Californication: Season 2 (2008)

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Season 2
Californication

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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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Critic Ratings: 17

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User Ratings: 140

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Air date: Sep 28, 2008

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.

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Air date: Oct 5, 2008

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.

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Air date: Oct 12, 2008

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.

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Air date: Oct 19, 2008

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.

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Air date: Oct 26, 2008

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.

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Air date: Nov 2, 2008

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.

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Air date: Nov 9, 2008

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.

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Air date: Nov 16, 2008

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.

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Air date: Nov 23, 2008

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.

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Air date: Nov 30, 2008

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.

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Series 2 of the 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 up with him when there's a paternity question involving one of his conquests from Series 1. Once again, he and Karen are at odds and Hank moves into Ashby's Hollywood mansion. As for best friend Charlie (Evan Handler), he gets fired when a sex video in which he's the sole participant comes to the attention of his boss. But Charlie's not out of the game long, and scores a new client, an adult-film star named Daisy (Carla Gallo).

Critic Reviews for Californication Season 2

All Critics (17) | Top Critics (9)

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

Sep 28, 2008 | Full Review…

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.

Sep 28, 2008 | Full Review…

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

Jun 22, 2009 | Full Review…
Top Critic

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

Sep 28, 2008 | Full Review…

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.

Sep 28, 2008 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

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.

Sep 28, 2008 | Full Review…

Self-indulgent? Yes. Sexually explicit? Of course. Hilarious? At times.

Aug 17, 2018 | Full Review…

That being said, it was still funny, and watching Hank try to cope with monogamy could certainly be mined for laughs.

Jun 14, 2018 | Full Review…

This episode rocked the way almost all of last season rocked with a perfect balance of the raunchy and the heartfelt.

Apr 3, 2018 | Full Review…

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

Dec 22, 2008 | Rating: 6.1/10 | Full Review…

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?

Aug 25, 2009 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

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.

Sep 3, 2009 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Californication: Season 2

  • Jun 23, 2018
    The relationship between Janie Jones and Hank Moody is the best part of this entire show's run. Ashby is a wonderful character, this is the peak of this tv Show.
  • Aug 26, 2016
    Much more consistent, but hardly funny. Way better as well as more enjoyable because the story is tighter. There was a dip in episodes 6-9, but 10-12 were so excellent that you forgive.
  • Mar 22, 2015
    Not much different from the first season, but it still is in small ways.

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