A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The show is built around the concept of positive change, but subtly suggests that it's impossible -- or at least an uphill battle.
Positive Role Models
Although the "old" Amy was undeniably negative -- unstable, desperate, and self-destructive -- the "new" Amy sincerely wants to change and be an agent of positive change for others. But her intentions don't always match her actions.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
The main character had an affair with a married co-worker.
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Unbleeped language includes "f--k," "motherf--ker," "c--t," and "bulls--t." Other audible terms like "retard," etc.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
A secondary character uses cocaine and talks about other recreational drugs. Some social drinking.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this adult drama follows a woman who's rebuilding her life in the wake of an office affair gone wrong that led to a nervous breakdown. Language is strong and uncensored, including audible words like "f--k," "s--t," and "c--t." A secondary character (her ex-husband) also uses cocaine and other recreational drugs, and there's occasional social drinking.
Is It Any Good?
Co-produced by Dern and actor-writer Mike White (who also co-stars -- and twice appeared with his dad on The Amazing Race), Enlightened describes itself as an "offbeat" series. And while that's true in the sense that it's unconventional, what's more off-putting and rather puzzling is whether the show is supposed to be a drama or a comedy. You might naturally think "dramedy" would cover it, but even that label doesn't fit.
What you're left with, then, is a mildly quirky drama that's not really all that funny...which is maybe the most uncompelling description ever. In a nice twist, however, Dern's real-life mother plays her onscreen mom, a pairing that's worked well before in several feature films and helps create something worth watching.
Did we miss something on diversity?
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