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Enlightened 2 Seasons 2011

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4.0 out of 5 stars (2,108) IMDb 7.5/10

Laura Dern stars as a working woman who returns to her job with a new perspective after an on-the-job breakdown lands her in a holistic treatment facility for a month in Season 1 of this HBO original series.

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Season 1
1. Pilot
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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.

TV-MA CC Runtime: 30 minutes Release date: 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 CC Runtime: 26 minutes Release date: 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 CC Runtime: 27 minutes Release date: 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 CC Runtime: 29 minutes Release date: 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 CC Runtime: 26 minutes Release date: 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 CC Runtime: 28 minutes Release date: 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 CC Runtime: 28 minutes Release date: 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 CC Runtime: 26 minutes Release date: 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 CC Runtime: 25 minutes Release date: 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 CC Runtime: 27 minutes Release date: December 12, 2011
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Product Details

Genres Drama, Comedy
Season year 2011
Network HBO
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Format Amazon Video (streaming online video)

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By K. Harris HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on December 30, 2011
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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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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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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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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