Californication: Season 1 (2007)



Critic Consensus: Though it might skew too dour for some viewers, Californication benefits from punchy dialogue and an irresistibly charismatic performance from David Duchovny.


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Air date: Aug 13, 2007
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This dramedy chronicles the carnal escapades of New York City novelist Hank Moody (David Duchovny), who relocates to Los Angeles when one of his books is turned into a movie and he's pegged to work on the screenplay. His move to L.A. reunites him with his teen daughter, Becca (Madeleine Martin), and his estranged lover Karen (Natascha McElhone), who is Becca's mother and is now engaged. But that doesn't stop Hank from trying to reconcile. It also doesn't stop him from chasing skirts and bedding a bevy of beauties. Later in the series, he gets into a fight with the director of the film based on his novel "Crazy Little Thing Called Love," and attends Karen's wedding. Evan Handler costars as Hank's agent and best bud, Charlie Runkle, and Pamela Adlon plays Charlie's wife, Marcy.

Critic Reviews for Californication Season 1

All Critics (30) | Top Critics (22)

He's a hard candy with a soft center, and Duchovny makes even his hedonism and violent outbursts seem forgivable, if not admirable.

Apr 3, 2018 | Full Review…

Duchovny has some nerve taking shots at TomKat. Were anyone else starring in Californication, the reference to a "crappy romantic comedy" might well have Duchovny's name on the receiving end. He's definitely got that one coming.

Aug 12, 2007 | Rating: C- | Full Review…
Top Critic

A caustic, sharp-edged mix of humor and drama that tiptoes along the edge of disaster but never drops into the looming abyss.

Aug 13, 2007 | Full Review…

It acts like it wants to tell the story of Hank's comeuppance, his growth from obnoxious man-child to real man, but it can't bear the thought of the audience not liking Hank (and, by extension, Duchovny) right out of the gate.

Aug 13, 2007 | Full Review…

Never mind the cliches, because Duchovny makes his character worth watching, as he swaggers from bad predicament to bad predicament, pretending not to care about his life anymore.

Aug 13, 2007 | Full Review…

Sometimes sweet and wry, sometimes crass and vicious, and, though often subtle, it embraces that embarrassing title and flings itself boisterously into a hacky premise.

Aug 13, 2007 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Duchovny, back on his old "Red Shoe Diaries" stomping grounds, makes it all work. After a few years away, you forget the amount of star presence he has on TV.

Nov 16, 2018 | Full Review…

Even though Hank is deeply flawed, Duchovny is compelling, as he brings some much-needed humanity to his character.

Nov 16, 2018 | Full Review…

Californication is engaging and fun, albeit in a mannered way. Duchovny deserves a lot of credit for making the show work, as it's easy to see the show not being nearly as charming with someone else in the role.

Nov 16, 2018 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

Having only seen one episode, it's obviously hard to predict whether the series will live up to this early promise, but I feel safe in putting the odds in its favor.

Jun 11, 2018 | Full Review…

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