Californication is a Showtimedramedy created by Tom Kapinos and starring David Duchovny, 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 since his longtime girlfriend Karen (McElhone) left him. He struggles to be a good parental figure to his and Karen's daughter Becca (Madeleine Martin), and he fails to produce any kind of written work due to his drug use and sex addiction. He becomes more unstable especially after his book, "God Hates Us All", gets turned into a gooey, flowery movie called "A Crazy Little Thing Called Love". His producer and best friend, Charlie Runkle (Evan Handler) constantly goofs up mishap after mishap, as his marriage to his wife Marcy (Pamela Adlon) crumbles.The show premiered in 2007. The final seventh season aired 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..
Californication provides examples of:
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.
Hank has a huge penis. And he never is shown to leave a girl unsatisfied.
Book Ends : The Pilot begins with "You Can't Always Get What You Want" and Hank in his car, and the Season 4 finale ends with the song playing over Hank driving out of LA. Thus begins and ends the main story arc.
Breast Attack: Charlie Runkle suffers some serious nipple damage while attempting to have a three-way with his wife and his secretary. This is later referenced during the third season.
Hank is fond of inflicting titty-twisters on people he hates.
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.
Deliberately Monochrome: Happy flashbacks in one episode shows Karen and Hank as they come to decision to move to California. These flashbacks are in black and white.
Destructo-Nookie: 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.
Do Not Do This Cool Thing: In-story. When Hank tries to teach Becca that Drugs Are Bad, they find Marilyn Manson doing drugs and chilling out in Atticus' house. Becca finds the experience incredibly cool and Hank's aesop completely backfires.
RZA (the guy who plays Samurai Apocalypse) was interviewed on David Letterman's show, and almost said the exact same words.
Face Palm: Karen facepalms when Hank starts talking about polishing her lady parts when she told him he's not capable fo polishing his works.
Fanservice: There is a spectacular amount of nudity in this series, mostly female, with each season sporting about fifteen to twenty different nude scenes. Seasons of thirteen half-hour episodes here. Slightly justified by being a series about a straight man with a sex addiction. Tim Minchin's first introduction to co-star Natascha involved double doors and lots of nekkid.
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 wiener 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.
Hank becomes a teacher in season three. You can imagine how that turns out.
Richard Bates to Karen, before she met Hank.
Ho Yayinvoked: Hank and Charlie (well, mostly Hank) often joke about their friendship becoming more sexual.
Impersonating an Officer: In the course of doing research for Santa Monica Cop, Samurai Apocalypse does this after his real cop companion suffers a stroke. Hilarity Ensues after he and Hank decide to go with it and drive around in the police car.
It's a Small World After All: Appears many times. Richard Bates is not only the man Eddie Nero took in his mouth, but is also the professor Karen had an affair with as a college student and never got over. Also, Eddie Nero claims to have pooped on someone. That someone turns out to be a hooker Hank's son hired in the final season.
Jail Bait: Mia, and she really cashes in on the jail ramifications.
Kinky Spanking: Churlie Runkle spanks his secretary who deliberately messes up to earn more spanking. They both enjoy it.
Large Ham: Eddie Nero and Richard Bates are boisterous larger than life characters with peculiar speech patterns.
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.
Averted as well with some of Hank's love interests; Felicia and Faith do not have a single topless scene with Hank.
No Nudity Taboo: Bates. At least, while he's drunk. No male organ in sight though; he instead tucks it between his legs and turns it into his "man-gina", much to everybody else's disgust, and Hank's amusement.
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.
Screwball Comedy: Many crazy situations spiral into it, specially in Season 3 around Dean Koons' uptight family.
Seduction-Proof Marriage: Hank Moody cites this at times to girls that come on to him/coworkers who set him up while he's trying to repair his relationship with his long-term domestic partner (his wife in everything but name).
Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Charlie and Hank, respectively. Zigzagged as Hank is manly but not unemotional, and sometimes more empathetic than Charlie.
Sexy Secretary: Charlie Runkle's hot and submissive secretary in Season 1.
Share the Male Pain: Hank is quite reckless during the recommended cooldown period after he gets a vasectomy.
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".
Taking the Heat: Richard spends a wild night with a hooker who shows up at his home the next day. A noble Hank sets-up a farce in a pure Screwball Comedy fashion where she is his girlfriend, so Karen won't be unhappy about the infidelity. Hilarity Ensues.
The Sponsor: In the latter part of season 5, Bates gets one, Gabriel, to help him quit his alcohol addiction. They end up having sex.
The Swear Jar: Hank Moody has this arrangement with his daughter — both ways. She gets most of the money. They grow out of it in the latter seasons.
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 mid-oral that an affectionate hooker was not a she. Charlie is the only one not amused.
Wham Line: "How would you feel if I had slept with Becca?" -Bill
What Happened to the Mouse?: Damien. Anyone see him since he derailed the entire last season over his declaration of love? Also, in Season 1, Hank steals a dog for Becca, which remains in his house for one more episode. Where did it go?
The paternity of Marcy's child is also uncertain for a while.
Writer's Block: 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 One-Hour Work Week job.
Yandere: Hank gets one in season 5. After leaving her in New York, she burns his apartment there. At the end of the season, she drugs him and herself.
Hilariously, Marcy encounters one in season 6. In trying to get over Stu cheating on her, she meets Ophelia, a feminist author who has a severe misandrist streak. She frequently uses her Taser on Marcy's former lovers, and eventually tases Marcy when the latter doesn't take her confession of love well. After Charlie tries to rescue Marcy and gets tased and Bound and Gagged for his trouble, the couple end up realizing that they still have feelings for each other and rekindle their relationship after knocking Ophelia out with her own Taser.