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''Enlightened'' is an {{Creator/HBO}} series created by [[Film/SchoolOfRock Mike]] [[Film/TheGoodGirl White]] which follows the life of Amy Jellicoe (Creator/LauraDern). An executive at a big company, Amy has a very public breakdown, and decides to go to a New Age rehab center to get back on track. On her return, Amy is keen to live life by her new principles and share her lifestyle with those around her, but finds that this is not as easy as she envisaged.

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''Enlightened'' is an {{Creator/HBO}} series created by [[Film/SchoolOfRock Mike]] [[Film/TheGoodGirl White]] Creator/MikeWhite which follows the life of Amy Jellicoe (Creator/LauraDern). An executive at a big company, Amy has a very public breakdown, and decides to go to a New Age rehab center to get back on track. On her return, Amy is keen to live life by her new principles and share her lifestyle with those around her, but finds that this is not as easy as she envisaged.


* AbusiveParents: Amy's mom clearly has her own issues and is often quite cold towards her daughter. Any's ex - Levi - calls her out on how she treated Amy as she was growing up. Amy can be seen to be working through these issues throughout the first series.

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* AbusiveParents: Amy's mom clearly has her own issues and is often quite cold towards her daughter. Any's Amy's ex - Levi - calls her out on how she treated Amy as she was growing up. Amy can be seen to be working through these issues throughout the first series.


* OnlySaneMan: Played with in a very nuanced way. Amy is an insufferable, embarrassingly oblivious GranolaGirl, but as the creator put it, she is "not actually wrong." This may be a way to make the point that there is no socially acceptable way to do the right thing when everyone you know is involved in something terrible.

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* OnlySaneMan: Played with in a very nuanced way.way as Amy can't understand why no one else sees the evils her employer is doing. Amy is an insufferable, embarrassingly oblivious GranolaGirl, but as the creator put it, she is "not actually wrong." This may be a way to make the point that there is no socially acceptable way to do the right thing when everyone you know is involved in something terrible.

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* OnlySaneMan: Played with in a very nuanced way. Amy is an insufferable, embarrassingly oblivious GranolaGirl, but as the creator put it, she is "not actually wrong." This may be a way to make the point that there is no socially acceptable way to do the right thing when everyone you know is involved in something terrible.


''Enlightened'' is an {{Creator/HBO}} series created by [[Film/SchoolOfRock Mike]] [[Film/TheGoodGirl White]] which follows the life of Amy Jellicoe (Creator/LauraDern). An executive at a big company, Amy has a very public breakdown, and decides to go to a New Age rehab centre to get back on track. On her return, Amy is keen to live life by her new principles and share her lifestyle with those around her, but finds that this is not as easy as she envisaged.

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''Enlightened'' is an {{Creator/HBO}} series created by [[Film/SchoolOfRock Mike]] [[Film/TheGoodGirl White]] which follows the life of Amy Jellicoe (Creator/LauraDern). An executive at a big company, Amy has a very public breakdown, and decides to go to a New Age rehab centre center to get back on track. On her return, Amy is keen to live life by her new principles and share her lifestyle with those around her, but finds that this is not as easy as she envisaged.


''Enlightened'' is an {{Creator/HBO}} series which follows the life of Amy Jellicoe (Creator/LauraDern). An executive at a big company, Amy has a very public breakdown, and decides to go to a New Age rehab centre to get back on track. On her return, Amy is keen to live life by her new principles and share her lifestyle with those around her, but finds that this is not as easy as she envisaged.

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''Enlightened'' is an {{Creator/HBO}} series created by [[Film/SchoolOfRock Mike]] [[Film/TheGoodGirl White]] which follows the life of Amy Jellicoe (Creator/LauraDern). An executive at a big company, Amy has a very public breakdown, and decides to go to a New Age rehab centre to get back on track. On her return, Amy is keen to live life by her new principles and share her lifestyle with those around her, but finds that this is not as easy as she envisaged.


''Enlightened'' is an {{HBO}} series which follows the life of Amy Jellicoe (Creator/LauraDern). An executive at a big company, Amy has a very public breakdown, and decides to go to a New Age rehab centre to get back on track. On her return, Amy is keen to live life by her new principles and share her lifestyle with those around her, but finds that this is not as easy as she envisaged.

