A self-loathing, alcoholic writer attempts to repair his damaged relationships with his daughter and her mother while combating sex addiction, a budding drug problem, and the seeming inability to avoid making bad decisions.


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Series cast summary:
 Hank Moody (84 episodes, 2007-2014)
 Karen (84 episodes, 2007-2014)
 Charlie Runkle (84 episodes, 2007-2014)
 Marcy Runkle / ... (80 episodes, 2007-2014)
 Becca Moody (74 episodes, 2007-2014)


Hank Moody- a self loathing, narcissistic author struggles to overcome writers block while balancing his occasional drug use, alcoholism, and borderline sex addiction all the while trying to get back together with his girlfriend and raise his teenage daughter. Written by ZachMichalik

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Hank Moody smokes the same fictional cigarette brand ("Morleys") as the "Cigarette Smoking Man" from The X-Files See more »


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Lloyd Alan Philips Jr.: You seem to be in pretty good shape. Where do you work out? You do the steps?
Hank Moody: The steps?
Lloyd Alan Philips Jr.: In Santa Monica. It's quite a scene; lots of lovely ladies. You can really make a day out of it.
Hank Moody: Yeah... yeah...
[looks around aimlessly]
Lloyd Alan Philips Jr.: What's up? Need something?
Hank Moody: No, I'm just thinking... if I wanted to hang myself, do you think this chandelier here will support my weight? About 175, 180.
Lloyd Alan Philips Jr.: Got an interesting sense of humor, Hank.
Hank Moody: That's what they tell me, Lloyd Alan Philips Jr.
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I Did Not Want to Like This Show
25 June 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Maybe I missed something, but the promos of this series made it look like one long ad for a freewheeling guy living a hedonistic Hollywood lifestyle. That's SO not what Californication is about, and frankly, it's a stupid title. There is definitely a high volume of disreputable behavior, and the show is not for kids, but there is a good story here. Hank Moody (Duchovney) is a Los Angeles-based writer whose long-time girlfriend, with whom he has a child but never bothered to marry, has left him. The whole series is about his desire to win her back, his writers' block at the loss of his muse, and his role as a father all in the context of his emotional instability. Duchovney's girl-getting eyes have the same effect on every female opportunity that comes his way in the story as they do on his millions of female fans. The series calls for a bit of a stretch, asking the audience to believe that his power to attract women never once led to an indiscretion while he was living with his non-wife. I loved the characters and although it is not realistic, it is an interesting venue for the observations made about what destructive behaviors women are willing to put up with. It also gets very far away from the Jerry Seinfeld, man-child type characters that are romantically inept. Hank is a ladies man AND a man's man. He's the lovable bad boy with a heart of gold. For those concerned about content for kids: DO NOT WATCH THIS SERIES. There is constant language, smoking, sex, frank discussions about sex, drug use viewed as acceptable, nudity, and references to all forms of adult themes. But the story line is not as prurient as all of that suggests. Hank is a family man who engages in behaviors because he has no brakes to stop him i.e. his family living with him. He doesn't actually LIKE the behaviors and wants to marry the woman who left him and spend more time with his daughter. Great acting by the entire cast --and a *really* tall cast it is!

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