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''Californication'' may refer to:

* ''Series/{{Californication}}'', a Creator/{{Showtime}} series about a sex-addicted writer.
* ''Music/{{Californication}}'', a studio album by the Creator/RedHotChiliPeppers.

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'''''Californication''''' is a {{Showtime}} {{dramedy}} created by Tom Kapinos and starring [[AgentMulder David Duchovny]], NataschaMcElhone and Evan Handler.

Duchovny plays Hank Moody, [[AntiHero a ladies' man and occasional novelist who likes his booze and pot a bit too much]]. His life has slowly fallen apart as his significant other Karen leaves him and he fails to produce any kind of written work. After accidentally sleeping with Mia, the underaged daughter of Karen's new fiancé, he proceeds to write his new novel, "Fucking and Punching" (something akin to a present-day ''{{Lolita}}'') about the affair. [[NoPlansNoPrototypeNoBackup One of two copies is stolen when his car is jacked.]] [[TheVamp The other copy is stolen by his underage lover]], who is seeking to carve out a niche as writer for herself.

In series two, the happy couple get back together until Karen starts a job in New York, leaving Hank back in abhorred Los Angeles with his daughter Becca, who has taken a liking to [[UsefulNotes/LosAngeles the city of angels]]. During series three, Hank deals with Becca's puberty and his new job as a teacher. In season four, "Fucking and Punching" is revealed to be in fact Hank's book (and therefore reveals he slept with Mia), but he is, luckily, sentenced to three years' probation. Season five picks up three years later, where Hank is working for a gangster named Samurai Apocalypse.

The show premiered in 2007, season six is scheduled for 2013. The newest season will take place in New York, where Hank's book, "God Hates Us All," will be turned into a musical called "A Crazy Little Thing Called Love." [[Series/{{Lost}} Maggie Grace]] will play a Catholic school girl in the new season, and [[Series/TwentyFour Sarah Wynter]] will play the wife to [[TimMinchin Atticus Fetch]], a music producer for the musical.

Not to be confused with the RedHotChiliPeppers album of the [[NamesTheSame same name]], or with SoCalization, a trope that is often called "Californication" outside this wiki (especially in the western US)[[note]]It's usually associated with Southern California-style suburban sprawl, though it's also used to refer to the "big city" attitudes that many Californians bring with them when they move to places like Colorado and Oregon.[[/note]].

