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Personal growth isn't easy, so maybe it's fitting that a series about it shouldn't be either. Amy Jellicoe (Laura Dern) is easier to gawk at than to like. A corporate executive who suffers a nervous breakdown after an affair, she has an epiphany at a pricey therapy retreat, then returns to her old life, demoted at the office, living with her mom (Diane Ladd, Dern's actual mother) and trailing passive-aggressive spirituality. But Enlightened, written by Mike White (The Good Girl), takes Amy's journey seriously, if sometimes seriously enough to laugh at it. Subtle and gorgeously shot, it's a darkly funny, empathetic story of a woman learning that a journey of a thousand miles can begin with a good sharp kick in the ass.