Enlightened 2 Seasons 2011

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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.

Runtime:
31 minutes
Original air date:
October 10, 2011

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    1. Pilot 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.

    TV-MA 31min October 10, 2011
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    2. Now or Never Amy's hopes to land a dream job take a hit when she's demoted to working in data entry among a group of social misfits--where she uncovers a litany of corporate improprieties while surfing the net in her downtime.

    TV-MA 27min October 17, 2011
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    3. Someone Else's Life Jealous of Krista's good fortune and fed up with her humiliation at Abaddonn, Amy considers leaving the company for a socially responsible job at a homeless shelter. But the low pay and a huge unpaid bill from the treatment center give her pause.

    TV-MA 28min October 24, 2011
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    4. The Weekend Wary that she may revert to her old, hard-partying ways on her first weekend back at home, Amy talks Levi into taking a rafting excursion to the Kern River, which they used to frequent during happier times when they were married.

    TV-MA 30min October 31, 2011
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    5. Not Good Enough Mothers Moved by the deportation plight of a Mexican mother, Amy tries to generate interest in a new woman's group at work. She targets the head of human resources and a baby shower for new recruits, but learns her cause and passion aren't shared by all.

    TV-MA 27min November 7, 2011
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    6. Sandy Amy is thrilled when Sandy (Robin Wright), whom she'd met in Hawaii during group therapy, comes to visit. The kindred relationship between the two starts eroding when Helen refuses to put up Sandy for another night, forcing Amy to drop her off with Levi.

    TV-MA 29min November 14, 2011
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    7. Lonely Ghosts A disturbing dream leads Amy to confront the emptiness in her life--and her lingering feelings for Levi. At work, after Dougie gets a promotion, Amy looks to get into his good graces by setting him up with Harper, a pretty co-worker of Krista's.

    TV-MA 29min November 21, 2011
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    8. Comrades Unite! Friction increases between Amy, Dougie and the staff when she finds herself reported to HR for job deficiencies. Desperate to move out of the department, Amy tries to get Krista to get her a meeting with Damon, with predictable results.

    TV-MA 27min November 28, 2011
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    9. Consider Helen Amy goes off to work, leaving Helen alone with her thoughts and memories. At the grocery store, she runs into old friend Carol. Later, Levi stops by to drop off a photo album--and ends up venting about Helen's role in his breakup with Amy.

    TV-MA 26min December 5, 2011
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    10. Burn It Down (Season One Finale) Amy convinces Levi to get treatment at Open Air. At work, a reinvigorated Amy presses to present her research findings to Damon's group. After paying a steep price, Amy turns to Tyler for the key to forcing change at Abaddonn.

    TV-MA 28min December 12, 2011

Product Details

Genres Drama, Comedy
Director Mike White
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
Executive Producer David Bernad
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Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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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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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Mark McLaughlin on February 1, 2012
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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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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By carol irvin TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 22, 2012
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Lead character Amy Jellicoe is played by Laura Dern, a 40-year-old career woman who finds herself enlightened after a month's stay at a holistic treatment facility. This means she has become the ultimate self help person who verges on the evangelical as she wants to improve the world while still being employed in corporate America. This leads to positively cringe worthy scenes which Laura Dern does beautifully. My favorite one was a baby shower she attended for a coworker. When it became time for her to toast the baby shower mother to be, Amy launches into a plea for them all to join together for a Mexican mother on the news who is being deported back to Mexico while her children are left behind in California. The other women look like deer frozen in the headlights as they listen to her. She is absolutely clueless as to how out inappropriate this speech was for someone else's joyous occasion.

This would be an easy character to hate except that Dern gives her many layers. She now has been forced to work with the nerd division down in the basement of her company. There she makes her first friend post treatment and he is someone she would have never even spoken to before this. This is also the co-creator of the show, Mike White.

I have known enlightened people like Amy and they make me as uneasy as this show. This is a good thing. It is amazing that this show made it onto tv as it is very thought provoking.
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8 of 8 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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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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