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!!''Californication'' provides examples of:
* ActorAllusion:
** During season three, Ken Marino from ''TheState'' made an appearance. He's best known for his character [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gR1hI_Ikuv8 Louie]], The Guy Who Says His CatchPhrase Over and Over Again. After successfully cock-blocking him, Hank tells him to make a cup of tea and "dip his balls in it".
** When Hank's lawyer makes him wear a suit for his court hearing, he notes that he "[[TheXFiles looks like an FBI agent.]]"
** Charlie Runkle and Evan Handler are Jewish.
** Possibly invoked whenever Duchovny himself checked himself into sex rehab during the filming of season 2.
** In the Season 6 opener, Hank tells Karen that she looks "like a Sascha or a Pascha, definitely an -ascha." Karen is played by actress NataschaMcElhone.
* AdaptationDecay: In-universe. Hank is so unhappy about the movie adaptation of his book ''God Hates Us All'' that he is hostile towards the film director and makes remarks about the time he slept with the man's wife. A brawl and a cell ensue.
* AllWomenAreLustful: And Hank has trouble saying no.
* AmicableExes:
** Hank and Karen, for the most part.
** Marcy and Charlie, to an extent, after [[spoiler: her son is revealed to be Charlie's,]] and [[spoiler: Charlie (literally) takes a bullet for Hank.]]
* AsHimself: Rick Springfield in season 3 makes fun of his own character. He is playing [[MadArtist "a twisted version of himself,"]] a [[JerkAss "Rick Springfield]] [[HeelFaceTurn of the past,"]] according to TheOtherWiki.
* BiTheWay: [[spoiler: Bates.]] Everyone is relieved from this revelation, however.
* {{Blackmail}}: Mia does this to Hank, who can choose between waving his stolen book goodbye or being charged with statutory rape with an outrageous family scandal on top of it.
* BiggerIsBetterInBed:
** Marcy's new boyfriend, Stu Beggs (StephenTobolowsky) [[DoppelgangerDating looks very similar to Charlie]] at first, but then it's revealed that their main difference is not visible when clothed.
** Hank has a huge penis. And he never is shown to leave a girl unsatisfied.
* BreastAttack: Charlie Runkle suffers some serious nipple damage while attempting to have a threeway with his wife and his secretary. This is later referenced during the third season.
* ButtMonkey: Charlie, played for laughs.
* TheCasanova: Hank. Sometimes overlaps with ChickMagnet
* CastingCouch: Lizzie's favourite tactic, to Charlie's chagrin.
* CatchPhrase :
** Hank's 'Matharfakaaaa' in a falsetto voice.
** [[TheNameIsBondJamesBond Collini,]] [[RuleOfCool out.]]
* CatholicSchoolGirlsRule:
** Mia attends one, where nearly every girl is JailBait. Becca later attends the same school, much to Hank's chagrin.
** Maggie Grace from Series/{{Lost}} is [[SexDrugsAndRockAndRoll setting her sights to play one]] in the next season. Ironically, she's very spiritual.
* CloudCuckooLander: It's Hollywood so many bizarre individuals and {{MadArtist}}s appear time and again; Eddie Nero and Samurai Apocalypse are two of the regulars.
* ComicSutra: Sue Collini knows [[ReallyGetsAround way more than she lets on.]] Charlie has trouble saying no.
* ClusterFBomb: Lew Ashby, most prominently.
* CringeComedy: Charlie constantly. The season 6 plot of pretending to be gay and the following "Date With Rosie Palms" events arguably the worst. Hank often gets involved in these by association, by ruining the relationships of other people.
* ADateWithRosiePalms: Charlie Runkle is jerking off in his office. Constantly. [[CaughtWithYourPantsDown Doesn't he know there are cameras everywhere?]]
* DinnerAndAShow: Every time Hank is at a dinner party, you can expect something or another to happen. [[spoiler: Hank being outed as an [[WhosYourDaddy accidental father]] (though this proves to be false), Marcy admitting the real father of her child, Hank tearing his daughter's boyfriend to shreds, and Hank getting completely chewed out by his ex are just some of the notable examples.]]
* DawsonCasting:
** Mia, whose age of 16 is an important plot point, is played by an actress who is in her early 20s, and visibly so. The fact that she looks much older is also an important plot point. It also doesn't help that MadelineZima is [[TeensAreShort 5'8"]].
** Averted with Madeleine Martin (Becca), notable given this show is NOT kid friendly.
* DeadpanSnarker: Hank is incredibly quick and sharp-tongued, he has a poignant and casual remark for every situation. Many are equally [[RefugeInAudacity witty and offensive]].
* DeceptiveDisciple: Mia
* DestructoNookie: Mia punches Hank while riding him. In season 4 Sasha Bingham does the same after being goaded into it by Hank, after she asked him how hard Mia punched him.
* DidYouJustHaveSex: Karen can smell it.
* DisposableVagrant: Eddie Nero muses about going on one of his crazy escapades and invoke the trope. Hank and Charlie [[FacialDialogue look puzzled at each other]] and an opportune phone call prompts them to leave.
-->'''Eddie:''' I think we should kill someone tonight. I mean like a hobo or something.\\
''(ringtone)''\\
'''Hank:''' Thank God!
* DumbBlonde:
** Averted with Karen. Still, she is a bit insane to have a 15-year on-and-off relationship with Hank.
* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: When Mia tries to publish Hank's manuscript as her own, she describes it as a book "with lots of fucking and punching." "What's the title?" "Fucking and Punching."
* EverybodyHasLotsOfSex: Especially Hank.
* {{Fanservice}}: There is a ''spectacular'' amount of nudity in this series, mostly [[MsFanservice female]], with each season sporting about fifteen to twenty different nude scenes. Seasons of thirteen [[DramaticHalfHour half-hour episodes]] here.
** Tim Minchin's first introduction to co-star Natascha involved double doors and lots of nekkid.
* FilleFatale: Mia
* {{Flanderization}}: Charlie goes from a capable agent and helpful friend in season one with a weakness for kinky women to a retarded manchild in season four who will stick his weener in anything with a pulse and actually tells a sex story in court. Seriously, the man has been a very successful agent for twenty years prior to the series, he should know better than that.
* FollowTheLeader: In-universe ShowWithinAShow examples:
** ''Vaginatown'', an artsy porn version of ''Film/ChinaTown'' that goes through DevelopmentHell.
--->The wall of cocks sequence alone would have blown people's minds
** Samurai's movie ''Santa Monica Cop'', a ripoff of ''Film/BeverlyHillsCop''.
* FootDraggingDivorcee: Hank was never married to Karen in the first place, but his behavior is analogous.
* GenerationXerox: Charlie's son is a carbon copy of him. [[ADateWithRosiePalms Down to the whole masturbation in public shtick.]]
* GratuitousSpanish: Hank loves this trope and uses it quite amusingly. His passable ElSpanishO makes a hispanic GirlOfTheWeek laugh.
* HasTwoMommies: Tyler was raised by a lesbian couple, [[LipstickLesbian Lisa]] and [[ButchLesbian Debbie]].
* HollywoodLaw:
