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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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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.


David Duchovny
as Hank Moody
Evan Handler
as Charlie
Peter Gallagher
as Dean Stacy Koons
Embeth Davidtz
as Felicia Koons
Ellen Woglom
as Chelsea
Diane Farr
as Jill Robinson
as Samurai 'Sam' Apocalypse
Michelle Lombardo
as Surfer Girl
Ronnie Gene Blevins
as Guitar Center Employee
Johnny D'Agostino
as Rocker Dude
L.E. Brooke
as The Blonde
Lou Fusaro
as Ferrari Guy
Sara Wells
as Girl with Ferrari Guy
Michele Nordin
as Nun/Heather
Philip Shahbaz
as Man on Cell Phone
Chase Penny
as Tattooed Millionaire
Miriam T. Green
as Penny Lyons
Alison Mei Lan
as Hot Woman
Stephen Sowan
as Drunk Kid
Michael H. Barnett
as Gawky Dweeb
Tim Minchin
as Atticus Fetch
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Critic Reviews for Californication: Season 1

All Critics (30) | Top Critics (21)

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

April 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.

August 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.

August 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.

August 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.

August 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.

August 13, 2007 | Full Review…
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