Californication: Season 5 (2012)


Season 5

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Critic Ratings: 5


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Air date: Jan 8, 2012
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Series 5 of the dramedy that chronicles the carnal escapades of New York City novelist Hank Moody (David Duchovny) jumps ahead a few years with Hank now living in New York but hoping to relocate. The opportunity arrives via an invitation from Charlie to come to L.A. to write a screenplay for a project starring rapper-turned-actor Samurai Apocalypse (RZA). Upon his return, the prodigal novelist reunites with Karen (Natascha McElhone) and her new husband (Jason Beghe) and discovers Becca (Madeleine Martin) has a boyfriend (Scott Michael Foster) who bears an uncanny resemblance to her father, and may unfortunately share some of his relationship proclivities. In the fifth-series finale, Hank walks into a bar filled with shadowy figures and a bartender who is a long-departed friend. He begins to suspect this isn't California anymore, but one helluva place to kill some time.

Critic Reviews for Californication Season 5

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (1)

Californication has never been one for superb writing and compelling plots but still, this is the loosest storyline we've seen out of any season. There is honestly nothing going on, aside from random shenanigans and hi-jinxes.

Oct 10, 2018 | Full Review…

It seems fitting that the show's production company is Aggressive Mediocrity Inc. because that's exactly what Californication is headed toward unless something is done to breathe life back into this series.

Apr 1, 2012 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

Season five was thankfully lighter fare, but the writers again felt compelled to throw in an unexpected and unwelcome curve right before the buzzer sounded. Some may still be waiting in anticipation, but I'm sick of waiting in dread.

Dec 17, 2013 | Rating: 5/10 | Full Review…

That's the great pleasure of Californication. It's never stayed grounded for very long, even within single exchanges or encounters, let alone entire episodes.

Jan 8, 2012 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
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Kapinos's resolve to find a fresh approach for Californication wherever it may be sacrifices some of the show's consistent strengths, such as Hank and Charlie's brotherly relationship.

Jan 8, 2012 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Californication: Season 5

  • Jun 23, 2018
    This show should have ended a long time ago.
  • Aug 31, 2016
    Doesn't feel like Californication. Feels like Hank is surrounded by a sea of crap that even he doesn't wanna stay by! Except Charlie and Karen are still great, as always. This is the worst and most consistent season, and a little weird.
  • Apr 17, 2015
    Pretty good, comparable to 1 and 2.

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