** When a cop arrests Hank in Season 2, [[JerkAss he completely insults Hank]] for screwing up with Karen instead of [[MirandaRights just reading him his rights.]] When Hank retaliates, the officer [[GroinAttack gets him in his sweet spot.]] It doesn't help that Hank's just had a vasectomy, but [[BallsOfSteel he recovers soon.]]
** Justified with Samurai Apocalypse. Samurai isn't arrested for shooting Charlie '' in the middle of a freaking movie set, '' but then again, [[ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney he's a fucking mobster.]]
* HookerWithAHeartOfGold: Played straight often.
** During their first meeting, Trixie actually seems to care for Hank, despite the fact that he has nothing to pay her (and has an ugly confrontation with her pimp). Trixie is even a recurring character, and they form an amiable relationship soon enough.
** Charlie falls in love with Daisy, despite the fact that [[ThisIsWrongOnSoManyLevels she's much younger than him, he's her agent, he was married at the time, she's a porn star, and...]] well, you get the idea.
** Jackie is told to be a great writer by Hank, who gets her to quit her job as a stripper. She responds by [[WackyMarriageProposal proposing to him.]]
* HorribleHollywood
* HotDad: Hank in-universe.
* HotForStudent:
** Hank becomes a teacher in season three. You can imagine how that turns out.
** [[spoiler: Richard Bates to Karen, before she met Hank.]]
* InterplayOfSexAndViolence:
** Hank and Mia, who later names ''her'' book as [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin ''Fucking and punching'']]
** Recreated later with the actress Sasha, only with Hank encouraging her to hit him ever harder.
* INeedAFreakingDrink: Richard Bates takes one look at Hank, one look at a whore he cheated on Karen with, and one look at Karen. He immediately downs a bottle of the nearest alcohol and [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere gets the hell out of there.]]
* InLoveWithTheGangstersGirl: Hank and Kali. [[MurderTheHypotenuse Samurai does not take this lightly]], but eventually forgives him.
* InterruptedIntimacy: A common source of comedy and awkwardness. Charlie in particular has a tendency to be caught by Marcy at inappropriate times.
--> '''Marcy:''' [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xrr_Az2zEgY Charlie, are you inside that woman?]]
* IronicNickname: Eddie Nero calls Charlie {{Goldilocks}}.
* JailBait: Mia, and she really cashes in on the jail ramifications.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Hank ''really'' loves his daughter. And Karen, too.
* JizzedInMyPants: Charlie Runkle gets off in a strip club during a lap dance at this moment. He tries to [[IllTakeThatAsACompliment present it as a compliment]]. The stripper doesn't respond so well either way.
* LaserGuidedKarma: Whenever Hank sleeps with a woman who isn't Karen, it will bite him in the back. ''Hard''. Even when the resulting mess isn't really Hank's fault. ''Especially'' when it isn't Hank's fault.
* [[LikeFatherLikeSon Like Mother, Like Daughter]]:
** At the end of season 5, Becca looks like she'll go down the same road as Karen, as she has fallen in love with [[JerkAss Tyler.]]
** Becca uses this to justify her getting high, claiming that [[ItRunsInTheFamily it runs in her genes]].
* LikeParentLikeSpouse: Becca's boyfriend Tyler is a younger version of Hank. Acknowledged in-universe.
* LimitedWardrobe: Blue jeans and black T-shirt for Hank, with the occasional dark shirt or jacket.
** And the [[CoolShades sunglasses.]]
* LittleMissSnarker: Becca.
* LukeIAmYourFather: Charlie to Stuart. Especially after Marcy had been in a relationship with Stu Baggs for a while, and Charlie was supposed to have had a (successful) vasectomy.
* MarryThemAll: Hank is proposed to by Felicia, Jill, and Jackie [[WackyMarriageProposal all in under five minutes.]] [[YourCheatingHeart While he's in a relationship with Karen.]] HilarityEnsues.
* MeaningfulName:
** Hank Moody is always in the mood for sex.
** Eddie Nero has a voracious appetite for... "deviant" sexual acts. Nero was a Roman Emperor notorious for his debauched behaviour who presided over a city that was equally notorious for this too, [[TheCaligula and it would get worse]]. The name also makes an obvious connection with RobertDeNiro, with whom he shares the [[MethodActing extreme implication with a role]].
** Lew Ashby's surname reflects he is an {{expy}} of ''TheGreatGatsby''.
* MethodActing: Eddie Nero's crazy/awesome take on interpretation: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KnvhJD7nSBE Behold his approach to a gay HIV plus role]]. AcademyAward ensued.
--> '''Eddie:''' I took a man in my mouth. I played his skin flute like [[{{Jazz}} Kenny G]], like Kenny G on ecstasy [gargles] And then he gave me his gift, gave it to me on the inside.
* MostWritersAreWriters: Hank and others. Philandering aside, Hollywood and literature are two of the main subjects.
* NamesTheSame: This was grounds for lawsuit by the Red Hot Chili Peppers. The case did not reach a courtroom.
* NippleAndDimed: Most women appear topless. Averted with Karen and Marcy.
* NoNudityTaboo: Bates. At least, [[NakedPeopleAreFunny while he's drunk.]]
* NoPlansNoPrototypeNoBackup: Hank's long anticipated novel in the first season. One of the drawbacks of writing it on a typewriter. He gets savvy and starts to use digital media throughout the series.
* NaughtyNuns: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CiaA9oooK1U The opening scene of Californication.]]. Subverted when it's revealed that the whole thing [[AllJustADream was Hank's dream.]]. It's an EstablishingSeriesMoment nevertheless.
* OhCrap: A muffled one of epic proportions when Hank discovers that Mia is not only 16 years old, but also the daughter of Karen's fiancé, and to compound it even more, a close friend of Becca's.
* PalsWithJesus: Hank is rather casual when speaking to Jesus.
--> '''Hank:''' Hey, big guy! You and me. We've never done this before, but... desperate times call for desperate measures.
* PapaWolf: Hank takes this to [[BerserkButton varied degrees of overprotectiveness]] towards Becca. He immediately takes a disliking to every single one of her boyfriends, even if they aren't complete toolbags. And when Becca has her first period, he fights the husband of a woman who took the last pair of tampons in the store.
* PlagiarismInFiction: A major plot arc when the young woman Hank slept with in the first episode is revealed to be Mia, the sixteen-year-old daughter of Hank's ex-wife's new fiancé, who goes on to steal the manuscript for his new book and threaten to reveal that they had sex (which would get him charged with statutory rape) if he tells.
* ThePornomancer: Hank again.
* PrecisionFStrike: Becca.
* RatedMForManly: The show has been described as the manly version of ''Series/SexAndTheCity''.
* [[ReallySeventeenYearsOld Really Sixteen Years Old]]: Mia, of course, doesn't reveal her true age until ''after'' she has seduced Hank.
* TheRemake: Charlie and Hank get tangled in a remake of ''Film/{{Cruising}}''.
