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Review: The Pros and Cons of the New Laura Dern Show, "Enlightened"

10 October 2011 9:05 AM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

I've seen preview screeners of the first four episodes of the new HBO series Enlightened, and boy did I go back and forth on whether it's worth watching!

The problem, unlike much of the crap that's on TV, is that it's not outright "bad" or even "mediocre." While there are things I didn't like or didn't think worked, there are other parts that I really did like and that I thought were different and interesting.

It might be helpful to me (and you) if I just list the pros and cons (without spoilers, natch).

Here are the Enlightened pros:

It stars Laura Dern, who also co-produces and who is literally one of my favorite actresses of all time. Ever since the one-two punch of Smooth Talk and Mask in 1985, I've been a total fan. Her career highlights include three terrific films: Blue Velvet (1986), Rambling Rose (1991), and Citizen Ruth (1996), the first »

- Brent Hartinger

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