Trivia / Enlightened

  • Acclaimed Flop: The show received amazing reviews, yet suffered from truly abysmal ratings. In 2013, The A.V Club declared it the best show of the year.
  • Adored by the Network: The show had very low ratings after its first season but HBO gave it the chance to build. But nothing improved and it was axed after season two. Mike White as been looking for other networks to fund a final season (he conceived it as a trilogy of ambition, action and consequences) but so far it's not looking likely.
  • Real-Life Relative: Amy's mother Helen is played by Laura Dern's real-life mother Diane Ladd.
  • Write What You Know: Mike White, the co-creator, based this series on his own experiences of voluntarily checking into a retreat clinic.
  • Written by Cast Member: Mike White, who plays Tyler, is also the writer/co-creator. White and Dern (who plays Amy) came up with the idea for the show.