* RunawayBride: Bill's daughter [[SpeakNowOrForeverHoldYourPeace points out]] Karen still has feelings for Hank, but Karen goes through with the exchange of vows, only to run away with Hank at the after-wedding party.
* ScrewballComedy: Many crazy situations spiral into it, specially in Season 3 around Dean Koons' uptight family.
* SensitiveGuyAndManlyMan: Charlie and Hank, respectively. Zigzagged as Hank is manly but not unemotional, and sometimes more empathic than Charlie.
* ShareTheMalePain: Hank is quite reckless during the recommended cooldown period after he gets a vasectomy.
* ShoutOut
** [[RedHotChiliPeppers With a name like Californication, you have to expect at least one Dani to show up.]]
** Charlie's secretary crawling on her hands and knees with a piece of paper in her mouth. [[Film/{{Secretary}} Sound familiar?]]
** Hank donning a suit and remarking that he looks like [[Series/TheXFiles "a fucking FBI agent".]]
** In a flashback, Mia meets Hank while wearing [[Literature/{{Lolita}} heart-shaped sunglasses.]]
** [[http://images.eonline.com/eol_images/Entire_Site/2010425//425.pitt.lowe.lc.052510.jpg Rob Lowe's character]] looks [[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed suspiciously similar]] to Creator/BradPitt.
** When a guy offers to let Hank write his biography, Hank says "What, like how you were born a [[SteveMartin poor black child]]?"
* SlippingAMickey: [[spoiler: Hank is a victim of this in the Season 5 finale]]
* SlowClap: Hank in the fourth episode of season 2, after his daughter defends her interest in ''The Satanic Bible'' against criticism from Julian, a self-help author whose work she describes as "gobbledygook".
* DarthWiki/SoBadItsHorrible: How Hank feels about the [[ShowWithinAShow Samurai Apocalypse movie]] he gets trapped in. A view shared by the main actress who gives him a blowjob as a reward for some quick good lines added to her role. It does Hank little good; [[InterruptedIntimacy the film crew shows up]] and Samurai punishes him with a HighAltitudeInterrogation.
* SpankTheCutie: Charlie Runkle gets to do this to his secretary, to both their pleasure.
* SpeedSex: Charlie is haunted most of the time by it, given his usual performance. He improves in Season 5.
* StopHelpingMe: Samurai Apocalypse's unsolicited actions againts Becca's boyfriend put Hank into a world of mess.
* STDImmunity:
** Many characters (especially Hank and Charlie) never think twice about having sex with a prostitute, stripper, or just a random woman they meet at a bar. [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin The show is called Californication after all.]]
** PlayedWith in Season 2. Hank is suspected to have syphilis, and Karen chides him and his sexual lifestyle. However, Karen has just had sex with Hank, [[FridgeLogic and she never thinks that he may have given the disease to her as well.]]
** PlayedWith again in the 3rd season. Surprisingly averted with Marcy and Charlie, for they both start taking antibiotics the minute Charlie is suspected to have an STD. They seem pretty STD-conscious... until Marcy starts having sex with a [[SexDrugsAndRockAndRoll guy who has probably banged thousands of women in his lifetime.]]
* StylisticSuck : Many writing examples, but notably Hank's creative writing student's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JYheXulN4es lovelorn vampire story]].
* TakingTheHeat: Richard spends a wild night with [[DreaDeMatteo some skank]] who shows up at his home the next day. A noble Hank sets-up a farce in a pure ScrewballComedy fashion where she is his girlfriend, so Karen won't be unhappy about the infidelity. HilarityEnsues.
* TheSponsor: Bates gets one, Gabriel, to help him quit his alcohol addiction. [[spoiler: They end up falling for each other.]]
* TheSwearJar: Hank Moody has this arrangement with his daughter - both ways. She gets most of the money.
* TotallyEighteen: Discussed when Hank Moody discovers the attractive socialite that seduced him at a book store (while reading his book no less) is actually 16... and the daughter of his ex-girlfriend's current partner. The mistake is a major plot point for the rest of the series as the girl in question keeps the threat of blackmail pointed at Hank.
* UnsettlingGenderReveal: Charlie discovers too late that an affective hooker was not a ''she''. Charlie is the only one not amused.
* WellDoneSonGuy: All Hank really wanted from his dad was that his dad should appreciate his fame as a great writer and be a good parental figure. His father responds by [[ParentalNeglect saying he never read any of Hank's books]] and never changes his ways. Hank [[CallingTheOldManOut proceeds to blame it all on his father]] and tries to do everything differently from his father, including [[CheatersNeverProsper never cheating on Karen]] and being [[LonelyAtTheTop completely self-centered]] from his newfound fame. [[LikeFatherLikeSon It backfires.]] [[spoiler: Hank's father read every single one of his son's books. [[AwkwardFatherSonBondingActivity He never could face his son]] when Hank paints [[FreudianExcuse all of his fictional fathers in a bad light.]]]]
* WiseBeyondTheirYears: Becca and Mia.
* WhamLine: "How would you feel if I had slept with Becca?" [[spoiler: -Bill]]
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Damien. Anyone see him since he derailed the entire last season over his declaration of love?
* WholePlotReference: The entire second season is a whole plot reference to ''Literature/TheGreatGatsby'', with Hank as Nick and Ashby as Gatsby. Hank even tells Ashby that [[TheOneThatGotAway Janie is his "Daisy Buchanan"]].
* WhosYourDaddy:
** Hank's upcoming and accidental paternity is one of his main concerns in season 2, but it turns out Hank and "Dalí" are not responsible. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YYkpnJtT7vQ Hank celebrates like a hooligan]].
--->'''Hank''': Booyaaaaa!! [[ChocolateBaby The baby is black, baby is black]]... I didn't knock her up!
** The father of Marcy's child is also uncertain for a while.
* WritersBlock: Hank is pestered by it at the start of the show and from time to time, but once he is back on track he is so good and witty that he basically has a OneHourWorkWeek job.
* YouJustToldMe: The way Marcy tricks Charlie to reveal the relation between Stu and Lizzie.
* YouMakeMeSic: Hank's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mGz6NdLBF2Y rant about internet-speak]]
* ZeroApprovalGambit: Mia's agent tries to [[DealWithTheDevil make this deal with Hank.]] Hank is to admit that he slept with Mia so a [[HeroWithBadPublicity scandal of epic proportions can occur]] (and thus her agent [[GloryHound could cash in on the subsequent publicity]]), and Hank can get his book back. Hank violently refuses, [[PapaWolf to avoid hurting his family.]] [[spoiler: Mia's agent [[TheStoolPigeon tells the press anyway]]]]
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'''''Californication''''' is a {{Showtime}} {{dramedy}} created by Tom Kapinos and starring [[AgentMulder David Duchovny]], NataschaMcElhone and Evan Handler.

