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Californication: Season 2 (2008)

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Average Rating: 6.4/10
Reviews Counted: 14
Fresh: 9 | Rotten: 5

The second season of Californication finds David Duchovny back in fine comic form, even if the smugness of his character's shtick has become somewhat familiar.

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Average Rating: 5/10
Critic Reviews: 8
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The second season of Californication finds David Duchovny back in fine comic form, even if the smugness of his character's shtick has become somewhat familiar.

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Season Info

Season 2 of the cable dramedy that chronicles the carnal escapades of novelist-turned-screenwriter Hank Moody (David Duchovny) opens with Hank and Karen (Natascha McElhone) back together again. He does, however, undergo what must be considered the unkindest cut of all---a vasectomy. Later, an altercation with a policeman lands him in jail, where he meets legendary record producer Lew Ashby (Callum Keith Rennie), who wants him to ghostwrite his memoirs. But Hank's libidinous past may have caught

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Episodes

1
Air date: Sep 28, 2008

Slip of the Tongue

Second-season premiere has the newly reconciled Hank and Karen hoping to move back to New York City, but Hank's erratic behavior puts a kink in their plan as he winds up in jail and on her bad side.

2
Air date: Oct 5, 2008

The Great Ashby

Hank meets and befriends a legendary record producer while serving time in jail and entertains the notion of writing the man's biography; Charlie is fired when his duplicitous former assistant bad-mouths him to the president of the agency.

3
Air date: Oct 12, 2008

No Way to Treat a Lady

Hank begins his stint as record producer Lew Ashby's biographer, and things get complicated when a hooker familiar with both men claims that Hank is the better lover. Also, Karen gets acquainted with a self-help guru; and Charlie wants to represent a porn actress.

4
Air date: Oct 19, 2008

The Raw & The Cooked

Hank and Karen throw a dinner party that turns into a disaster when Hank butchers his marriage proposal to her. Also, there's a chance that Hank may be the father of their friend Sonja's child, and Lew almost winds up sleeping with the fishes after an allergic reaction to sushi.

5
Air date: Oct 26, 2008

Vaginatown

After Karen spurns his offer of marriage and he walks out, Hank moves in with Lew Ashby, who sets him up for a hot time with a sexy celebrity chef (Meredith Monroe). Also, Charlie hopes to land his new client, a porn actress named Daisy, the lead role in an adult-movie version of Chinatown.

6
Air date: Nov 2, 2008

Coke D. & the First Kick

Hank attempts to track down the mystery love of Ashby's life and later walks in on Sonja's boyfriend in flagrante with a rocker chick he's been mentoring. At the same time, Hank takes a liking to a Rolling Stone reporter who's profiling Mia; and Charlie and Marcy's house is used for a porn-movie shoot, during which he fills in for one of the film's climactic moments.

7
Air date: Nov 9, 2008

In a Lonely Place

Hank thinks he's found a potential love interest in Becca's English teacher, who happens to be his daughter's boyfriend's mother; Charlie uncovers a financial secret that Marcy has been hiding from him, one that could prove devastating to them.

8
Air date: Nov 16, 2008

Going Down and Out in Beverly Hills

Hank approaches Ashby's former lover in an attempt to uncover the truth about the mysteries surrounding their troubled past relationship; while Marcy is detoxing at her mother's house, Charlie plays house with his porn-star houseguest; Karen grills Ashby about his tryst with Mia.

9
Air date: Nov 23, 2008

La Ronde

Hank does the unthinkable (for him) and turns down an offer of sex; Karen succumbs to Ashby and agrees to go on a date with him; with Marcy still in rehab, Charlie and Daisy have a bonding moment over the film Dirty Dancing.

10
Air date: Nov 30, 2008

In Utero

As he worriedly awaits the results of his medical tests, Hank recalls the early days of his relationship with Karen; Daisy considers moving out, and Charlie begs her to reconsider.

11
Air date: Dec 7, 2008

Blues From Laurel Canyon

Ashby throws a bash in commemoration of the publication of Mia's book; a fresh-out-of-rehab Marcy is blindsided when Charlie informs her that he wants a divorce; Becca has her heart broken by her first love, Damien, whom she catches cheating on her.

12
Air date: Dec 14, 2008

La Petite Mort

Hank puts the finishing touches on his biography of Ashby; unable to find a job as an agent, Charlie takes one at a car dealership; Sonja's baby is born; Hank and Becca are faced with difficult decisions after Karen takes a job in New York.

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All Critics (14) | Top Critics (8) | Fresh (9) | Rotten (5)

There's reason to take a look at Californication and most of it its there in David Duchovny's excellent lead performance. Fox Mulder has great comic timing.

September 3, 2009 Full Review Source: HollywoodChicago.com
HollywoodChicago.com

By season two's end, Hank does come back around, getting through the turmoil of his life with that disarming smile intact. But at what cost to the viewer, who may no longer be willing to fall for his charms?

August 25, 2009 Full Review Source: CinemaBlend.com
CinemaBlend.com

Forty-five minutes of sex usually doesn't make me this happy.

June 22, 2009 Full Review Source: Guardian
Guardian

A series of build-ups and let downs that were overcompensated for by angry sex and malicious, maddening characters.

December 22, 2008 Full Review Source: IGN Movies
IGN Movies

To this point, Season Two exaggerates the role of Los Angeles, increasing its use as a visual motif. It's a small quibble, though, and thankfully, the only complaint about this new season so far.

September 28, 2008 Full Review Source: PopMatters
PopMatters

The cast is too appealing to make "Californication" as genuinely distasteful as it tries to be. And at the same time the writing is too broad to make it genuinely good.

September 28, 2008 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times

The first couple of episodes, in which Hank tries to be monogamous with his ex, offer some promise, but for me the show is still works better for its pithy little scenes.

September 28, 2008 Full Review Source: TIME Magazine
TIME Magazine

Regardless of how promiscuous its obnoxious hero is, "Californication" remains a smug, unpleasant ego trip to nowhere.

September 28, 2008 Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger
Newark Star-Ledger

Any show that let the brilliant Judy Greer play a prostitute with a heart of gold is doing something right.

September 28, 2008 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune

Worth the price of admission? Absolutely.

September 28, 2008 Full Review Source: TV Guide
TV Guide

There's a crude, unapologetic energy to "Californication" that embraces its sordid world with utter conviction.

September 28, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
Variety

Even David Duchovny and his real-life sex addiction can't save the go-nowhere story of sad sack Hank Moody.

September 28, 2008 Full Review Source: Salon.com
Salon.com

Californication in Season 2 seems like its indulging a certain person's condition rather than illuminating the human condition, if you know what I mean - and I think you do.

September 28, 2008 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle

I think Duchovny is still underappreciated for knocking this role out of the park. Hank Moody is convincingly gonzo, a brainy man desperate to let real feelings penetrate his numb exterior.

September 28, 2008 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
Boston Globe

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