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Enlightened 

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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Laura Dern, Mike White
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2   1  
2013   2011  
Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 15 nominations. See more awards »

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Series cast summary:
Laura Dern ...  Amy Jellicoe 18 episodes, 2011-2013
Diane Ladd ...  Helen Jellicoe 18 episodes, 2011-2013
Sarah Burns ...  Krista Jacobs 16 episodes, 2011-2013
Luke Wilson ...  Levi Callow 15 episodes, 2011-2013
Timm Sharp ...  Dougie Daniels 15 episodes, 2011-2013
Mike White ...  Tyler 15 episodes, 2011-2013
Jon Shere Jon Shere ...  Louis 14 episodes, 2011-2013
Brent Bradshaw ...  Ken 14 episodes, 2011-2013
Bayne Gibby ...  Connie 13 episodes, 2011-2013
Michaela Watkins ...  Janice Holm 9 episodes, 2011-2013
Jason Mantzoukas ...  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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Comedy | Drama

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TV-MA | See all certifications »

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Laura Dern and Diane Ladd are also mother and daughter in real-life. See more »

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Featured in The 65th Primetime Emmy Awards (2013) See more »

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Fantastic... the perfect mix of satire, drama, and dark comedy.
6 February 2012 | by Red_IdentitySee 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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10 October 2011 (USA) See more »

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