The BEST Episodes of Enlightened

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Dec 31, 2021

Network: HBO

Enlightened follows the story of Amy, a self-destructive executive, who, after a very public breakdown and a subsequent philosophical awakening in rehabilitation, tries to get her life back together.

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Agent of Change

#1 - Agent of Change

Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired Mar 3, 2013

Before Jeff's exposé article appears, a guilt-wracked Tyler confesses to Eileen. Amy's brought before Charles Szidon to explain herself.

star 8.35
218 votes
Directors: Mike White
Writers: Mike White
Burn It Down

#2 - Burn It Down

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired Dec 12, 2011

Can change come from within? At three in the morning, Levi breaks into Helen's home, strung out, depressed, demanding to see Amy. He agrees to go to rehab the next day, giving Amy hope that the world can change. She renews her attempts to awaken Abaddon's corporate conscience, asking Damon if he'll let her present her research to his team. He says she can have 20 minutes at the next day's staff meeting. Dougie tells Amy she can't go. Will Levi actually go to rehab, can Amy find a way around Dougie, and if so, then what?

star 8.20
323 votes
Directors: Miguel Arteta
Writers: Mike White
Comrades Unite!

#3 - Comrades Unite!

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired Nov 28, 2011

Amy and Dougie's conflict comes to a head; Amy asks Krista for a favor.

star 8.06
226 votes
Directors: Miguel Arteta
Writers: Mike White
Higher Power

#4 - Higher Power

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired Jan 27, 2013

Amy receives a letter from Levi, who’s still in Hawaii and has been bristling under the constraints of Open Air, its holistic philosophy and his bodily-function obsessed roommate Tony. To cope, Levi escapes with a pair of fellow malcontents, Travis and Danielle, for a night of drugs, alcohol and debauchery at a nearby hotel. After pushing himself to his hard-partying limits, Levi decides he’s ready to return to Open Air and give rehab one more chance.

star 7.92
232 votes
Directors: Mike White
Writers: Mike White
Someone Else's Life

#5 - Someone Else's Life

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Oct 24, 2011

Disgusted with her new surroundings at Abaddonn, Amy gets excited about the prospect of making a difference with a job at a homeless shelter, but an unexpected bill from her hiatus at the treatment center makes her think again.

star 7.81
426 votes
Directors: Miguel Arteta
Writers: Mike White
The Weekend

#6 - The Weekend

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 31, 2011

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.

star 7.81
358 votes
Directors: Mike White
Writers: Mike White
Consider Helen

#7 - Consider Helen

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired Dec 5, 2011

Helen gets lost in the past when she recalls her deceased husband and runs into an old friend at the grocery store whose husband used to work with him. Meanwhile, Levi vents about Helen's meddling in his failed marriage to Amy when he drops off a photo album.

star 7.77
268 votes
Directors: Phil Morrison
Writers: Mike White
Follow Me

#8 - Follow Me

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired Feb 2, 2013

Amy's inspired by social media; Dougie rethinks his position on the security breach.

star 7.75
232 votes
Directors: Mike White
Writers: Mike White
Lonely Ghosts

#9 - Lonely Ghosts

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired Nov 21, 2011

Five takes on being alone. Amy has a nightmare and calls Levi for comfort. Tyler stays late with Amy to help her wade through a pile of data, and he lets his feelings show. Dougie celebrates his promotion with a night at a bar, and Amy convinces Harper to join them. Helen gives a frank answer to one of Amy's questions. Seeking a resolution, Amy goes back to Levi's.

star 7.74
288 votes
Directors: Jonathan Demme
Writers: Mike White
The Key

#10 - The Key

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired Jan 13, 2013

Looking for "the key" to ruin Abaddonn and "free" its employees, Amy orchestrates a meeting with Jeff Flender, a charming whistle-blowing journalist, sharing incriminating e-mails she printed out at work with Tyler’s IT password. Though he doesn't find a story in the e-mails, Jeff encourages Amy to dig deeper and find more explosive evidence that could help bring down the company.

star 7.72
206 votes
Writers: Mike White
Not Good Enough Mothers

#11 - Not Good Enough Mothers

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Nov 7, 2011

A news story about a Mexican-born mother's deportation stirs Amy to rally behind the family, but she has trouble finding similar motivation for human-rights causes among her coworkers or at Krista's baby shower.

star 7.57
358 votes
Writers: Mike White
All I Ever Wanted

#12 - All I Ever Wanted

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired Feb 17, 2013

In the giddy afterglow of finding “gold” in Szidon’s personal emails, Amy lets down her guard with Jeff, and indulges herself in daydreams of building a perfect life with a dashing journalist. The dream comes to an abrupt end, however, when Levi unexpectedly returns from rehab in Hawaii.

star 7.52
181 votes
Directors: Todd Haynes
Writers: Mike White
The Ghost is Seen

#13 - The Ghost is Seen

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired Feb 10, 2013

Not satisfied with the lack of progress in finding evidence against Abaddonn, Amy decides to use someone close to the CEO to get to the information. Therefore Tyler is tasked with approaching the secretary of the CEO to gain access to her computer, but ends up getting closer than first intended.

star 7.41
145 votes
Directors: James Bobin
Writers: Mike White

#14 - Sandy

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Nov 14, 2011

Amy is delighted to get a visit from Sandy (Robin Wright), whom she met at the Hawaiian retreat, but their friendship begins to deteriorate when Helen rolls up the welcome mat, and Amy has to turn to Levi for a lodging option. Their relationship is strained even more after Sandy misses a yoga session at Abaddonn.

star 7.40
348 votes
Directors: Jonathan Demme
Writers: Mike White
No Doubt

#15 - No Doubt

Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired Feb 24, 2013

Tyler pushes Eileen to get Amy a meeting with Abaddonn's president, Charles Szidon.

star 7.39
174 votes
Directors: David Michôd
Writers: Mike White
Revenge Play

#16 - Revenge Play

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired Jan 20, 2013

Amy and a still-reluctant Tyler meet Jeff at a jazz club, where he reveals he’s already been working on a story about Abaddonn but needs proof of bribery, leading Amy to revel in her fantasies. When several top execs can’t log onto their accounts, Abaddonn's breach of security is exposed, leaving Tyler scrambling to find a solution that won’t lead investigators to him or Amy. Suspecting foul play, Dougie vows to root out the true perps, while Krista is rushed to the hospital with a pregnancy complication.

star 7.34
209 votes
Directors: Mike White
Writers: Mike White
Now or Never

#17 - Now or Never

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Oct 17, 2011

Amy's hopes to land a dream job take a hit, as do her attempts to reform her ex-husband and mother.

star 7.20
461 votes
Directors: Miguel Arteta
Writers: Mike White

#18 - Pilot

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Oct 10, 2011

A corporate employee starts a new life after suffering an on-the-job meltdown and receiving therapy at a holistic treatment center.

star 6.87
680 votes
Directors: Mike White
Writers: Laura Dern, Mike White