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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Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 14 nominations. See more awards »

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...  Amy Jellicoe 18 episodes, 2011-2013
...  Helen Jellicoe 18 episodes, 2011-2013
...  Krista Jacobs 16 episodes, 2011-2013
...  Levi Callow 15 episodes, 2011-2013
...  Dougie Daniels 15 episodes, 2011-2013
...  Tyler 15 episodes, 2011-2013
Jon Shere ...  Louis 14 episodes, 2011-2013
...  Ken 14 episodes, 2011-2013
...  Connie 13 episodes, 2011-2013
...  Janice Holm 9 episodes, 2011-2013
...  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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Referenced in The Simpsons: You Don't Have to Live Like a Referee (2014) See more »

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10 November 2011 | by See all my reviews

The show is about one very flawed woman's struggle to become a better and healthier person. She's clearly lost, but dedicated and passionate in a way which makes you admire her and be annoyed by her at the same time. The show does a neat trick of manipulating the viewer into alternatively mocking her because of her naivete and flakiness, and cheering for her out of empathy, both back and forth within single episodes. You come to expect her to crash and burn in a tragic and comedic fashion. Yet in the end, she claims small victories of enlightenment that put all of us in touch with our humanity and teach us a little bit about growth. The show is not preachy, yet makes its points poignantly and powerfully.

I'm excited with anticipation as to where the show may go and hope it is renewed despite the poor ratings so far. Definitely my favorite new show of the season.


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