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The Best Episodes of United States of Tara

Every episode of United States of Tara ranked from best to worst. Let's dive into the Best Episodes of United States of Tara!

Tara's multiple personalities include "T" the wild-child teenager, "Buck" the rough and tumble biker dude, and "Alice" the type-A homemaker. But with a family that loves her just the way she is, Tara never gives up hope that someday she can just be herself.


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The best episode of "United States of Tara" is "From This Day Forward", rated 8.6/10 from 212 user votes. It was directed by Craig Zisk and written by Diablo Cody, Joey Soloway. "From This Day Forward" aired on 6/7/2010 and is rated 0.4 point(s) higher than the second highest rated, "Betrayal".

  • From This Day Forward
    8.6/10 212 votes

    #1 - From This Day Forward

    Season 2 Episode 12 - Aired 2010-06-07

    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.

    Director: Craig Zisk

    Writer: Diablo Cody, Joey Soloway

  • Betrayal
    8.2/10 268 votes

    #2 - Betrayal

    Season 1 Episode 10 - Aired 2009-03-22

    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.

    Director: John Dahl

    Writer: Dave Finkel, Alexa Junge

  • Miracle
    8.2/10 256 votes

    #3 - Miracle

    Season 1 Episode 12 - Aired 2009-04-05

    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.

    Director: Craig Gillespie

    Writer: Diablo Cody, Dave Finkel, Brett Baer

  • Torando!
    8.2/10 203 votes

    #4 - Torando!

    Season 2 Episode 6 - Aired 2010-04-26

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

    Director: Craig Gillespie

    Writer: Craig Wright

  • Dept. of Fu*ked Up Family Services
    8.2/10 213 votes

    #5 - Dept. of Fu*ked Up Family Services

    Season 2 Episode 7 - Aired 2010-05-03

    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.

    Director: Tricia Brock

    Writer: Dave Finkel, Brett Baer

  • To Have and To Hold
    8.2/10 181 votes

    #6 - To Have and To Hold

    Season 2 Episode 11 - Aired 2010-05-31

    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.

    Director: Craig Zisk

    Writer: Tracy McMillan, Sheila Callaghan

  • Bryce Will Play
    8.2/10 184 votes

    #7 - Bryce Will Play

    Season 3 Episode 9 - Aired 2011-05-23

    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.

    Director: Adam Bernstein

    Writer: Rolin Jones

  • Open House
    8.1/10 182 votes

    #8 - Open House

    Season 2 Episode 10 - Aired 2010-05-24

    Tara and Charmaine discuss Tara's childhood memories with their mother and Max holds an open house after re-modeling their neighbor's house.

    Director: Jamie Babbit

    Writer: David Iserson

  • Crunchy Ice
    8.1/10 185 votes

    #9 - Crunchy Ice

    Season 3 Episode 11 - Aired 2011-06-13

    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.

    Director: Craig Zisk

    Writer: Ron Fitzgerald

  • Transition
    8.0/10 291 votes

    #10 - Transition

    Season 1 Episode 6 - Aired 2009-02-22

    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.

    Director: Brian Dannelly

    Writer: Dave Finkel, Brett Baer

  • Abundance
    7.9/10 263 votes

    #11 - Abundance

    Season 1 Episode 8 - Aired 2009-03-08

    Max has his hands full while “Alice” is out again. Marshall fears Jason’s father knows about his crush on Jason. The boys grow closer, albeit platonically. Max decides to embrace his time with “Alice,” even though he misses his wife.

    Director: Brian Dannelly

    Writer: Alexa Junge, Joey Soloway

  • Possibility
    7.9/10 271 votes

    #12 - Possibility

    Season 1 Episode 9 - Aired 2009-03-15

    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.

    Director: Tommy O'Haver

    Writer: Dave Finkel, Alexa Junge

  • Snow
    7.9/10 254 votes

    #13 - Snow

    Season 1 Episode 11 - Aired 2009-03-29

    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.

    Director: John Dahl

    Writer: Dave Finkel, Alexa Junge, Brett Baer

  • Trouble Junction
    7.9/10 216 votes

    #14 - Trouble Junction

    Season 2 Episode 2 - Aired 2010-03-29

    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

    Director: Craig Zisk

    Writer: Joey Soloway

  • The Full Fu*k You Finger
    7.9/10 186 votes

    #15 - The Full Fu*k You Finger

    Season 3 Episode 3 - Aired 2011-04-11

    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.

    Director: Craig Zisk

    Writer: Rolin Jones

  • Wheels
    7.9/10 186 votes

    #16 - Wheels

    Season 3 Episode 4 - Aired 2011-04-18

    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.

    Director: Penny Marshall

    Writer: Ron Fitzgerald

  • Chicken 'n' Corn
    7.9/10 181 votes

    #17 - Chicken 'n' Corn

    Season 3 Episode 8 - Aired 2011-05-16

    A new alter comes to light that put Charmaine's new baby at risk. Soon later, 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.

    Director: Craig Zisk

    Writer: Dave Finkel, Brett Baer

  • Train Wreck
    7.9/10 175 votes

    #18 - Train Wreck

    Season 3 Episode 10 - Aired 2011-06-06

    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.

    Director: Bille Eltringham

    Writer: Sheila Callaghan, David Iserson

  • The Good Parts
    7.9/10 228 votes

    #19 - The Good Parts

    Season 3 Episode 12 - Aired 2011-06-20

    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.

    Director: Craig Zisk

    Writer: Dave Finkel, Brett Baer

  • Pilot
    7.8/10 504 votes

    #20 - Pilot

    Season 1 Episode 1 - Aired 2009-01-18

    Suburban mother and wife Tara Gregson does her best to lead a normal life while dealing with multiple personalities that include a spirited teenager called "T," a Vietnam vet named "Buck," and the perennial 1950's-style housewife, "Alice."

    Director: Craig Gillespie

    Writer: Steven Spielberg, Diablo Cody

  • Alterations
    7.8/10 268 votes

    #21 - Alterations

    Season 1 Episode 7 - Aired 2009-03-01

    Charmaine has decided to get her breasts re-done and has asked Tara to be her caretaker while she recovers. Kate gives Marshall Love advice, telling him to play hard to get with Jason. When Charmaine wakes after her surgery, she is surprised to see “Buck” at her bedside, not Tara. While “Buck” takes care of Charmaine, she comes to appreciate him in a way she never has before.

    Director: Tricia Brock

    Writer: Diablo Cody

  • You Becoming You
    7.8/10 204 votes

    #22 - You Becoming You

    Season 2 Episode 4 - Aired 2010-04-12

    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.

    Director: Adam Davidson

    Writer: Dave Finkel, Brett Baer

  • The Family Portrait
    7.8/10 184 votes

    #23 - The Family Portrait

    Season 2 Episode 9 - Aired 2010-05-17

    Tara starts working on a family portrait in order to re-connect with her family while Max tries to get away from Pammy.

    Director: Jamie Babbit

    Writer: Craig Wright

  • ...youwillnotwin...
    7.8/10 200 votes

    #24 - ...youwillnotwin...

    Season 3 Episode 1 - Aired 2011-03-28

    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.

    Director: Craig Zisk

    Writer: Diablo Cody

  • Crackerjack
    7.8/10 187 votes

    #25 - Crackerjack

    Season 3 Episode 2 - Aired 2011-04-04

    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.

    Director: Craig Zisk

    Writer: Dave Finkel, Brett Baer