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Enlightened - S01E04

Drama . Comedy

Afraid of falling into a rut on her first weekend home after treatment, Amy convinces Levi to revisit one of their favorite spots for a kayaking trip in a remote canyon, but she's disappointed to learn that he can't leave his old lifestyle behind.

Episode Title: The Weekend
Airs: 2011-10-31 at 09:30 pm
  • Linda Stasi

    This engagingly uncomfortable series is not like anything you've seen before.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Ed Bark

    It's HBO's most mature half-hour series ever, rising above the material worlds of Sex and the City and Entourage to offer a road worth taking in pursuit of a "higher self."

    Uncle Barky Full Review
  • Matthew Gilbert

    Dern is fantastic as Amy--you cringe as her histrionics drive people away, and cringe again as she tries to suppress her feelings behind a veneer of New Age peacefulness.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Robert Lloyd

    Enlightened is to my mind the most interesting and ambitious series of the fall season.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Phillip Maciak

    [The] disappointment, and the full-hearted yet misguided ways Amy imagines she might transcend it, are the real subjects of the series, and Dern and White have both seemingly spent long careers in preparation for a project exactly as ambivalent, humane, and beautifully contradictory as this.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Tom Gliatto

    It might be unwatchable if Dern, who's excellent, didn't allow Amy's laughable obtuseness to be pierced by glimmers of empathy and acceptance. [ 17 Oct 2011, p.40]

    People Weekly Full Review
  • Ken Tucker

    By this third episode, the tone has become open, generous, and alert to every sort of character.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Hank Stuever

    It's a beautiful downer of a show that becomes more revealing and absorbing as it moves along.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Alessandra Stanley

    The series embraces the absurdities of its subject with enough compassion to avoid outright parody.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Renee Scolaro Mora

    Each episode moves her closer to some sort of insight, demonstrating that enlightenment is a moving spot on the horizon.

    PopMatters Full Review
  • Michael Judge

    This isn't just the story of one woman's search for relevance or power in a man's world; it's the story of one human being's search for meaning, one soul's search for redemption.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
  • Tim Goodman

    Dern, Wilson, Ladd, White and Sharp are excellent in this strange little vehicle.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • David Wiegand

    If Amy really was enlightened, there'd be no show, but the fact that she's wearing her enlightenment like an ill-fitting coat gives the show both its comedic and plot trajectories.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Troy Patterson

    A black comedy working many shades of gray, Enlightened is about dark mornings of the soul and the fool's-golden glow of the new convert, and it measures the weight of the world with an eccentric scale.

    Slate Full Review
  • Robert Bianco

    As not-quite-there as it may sometimes be, Enlightened is interesting enough to avoid the increasingly common HBO curse of egregious self-indulgence.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Chuck Barney

    Although the show features strong performances and is piercing in its emotional honesty, it also get bogged down in its own existential angst.

    San Jose Mercury News/Contra Costa Times Full Review
  • Brian Lowry

    The show's ethereal qualities are interesting in places but never particularly enlightening.

    Variety Full Review
  • Rob Owen

    Whether viewers find Enlightened all that funny may depend upon whether they have a person similar to Amy in their lives--and whether they want to spend time with an irrational, hysteria-prone fictional character, too.

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Full Review
  • Verne Gay

    A rare HBO misfire--but I do hope Amy finds peace.

    Newsday Full Review
  • Matt Roush

    I wish I were as invested in Amy's journey as she is, but as she blathers on about being an agent of change at her uncaring corporation, I find myself restless to change the channel to something that's actually entertaining or, yes, enlightening.

    TV Guide Magazine Full Review
  • David Eckstein

    The biggest downfall of Enlightened is doesn't know what it wants to be. It's in no-man's land between a comedy, a drama and a satire.

    Zap2it (Inside the Box) Full Review
  • Alan Sepinwall

    As set up by White (and Dern, who's a producer and a contributor on the pilot script), Enlightened feels too lightweight to work as a short drama, and too clumsy in its attempts at humor to work that way.

    Hitfix Full Review