Review | United States of Tara, Season 3

Credit: Jordin Althaus/Showtime

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Us Rating: ***

The offbeat comedy, starring Toni Collette as a mom with multiple personality disorder, makes its unwieldy premise work in this final season. Tara heads back to college, and the resulting stress spawns another alter ego: a violent thug. The dark scenes are tempered by profoundly funny moments -- right up to the satisfying, if wistful, conclusion. (Showtime, $50)

--JOHN GRIFFITHS