Enlightened: Season 2 (2013)



Critic Consensus: Enlightened is a must-see, continuing to show Amy Jellicoe as an empathetic, uneasy character who inspires to live positively.


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Air date: Jan 13, 2013
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Air date: Feb 2, 2013
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Amy Jellicoe (Golden Globe winner Laura Dern) has felt betrayed by Abaddonn Industries ever since she returned to the company - following a nervous breakdown and a stint in rehab in Season One - albeit in a dead-end position, in the basement with the other data-processing drones. In the second and final season, however, she may have found a way to get revenge after her coworker Tyler (Mike White) helps her hack into executive e-mails, and she discovers corporate corruption and malfeasance at the highest levels. But after feeding the potentially explosive information to an investigative reporter (Dermot Mulroney) at the Los Angeles Times, Amy's status as a full-blown whistle-blower could jeopardize her career; her relationships with her friends, colleagues, mother (Diane Ladd) and ex-husband, Levi (Luke Wilson)?who battles his own demons at the same Hawaiian retreat that Amy did; and, quite possibly, her freedom. The season's cast also includes Molly Shannon and James Rebhorn.

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Critic Reviews for Enlightened Season 2

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By the time Enlightened reaches Todd Haynes' unspeakably beautiful Season Two entry, "All I've Ever Wanted," Amy's journey comes to reflect her repeated statement of purpose, "You can be wise, and almost whole."

Jun 1, 2018 | Full Review…

Even as we laugh at Amy's loony attempts to forge a new world, we understand, and are moved by, her longing for a purer soul and a kinder society.

Jul 11, 2017 | Full Review…

What's most surprising about Enlightened is the intensity with which Amy and her friends get to us, how much of ourselves we may see in them, if we only have the temerity to allow it.

Mar 29, 2017 | Full Review…

Unleash Amy and watch the endless repercussions in unsparing detail and laugh sardonically at your own stumbling way through the poisoned world. That's post-millennial entertainment!

Apr 5, 2016 | Full Review…

I have been thinking about Enlightened a lot in 2017. I recently re-watched the entire series and it felt as fresh as anything made this year.

Dec 15, 2017 | Full Review…

If you're looking for a well-written, supremely acted and alternately hilarious and harrowing series, Enlightened is it.

Jan 3, 2014 | Full Review…

Contemporary TV is suddenly filled with shows starring charismatic yet ostentatiously flawed heroines: Homeland, The Mindy Project, Girls. Enlightened stands out because its vision is so much wider.

Jan 13, 2013 | Full Review…

HBO doesn't owe it to us to keep Enlightened on the air; HBO owes it to itself. That's what you get when you bring something amazing into this beautiful, upsetting world.

Mar 4, 2013 | Full Review…

Watching Enlightened feels something like hearing a blast of cymbals, a wake-up call. It's [season finale} one of the most powerful episodes of TV this year, a perfect ending to a perfect season.

Mar 3, 2013 | Full Review…

"If everything is false and it's all a lie, even our personalities are fraudulent. How do you live a constructive and creative and positive life?" It's not an easy question but Enlightened has made great strides trying to answer it.

Mar 3, 2013 | Full Review…
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