YMMV / Californication

  • Acceptable Religious Targets: Sonja and Julian, who are Scientologists.
    • Hank makes frequent jokes about Marcy and Charlie, who are Jewish. Marcy retorts once by calling Karen too "Presbyterian".
    • The opening scene of the pilot features Naughty Nuns of some variety.
  • Arc Fatigue: The constant on again, off again nature of Hank and Karen's relationship got tiring to many viewers after the first few seasons.
  • Fanon Discontinuity: Many fans believe that the season 4 finale should have been the show's final episode. These fans view seasons 5-7 as non-canonical.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment:
    • The third episode features a porn star who asks Hank if she should get breast implants, even though he points out that her breasts are fantastic. The character was played by actual porn star Brooke Banner, who though famous for her natural breasts, went on to get implants a few years later.
    • A season 5 episode features a cop who jokes about having shot a black kid whom he thought was carrying a gun, which was actually an iPod Touch. After the shooting death of Tamir Rice...not so funny anymore.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Why no, David Duchovny, absolutely no one thought you had a sex addiction.
  • Ho Yay: Hank and Charlie have some discussion of this in season three, although it never gets past the comfortable joking around stage.
    • They do cross into that territory a lot though, such as Charlie complementing Hank's penis size.
    • Richard Bates and Hank. Although Hank doesn't really reciprocate, he doesn't protest (not even when Bates kissed him in season 6) because he finds Bates so amusing.
  • Escapist Character: Hank. Seriously, a woman-hunting, hard-drinking, successful writer who somehow always comes out on top? This is a male writer's fantasy life.
  • Man Child : To varying degrees, most of the men in the show—despite tremendous career success—are drunk and irresponsible without much care or consequence.
  • Nightmare Fuel: The opening scene of the season 5 finale. Hank is seen drinking in a bar, served by Lew Ashby, heavily implied to be hell.
  • Seasonal Rot: The opinion of a few fans and critics. Generally seen as occurring after the first 3 seasons or so, when the characters started to suffer more from turning more into caricatures.
  • Tear Jerker : Could also double as Crowning Momentof Heartwarming. In the season 2 finale, the opening scene as Hank finishes typing his manuscript with Warren Zevon on the stereo Ashby appears, converses briefly, then says "It's true what they say. Got a hell of a band." Then he disappears and we find out he did OD.
  • The Scrappy: Season 4 has seen a marked downturn in the ability of the audience to tolerate Becca's whining, monotone and flat character and an annoying sub-plot involving a bunch of just as annoying try-hard 'bad chicks' and their garage band. Check out the IMDB forum for one place where this crops up as a Base Breaker topic.
  • The Woobie: Oh Becca, why can't you find a Nice Guy to have a sweet, non-overly sexual, first/second relationship with?