Duchovny plays Hank Moody, [[AntiHero a ladies' man and occasional novelist who likes his booze and pot a bit too much]]. His life has slowly fallen apart as his significant other Karen leaves him and he fails to produce any kind of written work. After accidentally sleeping with Mia, the underaged daughter of Karen's new fiancé, he proceeds to write his new novel, "Fucking and Punching" (something akin to a present-day ''{{Lolita}}'') about the affair. [[NoPlansNoPrototypeNoBackup One of two copies is stolen when his car is jacked.]] [[TheVamp The other copy is stolen by his underage lover]], who is seeking to carve out a niche as writer for herself.

In series two, the happy couple get back together until Karen starts a job in New York, leaving Hank back in abhorred Los Angeles with his daughter Becca, who has taken a liking to [[UsefulNotes/LosAngeles the city of angels]]. During series three, Hank deals with Becca's puberty and his new job as a teacher. In season four, "Fucking and Punching" is revealed to be in fact Hank's book (and therefore reveals he slept with Mia), but he is, luckily, sentenced to three years' probation. Season five picks up three years later, where Hank is working for a gangster named Samurai Apocalypse.

The show premiered in 2007, season six is scheduled for 2013. The newest season will take place in New York, where Hank's book, "God Hates Us All," will be turned into a musical called "A Crazy Little Thing Called Love." [[Series/{{Lost}} Maggie Grace]] will play a Catholic school girl in the new season, and [[Series/TwentyFour Sarah Wynter]] will play the wife to [[TimMinchin Atticus Fetch]], a music producer for the musical.

Not to be confused with the RedHotChiliPeppers album of the [[NamesTheSame same name]], or with SoCalization, a trope that is often called "Californication" outside this wiki (especially in the western US)[[note]]It's usually associated with Southern California-style suburban sprawl, though it's also used to refer to the "big city" attitudes that many Californians bring with them when they move to places like Colorado and Oregon.[[/note]].

