Enlightened 2 Seasons 2011

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1. Pilot TV-MA CC

Following an on-the-job breakdown, a corporate buyer named Amy Jellicoe (Laura Dern) returns home after an extended stay in a holistic treatment center.

Starring:
Laura Dern, Luke Wilson
Runtime:
31 minutes
Original air date:
October 10, 2011

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Pilot

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Season 1
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Product Details

Genres Drama, Comedy
Director Mike White
Starring Laura Dern, Luke Wilson
Supporting actors Diane Ladd, Sarah Burns, Charles Esten, Amy Hill, Chuck Duffy, Naomi Foner, Eileen Grubba, Brian Jarvis, Victor Jih, Tinashe Kajese, Erich Lane, Sandra Seacat, Christie Volkmer, Leyna Weber, Elena Beuca, Sean Bresnahan, Susan Ann Connor, Davo Coria
Season year 2011
Network HBO
Producers David Bernad, Billy Crawford, Laura Dern, Timothy Marx, Gianna Maria Smart, Jason Weinberg, Mike White
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Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

Good writing and great acting.
John M. Crary
It's sad. ( which doesn't make it bad, just not interesting) the actors see like they are trying too hard and the lines are just flat.
Leighellen Skinner
Excellent & Enlightening show and uh very true to life corporate america!
Chloe

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

Format: DVD
One of the lowest rated programs on HBO's 2011 roster, "Enlightened" (created by stars Mike White and Laura Dern) was both fascinatingly unpredictable and practically impossible to describe succinctly. It's closest cousins are probably the Showtime line-up of wacky female-centric comedies--such as Nurse Jackie, The Big C, Weeds, and United States of Tara. But that comparison is mostly about tone and viewpoint as "Enlightened" has a distinctly unique voice that is unlike anything else on the TV landscape. Some episodes play rather seriously, others highlight slapstick mayhem, while others are incisive and filled with awkward humor. Is it a comedy? Certainly. Is it dramatic? You bet. Is it one of the most pointed character studies on TV? Absolutely, and this, more than anything else, is "Enlightened" strongest asset. Spiritual enlightenment and striving to create a more perfect world are usually topics handled with a startling lack of subtlety in comedy. They are almost always the punchline to a more cynical type of humor. And yet, while Laura Dern's Amy is a frustratingly flawed protagonist, her search for meaning is amazingly sensitive and real.

Credit for the show's success sits squarely on its screenplays and its performances. Therefore, writers and stars Laura Dern and Mike White really must be given accolades for the show's impressive creative arc. I've been a fan of White's since the bizarrely intriguing "Chuck and Buck" (I, also, might be the only person on the planet that laments the early death of his before-its-time nighttime soap opera "Pasadena"). He's found a real collaborator and muse in Dern, who turns in one of the season's most underrated performances as the complex central character.
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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Mark McLaughlin on February 1, 2012
Format: Blu-ray
I randomly caught the first few minutes of this show when switching between channels and it immediately dawned on me to set up my DVR for the season. I'm so happy I did, with a virtually perfect performance by Laura Dern, it seems apparent why she was so passionate about the show being made she produced it herself. The portrayal of a central character who, to me anyway, sends the viewer in between moments of complete admiration and love for the character to moments of complete horror and complete discomfort. Casting a character who causes such varied states of emotion in a view is risky at best, as evidenced by the lackluster ratings of the show, but Dern's much deserved Golden Globe win may give this understated and ultimately beautiful show the second chance it deserves. I'll sure as hell be there for season two.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By E. Bigger on March 1, 2013
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I knew nothing about this show until I heard Mike White and Laura Dern on NPR's radio show "Fresh Air." Mike White (writer, creator, and actor playing "Tyler") described how the idea of the show came from his own breakdown during a stressful period working on another TV show. He spoke thoughtfully about his connection with Eastern religion and philosophy (striking given his father's involvement in fundamentalist Christianity as a ghostwriter for Jerry Falwell, and his subsequent evolution into a gay rights activist), and about the challenge of becoming an agent for change. I liked his honest and self-aware answers to Terri's questions, as well as Laura's zeal for playing a complex and visionary female character, so I was curious enough to check out "Enlightened."

Strangely enough, I watched episode 2 first, not the pilot, and absolutely fell in love (I think the pilot, while not bad, is one of the weaker episodes, so please don't judge the whole series based on it alone). This is a challenging but deeply moving show, which was like catnip for someone who is easily bored by predictable, feel-good characters and storylines bearing little semblance to reality. I devoured the rest of the episodes, and promptly purchased the season 1 DVD as soon as it was released. It is absolutely wonderful, and by far the best DVD purchase I have made in years. There are short segments with Mike White explaining his thoughts about each episode, as well as episode commentaries. My favorite episode and commentary is #9, "Consider Helen." Hearing Laura Dern (who plays Amy) and her real-life mother Diane Ladd (who plays Amy's mother Helen) reminiscing about their own very different relationship, while discussing the relationship of their fictional characters, was an absolute treat.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By furball on February 14, 2013
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Being a fan of Office Space, Curb Your Enthusiasm, and Arrested Development, stories about mundane every day life I tuned expecting a couple laughs. Other HBO comedies like Kenny Powers and Bored To Death left me flat (loved Flight Of The Conchords), and I was looking for a new comedy. Within minutes I was sucked in, the beautiful unforgettable writing, the music, the acting, intriguing story lines, celebration of humanity all entranced me. I look forward to every episode (including her quirky gorgeous outfits), often crying for unknown reasons, but always left with a renewed outlook. It is a series I proudly support, no misogyny, no violence, yet powerful. As the engine of the show, Amy is courageous and unflappable, self doubting, and self involved, "Let's turn the tables on THEM". It's not a show you can lightly tune in, it leaves you questioning as well as hopeful.
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