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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Abaddon is the biblical term for the place of destruction - Hell. See more »

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Quirky, Raw, Human
28 November 2011 | by See 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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