A self-destructive woman who has a spiritual awakening becomes determined to live an enlightened life, creating havoc at home and work.

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 Amy Jellicoe (18 episodes, 2011-2013)
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 Helen Jellicoe (18 episodes, 2011-2013)
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 Krista Jacobs (16 episodes, 2011-2013)
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 Levi Callow (15 episodes, 2011-2013)
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 Dougie Daniels (15 episodes, 2011-2013)
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 Tyler (15 episodes, 2011-2013)
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 Louis (14 episodes, 2011-2013)
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 Ken (14 episodes, 2011-2013)
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 Connie (13 episodes, 2011-2013)
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 Janice Holm (9 episodes, 2011-2013)
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 Omar Ali (8 episodes, 2011-2013)
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A self-destructive woman who has a spiritual awakening becomes determined to live an enlightened life, creating havoc at home and work.

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Enlightened - Erleuchtung mit Hindernissen  »

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On a roundtable for comedy actresses put together by the magazine The Hollywood Reporter, Laura Dern commented her surprise regarding the journalist questions about the show. According to Dern, many of them emphasized the imperfect personality of her character, making the actress wonder if James Gandolfini or Larry David (stars of The Sopranos and Curb your enthusiasm, also on HBO) were asked the same types of questions, considering their characters are praised for how flawed they are. Dern reveals that she just assumed the audience would be interested in seeing a female character whose strength and comicality came from her extreme behavior, and that she never got those questions when promoting independent movies, where she had played characters with similar traits. See more »

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Fantastic... the perfect mix of satire, drama, and dark comedy.
6 February 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I started Enlightened around a week ago, mostly because the Golden Globes put it on the spot. As far as first seasons go, this was an excellent one. It balances comedy and drama extremely well. Some episodes are more dramatic, some more comedic, but it always remains top notch.

Laura Dern in the character of Amy is completely fantastic. She owns this character, which is perhaps one of TV's most fascinating and confusing. Amy has our sympathy, we still want her to succeed, and she always pretty much wants to look at things in a positive way. The problem is though, she isn't the person she wishes. She makes you feel her problems, yet also cringe and shake your head at the way she approaches aspects in her life. She's a good person who wants to do good things, but she can also be extremely selfish and lacks any sort of self-awareness. Even in her most sticky situations, you want to root for her but you see her like many of her co-workers do... in a negative light. Dern sells it all. Diane Ladd is also pretty fantastic as her distant, yet also sympathetic and sometimes infuriating mother. But even she gets her own episode, which is perhaps the show's most touching and dramatic episode.

Overall, this is an excellent mix of drama with both dark and light comedy. I feel it's sort of underrated and has gotten lost among other big-name shows.


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