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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.


Laura Dern, Mike White
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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


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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10 October 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Enlightened - Erleuchtung mit Hindernissen See more »

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16:9 HD
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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 (1999) and Curb Your Enthusiasm (2000), 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 »


Featured in 2013 Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards (2013) See more »

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Quirky, Raw, Human
28 November 2011 | by monicaduncanSee all my reviews

I'm hoping I'm not the only one out here who loves HBO's Enlightened. While still a bit uneven script to script, Laura Dern and Mike White's show is quirky, funny, irritating, raw, and human - bringing to mind Michael Tolkin's 1994 film, The New Age, minus the corrosive cynicism.

Dern portrays 'seeker' Amy Jellicoe straight up, with all her foibles: unvarnished, selfish, pretentious and trying hard to change. I'm pretty sure most of us get Amy's brand of supercilious self-righteousness, the kind we get when we want so much to change others, while avoiding the change that begins with ourselves. Co-creator Mike White is heartbreakingly sympathetic, hilarious and a great foil for Dern.

Unfortunately Enlightened brings to mind a few other wonderful shows where our imaginary friends disappeared within a season or so: My So Called Life, Beggars and Choosers, Canada's Intelligence, among them. Sometimes the grit is just a little too real, the subject a little too off-beat for mass consumption, with broadcasters not giving a show enough time to find its feet, and audiences robbed of the chance to bond with character.

With apologies to Jimi Hendrix, a toast to Enlightened, 'Let your freak flag fly.'

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