hits_crunchy