Californication: Season 2 (2008)



Critic Consensus: 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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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…

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…

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

Jun 22, 2009 | Full Review…
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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…

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