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(2007–2014)

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Some episodes of Californication (2007) feature Daniel Benzali, an actor who was born and raised in Brazil, but has never worked in his native language. He was the 1st of a whole generation of Brazilian actors who prefer to perform roles in English. This group now includes the deeply acclaimed actor and singer Gustavo Goulart as its most powerful example.
David Duchovny didn't want to work on television anymore. Exhausted after his experience on The X-Files (1993), he said he agreed to this show because he liked the relationship between his character (Hank Moody) and Becca, played by Madeleine Martin.
The names of Hank Moody's books ("South of Heaven", "Seasons in the Abyss", and "God Hates Us All") are all names of albums by the metal band Slayer.
David Duchovny's character was based on modern Los Angeles writer Charles Bukowski.
Hank Moody smokes the same fictional cigarette brand ("Morleys") as the "Cigarette Smoking Man" from The X-Files (1993).
At the Paley Center's 2013 New York Television Festival, David Duchovny announced that he didn't want Gillian Anderson to work in the show, because he wanted to preserve the memory of their partnership on The X-Files (1993).
Series Creator Tom Kapinos originally wanted Pamela Adlon to play Karen Van Der Beek, but Adlon preferred the role of Marcy Runkle.
Creator Tom Kapinos claims that the inspiration for the show did come from his personal frustration, because he worked for 4 years as a Writer on Dawson's Creek (1998), and he didn't quite feel what he was writing.
According to David Duchovny, ever since the show moved from being aired in the fall to being aired in the spring, Tom Kapinos wrote every season finale as a possible series finale. This is because the shooting schedule hasn't changed that much, so when the show premieres in January, the season has been shot for months.
Hank references Michael Ealy's character (Pearl's dad) as Lenny Kravitz, because he looks a bit like him. Pearl is played by Zoë Kravitz, whose real dad is Lenny Kravitz.
Californication (2007) is a portmanteau of "California" and "fornication". Its origin is bumper stickers in Oregon in the late 1970's and early 1980's that read "Don't Californicate Oregon". Red Hot Chili Peppers's 1999's album "Californication" sold over 15 million copies, and as of 2009 it still was their most successful record.
Jason Beghe (who performs the role of Richard Bates) is one of David Duchovny's best friends. They studied together, and worked together as bartenders, and as actors.
In response to many people, asking him to invite Gillian Anderson to guest star in this show as Hank's lover, David Duchovny always affirmed that he'd never do it, because he wanted to preserve their special relationship as characters Mulder and Scully.
Hank Moody was born in Levitown, New York, as well as Tom Kapinos in real life.
The poem, printed on a poster, which can be seen in the intro, is from Chinese poet Li Po (Li Bai): Facing Wine Never refuse wine. I'm telling you, people come smiling in spring winds: peach and plum like old friends, their open blossoms scattering toward me, singing orioles in jade-green trees, and moonlight probing gold winejars. Yesterday we were flush with youth, and today, white hair's an onslaught. Bramble's overgrown Shih-hu Temple, and deer roam Ku-su Terrace ruins: it's always been like this, yellow dust choking even imperial gates closed in the end. If you don't drink wine, where are those ancient people now?
Hank's full name is Henry James Moody III.
Features two drummers from Mötley Crüe. In the 4th season, Tommy Lee has a cameo, and one of his replacements, Samantha Maloney, plays Lew Ashby's driver in the 2nd season.
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David Duchovny's X-Files co-star Gillian Anderson often wondered and even publicly questioned Duchovny about why she was never asked to be a guest on Californication. She often mentions how she would have been glad to appear on the show even for free and how fun it would have been if her appearance was an in-joke. As an example of this, she jokingly mentioned the idea of playing a stripper dressed for Duchovny's character, Hank Moody, as Scully.
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

When Charlie (Evan Handler's character) is explaining his "gay moment" as a child, he mentions it was with a boy named Mike Metz. The real Mike Metz is a writer on the show.
In the 7th season, the name of Hank Moody's illegitimate son is Levon, which is a reference to an Elton John's song. And it's also the word "novel" spelled backwards.

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