Californication is a Showtimedramedy created by Tom Kapinos and starring DavidDuchovny, Natascha McElhone and Evan Handler.Duchovny plays Hank Moody, a ladies' man and occasional novelist who likes his booze and pot a bit too much. When he is first introduced in the first season, 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. One of two copies is stolen when his car is jacked.The other copy is stolen by his underage lover, who is seeking to carve out a niche as writer for herself; she knows that Hank cannot claim his book back because doing so would require him to admit sleeping with her. In the final episode of the season, nevertheless, Karen and Hank get back together, as Marcy and Charlie's marriage becomes more and more dysfunctional.In series two, the couple undergo tumult after Hank discovers he may have accidentally fathered a child prior to his vasectomy. Hank ends up writing the biography for the troubled producer Lew Ashby, who dies of a drug overdose in the penultimate episode just as it seems as though his life is turning back around. Charlie becomes the agent for a pornstar named Daisy; after getting into a relationship with her, Charlie subsequently divorces Marcy. Hank publishes the biography before falling back into favor with Karen; this is cut short as Karen starts a job in New York, leaving Hank back in abhorred Los Angeles with his daughter Becca, who has taken a liking to the city of angels.During series three, Hank deals with Becca's puberty and his new job as a professor in a college after inadvertently causing Richard Bates, a renowned professor, to revert to alcoholism. Shenanigans ensue when Hank sleeps with his TA, his student who moonlights as a stripper, and the Dean's wife, though this eventually blows over. In the finale, Mia's producer reveals Hank's indiscretion with Mia to the public after Hank refuses to reveal it himself, and Hank once again falls out of favor with his beloved.In season four, "Fucking and Punching" is revealed to be in fact Hank's book (and therefore reveals he slept with Mia), and the season centers on Hank's subsequent trial. Meanwhile, Hank has to deal with his book becoming a movie in the midst of rape charges being brought upon him. Thankfully, Hank is sentenced to three years' probation instead of being branded as a rapist, while Marcy realizes that Charlie fathered her child. However, Karen and Hank part ways in the finale when Hank moves to New York while Karen, this time, looks after Becca in Los Angeles.Season five picks up three years later, where Hank works for a gangster named Samurai Apocalypse, and gets into hot water after he sleeps with the gangster's girlfriend. Hank must cope with his daughter dating a Jerk Ass much like himself. Karen has married Richard Bates, her former college professor; Marcy gets married to millionaire director Stu Beggs, who had previously directed "Fucking and Punching". Charlie must cope with his ex-wife getting married to a director and being the father of their child. In the finale, Marcy divorces her husband, Hank finishes Samurai's script (after Charlie takes a bullet for him from the angry gangbanger), and Bates accepts his homosexuality and divorces Karen.Series six begins with Hank getting admitted into rehab and meeting Faith, a band groupie who toured with legendary rockstar Atticus Fetch; Fetch wants to make a rock opera from Hank's book, "God Hates Us All", much to Hank's chagrin. Faith bonds with Hank and their relationship becomes very intimate; meanwhile, Charlie and Marcy slowly reconcile and get remarried in the season finale. Hank eventually leaves Faith to follow Karen.The show premiered in 2007, the seventh (and possibly last) season is currently filming and set to air in 2014.Not to be confused with the Red Hot Chili Peppers album of the 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..
During season three, Ken Marino from The State made an appearance. He's best known for his character Louie, The Guy Who Says His Catch Phrase Over and Over Again. After successfully cock-blocking him, Hank tells him to make a cup of tea and "dip his balls in it".
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 Natascha McElhone.
Hank continually refers to Marcy as "Smurf" (usually "Cokey Smurf"). Pamela Adlon played Kelly on The Factsof Life ; during the episode "Small But Dangerous," Jo refers to Kelly as "Smurf."
Adaptation Decay: 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.
Cringe Comedy: 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.
Dinner and a Show: Every time Hank is at a dinner party, you can expect something or another to happen. Hank being outed as an 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.
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 Madeline Zima is 5'8".
Averted with Madeleine Martin (Becca), notable given this show is NOT kid friendly.
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.
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.
Laser-Guided Karma: 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.
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, and it would get worse. The name also makes an obvious connection with Robert De Niro, with whom he shares the extreme implication with a role.
No Plans, No Prototype, No Backup: 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.
Hank: Hey, big guy! You and me. We've never done this before, but... desperate times call for desperate measures.
Papa Wolf: Hank takes this to 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.
Plagiarism In Fiction: 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.
Slow Clap: 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".
The Sponsor: Bates gets one, Gabriel, to help him quit his alcohol addiction. They end up falling for each other.
The Swear Jar: Hank Moody has this arrangement with his daughter - both ways. She gets most of the money.
Totally Eighteen: 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.
Unsettling Gender Reveal: Charlie discovers too late that an affective hooker was not a she. Charlie is the only one not amused.