Enlightened is an American comedy-drama television series created by Laura Dern and Mike White which follows the story of Amy Jellicoe, a self-destructive executive, who, after the implosion of her professional life and a subsequent philosophical awakening in rehabilitation, tries to get her life back together.
The series aired in the USA on HBO from 20 October, 2011 to 3 March, 2013. There are 18 half-hour episodes in two seasons.
Enlightened premiered in South Africa on DStv's M-Net Series channel on Saturday 28 April 2012, at 22h30. See "Seasons" below for seasonal broadcast dates and times.
Season 2 premiered on M-Net Series with a double bill on Saturday 29 June 2013, at 20h30. The final six episodes were burned off the following week in a three-hour block. There are eight episodes in the second and final season.
At the conclusion of Season 1 of Enlightened, Amy Jellicoe finally presented her research on Abaddonn Industries' misconduct to the company, only to be laughed out of the room. Undeterred, she became more determined to bring down this bastion of corporate greed and corruption.
A unique blend of comedy and drama, Enlightened stars Golden Globe winner Laura Dern as Amy in the series, which she co-created and executive produces along with Mike White, who also co-stars, writes and directs. Scott Stephens also executive produces.
Season 1 of Enlightened told the story of self-destructive corporate executive Amy Jellicoe (Dern), who had a spiritual awakening after a career-destroying meltdown. Though determined to live a more Enlightened existence, her new outlook only wreaked more havoc, both at home and at work.
In Season 2, Amy redoubles her efforts to gather evidence against Abaddonn with the support of Tyler (White), her meek IT ally, and enlists journalist Jeff Flender in her cause.
Meanwhile, Amy's ex, Levi, continues to struggle with rehab, and it remains to be seen if he will embrace recovery and return as the man she always wanted him to be.
Other returning cast members include Luke Wilson as Levi and Diane Ladd, Dern's real-life mother, as Amy's disapproving mother Helen. Also returning are Sarah Burns as Krista, the former assistant who has taken Amy's old job, and Timm Sharp as Amy's sleazy boss, Dougie.
Guest stars on the second season include Dermot Mulroney as journalist Jeff Flender; Michaela Watkins as snooty colleague Janis; Amy Hill as Judy, the no-nonsense HR rep who won't give Amy a break; and Molly Shannon as the executive assistant to Abaddonn's CEO.
Mike White wrote all eight episodes of the second season of Enlightened and directed four, with Nicole Holofcener, Todd Haynes, James Bobin and David Michod each directing one episode.
Series exclusive to M-Net Series
Season 1 (10 episodes)
Premiere: 28 April 2012 | Finale: 26 May 2012 | Saturdays, 22h00
Season 2 (8 episodes)
Premiere: 29 June 2013 | Finale: 6 July 2013 | Saturdays, 20h30