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

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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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Peace had its chance. See more »

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Comedy | Drama

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USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

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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Originally, season two had ten episodes, but when HBO cut the order by two, Mike White had to re-write some things, like a storyline where Amy's sister stayed on the house for the whole season. 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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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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