Next week two quality shows depart our screens for good: United States of Tara and Big Love.
I’ve really enjoyed both these shows, although numbers for these seasons have been pretty average, partly due to the timeslots they have had on ABC1 and SBS ONE.
Both these character-based shows have showcased some riveting performances. Three seasons for Tara and five for Big Love.
Maybe because of my investment in the Gregsons and Henricksons that I’ve felt somewhat dissatisfied with these final seasons. Both have resorted to some pretty histrionic scenes. Shouting and screaming doesn’t necessarily equate to emotive drama.
In the case of Tara, which just killed off a supporting character, it feels like they are rapidly trying to slam doors shut at a frenetic speed. Big Love at least has a powerful crescendo. If you’ve been a fan of either, it’s time to say farewell.
United States of Tara 9:30pm Tuesday ABC1
Big Love 10pm Thursday SBS ONE