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!!''Californication'' provides examples of:
* ActorAllusion:
** During season three, Ken Marino from ''TheState'' made an appearance. He's best known for his character [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gR1hI_Ikuv8 Louie]], The Guy Who Says His CatchPhrase Over and Over Again. After successfully cock-blocking him, Hank tells him to make a cup of tea and "dip his balls in it".
** When Hank's lawyer makes him wear a suit for his court hearing, he notes that he "[[TheXFiles looks like an FBI agent.]]"
** Charlie Runkle and Evan Handler are Jewish.
** Possibly invoked whenever Duchovny himself checked himself into sex rehab during the filming of season 2.
** In the Season 6 opener, Hank tells Karen that she looks "like a Sascha or a Pascha, definitely an -ascha." Karen is played by actress NataschaMcElhone.
* AdaptationDecay: In-universe. Hank is so unhappy about the movie adaptation of his book ''God Hates Us All'' that he is hostile towards the film director and makes remarks about the time he slept with the man's wife. A brawl and a cell ensue.
* AllWomenAreLustful: And Hank has trouble saying no.
* AmicableExes:
** Hank and Karen, for the most part.
** Marcy and Charlie, to an extent, after [[spoiler: her son is revealed to be Charlie's,]] and [[spoiler: Charlie (literally) takes a bullet for Hank.]]
* AsHimself: Rick Springfield in season 3 makes fun of his own character. He is playing [[MadArtist "a twisted version of himself,"]] a [[JerkAss "Rick Springfield]] [[HeelFaceTurn of the past,"]] according to TheOtherWiki.
* BiTheWay: [[spoiler: Bates.]] Everyone is relieved from this revelation, however.
* {{Blackmail}}: Mia does this to Hank, who can choose between waving his stolen book goodbye or being charged with statutory rape with an outrageous family scandal on top of it.
* BiggerIsBetterInBed:
** Marcy's new boyfriend, Stu Beggs (StephenTobolowsky) [[DoppelgangerDating looks very similar to Charlie]] at first, but then it's revealed that their main difference is not visible when clothed.
** Hank has a huge penis. And he never is shown to leave a girl unsatisfied.
* BreastAttack: Charlie Runkle suffers some serious nipple damage while attempting to have a threeway with his wife and his secretary. This is later referenced during the third season.
* ButtMonkey: Charlie, played for laughs.
* TheCasanova: Hank. Sometimes overlaps with ChickMagnet
* CastingCouch: Lizzie's favourite tactic, to Charlie's chagrin.
* CatchPhrase :
** Hank's 'Matharfakaaaa' in a falsetto voice.
** [[TheNameIsBondJamesBond Collini,]] [[RuleOfCool out.]]
* CatholicSchoolGirlsRule:
** Mia attends one, where nearly every girl is JailBait. Becca later attends the same school, much to Hank's chagrin.
** Maggie Grace from Series/{{Lost}} is [[SexDrugsAndRockAndRoll setting her sights to play one]] in the next season. Ironically, she's very spiritual.
* CloudCuckooLander: It's Hollywood so many bizarre individuals and {{MadArtist}}s appear time and again; Eddie Nero and Samurai Apocalypse are two of the regulars.
* ComicSutra: Sue Collini knows [[ReallyGetsAround way more than she lets on.]] Charlie has trouble saying no.
* ClusterFBomb: Lew Ashby, most prominently.
* CringeComedy: Charlie constantly. The season 6 plot of pretending to be gay and the following "Date With Rosie Palms" events arguably the worst. Hank often gets involved in these by association, by ruining the relationships of other people.
* ADateWithRosiePalms: Charlie Runkle is jerking off in his office. Constantly. [[CaughtWithYourPantsDown Doesn't he know there are cameras everywhere?]]
* DinnerAndAShow: Every time Hank is at a dinner party, you can expect something or another to happen. [[spoiler: Hank being outed as an [[WhosYourDaddy accidental father]] (though this proves to be false), Marcy admitting the real father of her child, Hank tearing his daughter's boyfriend to shreds, and Hank getting completely chewed out by his ex are just some of the notable examples.]]
* DawsonCasting:
** Mia, whose age of 16 is an important plot point, is played by an actress who is in her early 20s, and visibly so. The fact that she looks much older is also an important plot point. It also doesn't help that MadelineZima is [[TeensAreShort 5'8"]].
** Averted with Madeleine Martin (Becca), notable given this show is NOT kid friendly.
* DeadpanSnarker: Hank is incredibly quick and sharp-tongued, he has a poignant and casual remark for every situation. Many are equally [[RefugeInAudacity witty and offensive]].
* DeceptiveDisciple: Mia
* DestructoNookie: Mia punches Hank while riding him. In season 4 Sasha Bingham does the same after being goaded into it by Hank, after she asked him how hard Mia punched him.
* DidYouJustHaveSex: Karen can smell it.
* DisposableVagrant: Eddie Nero muses about going on one of his crazy escapades and invoke the trope. Hank and Charlie [[FacialDialogue look puzzled at each other]] and an opportune phone call prompts them to leave.
-->'''Eddie:''' I think we should kill someone tonight. I mean like a hobo or something.\\
''(ringtone)''\\
'''Hank:''' Thank God!
* DumbBlonde:
** Averted with Karen. Still, she is a bit insane to have a 15-year on-and-off relationship with Hank.
* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: When Mia tries to publish Hank's manuscript as her own, she describes it as a book "with lots of fucking and punching." "What's the title?" "Fucking and Punching."
* EverybodyHasLotsOfSex: Especially Hank.
* {{Fanservice}}: There is a ''spectacular'' amount of nudity in this series, mostly [[MsFanservice female]], with each season sporting about fifteen to twenty different nude scenes. Seasons of thirteen [[DramaticHalfHour half-hour episodes]] here.
** Tim Minchin's first introduction to co-star Natascha involved double doors and lots of nekkid.
* FilleFatale: Mia
* {{Flanderization}}: Charlie goes from a capable agent and helpful friend in season one with a weakness for kinky women to a retarded manchild in season four who will stick his weener in anything with a pulse and actually tells a sex story in court. Seriously, the man has been a very successful agent for twenty years prior to the series, he should know better than that.
* FollowTheLeader: In-universe ShowWithinAShow examples:
** ''Vaginatown'', an artsy porn version of ''Film/ChinaTown'' that goes through DevelopmentHell.
--->The wall of cocks sequence alone would have blown people's minds
** Samurai's movie ''Santa Monica Cop'', a ripoff of ''Film/BeverlyHillsCop''.
* FootDraggingDivorcee: Hank was never married to Karen in the first place, but his behavior is analogous.
* GenerationXerox: Charlie's son is a carbon copy of him. [[ADateWithRosiePalms Down to the whole masturbation in public shtick.]]
* GratuitousSpanish: Hank loves this trope and uses it quite amusingly. His passable ElSpanishO makes a hispanic GirlOfTheWeek laugh.
* HasTwoMommies: Tyler was raised by a lesbian couple, [[LipstickLesbian Lisa]] and [[ButchLesbian Debbie]].
* HollywoodLaw:
** When a cop arrests Hank in Season 2, [[JerkAss he completely insults Hank]] for screwing up with Karen instead of [[MirandaRights just reading him his rights.]] When Hank retaliates, the officer [[GroinAttack gets him in his sweet spot.]] It doesn't help that Hank's just had a vasectomy, but [[BallsOfSteel he recovers soon.]]
** Justified with Samurai Apocalypse. Samurai isn't arrested for shooting Charlie '' in the middle of a freaking movie set, '' but then again, [[ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney he's a fucking mobster.]]
* HookerWithAHeartOfGold: Played straight often.
** During their first meeting, Trixie actually seems to care for Hank, despite the fact that he has nothing to pay her (and has an ugly confrontation with her pimp). Trixie is even a recurring character, and they form an amiable relationship soon enough.
** Charlie falls in love with Daisy, despite the fact that [[ThisIsWrongOnSoManyLevels she's much younger than him, he's her agent, he was married at the time, she's a porn star, and...]] well, you get the idea.
** Jackie is told to be a great writer by Hank, who gets her to quit her job as a stripper. She responds by [[WackyMarriageProposal proposing to him.]]
* HorribleHollywood
* HotDad: Hank in-universe.
* HotForStudent:
** Hank becomes a teacher in season three. You can imagine how that turns out.
** [[spoiler: Richard Bates to Karen, before she met Hank.]]
* InterplayOfSexAndViolence:
** Hank and Mia, who later names ''her'' book as [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin ''Fucking and punching'']]
** Recreated later with the actress Sasha, only with Hank encouraging her to hit him ever harder.
* INeedAFreakingDrink: Richard Bates takes one look at Hank, one look at a whore he cheated on Karen with, and one look at Karen. He immediately downs a bottle of the nearest alcohol and [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere gets the hell out of there.]]
* InLoveWithTheGangstersGirl: Hank and Kali. [[MurderTheHypotenuse Samurai does not take this lightly]], but eventually forgives him.
* InterruptedIntimacy: A common source of comedy and awkwardness. Charlie in particular has a tendency to be caught by Marcy at inappropriate times.
--> '''Marcy:''' [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xrr_Az2zEgY Charlie, are you inside that woman?]]
* IronicNickname: Eddie Nero calls Charlie {{Goldilocks}}.
* JailBait: Mia, and she really cashes in on the jail ramifications.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Hank ''really'' loves his daughter. And Karen, too.
* JizzedInMyPants: Charlie Runkle gets off in a strip club during a lap dance at this moment. He tries to [[IllTakeThatAsACompliment present it as a compliment]]. The stripper doesn't respond so well either way.
* LaserGuidedKarma: Whenever Hank sleeps with a woman who isn't Karen, it will bite him in the back. ''Hard''. Even when the resulting mess isn't really Hank's fault. ''Especially'' when it isn't Hank's fault.
* [[LikeFatherLikeSon Like Mother, Like Daughter]]:
** At the end of season 5, Becca looks like she'll go down the same road as Karen, as she has fallen in love with [[JerkAss Tyler.]]
** Becca uses this to justify her getting high, claiming that [[ItRunsInTheFamily it runs in her genes]].
* LikeParentLikeSpouse: Becca's boyfriend Tyler is a younger version of Hank. Acknowledged in-universe.
* LimitedWardrobe: Blue jeans and black T-shirt for Hank, with the occasional dark shirt or jacket.
** And the [[CoolShades sunglasses.]]
* LittleMissSnarker: Becca.
