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Californication: The First Season

17 June 2008 9:05 PM, PDT | | See recent The AV Club news »

In a sadly typical scene from Californication's pilot, debauched wordsmith David Duchovny grabs the cell phone of a guy jibber-jabbering during a movie, angrily hurls it against a wall, and then engages in spirited fisticuffs with this offending patron of the arts. Duchovny's fellow moviegoers begin clapping in rapt appreciation, because let's face it: A brawl in the middle of a movie theater is way less distracting than a guy talking on his phone. It's the insufferable series in a nutshell: We're clearly supposed to see Duchovny as a gutsy, iconoclastic truth-teller who says and does what we'd love to, if only we had the balls; in fact, he's really just a self-absorbed prick. Actually, the scene isn't entirely representative; in order to truly convey the show's nauseating grand gestalt, Duchovny would have to pick the fight while receiving oral sex from two topless nymphets, then immediately sharing a heartwarming. »

- Nathan Rabin

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