Enlightened: Season 1 (2011)

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Season 1
Enlightened

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Enlightened is an outstanding and brave show, exemplifying how a television series can successfully present different elements of the human psyche.

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Critic Ratings: 29

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User Ratings: 112

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Episodes

Air date: Oct 10, 2011

A corporate employee starts a new life after having a meltdown and receiving therapy at a holistic treatment center.

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Air date: Oct 17, 2011

Amy's hopes for a dream job are shattered; Amy struggles to reform her ex-husband and her mother.

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Air date: Oct 24, 2011

Amy considers searching for a job that is more socially responsible.

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Air date: Oct 31, 2011

Amy convinces Levi to go on a river-rafting excursion with her.

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Air date: Nov 7, 2011

Amy attempts to generate interest in a woman's group at work.

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Air date: Nov 14, 2011

A fellow group therapy alumna from Hawaii comes to visit Amy.

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Air date: Nov 21, 2011

Amy and Tyler confront emptiness; Dougie gets a promotion at work.

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Air date: Nov 28, 2011

Amy and Dougie's conflict climaxes; Amy asks a favor of Krista.

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Air date: Dec 5, 2011

Amy heads to work, leaving her mother home alone; Helen runs into an old acquaintance; Levi confronts Helen about her role in his breakup with Amy.

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Air date: Dec 12, 2011

Amy convinces Levi to get treatment; Amy makes a presentation at work; Amy seeks Tyler's help.

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Cast & Crew

Laura Dern
Amy Jellicoe

Actor
Luke Wilson
Levi

Actor
Diane Ladd
Helen Jellicoe

Actor
Sarah Burns
Krista Jacobs

Actor
Timm Sharp
Dougie

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Charles Esten
Damon Manning

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Amy Hill
Judy

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Mike White
Tyler

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Jason Mantzoukas
Omar Ali

Guest Star
Bayne Gibby
Connie

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Michaela Watkins
Janice Holm

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Riki Lindhome
Harper

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Bellina Logan
Tanya

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Dan Levy
Seth

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Victor Jih
Brad

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Michael Lawson
Harris

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Brent Bradshaw
Ken

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Sandra Seacat
Patricia

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Jon Shere
Louis

Actor
Mike White
Executive Producer
Laura Dern
Executive Producer
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Critic Reviews for Enlightened: Season 1

Audience Reviews for Enlightened: Season 1

  • Sep 16, 2021
    I watched this as I loved the white lotus and thought this may be similar. It's not, I found it boring and with a very aggravating voice over. Wishy washy, no bite to it whatsoever. Disappointing
  • Sep 14, 2021
    One of the single best performances I've ever seen. What more can I say?
  • Apr 01, 2021
    A great hidden jam. Ahead of its time. Luvs it. Cringy af.
  • Dec 05, 2020
    A sad, irritating show about a sad, irritating woman who has sad co-workers and a sad ex-husband and who works for a bad company.
  • Oct 25, 2018
    The dark humor can be a bit much at times but the show just draws you in. It is ambitious and I think a home run. Too bad HBO didn't think so.
  • Jan 12, 2018
    The best! Love this series! Laura Dern is amazing as always and the storyline is compelling, thought provoking, and incredibly authentic.
  • Jan 07, 2018
    An examination of the cycles of abuse and self-degradation that are far too easy to get into while living the American dream. Laura Dern plays the role of the modern liberal degenerate to perfection and Mike White continues to show hat he is an incredibly underrated talent when it comes to writing.
  • Oct 29, 2017
    Poignantly significant. Laura Dern plays her hopeful AND disappointed role so, so well.
  • Aug 31, 2017
    Right? Right? Right? At least 20x per episode.
  • Jun 23, 2016
    For a needlessly precise numerical rating: 75/100, or a B+ Enlightened slowly ramps up in quality per episode as the show finds its voice, so the season rating of B+ (I'm a slightly harsh grader) is indicative of overall quality. I expect a higher grade for the highly acclaimed second season, but this is a very good score in my eyes. Anyway, this is a fascinating character study of a purposefully unlikable character, Amy Jellicoe (portrayed by Laura Dern in what might be her very best performance, and that's saying a lot), who claims she has a new worldview after rehab and thusly attempts to do the right thing, mostly out of inflated self-worth and arrogance. The show expands a bit beyond her after the first couple of episodes, but Amy is nearly always at the center. That is, except for "Consider Helen", which might be one of the top contenders for best television episode of 2011, a look at the show if it was from the point of view of Amy's mother, Helen (Diane Ladd, Dern's real-life mother, and nearly as excellent here), a quiet, emotionally removed woman who keeps a stolid routine that masks dark ghosts in her past.

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