* LukeIAmYourFather: Charlie to Stuart. Especially after Marcy had been in a relationship with Stu Baggs for a while, and Charlie was supposed to have had a (successful) vasectomy.
* MarryThemAll: Hank is proposed to by Felicia, Jill, and Jackie [[WackyMarriageProposal all in under five minutes.]] [[YourCheatingHeart While he's in a relationship with Karen.]] HilarityEnsues.
* MeaningfulName:
** Hank Moody is always in the mood for sex.
** Eddie Nero has a voracious appetite for... "deviant" sexual acts. Nero was a Roman Emperor notorious for his debauched behaviour who presided over a city that was equally notorious for this too, [[TheCaligula and it would get worse]]. The name also makes an obvious connection with RobertDeNiro, with whom he shares the [[MethodActing extreme implication with a role]].
** Lew Ashby's surname reflects he is an {{expy}} of ''TheGreatGatsby''.
* MethodActing: Eddie Nero's crazy/awesome take on interpretation: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KnvhJD7nSBE Behold his approach to a gay HIV plus role]]. AcademyAward ensued.
--> '''Eddie:''' I took a man in my mouth. I played his skin flute like [[{{Jazz}} Kenny G]], like Kenny G on ecstasy [gargles] And then he gave me his gift, gave it to me on the inside.
* MostWritersAreWriters: Hank and others. Philandering aside, Hollywood and literature are two of the main subjects.
* NamesTheSame: This was grounds for lawsuit by the Red Hot Chili Peppers. The case did not reach a courtroom.
* NippleAndDimed: Most women appear topless. Averted with Karen and Marcy.
* NoNudityTaboo: Bates. At least, [[NakedPeopleAreFunny while he's drunk.]]
* NoPlansNoPrototypeNoBackup: Hank's long anticipated novel in the first season. One of the drawbacks of writing it on a typewriter. He gets savvy and starts to use digital media throughout the series.
* NaughtyNuns: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CiaA9oooK1U The opening scene of Californication.]]. Subverted when it's revealed that the whole thing [[AllJustADream was Hank's dream.]]. It's an EstablishingSeriesMoment nevertheless.
* OhCrap: A muffled one of epic proportions when Hank discovers that Mia is not only 16 years old, but also the daughter of Karen's fiancé, and to compound it even more, a close friend of Becca's.
* PalsWithJesus: Hank is rather casual when speaking to Jesus.
--> '''Hank:''' Hey, big guy! You and me. We've never done this before, but... desperate times call for desperate measures.
* PapaWolf: Hank takes this to [[BerserkButton varied degrees of overprotectiveness]] towards Becca. He immediately takes a disliking to every single one of her boyfriends, even if they aren't complete toolbags. And when Becca has her first period, he fights the husband of a woman who took the last pair of tampons in the store.
* PlagiarismInFiction: A major plot arc when the young woman Hank slept with in the first episode is revealed to be Mia, the sixteen-year-old daughter of Hank's ex-wife's new fiancé, who goes on to steal the manuscript for his new book and threaten to reveal that they had sex (which would get him charged with statutory rape) if he tells.
* ThePornomancer: Hank again.
* PrecisionFStrike: Becca.
* RatedMForManly: The show has been described as the manly version of ''Series/SexAndTheCity''.
* [[ReallySeventeenYearsOld Really Sixteen Years Old]]: Mia, of course, doesn't reveal her true age until ''after'' she has seduced Hank.
* TheRemake: Charlie and Hank get tangled in a remake of ''Film/{{Cruising}}''.
* RunawayBride: Bill's daughter [[SpeakNowOrForeverHoldYourPeace points out]] Karen still has feelings for Hank, but Karen goes through with the exchange of vows, only to run away with Hank at the after-wedding party.
* ScrewballComedy: Many crazy situations spiral into it, specially in Season 3 around Dean Koons' uptight family.
* SensitiveGuyAndManlyMan: Charlie and Hank, respectively. Zigzagged as Hank is manly but not unemotional, and sometimes more empathic than Charlie.
* ShareTheMalePain: Hank is quite reckless during the recommended cooldown period after he gets a vasectomy.
* ShoutOut
** [[RedHotChiliPeppers With a name like Californication, you have to expect at least one Dani to show up.]]
** Charlie's secretary crawling on her hands and knees with a piece of paper in her mouth. [[Film/{{Secretary}} Sound familiar?]]
** Hank donning a suit and remarking that he looks like [[Series/TheXFiles "a fucking FBI agent".]]
** In a flashback, Mia meets Hank while wearing [[Literature/{{Lolita}} heart-shaped sunglasses.]]
** [[http://images.eonline.com/eol_images/Entire_Site/2010425//425.pitt.lowe.lc.052510.jpg Rob Lowe's character]] looks [[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed suspiciously similar]] to Creator/BradPitt.
** When a guy offers to let Hank write his biography, Hank says "What, like how you were born a [[SteveMartin poor black child]]?"
* SlippingAMickey: [[spoiler: Hank is a victim of this in the Season 5 finale]]
* SlowClap: Hank in the fourth episode of season 2, after his daughter defends her interest in ''The Satanic Bible'' against criticism from Julian, a self-help author whose work she describes as "gobbledygook".
* DarthWiki/SoBadItsHorrible: How Hank feels about the [[ShowWithinAShow Samurai Apocalypse movie]] he gets trapped in. A view shared by the main actress who gives him a blowjob as a reward for some quick good lines added to her role. It does Hank little good; [[InterruptedIntimacy the film crew shows up]] and Samurai punishes him with a HighAltitudeInterrogation.
* SpankTheCutie: Charlie Runkle gets to do this to his secretary, to both their pleasure.
* SpeedSex: Charlie is haunted most of the time by it, given his usual performance. He improves in Season 5.
* StopHelpingMe: Samurai Apocalypse's unsolicited actions againts Becca's boyfriend put Hank into a world of mess.
* STDImmunity:
** Many characters (especially Hank and Charlie) never think twice about having sex with a prostitute, stripper, or just a random woman they meet at a bar. [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin The show is called Californication after all.]]
** PlayedWith in Season 2. Hank is suspected to have syphilis, and Karen chides him and his sexual lifestyle. However, Karen has just had sex with Hank, [[FridgeLogic and she never thinks that he may have given the disease to her as well.]]
** PlayedWith again in the 3rd season. Surprisingly averted with Marcy and Charlie, for they both start taking antibiotics the minute Charlie is suspected to have an STD. They seem pretty STD-conscious... until Marcy starts having sex with a [[SexDrugsAndRockAndRoll guy who has probably banged thousands of women in his lifetime.]]
* StylisticSuck : Many writing examples, but notably Hank's creative writing student's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JYheXulN4es lovelorn vampire story]].
* TakingTheHeat: Richard spends a wild night with [[DreaDeMatteo some skank]] who shows up at his home the next day. A noble Hank sets-up a farce in a pure ScrewballComedy fashion where she is his girlfriend, so Karen won't be unhappy about the infidelity. HilarityEnsues.
* TheSponsor: Bates gets one, Gabriel, to help him quit his alcohol addiction. [[spoiler: They end up falling for each other.]]
* TheSwearJar: Hank Moody has this arrangement with his daughter - both ways. She gets most of the money.
* TotallyEighteen: Discussed when Hank Moody discovers the attractive socialite that seduced him at a book store (while reading his book no less) is actually 16... and the daughter of his ex-girlfriend's current partner. The mistake is a major plot point for the rest of the series as the girl in question keeps the threat of blackmail pointed at Hank.
* UnsettlingGenderReveal: Charlie discovers too late that an affective hooker was not a ''she''. Charlie is the only one not amused.
* WellDoneSonGuy: All Hank really wanted from his dad was that his dad should appreciate his fame as a great writer and be a good parental figure. His father responds by [[ParentalNeglect saying he never read any of Hank's books]] and never changes his ways. Hank [[CallingTheOldManOut proceeds to blame it all on his father]] and tries to do everything differently from his father, including [[CheatersNeverProsper never cheating on Karen]] and being [[LonelyAtTheTop completely self-centered]] from his newfound fame. [[LikeFatherLikeSon It backfires.]] [[spoiler: Hank's father read every single one of his son's books. [[AwkwardFatherSonBondingActivity He never could face his son]] when Hank paints [[FreudianExcuse all of his fictional fathers in a bad light.]]]]
* WiseBeyondTheirYears: Becca and Mia.
* WhamLine: "How would you feel if I had slept with Becca?" [[spoiler: -Bill]]
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Damien. Anyone see him since he derailed the entire last season over his declaration of love?
* WholePlotReference: The entire second season is a whole plot reference to ''Literature/TheGreatGatsby'', with Hank as Nick and Ashby as Gatsby. Hank even tells Ashby that [[TheOneThatGotAway Janie is his "Daisy Buchanan"]].
* WhosYourDaddy:
** Hank's upcoming and accidental paternity is one of his main concerns in season 2, but it turns out Hank and "Dalí" are not responsible. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YYkpnJtT7vQ Hank celebrates like a hooligan]].
--->'''Hank''': Booyaaaaa!! [[ChocolateBaby The baby is black, baby is black]]... I didn't knock her up!
** The father of Marcy's child is also uncertain for a while.
* WritersBlock: Hank is pestered by it at the start of the show and from time to time, but once he is back on track he is so good and witty that he basically has a OneHourWorkWeek job.
* YouJustToldMe: The way Marcy tricks Charlie to reveal the relation between Stu and Lizzie.
* YouMakeMeSic: Hank's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mGz6NdLBF2Y rant about internet-speak]]
* ZeroApprovalGambit: Mia's agent tries to [[DealWithTheDevil make this deal with Hank.]] Hank is to admit that he slept with Mia so a [[HeroWithBadPublicity scandal of epic proportions can occur]] (and thus her agent [[GloryHound could cash in on the subsequent publicity]]), and Hank can get his book back. Hank violently refuses, [[PapaWolf to avoid hurting his family.]] [[spoiler: Mia's agent [[TheStoolPigeon tells the press anyway]]]]
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* TheRemake: Charlie and Hank get tangled in a remake of ''Film/{{Cruising}}''.
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* CringComedy: Charlie.