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''Enlightened'' is an {{HBO}} {{Creator/HBO}} series which follows the life of Amy Jellicoe (Creator/LauraDern). An executive at a big company, Amy has a very public breakdown, and decides to go to a New Age rehab centre to get back on track. On her return, Amy is keen to live life by her new principles and share her lifestyle with those around her, but finds that this is not as easy as she envisaged.


* AcclaimedFlop: 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.



* RealLifeRelative: Amy's mother Helen is played by Laura Dern's real-life mother Diane Ladd.



* WrittenByCastMember: 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.


* AbusiveParents: Amy's mum clearly has her own issues and is often quite cold towards her daughter. Any's ex - Levi - calls her out on how she treated Amy as she was growing up. Amy can be seen to be working through these issues throughout the first series.

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* AbusiveParents: Amy's mum mom clearly has her own issues and is often quite cold towards her daughter. Any's ex - Levi - calls her out on how she treated Amy as she was growing up. Amy can be seen to be working through these issues throughout the first series.series.
* AcclaimedFlop: 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.



* BritishBrevity: The show had 10 episodes for it's first season and eight for it's second.



* SpiritualSequel / RecycledTheSeries: Mike White previously wrote and directed ''"YearOfTheDog"'' a film with similar themes of self-actualisation and trying to guide the ethics of the people around you. Its lead actress, Molly Shannon, joins the cast midway through season two.

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* SpiritualSequel / RecycledTheSeries: Mike White previously wrote and directed ''"YearOfTheDog"'' ''"Year Of The Dog"'' a film with similar themes of self-actualisation and trying to guide the ethics of the people around you. Its lead actress, Molly Shannon, even joins the cast midway through season two.



* WriteWhatYouKnow: Amy's nervous breakdown that starts the series is inspired by creator Mike White's similar breakdown running another show earlier in the 2000's.
* WrittenByCastMember: Mike White, who plays Tyler, is also the writer. White and Dern (who plays Amy) came up with the idea for the show.

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* WriteWhatYouKnow: Amy's nervous breakdown that starts the series is inspired by creator co-creator Mike White's similar breakdown running another show earlier in the 2000's.
* WrittenByCastMember: Mike White, who plays Tyler, is also the writer.writer/co-creator. White and Dern (who plays Amy) came up with the idea for the show.


* WomanScorned: The final straw which brings about Amy's big breakdown as the series starts is her lover transferring her to a different department because they had an affair - both ending the relationship and messing with her career. Amy's therapy would make it seem that she has moved on from this and only wants to be an agent of change at the company, but it is questionable whether some of her behaviour is motivated by anger. [[spoiler: As of episode 10, Amy is definitely out to get both Damon and Abaddonn]]

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* WomanScorned: The final straw which brings about Amy's big breakdown as the series starts is her lover transferring her to a different department because they had an affair - both ending the relationship and messing with her career. Amy's therapy would make it seem that she has moved on from this and only wants to be an agent of change at the company, but it is questionable whether some of her behaviour is motivated by anger. [[spoiler: As of episode 10, Amy is definitely out to get both Damon and Abaddonn]]Abaddon]]
* WriteWhatYouKnow: Amy's nervous breakdown that starts the series is inspired by creator Mike White's similar breakdown running another show earlier in the 2000's.

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* SpiritualSequel / RecycledTheSeries: Mike White previously wrote and directed ''"YearOfTheDog"'' a film with similar themes of self-actualisation and trying to guide the ethics of the people around you. Its lead actress, Molly Shannon, joins the cast midway through season two.


* {{Hypocrite}}: Amy's actions are sometimes very distant from the the ideals she professes.

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* {{Hypocrite}}: Amy's actions are sometimes very distant from Everyone at some point. Special contrast goes between Amy and Krista. Amy seeks to build herself into the the ideals person she professes. tries to appear to be. Krista goes out of her way to pretend to be friendly. Even after she hits breaking point with Amy, she later tries to rebuild her lying smile for her because... answers on a postcard.

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** Dougie too. "Sorry, I forgot you were old."

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** Amy has shades of this at times, except usually just as sucked in by her own bullshit as she thinks everyone else is.

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