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* CringComedy: Charlie.CringeComedy: Charlie constantly. The season 6 plot of pretending to be gay and the following "Date With Rosie Palms" events arguably the worst. Hank often gets involved in these by association, by ruining the relationships of other people.
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* CringComedy: Charlie.
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* ReallySeventeenYearsOld: Mia, of course, doesn't reveal her true age until ''after'' she has seduced Hank.

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* ReallySeventeenYearsOld: [[ReallySeventeenYearsOld Really Sixteen Years Old]]: Mia, of course, doesn't reveal her true age until ''after'' she has seduced Hank.
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* DestructoNookie: MadelineZima punches Hank while riding him. In season 4 Sasha Bingham does the same after being goaded into it by Hank, after she asked him how hard Mia punched him.

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* DestructoNookie: MadelineZima Mia punches Hank while riding him. In season 4 Sasha Bingham does the same after being goaded into it by Hank, after she asked him how hard Mia punched him.
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* DinnerAndAShow: Every time Hank is at a dinner party, you can expect something or another to happen. [[spoiler: Hank being outed as an [[WhosYourDaddy accidental father]] (though this proves to be false), Marcy admitting the real father of her child, Hank tearing his daughter's boyfriend to shreds, and Hank completely getting chewed out by his ex are just some of the notable examples.]]

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* DinnerAndAShow: Every time Hank is at a dinner party, you can expect something or another to happen. [[spoiler: Hank being outed as an [[WhosYourDaddy accidental father]] (though this proves to be false), Marcy admitting the real father of her child, Hank tearing his daughter's boyfriend to shreds, and Hank getting completely getting chewed out by his ex are just some of the notable examples.]]
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